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12:45 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 …
Discussion: BoomTown, Digital Daily and CrunchGear
Bruce Upbin / Forbes:
Bill Gates's Swan Song  —  LAS VEGAS -  —  Leave 'em smiling.  —  Some 4,000 people gathered on Sunday evening at the Venetian Hotel's Palazzo Ballroom in Las Vegas to hear Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people )Chairman Bill Gates give his final speech to the high-tech world's mega-conference.
Discussion: Open Source
Microsoft:
Bill Gates Looks Ahead at “Next Digital Decade”
Scott Ard / CNET News.com:
The lighter side of Bill Gates' keynote at CES
Discussion: GigaOM, Variety and NewTeeVee
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Sony BMG to offer gift cards for unprotected MP3s
Discussion: SecurityFocus
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Sony BMG Confirms DRM Free Music, But Will Force Customers to Visit …
Discussion: The Open Road
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.
PC World:
Intel Unveils First Penryn Mobile Processors  —  LAS VEGAS— Intel unveiled today the first Penryn laptop processors, a follow-up to the Penryn desktop processors that began to appear late last year.  They mark a refresh to the fourth-generation (Santa Rosa) Centrino laptop platform and should begin to appear in new laptops next week.
Discussion: Electronista and Engadget
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel launches sixteen new 45nm processors
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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.
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: Google's Lunchtime Betting Game  —  IT probably doesn't come as a huge surprise to learn that while employees in many companies sit in the cafeteria gossiping about work, or the boss, or the competition, at Google they are doing something else.
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.
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Kristin Shoemaker / Download Squad:
Napster reborn: Another nail in the coffin for DRM
Discussion: Electronista and Mashable!
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.
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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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.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Live from Panasonic's CES keynote (with Gary Shapiro)  —  We're getting ourselves situated here for Panasonic's CES keynote, which we're expecting to include an unveiling of Panasonic's 150-inch plasma TV.  We're in the same ballroom that hosted last night's Gates extravaganza …
Dan Fost / New York Times:
Some Brand-Name Bloggers Say Stress of Posting Is a Hazard to Their Health  —  Om Malik's blog, GigaOm, regularly breaks news about the technology industry.  Last week, the journalist turned blogger broke a big story about himself.  Mr. Malik, 41, blogged that he had suffered a heart attack on Dec. 28.
Podcasting News:
CES: How About A 128G Solid-State iPod?  —  At the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show, Samsung announced that it has developed a multi-level cell (MLC) flash-based 128 Gigabyte (GB) solid state drive (SSD) that it will produce this year in 1.8-inch and 2.5-inch versions for notebook and desktop PCs, as well as other mobile applications.
 
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Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Search Engine Land : Best Search Industry News Blog of 2007
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Light Reading:
Comcast, Panasonic Unveil Portable DVR
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
MindTouch Powers-Up DekiWiki with Dapper
Discussion: CenterNetworks and Mashable!
Electronista:
Apple compromising for iTunes rentals?
Discussion: MacRumors and Infinite Loop
Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
TiVo Update Embraces Internet Video
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson takes new direction in mobile phone design with stylish new offering
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia N95 blushes a bright red for us
 Earlier Items: 
Linda A. Epstein / Tablet PC 2:
An Exclusive Sneak Peek.....
Nicola Woolcock / Times of London:
Technophobe teachers wasting millions
Discussion: The Register and edu.blogs.com
Iancr / FISTFULAYEN:
TALKING TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AGAIN, THE ASPEN LIVE CONFERENCE
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
THE SEARCH PARTY  —  Google squares off with its Capitol Hill critics.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Breaking the Social Contract: My Data is not Your Data
New York Times:
As Electronics Show Grows, Some Scale Back
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Ex-Harvard President Meets a Former Student, and Intellectual Sparks Fly
Discussion: Wikinomics and IP Democracy