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9:00 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 …
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
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
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
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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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Time Warner not in sync with HBO online videos, usage caps
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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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: Gizmodo and ParisLemon
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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
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.
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 …
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
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Real Estate Social Net ActiveRain Gets $2.75 Million First Round  —  Bellevue, WA-based ActiveRain, a social network for real estate professionals, has raised a $2.75 million first round from HouseValues, a publicly traded real estate info company.  The site offers the usual social networking features …
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Significance of the MyBlogLog API  —  If you could capture and use the names, ages, genders and demonstrated interests of the specific people who visited your website - would you?  A whole lot of people providing services online would.  While we've covered the movement …
Discussion: Orient Lodge and ProgrammableWeb
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
zAlternator opens up your Zune to WMP11, iTunes sync
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Target Quietly Moves Into Digital Music, Finally; Sony BMG Deal
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Open Collaboration and the Future of Public Relations
Discussion: AdAge and Technobabble 2.0
Ted / uncov:
Crunchies. Ingredients: Fail
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Time Warner's Overage Caps May Be Set Very Low
Discussion: CrunchGear and DSLreports
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Sorry Mike, Digg is NOT a User-Generated Content Site
Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
Talking About AT&T's Internet Filtering on AT&T's The Hugh Thompson Show
New York Post:
WPP'S CHIEF TO NET MORE FOR HIS WEB
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
NBC chief eyes TV shake-up