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5:15 PM ET, January 8, 2008


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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
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Google and Facebook Join the Data Portability Movement; Someone …
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 …
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Hey Apple, you get NEXT week!  —  Did a quick scan on Techmeme this morning for interesting CES news.  Guess what I see?  —  Apple decided to announce new servers today.  I call this a lame move.  —  Last year, Apple dominated CES without even being there with their iPhone announcements.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Why is Apple Launching New Gear a Week Before Macworld? …
Paramount Denies Report It Will Drop Toshiba's HD DVD  —  Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) — Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures denied a newspaper report that the studio is poised to follow Time Warner Inc. in abandoning Toshiba Corp.'s HD DVD technology.  —  “Paramount's current plan is to continue …
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft: No HD DVD Xbox  —  Microsoft has no plans to add HD DVD capabilities to its Xbox console, despite rumors to contrary.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Despite rumors to the contrary, Microsoft did not unveil an Xbox console with HD DVD capabilities built-in at CES …
Discussion: InsideMicrosoft and Electronista
Microsoft Announces Offer to Acquire Fast Search & Transfer  —  Companies' combined expertise, technology will help businesses capitalize on the power of enterprise search.  —  Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT") today announced that it will make an offer to acquire Fast Search & Transfer ASA …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft offers to buy FAST for $1.2 billion; Likely to trigger …
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.
Larry Chiang / FoundRead:
9 VCs You're Gonna Want to Avoid  —  Editor's Note: Fundraising is tough.  So more and more of you bootstrap as long as you can.  But once you get close to $1 million in revenues, VCs will come calling.  That's right: they'll come to you.  Cash flow positive startups remain hard to come by.
Discussion: TechCrunch UK and Blogcosm
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.
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Stopping the Lazysphere? ... Maybe when Pigs Fly
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 …
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-001 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in Windows TCP/IP Could Allow Remote Code Execution (941644)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This critical security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities …
CES could be leaving Las Vegas  —  Organizers blame rising cost of hotels, food and beverage  —  LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas' 31st International Consumer Electronics Show could be one of its last, organizers said Monday, saying they believe they can get a cheaper deal elsewhere.
Discussion: Gizmodo, and Lost Remote
Peter Galli /
Torvalds Still Will Not License Linux Under GPL v3  —  The Linux creator said copyright owners would have to agree to licensing changes, and those who didn't would have to rewrite code.  —  Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system, still has no plans to license …
Discussion: Computerworld
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James Randerson / Guardian:
Yahoo names top UK websites of 2007
Discussion: WebProNews
Botnets: The new political activism
Scottr / Scott Rosenberg's Wordyard:
My next book: the story of blogs
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
DirecTV's PC tuner is real!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Channel 9
Staska / Unwired View:
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google's search juggernaut continues
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Bo Cowgill / Official Google Blog:
The flow of information at the Googleplex
Jeff Muendel / CNET
Google reads Flash text, so optimize it
Discussion: JD on EP
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ars gets its hands on the Optimus Maximus, begins payment plan
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Inks PPC Deal with ReachLocal for SMBs
Copying CDs could be made legal
Discussion: Ars Technica
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Enabled Televisions Coming Soon