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11:05 PM ET, January 6, 2008

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Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Long line for Gates  —  Lining up for the Bill Gates keynote.  —  Each year I write about the insane lines and crowds at CES.  The only place I don't have to wait is the women's bathroom because the female to male ratio is about 1 to 100.  —  With Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates set …
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Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES preview: Bill Gates' last speech....Will we miss him so?  —  Troy Wolverton and I got a sneak peak at Bill Gates' speech, under an embargo.  Troy wrote a preview story for the paper this morning and is covering the speech live as well for Monday's paper.  Here are some of the big points and my thoughts about them.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Microsoft To Host Olympics Site With Live Video; MGM, Disney Content On Xbox Live; 100M Vista Licenses  —  In what could be his final keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates tonight will announce that the company's MSN service has signed …
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Gates pushes idea of Windows everywhere
Discussion: WinBeta
Nic Fillingham / Channel 10:   Bill Gates @ CES 2008
BBC:
Gates hails age of digital senses
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Neowin.net
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Anybody Up for a Little Billion-Dollar-a-Hand Poker After the Keynote?
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.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Is this Windows Mobile 7?  —  Not all the big news is coming …
Discussion: Digg
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
CES: Sony plays up its huge lineup of gear  —  Just got out of the Sony press conference.  I've dashed off some stuff that will appear in tomorrow's CES story but here's a look at what I wrote.  —  Sony Chairman and chief executive Sir Howard Stringer took the stage at Sony's press conference Sunday night …
Discussion: Computerworld
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Erik Hanson / Engadget:
Sony XEL-1 OLED slips into US stores
Discussion: Electronista
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 …
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, Bit Player and paidContent.org
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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 …
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: Gizmodo, PC World 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
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.
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.
Discussion: Mashable!
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Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Amazon Goes (Stealth) Social
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
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 …
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: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
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 …
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.
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Breaking News: NBC Universal Selects Microsoft and Silverlight to Power Olympics Video  —  Just received news out of NBC Universal that they have selected Microsoft to host the online video portal for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.  The site will be available at NBCOlympics.com and will be powered by Microsoft's Silverlight platform.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Mashable! and Furrier.org
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
MapReducing 20 petabytes per day  —  Googlers Jeff Dean and Sanjay Ghemawat have an article, “MapReduce: Simplified Data Processing on Large Clusters”, in the January 2008 issue of Communications of the ACM.  —  It is a great introduction to MapReduce, but what I found most interesting …
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 …
 
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