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10:55 AM ET, January 7, 2008

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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
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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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
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.
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 …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Sony BMG Confirms DRM Free Music, But Will Force Customers to Visit …
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.
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.
Kristin Shoemaker / Download Squad:
Napster reborn: Another nail in the coffin for DRM  —  Three little letters, about a year ago, had a death-grip on the music industry: DRM.  Seriously, who thought this was a good idea?  DRM limits the unauthorized copying and sharing of music.  We can see that argument.
Discussion: Electronista
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Napster moves to MP3-only music download format
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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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.
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
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.
Discussion: The Register
InfoWorld:
Motorola buys Soundbuzz to expand music offerings  —  San Francisco - Motorola will acquire online music store Soundbuzz in a bid to expand its mobile music offerings in Asia, the company said Monday.  —  “Soundbuzz will become part of the Motorola entertainment family,” said Ian Chapman-Banks …
Discussion: WebProNews and TechCrunch
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FOXBusiness.com:
Motorola to Enhance Music Delivery Capabilities in Asia Through …
New York Times:
As Electronics Show Grows, Some Scale Back  —  LAS VEGAS — People attending the Consumer Electronics Show, starting here on Monday, will encounter a crowded and noisy stage where technology companies from around the world unveil their latest wares.  —  They may well not see any of the big consumer electronics hits of 2008.
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 …
 
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Electronista:
Apple compromising for iTunes rentals?
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?
Sony Ericsson:
Sony Ericsson takes new direction in mobile phone design with stylish new offering
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia N95 blushes a bright red for us
Linda A. Epstein / Tablet PC 2:
An Exclusive Sneak Peek.....
Electronista:
Motorola outs Z10, ROKR E8 media phones
Discussion: Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Nicola Woolcock / Times of London:
Technophobe teachers wasting millions
Discussion: The Register and edu.blogs.com
John Leyden / The Register:
US regulator raises Dreamliner hacker risk fear
Discussion: Switched
Martin Stabe / Press Gazette:
Pluck to supply community tools for Guardian site
Discussion: PDA and paidContent
Christopher Grant / Engadget:
Hands-on with Dell's Crystal 22-inch LCD
Discussion: Tech Blog
Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life:
Breaking the Social Contract: My Data is not Your Data
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Ex-Harvard President Meets a Former Student, and Intellectual Sparks Fly
Discussion: IP Democracy
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Times and CNBC to Share Material on Web Sites
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft:
Exclusive: Windows Mobile 7 To Focus On Touch and Motion Gestures