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5:50 PM ET, January 8, 2008

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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
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 …
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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!  —  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.
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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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:
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 …
Business Wire:
Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts Announces Project Infinity: Strategy to Deliver Exponentially More Content Choice on TV  —  Comcast To Give Consumers More than 1,000 HD Choices in 2008  —  Announces Roadmap to Add 6,000 Movies with 3,000 in HD  —  LAS VEGAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Comcast Corporation …
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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.
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.
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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: Business Week
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Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Stopping the Lazysphere? ... Maybe when Pigs Fly
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Robert Vamosi / CNET News.com:
Microsoft fixes three flaws with two patches; one is critical  —  Microsoft on Tuesday released its January 2008 security bulletin, which includes only two updates: One is designated as “critical” by the software giant and the second one is deemed “important".  Both concern the Windows operating system.
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Reuters:
Matsushita's Panasonic and Google to launch Internet TVs  —  TOKYO (Reuters) - Web giant Google Inc is developing televisions that display Internet content such as photos and videos together with Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd's Panasonic unit.  —  The TVs, to be launched this spring …
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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
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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Google's search juggernaut continues
Bo Cowgill / Official Google Blog:
The flow of information at the Googleplex
Jeff Muendel / CNET News.com:
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation