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5:35 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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
No More New Things From Microsoft  —  In an era when the vanguard of technology is creating smart devices for entertainment and communications, Bill Gates, the outgoing chairman of Microsoft, had little that was interesting or innovative to show off in his last annual keynote at CES in Las Vegas on Sunday.
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  —  LAS VEGAS — Look out Facebook.  —  Yahoo's opening itself up as a platform for developers that could challenge Facebook and other young Internet ventures making platform plays.  —  Chief Yahoo Jerry Yang also unveiled an impressive update …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:   Jerry Yang offers sneak peak of Yahoo's future: Life!
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
Video: Hands-On With the 150-Inch Panasonic Lifescreen Plasma
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.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Reginald Braithwaite / raganwald:
A programming language cannot be better without being unintuitive … —David MacIver, via In Defence of (0/:l)(_+_) in Scala  —  Or as Jef Raskin put it: … —Jef Raskin, Intuitive Equals Familiar  —  Complaining that a programming language “Violates the Principle of Least Surprise” …
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