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4:50 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Yahoo heats mobile platform war, may “open” portal
Erica Ogg / CNET
SlingCatcher gets a realease date, sort of  —  LAS VEGAS—A lot has happened since we first saw Sling Media's SlingCatcher set-top box at CES 2007.  —  Two new Slingboxes have debuted, as well as a handful of product updates from the company.  Oh, and of course, the company was purchased by EchoStar for $380 million.
Discussion: DSLreports
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:   CES: DISH Freezing Prices On Most Packages; HD Count To 100 …
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Investors Said to Seek a Takeover of CNet  —  CNet Networks, one of the original online media companies, would typically write about all the gossip and speculation at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.  Now, however, the company is likely to be the one talked about.
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
CES: A cable box to love  —  Panasonic today showed off two of the first fruits of its collaboration with Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator.  One was a new line of plasma HDTVs that have what amounts to a built-in cable converter box.  Unlike the current CableCard-equipped TVs …
Discussion: CNET and Reuters
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 …
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Sony releases updated Mylo personal communicator; adds Skype capability to PSP  —  I don't get the Sony Mylo, but then again, I'm not a 14-year-old girl.  —  Sony introduced at CES 2008 a successor to the first Mylo called the Mylo COM-2, which addresses many shortcomings of its predecessor released in September 2006.
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: and CNET
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
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
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