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8:05 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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Bill Gates CES Keynote Features Guitar Hero, Sync, Surface …
Discussion: LiveSide, Engadget and Joystiq
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Long line for Gates
BBC:
Gates hails age of digital senses
Discussion: All about Microsoft and Neowin.net
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Bill Gates at CES: No Web Fridges, But You Can Watch TV on Your Xbox 360
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Engadget
Nic Fillingham / Channel 10:
Bill Gates @ CES 2008
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Windows Vista's 100 Million
Discussion: Ars Technica
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.
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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?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Wikia Search Goes Live - It's Not Ready Yet
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Investors Said to Seek a Takeover of CNet  —  CNet Networks, one of the original online media companies, would typically write about all the gossip and speculation at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas.  Now, however, the company is likely to be the one talked about.
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 …
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.
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 …
FOXBusiness.com:
Motorola to Enhance Music Delivery Capabilities in Asia Through Acquisition of Soundbuzz  —  PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Soundbuzz Pte.  Ltd., a privately held, leading pan-Asian music provider.
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Breaking the Social Contract: My Data is not Your Data  —  This is likely my last post in Robert Scoble vs. Facebook saga but I think there are some subtle points being lost because of the typical blog feeding frenzy where people either choose to flame Facebook, Scoble or both.
The ACM Portal:
MapReduce: simplified data processing on large clusters  —  Full text  —  Source  —  Communications of the ACM  —  Authors  —  Google, Mountain View, CA Google, Mountain View, CA  —  Publisher  —  Additional Information:  —  abstract references index terms collaborative colleagues
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Greg Linden / Geeking with Greg:   MapReducing 20 petabytes per day
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Ex-Harvard President Meets a Former Student, and Intellectual Sparks Fly  —  In June 2006, Peter Hopkins, a civic-minded and idealistic 2004 Harvard graduate, trekked up to his alma mater from New York for a meeting with Lawrence H. Summers, the economist and former Treasury secretary.
Discussion: IP Democracy
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.
Discussion: Tech Blog
 
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John Leyden / The Register:
US regulator raises Dreamliner hacker risk fear
Iancr / FISTFULAYEN:
TALKING TO THE MUSIC INDUSTRY AGAIN, THE ASPEN LIVE CONFERENCE
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Martin Stabe / Press Gazette:
Pluck to supply community tools for Guardian site
Discussion: PDA and paidContent
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Xbox Live Marketplace adds HD & SD content from ABC, MGM
Discussion: Engadget HD
Business Wire:
Samsung Develops MLC-based 128 Gigabyte, SATA II Solid State Drive
Agence France Presse:
Sony says Skype coming to PlayStation Portable
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
THE SEARCH PARTY  —  Google squares off with its Capitol Hill critics.
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Hands-on with Dell's Crystal 22-inch LCD
Discussion: Tech Blog
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
As Big Electronics Show Expands, Some Companies Scale Back
Discussion: Gizmodo and Slashdot
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Liberty to Bulk Up Internet Portfolio
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft Gains Access to Content
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times and CNBC Will Share Material on Web Sites
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Makes a New Play for Ads on Mobile Phones
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
NBC Universal Selects Microsoft and Silverlight to Power Olympics Video
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadget: Sony re-enters the GPS navigation market with some cool features
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget