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2:00 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 …
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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 NBCOlympics.com 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?  —  Troy Wolverton and I got a sneak peak at Bill Gates' speech, under an embargo.  Troy wrote a preview story for the paper this morning and is covering the speech live as well for Monday's paper.  Here are some of the big points and my thoughts about them.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Ars Technica
Nic Fillingham / Channel 10:
Bill Gates @ CES 2008
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:   Microsoft's Content Announcement At CES; NBCOlympics; Disney/MGM on XboxLive; IPTV
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista's 100 Million
Discussion: Ars Technica
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Live From CES: Anybody Up for a Little Billion-Dollar-a-Hand Poker …
BBC:
Gates hails age of digital senses
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Neowin.net
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Microsoft To Host Olympics Site With Live Video; MGM …
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Gates pushes idea of Windows everywhere
Discussion: MSNBC
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.
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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
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Wikia Search Launches: Reasonable But Not Great  —  The long wait for Wikia Search is over with the alpha version of the service now live.  —  As we wrote December 23, Wikia's Jimmy Wales is pitching the search engine as a Google competitor; its a strong statement to make but does Wikia Search Alpha take the good fight up to Google?
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.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this Windows Mobile 7?  —  Not all the big news is coming …
Discussion: Digg
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.
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Mlevram / Techland:   Yahoo's new mobile strategy
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.
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: paidContent.org and Gawker
Electronista:
Sling preps SlingCatcher, SlingModem  —  Sling Media very early Monday heated up the challengers to the Apple TV and other media hubs with a finalized announcement of the SlingCatcher, its first device designed to bring computer content to a TV.  Using a feature named SlingProjector …
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Motorola debuts ROKR E8
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty to Bulk Up Internet Portfolio
Discussion: paidContent.org
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Google's Lunchtime Betting Game
Dan Fost / New York Times:
Some Brand-Name Bloggers Say Stress of Posting Is a Hazard to Their Health
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Gains Access to Content
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Open source: mob mentality or innovation engine?
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Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
CES: Sony plays up its huge lineup of gear
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Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sony's new mylo (2) now official
Erik Hanson / Engadget:
Sony XEL-1 OLED slips into US stores
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony Mylo 2 review
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadget: Sony re-enters the GPS navigation market with some cool features
Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Casio's new ambition: Fast-frame rate camera
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SAMSUNG Expands Its Q1 Ultra Line With New High-Performance UMPC
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Sony officially announces Skype on PSP
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