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4:25 AM ET, January 7, 2008

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Microsoft:
Bill Gates Looks Ahead at “Next Digital Decade”  —  Microsoft announces new entertainment partnerships with Disney-ABC Television Group, MGM and NBC Universal.  —  At the 2008 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft President …
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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 …
Ina Fried / ZDNet:
Gates: Curtain call for crystal ball  —  LAS VEGAS—Bill Gates may be stepping away from full-time work later this year, but he still has a few things he wants to show off.  —  In his annual Consumer Electronics Show address, the Microsoft chairman demonstrated a slew of fashionable PCs …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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.
BBC:
Gates hails age of digital senses  —  The way people interact with computers is going to dramatically change in the next five years, Microsoft chief Bill Gates has told BBC News.  —  He predicted that the keyboard and mouse would gradually give way to more intuitive and natural technologies.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Neowin.net
Nic Fillingham / Channel 10:
Bill Gates @ CES 2008
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista's 100 Million
Discussion: Ars Technica
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES preview: Bill Gates' last speech....Will we miss him so?
Discussion: Ars Technica and Gizmodo
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Bill Gates CES Keynote Features Guitar Hero, Sync, Surface …
Discussion: LiveSide, Engadget and Joystiq
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Microsoft's Content Announcement At CES; NBC Olympics; Disney/MGM on XboxLive; IPTV
Discussion: Reuters
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Gates: Big Pimpin'
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.
Discussion: Techmamas
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Wiki Citizens Taking on a New Area: Searching  —  SAN FRANCISCO — When Jimmy Wales co-founded Wikipedia in 2001 and called the site, which carried only a few articles then, a free encyclopedia, not many people took him seriously.  —  Nowadays, with more than two million articles in English alone …
Saumil Mehta / VentureBeat:
Search Wikia launches: Will it threaten Google?  —  Search Wikia, a new search engine site, has launched publicly after two weeks of private testing.  —  The search engine has been highly anticipated for its unique, open-source approach to search as well as its high profile founder …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wikia Search Goes Live - It's Not Ready Yet
Discussion: Matt Cutts
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Wikia Search Launches in Alpha
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Wikia Search Goes Live: Not Great
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Makes a New Play for Ads on Mobile Phones  —  SAN FRANCISCO — There may not be a Yahoo phone in the works, but the struggling Internet company is betting that a new mobile-phone strategy will help it better compete with the likes of Google, Microsoft and others for a share of the growing cellphone advertising business.
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Mlevram / Techland:   Yahoo's new mobile strategy
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.
Dan Fost / New York Times:
Some Brand-Name Bloggers Say Stress of Posting Is a Hazard to Their Health  —  Om Malik's blog, GigaOm, regularly breaks news about the technology industry.  Last week, the journalist turned blogger broke a big story about himself.  Mr. Malik, 41, blogged that he had suffered a heart attack on Dec. 28.
Discussion: Futuristic Play
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Google's Lunchtime Betting Game  —  IT probably doesn't come as a huge surprise to learn that while employees in many companies sit in the cafeteria gossiping about work, or the boss, or the competition, at Google they are doing something else.  —  At Google, employees are encouraged …
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty to Bulk Up Internet Portfolio  —  Liberty Media Corp., in the latest move to beef up its portfolio of Internet businesses, is expected to announce today that it has bought a controlling stake in sports-nutrition retailer and fitness Web-site operator Bodybuilding.com LLC.
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times and CNBC Will Share Material on Web Sites  —  CNBC and The New York Times have agreed to share material on their Web sites, uniting the main competitive targets of the News Corporation's new ventures, the Fox Business Network and The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: paidContent.org, Mashable! and Gawker
 
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Investors Said to Seek a Takeover of CNet
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New York Times:
As Big Electronics Show Expands, Some Companies Scale Back
Christopher Null:
Exclusive Review: Gateway's 2008 Gaming Notebook
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Ex-Harvard President Meets a Former Student, and Intellectual Sparks Fly
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Motorola debuts ROKR E8
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Wall Street Journal:
Napster Shift to Enable More Players
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Gains Access to Content
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Open source: mob mentality or innovation engine?
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 Earlier Items: 
Electronista:
Sling preps SlingCatcher, SlingModem
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Macsimum News
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
CES: Sony plays up its huge lineup of gear
Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:
MapReducing 20 petabytes per day
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Sony Mylo 2 review
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadget: Sony re-enters the GPS navigation market with some cool features
Discussion: CNET News.com, Gizmodo and Engadget
samsung.com:
SAMSUNG Expands Its Q1 Ultra Line With New High-Performance UMPC
Fred / A VC:
What My Kids Tell Me About The Future of Media