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9:10 PM ET, January 8, 2008


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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bombshell: Google and Facebook Join  —  The DataPortability Workgroup announced this morning that representatives from both Google and Facebook are joining its ranks.  The group is working on a variety of projects to foster an era of Data Portability …
Chris / Are You Paying Attention?:
Individuals from Plaxo, Google and Facebook join Workgroup  —  We are proud to announce the inclusion of Joseph Smarr (Plaxo), Brad Fitzpatrick (Google) and Benjamin Ling (Facebook) to the DataPortability Workgroup.  —  Plaxo, Google and Facebook together represent …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google And Plaxo Join The DataPortability Workgroup  —  After publishing an invitation to Facebook to join the DataPortability Working Group January 4, we never thought that Facebook would accept it.  Today changes everything you've ever thought about social-networking data and lock-in before …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
The “open” social graph on the horizon
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter  —  For the past fifteen years, Internet service providers have acted - to use an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting data flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet.  —  But ISPs may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.
Anne Broache / CNET
FCC: We'll investigate Comcast-BitTorrent flap  —  Federal regulators plan to investigate whether Comcast improperly interferes with BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic on its network.  —  The announcement by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin arrived in a panel discussion …
Discussion: InfoWorld, Techdirt and Mashable!
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
CES: Comcast plans a big, fast future  —  Roberts gets a little assist from Ryan Seacrest in talking about Comcast's new services  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts became the first cable head to keynote CES and he didn't disappoint.  —  The leader of the world's largest cable company …
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
CES: FCC Chairman Kevin Martin opens up about openness
Discussion: Gizmodo
Zoë Slocum / CNET
The end of the cable set-top box? Yes, Comcast says
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC to Probe Comcast Data Discrimination
Discussion: AppScout and P2P Blog
Christine Wilhelmy / Apple:
Apple Introduces New Mac Pro  —  Fastest Mac Ever—Eight Processor Cores Standard  —  Apple® today introduced the new Mac® Pro with eight processor cores and a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor*.  The new Mac Pro combines two of Intel's …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Why is Apple Launching New Gear a Week Before Macworld?  The Official No-Answer Reads Like a Zen Koan  —  I had a briefing with Apple on their new Xserve and Mac Pros that were released today, midweek during CES, a week before Macworld 2008.  I had only one question for them, and it had nothing to do with hardware specs.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blu-ray Not Coming To Apple's Macs (AAPL)
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Frontline ‘closed for business’  —  With its extensive connections, firm's ultimate fate is unclear  —  The future of Frontline Wireless L.L.C., the Silicon Valley-backed and politically connected startup that spent months positioning itself to bid big in the upcoming 700 MHz auction, has suddenly become shrouded in mystery.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Frontline, Silicon Valley's Wireless Startup, Folds
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Major 700MHz auction player “closed for business”
Discussion: Epicenter
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Guess What?  WSJ May Not Go Free  —  If there's one written-in-stone consensus among the digerati—SAI's included—it's that the Wall Street Journal Online will soon be free.  But guess what?  It might not be.  —  True, Mr. Murdoch's original instinct was to nuke the pay-wall, and there's a lot to be said for that.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Cisco to bring social networking to big media
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mashable!
Computer Science Education: Where Are the Software Engineers of Tomorrow? … It is all about programming!  Over the last few years we have noticed worrisome trends in CS education.  The following represents a summary of those trends:  — Mathematics requirements in CS programs are shrinking.
Discussion: The Chronicle and Slashdot
Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumour: Fox to include iTunes files with DVDs starting 15th Jan  —  We heard a while back that Apple and the movie studios were in negotiations over movie rentals, and there were mentions of iPod compatible movie files being shipped with DVDs.  Of course, to be able to legitimately import DVDs …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
CBS Web guru Quincy Smith talks Digg partnership  —  When CBS Interactive announced on Tuesday that its property had entered a content partnership with Digg, there wasn't a whole lot of information released other than the fact that election-related headlines from Digg would appear …
Adam Strong / Domain Name News:
Domain Registrar Network Solutions Front Running On Whois Searches  —  A story is developing regarding domain name registrar Network Solutions front running domains.  According to multiple sources on, it appears that domains searched via NSI are being purchased …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire and CircleID
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Lazysphere and the Decline of Deep Blogging  —  Tech bloggers (and I put myself squarely in this group), I am sorry to report that many of us have become lazy - really lazy.  So, with this in mind I offer a challenge: in 2008 let's strap back on our thinking caps and get our blog mojo back.
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