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3:25 PM ET, January 7, 2008

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Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
This Video Makes Bill Gates Look Cooler Than Steve Jobs  —  OMG, I can hear the fanboys battling already.  Here's a video from last night's CES 2008 keynote, Bill Gates' last for the foreseeable future.  And I know its scripted, edited and contrived, but I'm sold: The man is a cool geek.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
The Truth That Dare Not Speak: The CES Keynote Sucked  —  Another year and another keynote speech at CES tops the headlines on Techmeme.  The team over a CrunchGear did a good job under the circumstances live blogging Bill Gates and others from Microsoft as they spoke on stage …
Bruce Upbin / Forbes:
Bill Gates's Swan Song
Discussion: Open Source, BBC and Webware.com
Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Apple Closes In on Hollywood  —  Steve Jobs is negotiating with the big studios to offer more movies for sale and rental on iTunes, but both sides will have to give a little  —  It has been Hollywood's worst-kept secret: Steve Jobs is starting to win over the film industry.
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John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
MWSF 2008 keynote bingo
Electronista:
Apple compromising for iTunes rentals?
Discussion: Infinite Loop and MacRumors
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Napster moves to MP3-only music download format  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Napster Inc, one of the largest digital music retailers, said on Monday it would start selling downloads in the MP3 format from the second quarter of this year in the latest blow to copy protection for songs bought online.
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USA Today:
Sony BMG trades cards for downloaded tunes  —  NEW YORK — Sony BMG Music Entertainment on Jan. 15 becomes the last major record company to sell downloads without copy restrictions — but only to buyers who first visit a retail store.  —  The No. 2 record company after Universal Music …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Napster goes back to MP3s
Discussion: Electronista
Intel:
Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology  —  New Transistor Design, Manufacturing Capabilities will Also Power Mobile Internet Devices  —  INTERNATIONAL 2008 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW, Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2008 …
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PC World:
Intel Unveils First Penryn Mobile Processors  —  LAS VEGAS— Intel unveiled today the first Penryn laptop processors, a follow-up to the Penryn desktop processors that began to appear late last year.  They mark a refresh to the fourth-generation (Santa Rosa) Centrino laptop platform and should begin to appear in new laptops next week.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikia Search Is A Complete Letdown.  —  Many of us have waited a year as the Jimmy Wales hype machine promised a human powered search engine that could take on Google.  Tonight that search engine launched at alpha.search.wikia.com, and it may be one of the biggest disappointments I've had the displeasure of reviewing.
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BBC:
Clarkson stung after bank prank  —  TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has lost money after publishing his bank details in his newspaper column.  —  The Top Gear host revealed his account numbers after rubbishing the furore over the loss of 25 million people's personal details on two computer discs.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Many Faces of Hulu  —  Part of Hulu's strategy is to not only be a destination, but also a hub for the distribution of content from NBC Universal and News Corp. They do this in two ways: 1. by letting ordinary users embed clips elsewhere on the web, and 2. by partnering with major media sites to deliver commercial content.
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Hulu Says Veoh Is Violating Terms Of Use But No Sign Of Action—Yet
Microsoft:
Windows Home Server Breaks Ground on New Features, Expands Into More Homes Worldwide  —  New Power Pack 1 adds support for Windows Vista x64, enhances remote access capabilities, extends data protection and supports the Chinese and Japanese languages.  —  Attendees of this week's 2008 International CES …
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Qblogger / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
Windows Home Server Power Pack 1
Barb Dybwad / Engadget:
Alienware curved display rocks Crysis at 2880 x 900  —  Don't get all frothed up quite yet because it's still only a prototype, but this sweet doublewide curved DLP display with OLED illumination from Alienware will reportedly be available in the second half of '08.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Is Clearly Up To Something Big Around Music  —  There have been rumors that Yahoo Music is preparing to launch a big new product sometime soon.  And when I read this overview of a presentation given by Yahoo Music's VP of Product Development Ian Rogers last month it basically confirmed it for me …
Tiernan Ray / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Yahoo's Jerry Yang Talks Up Yahoo! Go!  3.0, Letting Any Developer or Advertiser Build “Widgets”  —  Yahoo's (YHOO) CEO Jerry Yang comes out in khaki's and a blue polo shirt.  “We're ready and excited about what the next phase of the Internet has to offer.  Yang wants to talk about the changing face of Internet consumers.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Gearlog
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Mozilla Secretly Launches A Viral Campaign For Firefox  —  Mozilla has quietly launched a new viral campaign in support of Firefox, complete with song (YouTube TC exclusive above) and some fighting words against Internet Explorer.  —  The main part of the campaign is a site …
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Panasonic's Toshihiro Sakamoto Unveils 150-Inch Plasma Display; Unveils Deal For YouTube Content On TVs  —  Monday morning's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas comes from Toshihiro Sakamoto, President of Panasonic AVC Networks.  —  Here are some bullet points from his keynote:
Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
Microsoft admits Office 2003 ‘mistake’  —  Microsoft has acknowledged it made a mistake over a security advisory it released concerning Office 2003.  —  The advisory, posted in December, told users that dozens of file formats had been blocked in the latest service pack for Office 2003—Service Pack 3 (SP3)—because they were insecure.
 
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Reginald Braithwaite / raganwald:
A programming language cannot be better without being unintuitive
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Smashing Magazine:
Monday Inspiration: Innovative Designs and Devices
Discussion: Slashdot
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
My road map for CES 2008
Discussion: Valleywag, TechSpot News and Bits
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Starbucks, XM Terminate Marketing Agreement; XM Makes $22 Million Payment To Get Out
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
The Long, Steady March of IPTV—Microsoft Set-Top Boxes Now in One Million Homes
Discussion: DSLreports and eHomeUpgrade
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo:
Creative's Xdock Upgrades to Glorious HD
Discussion: Electronista
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Launches Go 3.0, The Mobile Search Service Formerly Known as Go 2.0
Darren Murph / Engadget:
SyncTV demoing proof-of-concept device for 1080p playback of downloads
 Earlier Items: 
Nokia:
New Nokia N95 8GB brings the best in portable entertainment to US consumers
Light Reading:
Comcast, Panasonic Unveil Portable DVR
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's Takes On A Weakened Starbucks
Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
TiVo Update Embraces Internet Video
Podcasting News:
CES: How About A 128G Solid-State iPod?
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Investors Said to Seek a Takeover of CNet
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Ex-Harvard President Meets a Former Student, and Intellectual Sparks Fly
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Google's Lunchtime Betting Game