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7:30 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: CNET News.com
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
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.
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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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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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
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 …
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!
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.
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.
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
The Video Game May Be Free, but to Be a Winner Can Cost Money  —  Ever since John Riccitiello took over last year as chief executive of Electronic Arts, the video game industry bellwether, he has promised to revitalize the company with new games and new ways of reaching consumers.  Now, that may be happening.
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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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Adrian Pastor / GNUCITIZEN:
Call Jacking: Phreaking the BT Home Hub
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David Lawsky / Reuters:
Google spars with European lawmakers over privacy
Korben Dallas / Akihabaranews.com:
The Portégé R700 to challenge the Mac Book Air
Om Malik / GigaOM:
AT&T's SIM-Only Offer Defies Logic
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wal-Mart Gives The New Yorker (And Forbes, Fortune, BizWeek etc) The Boot
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Significance of the MyBlogLog API
Romeo Wahed / Download Squad:
All your address are belong to Google
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
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Mark LaPedus / InformationWeek:
Fujitsu To Spin Off Semiconductor Subsidiary
Discussion: DailyTech and TechSpot News
Ted / uncov:
Crunchies. Ingredients: Fail
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Time Warner's Overage Caps May Be Set Very Low
Discussion: DSLreports and CrunchGear
Clint Boulton / eWeek:
IBM Lays SAAS ‘Foundations’ for SMBs
Discussion: LinuxWorld.com and Reuters
Agence France Presse:
Japan to get cellphone 'sommeliers': official
Discussion: Engadget, mocoNews.net and MobHappy
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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Will We See Delicious 2.0 This Week?
 

 
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