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8:50 AM ET, January 8, 2008

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft offers to buy FAST for $1.2 billion; Likely to trigger enterprise search consolidation  —  Microsoft said Tuesday that it will offer $1.2 billion in cash for Fast Search and Transfer (FAST), a big player in the enterprise search market.  —  The move is sure to shake …
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Buy Data-Search Firm  —  Microsoft said it plans to buy Norway's data-search company Fast Search & Transfer in a cash deal that values the company at $1.2 billion, a move that sent Fast's shares up more than 40%.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Has Announced A Takeover Bid For Fast Search & Transfer Priced At $1.2 Billion  —  Microsoft has made an offer to acquire enterprise search company Fast Search & Transfer.  —  Norway based Fast Search and Transfer offers enterprise search to over 3500 companies, including many in the Fortune 500.
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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
Financial Times:
Paramount in HD-DVD blow  —  Paramount is poised to drop its support of HD-DVD following Warner Brothers' recent backing of Sony's Blu-ray technology, in a move that could sound the death knell of HD-DVD and bring the home entertainment format war to a definitive end.
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
No Blue Skies For Blu-Ray  —  When movie maker Warner Bros. said it would throw its weight behind Sony's format for storing high definition movies, Blu-Ray, Sony executives likely popped a few corks.  Executives from rival Toshiba grimly declared that they would carry on.
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Jerry Yang offers sneak peak of Yahoo's future: Life!  —  Yahoo co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang made his inaugural CES appearance, outlining how he plans to evolve his company ahead of the curve and to become an indispensable starting point for consumers' Web experience, which has become richer and more complex over the last decade.
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John / John's Blog:
my new job at mozilla  —  Sometimes in life, you find an opportunity to make a difference in something you care about, and it feels like, even though you didn't know it at the time, that the last few years have really just been practice, giving you the background, skills and ability to really help.
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Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Mozilla Corporation CEO and Chairman  —  2007 has been another year of extremely high growth for Mozilla and thus for the Mozilla Corporation.  The number of Firefox users has grown to approximately 125 million.  Mozilla's mindshare in the industry continues to grow.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Enabled Televisions Coming Soon  —  Japanese manufacturer Matsushita (Panasonic) has signed a deal with Google that will see the company launch flat panel television sets that allow users to access YouTube and other Google services such as Picasa Web Albums.
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Shira Ovide / SmartMoney.com:
Matsushita's Panasonic, Google To Work On Internet-Ready TVs
CNN:   Japan's Matsushita to develop Internet plasma TVs with Google, YouTube - report
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Pandora forced to pull the final plug on UK service  —  Attention UK Pandora users: as of January 15, 2008, Pandora will stop streaming its Internet radio content.  This comes more than six months after Pandora was forced to shut-down service to most non-US users and is the latest …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Memo To UK: No Pandora For You
Discussion: MediaFuturist
Tim Arangoo / New York Times:
Comcast Plans to Offer a Huge Menu of Films  —  Comcast, the nation's largest cable television company, will outline an ambitious plan Tuesday to set up two new paradigms for how people will watch movies and television shows in their homes or on the road.  —  The plan, which Brian L. Roberts …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Intel's CES press event  —  Well here we are folks, back for more at Intel's sprawling CES press event.  The room is teeming with people right now, and the mood is thick with Penryns and MIDs.  We'll see if it all works out like we hope.  Stay tuned!  —  4:27PM PT - We're seated, we're ready.
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BBC:
Intel predicts the personal net
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Critic's slam on ‘popularity pay’ needs correction  —  Professor Edward Wasserman used his column today in the Miami Herald to slam what he calls “popularity pay” and based his entire argument on inaccurate reporting.  Consider this post my request for a correction.  Here's Wasserman's lead:
Discussion: editor on the verge
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mitsubishi laser TV rocks my socks  —  Photo from Dvice.  —  Not entirely sure how it works, but the picture quality on the 65-inch Laser TV is stunning and produces twice the color of HDTVs today.  It's the first of its kind in terms of laser tech and it also does 3D ala Real D. The Laser TV …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
What to Expect at Macworld  —  While CES is raging in Las Vegas, most of us are wondering what Apple has in store for their own annual expo, Macworld, which kicks off a week from now.  We've combed through some of the top Mac rumors sites to pick out our favorite Macworld predictions and assigned a percentage of probability to each.
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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
MWSF 2008 keynote bingo
Erica Sadun:
Test Request: iPhone Audio recognition  —  First of all, this was not my idea.  The inspiration was from GeeZuzz (I hope I got that nick right!) who figured out the big idea but it took several weeks of hacking to get the iPhone details working so I take a little credit too.  —  Download a copy of the Listen beta.
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
The IT department is dead, author argues
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
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