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6:25 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 …
Saul Hansell / Bits:
No More New Things From Microsoft  —  In an era when the vanguard of technology is creating smart devices for entertainment and communications, Bill Gates, the outgoing chairman of Microsoft, had little that was interesting or innovative to show off in his last annual keynote at CES in Las Vegas on Sunday.
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.”
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Jerry Yang offers sneak peak of Yahoo's future: Life!  —  Yahoo co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang made his inaugural CES appearance, outlining how he plans to evolve his company ahead of the curve and to become an indispensable starting point for consumers' Web experience, which has become richer and more complex over the last decade.
Discussion: Bits and New York Times
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Yahoo heats mobile platform war, may “open” portal
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.
Arik Hesseldahl / Byte of the Apple:
Meet Apple's Newest Director: Andrea Jung  —  Word from Apple HQ is that the company has elected a new director: Andrea Jung (Apple's press release spells her name “Yung") who is Chairman and CEO of Avon Products, the $8.7 billion (2006 sales) cosmetics concern.  Jung is an interesting choice.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and CNET News.com
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Kristin Huguet / Apple:
Andrea Jung Joins Apple's Board of Directors
Discussion: Epicenter, MacUser and Macsimum News
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.
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 …
Matt Croydon / Postneo:
Google apps for your newsroom  —  I like to think that I'm pretty good at recognizing trends.  One thing that I've been seeing a lot recently in my interactions with the newsroom is that we're no longer exchanging Excel spreadsheets, Word files, and other binary blobs via email.
Reginald Braithwaite / raganwald:
A programming language cannot be better without being unintuitive … —David MacIver, via In Defence of (0/:l)(_+_) in Scala  —  Or as Jef Raskin put it: … —Jef Raskin, Intuitive Equals Familiar  —  Complaining that a programming language “Violates the Principle of Least Surprise” …
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
FACEBOOK DUMPS SECRET CRUSH APPLICATION OVER SPYWARE CLAIM  —  This post was updated at 12:10 PM ET to include comment from Zango.  —  Good riddance: Facebook has banned the “Secret Crush” application due to its affiliation with a notorious spyware manufacturer.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
The Problem With CNet: No One Wants to Buy It  —  Andrew Ross Sorkin reports in this morning's New York Times that an investor group has amassed a stake in CNet Networks and wants to put pressure on its management by electing new board members.  —  We've seen this script before in many industries.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ten Common Objections to Social Media Adoption and How You Can Respond  —  Steve Outing wrote a very good article at Editor and Publisher on Friday about the need for cultural change inside the newpapers around the US (found via the wonderful CyberJournalist.net).
Discussion: E-Media Tidbits
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 …
Jon Healey / Bit Player:
CES: A cable box to love  —  Panasonic today showed off two of the first fruits of its collaboration with Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator.  One was a new line of plasma HDTVs that have what amounts to a built-in cable converter box.  Unlike the current CableCard-equipped TVs …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Reuters
 
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Janet Meiners / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
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Facebook vigilantes out alleged cat killers
Discussion: All Facebook and WebProNews
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
SlingCatcher gets a realease date, sort of
Discussion: DSLreports
Paul Buchheit / FriendFeed Blog:
Another new FriendFeeder!
Daniel Langendorf / last100:
Sony releases updated Mylo personal communicator; adds Skype capability to PSP
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Pluck on The Block; Sale Could Fetch Around $75 Million
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Scoop: Live Videocaster Mogulus Nails Second Round of Financing
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr to Authenticate OpenID - Is This The Yahoo! CES Announcement?
 Earlier Items: 
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
My road map for CES 2008
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Starbucks, XM Terminate Marketing Agreement; XM Makes $22 Million Payment To Get Out
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Napster goes back to MP3s
Richard Thurston / CNET News.com:
Microsoft admits Office 2003 ‘mistake’
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Hulu Says Veoh Is Violating Terms Of Use But No Sign Of Action—Yet
Discussion: NewTeeVee and ReadWriteWeb
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
MWSF 2008 keynote bingo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Panasonic's Toshihiro Sakamoto Unveils 150-Inch Plasma Display …
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's Takes On A Weakened Starbucks
 

 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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