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8:25 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 …
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
The “open” social graph on the horizon
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blu-ray Not Coming To Apple's Macs (AAPL)
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Hey Apple, you get NEXT week!
Discussion: Scobleizer
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
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: Techdirt, Mashable!, Crave, ZDNet and P2P Blog
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC to Probe Comcast Data Discrimination  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission will investigate complaints that Comcast Corp. actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday.
Discussion: AppScout
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Frontline, Silicon Valley's Wireless Startup, Folds  —  Frontline Wireless, the startup backed by an elite group of Silicon Valley investors, has closed for business, according to a statement from Mary Greczyn, a spokesman.  —  Last month, the company had an initial application …
Discussion: GigaOM and Digital Daily
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Frontline ‘closed for business’
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 …
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Zoë Slocum / CNET News.com:
The end of the cable set-top box? Yes, Comcast says
Discussion: eWEEK.com and Bit Player
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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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Undergraduate programming  —  From CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering: “It is our view that Computer Science (CS) education is neglecting basic skills, in particular in the areas of programming and formal methods.  We consider that the general adoption of Java …
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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.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Cisco to bring social networking to big media
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mashable!
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 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 …
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 DomainState.com, it appears that domains searched via NSI are being purchased …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire, CircleID and Slashdot
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.
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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Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
DirecTV's PC tuner is real!
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