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6:20 PM ET, January 8, 2008


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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:
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
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 …
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
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Macworld to Deliver up to Twice the Performance of Its Predecessor
Discussion: Forbes, Computerworld and MacUser
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 …
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft: No HD DVD Xbox
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 …
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 …
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
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Stopping the Lazysphere? ... Maybe when Pigs Fly
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 …
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
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 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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET
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
CBS Web guru Quincy Smith talks Digg partnership  —  When CBS Interactive announced on Tuesday that its 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 …
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.
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 Lost Remote
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Paul McDougall / iTNews Australia:
Majority of new PCs ship without Windows Vista, Gates (unintentionally) reveals
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
AT&T Chief Tanks Stock: The Economy Sucks
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Music Subscription Service: On The Block?
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Brian Clark / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Guitar Tragedy: Life Imitates Games
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Torvalds Still Will Not License Linux Under GPL v3
Discussion: Computerworld
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
DirecTV's PC tuner is real!
Discussion: Gizmodo and Channel 9
Staska / Unwired View:
Jeff Muendel / CNET
Google reads Flash text, so optimize it
Discussion: JD on EP
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation