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6:35 PM ET, January 8, 2008

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bombshell: Google and Facebook Join DataPortability.org  —  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 …
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Chris / Are You Paying Attention?:
Individuals from Plaxo, Google and Facebook join DataPortability.org 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 …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Google and Facebook Join the Data Portability Movement; Someone …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
The “open” social graph on the horizon
Discussion: How To Split An Atom
Jason Harris / Download Squad:   Plaxo, Facebook, and Google go ‘open’ by joining DataPortability.org
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:   DataPortability Workgroup Gains Representatives from Facebook, Google, and Plaxo
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 …
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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.
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:   Hey Apple, you get NEXT week!
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blu-ray Not Coming To Apple's Macs (AAPL)
Discussion: Byte of the Apple and MacUser
Bloomberg:
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 …
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Zoë Slocum / CNET News.com:
The end of the cable set-top box?  Yes, Comcast says  —  Comcast, the United States' largest cable operator, says the set-top box's days are numbered.  —  At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, CEO Brian Roberts predicted in a keynote address that by the end of the year …
Discussion: eWEEK.com
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Microsoft:
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 …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft offers to buy FAST for $1.2 billion; Likely to trigger …
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.
Discussion: ParisLemon and Business Week
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Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Stopping the Lazysphere? ... Maybe when Pigs Fly
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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 …
stsc.hill.af.mil:
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
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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.
Microsoft:
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 …
InfoWorld:
Sprint insists its WiMax network is on track  —  Sprint Nextel and its hardware partners sought to convince a small audience at the Consumer Electronics Show that their WiMax plans are on track, despite the recent departure of Sprint's CEO and the dissolution of its partnership with Clearwire.
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google's search juggernaut continues  —  Google just keeps getting more popular for search.  —  The latest figures from Hitwise, which monitors search market share, show Google with a record 66 percent share of Web searches in the United States for the month of December 2007.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
CBS Web guru Quincy Smith talks Digg partnership  —  When CBS Interactive announced on Tuesday that its CBSNews.com 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 …
MSNBC:
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, bub.blicio.us and Lost Remote
 
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Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
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FIRST GLIMPSE INSIDE NOKIA S60 TOUCH. GOING BEYOND MULTI-TOUCH
Jeff Muendel / CNET News.com:
Google reads Flash text, so optimize it
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation