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2:05 PM ET, January 8, 2008


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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.
Discussion: Scobleizer
Podcasting News:
Apple Intros Fastest Mac Ever  —  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 new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors running up to 3.2 GHz …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Penryn Mac Pros and Xserves
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Tech Report
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bombshell: Google and Facebook Join  —  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 …
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:   This Day Will Be Remembered: Facebook, Google And Plaxo Join …
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 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 …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Has Announced A Takeover Bid For Fast Search & Transfer …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Comcast to launch 4-min HD movie downloads  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Superfast Internet speeds on Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile , Research) this year will allow subscribers to download a whole high-definition movie in just four minutes, as the largest U.S. cable operator hastens …
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.
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: Blogcosm
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
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 …
Discussion: iLounge and Insanely Great Mac
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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Robert Vamosi / CNET
Microsoft fixes three flaws with two patches; one is critical
Marcus Yam / DailyTech:
Sony Aims for PS3 Profitability by Next Year
Discussion: Engadget and Reuters
Bo Cowgill / Official Google Blog:
The flow of information at the Googleplex
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Undergraduate programming
Jeff Muendel / CNET
Google reads Flash text, so optimize it
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Viacom makes videos available online
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Live from the Comcast keynote at CES
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Radiohead's Physical Album Selling Well
Discussion: The Register
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ars gets its hands on the Optimus Maximus, begins payment plan
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
LaCie updates external hard drives, launches the Little Big Disk Quadra
Discussion: PC World
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Paid downloads a thing of the past
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Lazysphere and the Decline of Deep Blogging
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is McAfee just asking for a lawsuit?
Copying CDs could be made legal
Discussion: Ars Technica and p2pnet
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A clean hand-off at Mozilla
Discussion: InfoWorld and CyberNet
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation