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4:30 PM ET, January 7, 2008

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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
This Video Makes Bill Gates Look Cooler Than Steve Jobs  —  OMG, I can hear the fanboys battling already.  Here's a video from last night's CES 2008 keynote, Bill Gates' last for the foreseeable future.  And I know its scripted, edited and contrived, but I'm sold: The man is a cool geek.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Truth That Dare Not Speak: The CES Keynote Sucked  —  Another year and another keynote speech at CES tops the headlines on Techmeme.  The team over a CrunchGear did a good job under the circumstances live blogging Bill Gates and others from Microsoft as they spoke on stage …
Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Apple Closes In on Hollywood  —  Steve Jobs is negotiating with the big studios to offer more movies for sale and rental on iTunes, but both sides will have to give a little  —  It has been Hollywood's worst-kept secret: Steve Jobs is starting to win over the film industry.
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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
MWSF 2008 keynote bingo  —  Ah, winter in San Francisco: the time of year when a young man's fancy lightly turns to keynote bingo.  What's that, you ask?  You haven't played?  Oh, but you must.  Peruse last year's edition to learn the rules and internalize the philosophy.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   Report: Apple close to winning over studios
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Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Yahoo's Jerry Yang Talks Up Yahoo! Go!  3.0, Letting Any Developer or Advertiser Build “Widgets”  —  Yahoo's (YHOO) CEO Jerry Yang comes out in khaki's and a blue polo shirt.  —  “We're ready and excited about what the next phase of the Internet has to offer.”
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Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Yahoo heats mobile platform war, may “open” portal
Discussion: eWEEK.com
BBC:
Clarkson stung after bank prank  —  TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has lost money after publishing his bank details in his newspaper column.  —  The Top Gear host revealed his account numbers after rubbishing the furore over the loss of 25 million people's personal details on two computer discs.
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
My road map for CES 2008  —  I covered my first CES in 1979, when I was working as a junior editor for a large consumer magazine.  Back then, my beat was toys for my generation, young male boomers - car stereos, home audio, gadgets, and the fierce format war between VHS and Betamax.
Discussion: Big Tech, Valleywag and TechSpot News
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Darren Waters / BBC NEWS | dot.life:
HD DVD camp implodes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Is Clearly Up To Something Big Around Music  —  There have been rumors that Yahoo Music is preparing to launch a big new product sometime soon.  And when I read this overview of a presentation given by Yahoo Music's VP of Product Development Ian Rogers last month it basically confirmed it for me …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikia Search Is A Complete Letdown.  —  Many of us have waited a year as the Jimmy Wales hype machine promised a human powered search engine that could take on Google.  Tonight that search engine launched at alpha.search.wikia.com, and it may be one of the biggest disappointments I've had the displeasure of reviewing.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Mozilla Secretly Launches A Viral Campaign For Firefox  —  Mozilla has quietly launched a new viral campaign in support of Firefox, complete with song (YouTube TC exclusive above) and some fighting words against Internet Explorer.  —  The main part of the campaign is a site …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Panasonic's Toshihiro Sakamoto Unveils 150-Inch Plasma Display; Unveils Deal For YouTube Content On TVs  —  Monday morning's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas comes from Toshihiro Sakamoto, President of Panasonic AVC Networks.  —  Here are some bullet points from his keynote:
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Meet Apple's Newest Director: Andrea Jung  —  Word from Apple HQ is that the company has elected a new director: Andrea Jung (Apple's press release spells her name “Yung") who is Chairman and CEO of Avon Products, the $8.7 billion (2006 sales) cosmetics concern.  Jung is an interesting choice.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and CNET News.com
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ten Common Objections to Social Media Adoption and How You Can Respond  —  Steve Outing wrote a very good article at Editor and Publisher on Friday about the need for cultural change inside the newpapers around the US (found via the wonderful CyberJournalist.net).
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
Barb Dybwad / Engadget:
Alienware curved display rocks Crysis at 2880 x 900  —  Don't get all frothed up quite yet because it's still only a prototype, but this sweet doublewide curved DLP display with OLED illumination from Alienware will reportedly be available in the second half of '08.
 
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Pluck on The Block; Sale Could Fetch Around $75 Million
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Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr to Authenticate OpenID - Is This The Yahoo! CES Announcement?
Barb Dybwad / Engadget:
Belkin launches TuneBase FM and TuneCast Auto for iPhone and iPod
Discussion: Electronista
InfoWorld:
It's good to be blue, says Sony's Stringer (InfoWorld)
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FACEBOOK DUMPS SECRET CRUSH APPLICATION OVER SPYWARE CLAIM
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Starbucks, XM Terminate Marketing Agreement; XM Makes $22 Million Payment To Get Out
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Long, Steady March of IPTV—Microsoft Set-Top Boxes Now in One Million Homes
Discussion: Microsoft and last100
Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
Microsoft admits Office 2003 ‘mistake’
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Hulu Says Veoh Is Violating Terms Of Use But No Sign Of Action—Yet
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
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