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Amanda Cantrell / CNN:
Gates unveils his 'Urge'  —  In challenge to iTunes, Microsoft unveils music service and other entertainment plans.  —  LAS VEGAS ( - Bill Gates aims to take over your living room and late Wednesday he unveiled a new music service and new software to do it.
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Keynote Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation  —  2006 International Consumer Electronics Show  —  Las Vegas, Nevada  —  ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, Chairman and Chief Software Architect of the Microsoft Corporation, Mr. Bill Gates.  (Applause.)
Alfred Hermida / BBC:
Microsoft acts on Xbox shortages  —  Technology editor, BBC News website in Las Vegas  —  Microsoft has addressed criticism about shortages of its Xbox 360 by announcing a third manufacturing partner.  —  The company faced the ire of frustrated gamers last month as limited supplies of the new console quickly sold out.
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Ina Fried / CNET
Gates shows off Vista in CES keynote
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Brier Dudley / Seattle Times:
Gates aims barbs at dueling formats
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
In Digital Music, Its Gates Vs Jobs
Discussion: Get Real
Microsoft and MTV Networks Unveil …
Paul Boutin / Engadget:
Live coverage of Bill Gates CES keynote
Ars Technica:
Google to sell video, take on Apple; announces Google Pack  —  Tomorrow Google will announce a new commercial video download service, according to multiple sources.  The service, which will be an addition to Google's Video Search, will allow users to buy video content for pre-determined prices …
Daisuke Wakabayashi / Reuters:   Gates sees IBM not Google as top Microsoft rival
Google to offer new video download service - WSJ
Discussion: Techdirt
Todd Bishop / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
CES 2006: Rhapsody replaces iTunes on HP's PCs  —  Winning a coveted piece of digital real estate, RealNetworks has struck a deal to make its Rhapsody software the default for playing and buying music on Hewlett-Packard's consumer PCs in the United States — replacing Apple's iTunes in that role.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited
Ian Johnston / Scotsman:
Welcome to Mars express: only a three hour trip  —  AN EXTRAORDINARY "hyperspace" engine that could make interstellar space travel a reality by flying into other dimensions is being investigated by the United States government.  —  The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principle …
Behind the magic curtain  —  Next week Steve Jobs of Apple will grab media attention with another simple-looking stage show.  Mike Evangelist tells the insider secrets of his gruelling preparation  —  If the chief executive of Cadbury-Schweppes speaks at a conference …
What's NXT?  LEGO Group Unveils LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ NXT Robotics Toolset at Consumer Electronics Show  —  LAS VEGAS - LEGO Group today announces LEGO® MINDSTORMS™ NXT, a new system that redefines the consumer robotics category the company created in 1998.
Leslie Walker / Washington Post:   Marketing Mayhem at the Consumer Electronics Show
Mike / Techdirt:
Bubble Time: Tiny Company, Barely Any Revenue, Expects To IPO  —  from the where-have-we-seen-this-before... dept.  —  Remember back in the bubble years where startups that were barely a year old and had no revenue could go public at huge valuations?  Maybe they really are coming back.
Discussion: Moore's Lore
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Enough Of These Damn VoIP Silos  —  If you are a consumer going shopping for VoIP-related product/service, welcome to land of confusion.  And if you are looking at CES for help, well you are out-of-luck pardner!  —  You can walk into Radio Shack and look hard for the much vaunted Skype kit …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
How Not To Feed The Media and How To Short Change The Exhibitors  —  As a member of the press who has come to CES for many years, one of the benefits that helps us all file our stories is the availability of Internet access.  This year, with CES at it's all time largest in number of exhibitors and and crowd …
Discussion: Om Malik on Broadband
PR Newswire:
BitPass Acquires Yaga  —  Commerce Platform Provider Extends Lead in Digital Content Market, Gains Technology for Subscriptions and Payment Aggregation  —  MENLO PARK, Calif., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ — BitPass, Inc., provider of the leading commerce platform for digital content and services …
Discussion: SiliconBeat and
David Pogue / New York Times:
A Marriage Not Made in Heaven  —  YOU thought the apocalypse was upon us when Apple switched to processor chips from Intel, which Mac fans had considered the Dark Side for more than 20 years?  —  Well, try this on for size: Palm's new Treo 700W cellphone-organizer runs on software from Microsoft.

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