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7:10 PM ET, January 8, 2008


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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 …
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 …
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.
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blu-ray Not Coming To Apple's Macs (AAPL)
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:   Hey Apple, you get NEXT week!
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Macworld to Deliver up to Twice the Performance of Its Predecessor
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 …
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 …
Zoë Slocum / CNET
The end of the cable set-top box? Yes, Comcast says
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
Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
Undergraduate programming  —  From CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering: “It is our view that Computer Science (CS) education is neglecting basic skills, in particular in the areas of programming and formal methods.  We consider that the general adoption of Java …
Computer Science Education: Where Are the Software Engineers of Tomorrow?
Discussion: The Chronicle
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Frontline ‘closed for business’  —  With its extensive connections, firm's ultimate fate is unclear  —  The future of Frontline Wireless L.L.C., the Silicon Valley-backed and politically connected startup that spent months positioning itself to bid big in the upcoming 700 MHz auction, has suddenly become shrouded in mystery.
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:   Major 700MHz auction player “closed for business”
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 …
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.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Cisco to bring social networking to big media
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Mashable!
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 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 …
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.
Peter Galli /
Torvalds Still Will Not License Linux Under GPL v3  —  The Linux creator said copyright owners would have to agree to licensing changes, and those who didn't would have to rewrite code.  —  Linus Torvalds, creator of the Linux operating system, still has no plans to license …
Discussion: Podcasting News and Computerworld
Adam Strong / Domain Name News:
Domain Registrar Network Solutions Front Running On Whois Searches  —  A story is developing regarding domain name registrar Network Solutions front running domains.  According to multiple sources on, it appears that domains searched via NSI are being purchased …
Discussion: Domain Name Wire
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 …
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