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2:55 PM ET, January 8, 2008


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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 …
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 …
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Penryn Mac Pros and Xserves
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Tech Report
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 …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Bids for Norwegian Search Engine Firm
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Has Announced A Takeover Bid For Fast Search & Transfer …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Comcast to launch 4-min HD movie downloads
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.
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft: No HD DVD Xbox
Discussion: Engadget, Electronista and Forbes
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: TechCrunch UK and Blogcosm
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 …
Robert Vamosi / CNET
Microsoft fixes three flaws with two patches; one is critical
Discussion: Zero Day and Computerworld
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.
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Undergraduate programming
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
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.
Discussion: WebProNews and WinBeta
Bo Cowgill / Official Google Blog:
The flow of information at the Googleplex  —  Earlier on this blog, we shared some exciting early results from our firm's implementation of prediction markets.  At last Friday's meeting of the American Economic Association, we shared the results of a deeper study, “Using Prediction Markets …
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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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
HP aims to cut PC energy use by 25 percent
Discussion: Beet.TV and Business Wire
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
CES: FCC chairman on TV cutoff
Staska / Unwired View:
PR Newswire:
Panasonic Brings Photos, Videos To Consumers' Living Rooms With Google and YouTube
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
Video: Turntable controller for Guitar Hero
Jeff Muendel / CNET
Google reads Flash text, so optimize it
Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumour: Fox to include iTunes files with DVDs starting 15th Jan
Discussion: iLounge and Insanely Great Mac
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ars gets its hands on the Optimus Maximus, begins payment plan
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
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A clean hand-off at Mozilla
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation