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Yahoo To Launch Go Intiative; Mobile, Connected TVs & Desktop Access [by rafat] : Yahoo is making its biggest bet yet outside its website: at CES, it is launching what it calls Yahoo Go (the site should go live here later), a series of mobile and connected TV-PC intiatives.
Paul Boutin / Engadget:
Live from Yahoo's keynote  —  8:55am Terry Semel should be out in a fewminutes (right after the ubiquitous Gary Shapiro, of course.)  The guys behind us are arguing whether or not Yahoois a Web 2.0 company.  No wait, they're trying to figure out what a "Web 2.0 company" is.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google and Yahoo Aim at Another Screen  —  Two ascending Internet giants, Google and Yahoo, are to make plain today that they intend to move aggressively beyond the Internet browser and onto the television screen.  —  The two companies, already the most popular services for searching …
Yahoo! Go - A Portal That Spans Devices  —  Yahoo! Go is being advertised as "a new suite of products and services for your PC, mobile phone and even your TV".  The main aim is to enable people to connect with their content (e.g. email, photos, music) across a range of devices.
San Francisco Chronicle:
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Burt Helm / Business Week:
Yahoo on Your Phone, TV, PC...
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Clinton in Redmond..Is Ballmer Stepping Aside  —  There are some rumors circulating that Steve Ballmer is about to step aside at Microsoft as its day to day operations head to make room for another president.  —  Bill Clinton.  —  Here's what I know.  Sources near Microsoft headquarters report …
Robert X. Cringely /
A Commercial Runs Through It  —  Google's Grand Plan to Take Over TV Advertising  —  My 2006 predictions column has to be delayed until next week, not because I have no predictions, but because there is so much speculation and mis-information swirling around about Google and the Consumer Electronics Show …
New York Times:
Microsoft Shuts Blog's Site After Complaints by Beijing  —  BEIJING, Jan. 5 - Microsoft has shut the blog site of a well-known Chinese blogger who uses its MSN online service in China after he discussed a high-profile newspaper strike that broke out here one week ago.
David Berlind / Between the Lines:
DRM: Three dirty letters you won't hear in a CES keynote  —  Doc Searls pans Paul Otellini's CES presentation of Intel's ViiV for the media cartel it's bound to create: … With apologies to Doc (and in the name of transparency), the editor in me changed the order of those last two sentences.
Guy Kawasaki / Let the Good Times Roll:
The Top Ten Lies of Venture Capitalists  —  Venture capitalists are simple people: we've either decided to invest, and we are convincing ourselves that our gut is right (aka, "due diligence") or there's not a chance in hell.  While we may be simple, we're not necessarily forthcoming …
Ars Technica:
Fox to sell shows before they air  —  News Corp.'s Fox Entertainment Group has worked a deal with its sister company DirecTV to offer shows on demand, but this arrangement is something different from what you've come to expect.  The deal involves the FOX network as well as its cable/satellite FX channel …
Marcus Kabel / Associated Press:
Wal-Mart Halts Movie Suggestions on Web  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is shutting down the system that creates movie recommendations on its shopping Web site after it linked a "Planet of the Apes" DVD to films about famous black Americans, including Martin Luther King Jr.
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Michael Chorost / Wired News:
My Bionic Quest for Boléro  —  He's been haunted by Ravel's masterpiece since he lost his hearing.  A deaf man's pursuit of the perfect audio upgrade.  —  With one listen, I was hooked.  I was a 15-year-old suburban New Jersey nerd, racked with teenage lust but too timid to ask for a date.
Discussion: Tech_Space and Boing Boing
Teresa F. Lindeman / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Consumers are buying into the idea of selling unwanted presents online  —  Gifts that keep on giving  —  The chocolate fondue set seemed fine, complete with a ceramic bowl, forks, iron base and candle.  Yet skybar02 of Philadelphia had little time for it, ruthlessly posting the unwanted Christmas gift …
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