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4:15 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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Report: Apple close to winning over studios  —  Apparently, Apple is willing to make concessions to the film industry to bolster iTunes' lackluster movie offerings.  —  BusinessWeek is reporting that Apple is close to signing distribution deals with most of the top movie studios that would give Apple access to newly released films.
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
MWSF 2008 keynote bingo
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.
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.
Staci D. Kramer /
Hulu Says Veoh Is Violating Terms Of Use But No Sign Of Action—Yet  —  Veoh wants to have it both ways: legit distribution deals with the likes of CBS (NYSE: CBS) and guerrilla tactics to showcase NBC and Fox content from Hulu.  Prison Break, Heroes and other other prime-time shows …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Many Faces of Hulu  —  Part of Hulu's strategy …
Discussion: Download Squad
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Napster moves to MP3-only music download format  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Napster Inc, one of the largest digital music retailers, said on Monday it would start selling downloads in the MP3 format from the second quarter of this year in the latest blow to copy protection for songs bought online.
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 …
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.”
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.
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:
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's Takes On A Weakened Starbucks  —  Food Giant to Install Specialty Coffee Bars,  —  OLATHE, Kan. — This fall, a McDonald's here added a position to its crew: barista.  —  McDonald's is setting out to poach Starbucks customers with the biggest addition to its menu in 30 years.
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.
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The Long, Steady March of IPTV—Microsoft Set-Top Boxes Now in One Million Homes
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