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8:40 PM ET, January 6, 2008

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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Exclusive: Windows Mobile 7 To Focus On Touch and Motion Gestures  —  Microsoft is currently developing Windows Mobile 7, the first revolutionary change to its mobile device operating system.  Recently, I was given a document by a source inside Microsoft that details the touch and gesture plans for Mobile 7.
Reuters:
Philips partners with Rhapsody for digital music  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Dutch electronics group Philips is forming an alliance with digital media company RealNetworks to offer online music using Philips' music players, the two companies said on Sunday.  —  Philips, which is redefining …
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Sharp Announces New TVs With Aquos Net Widgets/Services  —  We're here, baby.  The conference starts at noon PST.  Until then, were just chewing away at our Venetian boxed lunches while scoping out Sharp's 20mm, 100,000:1 contrast LCD we saw back at IFA.  We still want one.  Hit the jump for updates.
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CES Content Wire: Phillips-Rhapsody Partner; Sharp Internet TV; Vudu HD
Discussion: Bit Player and BetaNews
Franklin Paul / MediaFile:
Toshiba, defiant, says HD-DVD, down, not out  —  Breaking new records in press conference brevity, Toshiba's CES presentation speed through why its TVs are the best and not a whole lot of detail on the fate of its HD DVD format after Hollywood's biggest studio Warner Bros decided to back Sony's Blu-ray exclusively.
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Business Wire:
Powerful New Toshiba Qosmio is World's First HD Notebook with HD DVD-R/RW Drive
Discussion: DailyTech, Engadget and CrunchGear
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:   Toshiba ‘disappointed’ over Warner Bros. decision
PC World:
Samsung Shows OLED and Quad-HD TVs at CES  —  Announcements include ultrathin 14- and 31-inch OLED TVs and a prototype with four times the definition of most HD sets.  —  Recommend this story?  —  LAS VEGAS — Samsung Electronics is unveiling here today two ultrathin TVs and a prototype LCD TV …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Samsung High End Plasma: Series 7 Getting Ethernet and Amber Tinged Frames
Discussion: Electronista
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Samsung's High-End LCDs for 2008: Series 6 and 7 HDTVs Get Ethernet …
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Vizio's new Evolution Series LCD HDTVs
Discussion: Gizmodo
Fred / A VC:
What My Kids Tell Me About The Future of Media  —  I was reading a Goldman Sachs research report on the radio business on the plane back from Australia.  I came across this chart of EBITDA multiples versus EBITA growth rates for various media categories.  —  There's not a ton of insight …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Amazon launches software downloads  —  Online retailer Amazon has launched a software download section.  And when we say launched, we mean, they've built a software downloader application which you can currently use to download a handful of products from TurboTax.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:   Amazon Goes (Stealth) Social
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Casio's new ambition: Fast-frame rate camera  —  Casio is unveiling a radical departure from its basic point-and-shoot camera roots Sunday, the $1,000 Exilim Pro EX-F1 that the company says can shoot 60 still images per second or movies at 1,200 frames per second.
Discussion: PC World, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadgets: Casio shows off some new EXILIM digital cameras
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
How Techmeme Homepage Changes Over Time - Video  —  It's amazing to see how blog stories make it to the Techmeme homepage, stay there for a couple of minutes (or hours) and then get replaced by fresh news.  —  The following video clip captures 50 hours of Techmeme activity and replays it in 50 seconds.
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samsung.com:
SAMSUNG Expands Its Q1 Ultra Line With New High-Performance UMPC  —  Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC Features Intel Core Solo Pentium CPU, Named 2008 CES Innovations Honoree  —  Samsung Electronics America, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, a global leader in digital media …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Information overload in the Facebook-ABC presidential debates?  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—It sounded like a good idea at first: Let Internet users be part of, virtually speaking, the Democratic and Republican presidential debates on Saturday evening by posting comments on a special Facebook message board.
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadget: Sony re-enters the GPS navigation market with some cool features  —  Sony is introducing a couple of new global positioning system navigation (GPS) devices at its press conference today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The so-called nav-u car GPS navigators include …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony Mylo 2 review  —  Many of you may have read about the Mylo 2 a few weeks ago when someone else broke embargo, but we chose to take the high road and follow the rules.  The purported images of the Mylo 2 were legitimate, but you could have figured it out for yourselves.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Sony officially announces Skype on PSP  —  As if we didn't already know, Sony just spit out a press release announcing the availability of Skype on PSP courtesy of a firmware update due later this month.  After the update, a Skype icon will be available under the Network menu …
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Super Bowl Tickets At A Fraction Of The Price: Super Deal Or Super Swindle?
Discussion: UsableMarkets
Mike Kobrin / CrunchGear:
Dr. Dre Backs Monster's Beats Headphones
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
CES 2008: Samsung HT-X810 self-contained, wall-mountable speaker system
Discussion: Gizmodo
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Samsung intros BD-P1500 Blu-ray player, BD-UP5500 combo player
Discussion: Gizmodo
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Hands-on with Panasonic's new HDC-SD9 1080p camcorder
Discussion: Gizmodo
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Samsung intros Spinpoint M6 500GB standard height laptop drive, Hitachi be damned
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
CES Spies: Let Me Show You Around
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Pioneer's 50-inch plasma is thinner than an iPhone
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft restores Office 2003 users' access to old file types
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES Live: Panasonic, Sharp and Toshiba start recycling program
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES Live: Pioneer shows off razor-thin plasma TV
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
YouTube Feeds  —  YouTube has never offered too many feeds …
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy:
The Five Members of the Techmeme Family (so what are you?)
Discussion: broadstuff
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES Live: LG announces mobile digital TV
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Vizio announces 30 HDTV models
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadgets: Netgear shows 15 new networking products for an “all access” home
 

 
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Financial Times:
Financial Times says digital subscriptions up 33%, making up 2/3 of paying audience; overall circulation up 13%, year-on-year

Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Post reporter, other journalists appear to have been detained in Iran

Juliette Garside / Guardian:
BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash

 
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