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8:05 PM ET, January 21, 2008

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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft (finally) broadens Windows Vista virtualization rules  —  Microsoft has lifted its ban on enabling Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium in virtual machine environments.  —  The company announced on January 21 its decision to add the two new SKUs and planned to update its end-user license agreement to reflect the change.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft makes deal to buy virtualization company  —  Microsoft plans to acquire San Jose-based Calista Technologies Inc. as part of a larger effort to catch up in a growing area of the corporate technology market.  —  Calista's specialty is making networks run smoothly for virtualized computer desktops …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's unveils its grand virtualization strategy  —  Updated 11:00 AM PST: Microsoft will formally unveil its grand virtualization strategy tomorrow at a Virtualization Deployment Summit in Bellevue, WA, highlighted by the acquisition of Calista Technologies, a deeper alliance with Citrix …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge and Bink.nu
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft reverses itself again on Vista virtualization
Discussion: TechSpot News
Ashlee Vance / The Register:   Microsoft preempts Hyper-V release with virtualization vision
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Microsoft relents: Vista consumer virtualization ban lifted
Discussion: eWeek
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Hundreds of Layoffs Expected at Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is planning to lay off hundreds of employees in an effort to increase its profitability, prop up its deflated stock price and narrow the focus of its sprawling Internet portal to a smaller number of key areas, people close to the company said Monday.
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Air Unboxing Photos and Wireless Booting  —  The first unboxing photos for the MacBook Air come from what appears to be a remote Macworld Expo presentation in Japan.  The pictures show that they received their demonstration MacBook Air in the retail packaging.  Unboxing sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Discussion: SlashGear and Digg
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The MacBook Air is the Biggest Test Yet for Cloud Computing
Discussion: Technosailor
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Pros Getting MacBook Air's Multi-touch Trackpad  —  We think this is pretty obvious, but AppleInsider says they've received info that the MacBook Pros will also be getting the MacBook Air's multi-touch trackpad feature (which we got hands-on of here).
Discussion: Electronista
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Michael / DVD Dossier Blog:
HBO to Go  —  Home Box Office, the premium television programmer, is set to launch a new broadband service tomorrow.  —  Available initially only to cable customers served by the Wisconsin Division of Time Warner Cable, the new service - called HBO on Broadband - will make over 600 HBO movies …
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Electronista:
Retailers already pushing Blu-ray over HD DVD?  —  The move by Warner Bros. to produce only Blu-ray movies is already beginning to push HD DVD out of stores, says a report from Video Business.  Several retail chain owners, including Trans World Entertainment and Video Buyers Group …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Gizmodo
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:   Poor early-2008 sales alarming for remainder of HD DVD camp
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Humans Interupting Algorithms: Wales v. Calacanis on Human Powered Search  —  A large group of international tech rock stars are at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich today and friend of RWW Martin Källström of pre-launch search startup Twingly sent us a rough transcript …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
LinkedIn Founder Has Golden Touch  —  LinkedIn Founder's Road to Riches Paved With Golden Connections in Silicon Valley  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Few Internet entrepreneurs practice what they preach as devoutly as LinkedIn Corp. co-founder Reid Hoffman, whose business revolves around …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WordPress Boosts Free Storage to 3GB.  Leaves Blogger, TypePad in the Dust.  —  In a move that will no doubt put pressure on competing blog platforms TypePad (from Six Apart) and Blogger (from Google), WordPress (from Automattic) is boosting free storage for all the blogs it hosts from 50 MB to 3 GB.
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
NBC chief eyes TV shake-up  —  Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal, is planning to seize on the writers' strike to eliminate what he sees as extravagances in the way Hollywood makes and promotes television.  —  NBC and other companies have already used the strike to terminate millions …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Wow, That Was Fast. NBC Looking To Patch Things Up With Apple.
Discussion: CyberNet and Mashable!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone goes corporate: AT&T announces business plan  —  Without a 3G iPhone announcement at MacWorld, Apple remains focused on increasing the penetration of their generation-one handset.  True to the rumors circulating the intertubes last week, AT&T is now offering the iPhone to business customers.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Stuffing Six Million Pages Down Google's Throat  —  I got two fascinating emails from Jason Hunter over the weekend, both concerning MarkMail, the open source mailing list search engine created by Ryan Grimm and Jason over at MarkLogic.  I thought I'd share them, with Jason's permission.
Discussion: WebProNews
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Sorry Mike, Digg is NOT a User-Generated Content Site  —  Last Friday was the Crunchy awards - we ran color commentary all evening via the streaming feed and only once did the feed die for everyone — that point was when the winner of the “best user-generated content (UGC)” site was revealed.
 
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
HP Blackbird 002 alpha hits with Intel QX9650 Core 2 Extreme quad …
Discussion: Electronista
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Time Warner's Overage Caps May Be Set Very Low
Discussion: CrunchGear and DSLreports
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
IBM Lays SAAS ‘Foundations’ for SMBs
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and Reuters
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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