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Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Exclusive: Windows Mobile 7 To Focus On Touch and Motion Gestures  —  Microsoft is currently developing Windows Mobile 7, the first revolutionary change to its mobile device operating system.  Recently, I was given a document by a source inside Microsoft that details the touch and gesture plans for Mobile 7.
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadget: Sony re-enters the GPS navigation market with some cool features  —  Sony is introducing a couple of new global positioning system navigation (GPS) devices at its press conference today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The so-called nav-u car GPS navigators include …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Reuters:
Philips partners with Rhapsody for digital music  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Dutch electronics group Philips is forming an alliance with digital media company RealNetworks to offer online music using Philips' music players, the two companies said on Sunday.  —  Philips, which is redefining …
Discussion: Bits
PC World:
Samsung Shows OLED and Quad-HD TVs at CES  —  Announcements include ultrathin 14- and 31-inch OLED TVs and a prototype with four times the definition of most HD sets.  —  Recommend this story?  —  LAS VEGAS — Samsung Electronics is unveiling here today two ultrathin TVs and a prototype LCD TV …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CES Content Wire: Phillips-Rhapsody Partner; Sharp Internet TV; Vudu HD
Discussion: Bit Player and BetaNews
Fred / A VC:
What My Kids Tell Me About The Future of Media  —  I was reading a Goldman Sachs research report on the radio business on the plane back from Australia.  I came across this chart of EBITDA multiples versus EBITA growth rates for various media categories.  —  There's not a ton of insight …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Casio's new ambition: Fast-frame rate camera  —  Casio is unveiling a radical departure from its basic point-and-shoot camera roots Sunday, the $1,000 Exilim Pro EX-F1 that the company says can shoot 60 still images per second or movies at 1,200 frames per second.
Discussion: PC World, Gizmodo and Engadget
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadgets: Casio shows off some new EXILIM digital cameras
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Amazon launches software downloads  —  Online retailer Amazon has launched a software download section.  And when we say launched, we mean, they've built a software downloader application which you can currently use to download a handful of products from TurboTax.
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Amazon Goes (Stealth) Social
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Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Sharp Announces New TVs With Aquos Net Widgets/Services  —  We're here, baby.  The conference starts at noon PST.  Until then, were just chewing away at our Venetian boxed lunches while scoping out Sharp's 20mm, 100,000:1 contrast LCD we saw back at IFA.  We still want one.  Hit the jump for updates.
Franklin Paul / MediaFile:
Toshiba, defiant, says HD-DVD, down, not out  —  Breaking new records in press conference brevity, Toshiba's CES presentation speed through why its TVs are the best and not a whole lot of detail on the fate of its HD DVD format after Hollywood's biggest studio Warner Bros decided to back Sony's Blu-ray exclusively.
samsung.com:
SAMSUNG Expands Its Q1 Ultra Line With New High-Performance UMPC  —  Q1 Ultra Premium UMPC Features Intel Core Solo Pentium CPU, Named 2008 CES Innovations Honoree  —  Samsung Electronics America, a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Corporation, a global leader in digital media …
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Samsung High End Plasma: Series 7 Getting Ethernet and Amber Tinged Frames  —  The Catch: Samsung's high end 1080p plasma line comes in three sizes, 50, 58, and 63-inches.  The press release is thin on specs but its got the ethernet port for RSS downloads of stock, and weather info.
Discussion: Electronista
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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Samsung's High-End LCDs for 2008: Series 6 and 7 HDTVs Get Ethernet …
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Information overload in the Facebook-ABC presidential debates?  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.—It sounded like a good idea at first: Let Internet users be part of, virtually speaking, the Democratic and Republican presidential debates on Saturday evening by posting comments on a special Facebook message board.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live coverage from Sony's CES press conference  —  We're live at the Sony press conference.  Sitting directly in front of a wall.  Only Sony.  —  4:06PM - Here we go!  It's opening.  —  4:07PM - And it just opened into another room, where the entire audience — maybe a hundred or so members …
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Sony officially announces Skype on PSP  —  As if we didn't already know, Sony just spit out a press release announcing the availability of Skype on PSP courtesy of a firmware update due later this month.  After the update, a Skype icon will be available under the Network menu …
Erik Hanson / Engadget:
Sony XEL-1 OLED slips into US stores  —  As expected, Sony has released the first OLED display in the US, with the 11-inch XEL-1 available now at select Sony Style locations for $2,500.  Japanese customers have been able to purchase the 3mm-thick XEL-1 since late last year for ¥200,000 …
Discussion: Electronista
 
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