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1:40 AM ET, January 7, 2008


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Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Long line for Gates  —  Lining up for the Bill Gates keynote.  —  Each year I write about the insane lines and crowds at CES.  The only place I don't have to wait is the women's bathroom because the female to male ratio is about 1 to 100.  —  With Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates set …
Bill Gates Looks Ahead at “Next Digital Decade”  —  Microsoft announces new entertainment partnerships with Disney-ABC Television Group, MGM and NBC Universal.  —  At the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft President …
Discussion: Mobility Site and Kotaku
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
NBC Universal Selects Microsoft and Silverlight to Power Olympics Video  —  Just received news out of NBC Universal that they have selected Microsoft to host the online video portal for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  The site will be available at and will be powered by Microsoft's Silverlight platform.
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Gates: Curtain call for crystal ball  —  LAS VEGAS—Bill Gates may be stepping away from full-time work later this year, but he still has a few things he wants to show off.  —  In his annual Consumer Electronics Show address, the Microsoft chairman demonstrated a slew of fashionable PCs …
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES preview: Bill Gates' last speech....Will we miss him so?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gates hails age of digital senses
Discussion: All about Microsoft and
Nic Fillingham / Channel 10:
Bill Gates @ CES 2008
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista's 100 Million
Discussion: Ars Technica
Rafat Ali /   Microsoft's Content Announcement At CES; NBCOlympics; Disney/MGM on XboxLive; IPTV
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Microsoft To Host Olympics Site With Live Video; MGM …
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Live From CES: Anybody Up for a Little Billion-Dollar-a-Hand Poker …
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Gates pushes idea of Windows everywhere
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this Windows Mobile 7?  —  Not all the big news is coming …
Discussion: Digg
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Wiki Citizens Taking on a New Area: Searching  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Jimmy Wales co-founded Wikipedia in 2001 and called the site, which carried only a few articles then, a free encyclopedia, not many people took him seriously.  —  Nowadays, with more than two million articles in English alone …
Discussion: ParisLemon and TechCrunch
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, and it may be one of the biggest disappointments I've had the displeasure of reviewing.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Mlevram / Techland:
Yahoo's new mobile strategy  —  By Michal Lev-Ram  —  LAS VEGAS - Don't hang up on Yahoo yet.  —  Even as the wireless industry continues to buzz about Google's Android initiative, rival Yahoo is taking steps to ensure it too has a place in the mobile future by opening up its platform to outside developers.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Makes a New Play for Ads on Mobile Phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — There may not be a Yahoo phone in the works, but the struggling Internet company is betting that a new mobile-phone strategy will help it better compete with the likes of Google, Microsoft and others for a share of the growing cellphone advertising business.
Discussion: TechCrunch and
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 …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times and CNBC Will Share Material on Web Sites  —  CNBC and The New York Times have agreed to share material on their Web sites, uniting the main competitive targets of the News Corporation's new ventures, the Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: and Gawker
Wall Street Journal:
Napster Shift to Enable More Players  —  Napster plans to announce that it will sell music downloads without the software limiting how buyers can use them.
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
MapReducing 20 petabytes per day  —  Googlers Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat have an article, “MapReduce: Simplified Data Processing on Large Clusters”, in the January 2008 issue of Communications of the ACM.  —  It is a great introduction to MapReduce, but what I found most interesting …
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: CNET, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Microsoft Gains Access to Content
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Discussion: Bit Player and Gizmodo
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Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Sony officially announces Skype on PSP
PC World:
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Toshiba, defiant, says HD-DVD, down, not out