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10:10 AM ET, January 7, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: CrunchGear
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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 …
Bruce Upbin / Forbes:
Bill Gates's Swan Song  —  LAS VEGAS -  —  Leave 'em smiling.  —  Some 4,000 people gathered on Sunday evening at the Venetian Hotel's Palazzo Ballroom in Las Vegas to hear Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people )Chairman Bill Gates give his final speech to the high-tech world's mega-conference.
Discussion: Open Source
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Exclusive: Windows Mobile 7 To Focus On Touch and Motion Gestures
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Bill Gates at CES: No Web Fridges, But You Can Watch TV on Your Xbox 360
Discussion: BBC and Engadget
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Bill Gates: live at his 12th and final CES keynote
Ellen Lee / The Technology Chronicles:
Long line for Gates
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Bill Gates CES Keynote Features Guitar Hero, Sync, Surface …
Discussion: Joystiq, Engadget and LiveSide
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 …
Brian Burnsed / Business Week:
Wikia Wants to Shake Up Search
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Wikia Search Goes Live - It's Not Ready Yet
Discussion: franticindustries
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.
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and hypebot
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Ridiculous: Sony BMG Confirms DRM Free Music, But Will Force Customers …
Discussion: The Open Road
Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:   Sony BMG Confirms DRM-Free Debut - At Bricks-And-Mortar Stores
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link By Link: 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.
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.
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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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
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
THE SEARCH PARTY  —  Google squares off with its Capitol Hill critics. … In June, 2006, Sergey Brin, one of the co-founders of Google, went to Washington, D.C., hoping to create a little good will.  Google was something of a Washington oddity then.  Although it was a multibillion-dollar company …
Discussion: Digital Destiny
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.
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
Nicola Woolcock / Times of London:
Technophobe teachers wasting millions  —  State schools spent £1 billion on cutting-edge information technology last year but 80 per cent of them are failing to make full use of it, according to experts.  —  Pupils now handle equipment worth thousands of pounds, with some using laptops …
Discussion: The Register and edu.blogs.com
 
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InfoWorld:
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Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Napster moves to MP3-only music download format
Olga Kharif / Business Week:
Vonage's Customer Focus: Retention
Discussion: VoIP Watch
Electronista:
Motorola outs Z10, ROKR E8 media phones
Discussion: Reuters
ces.philips.com:
Philips teams with Rhapsody to launch new lines of portable …
 Earlier Items: 
John Leyden / The Register:
US regulator raises Dreamliner hacker risk fear
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: Electronista and Engadget HD
Agence France Presse:
Sony says Skype coming to PlayStation Portable
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Hands-on with Dell's Crystal 22-inch LCD
Discussion: Tech Blog
New York Times:
As Electronics Show Grows, Some Scale Back
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times and CNBC Will Share Material on Web Sites
 

 
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