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1:40 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 …
Bruce Upbin / Forbes:
Bill Gates's Swan Song
Discussion: Open Source, BBC and Webware.com
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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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.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
CES: Panasonic's Toshihiro Sakamoto Unveils 150-Inch Plasma Display; Unveils Deal For YouTube Content On TVs  —  Monday morning's keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas comes from Toshihiro Sakamoto, President of Panasonic AVC Networks.  —  Here are some bullet points from his keynote:
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PC World:
Intel Unveils First Penryn Mobile Processors  —  LAS VEGAS— Intel unveiled today the first Penryn laptop processors, a follow-up to the Penryn desktop processors that began to appear late last year.  They mark a refresh to the fourth-generation (Santa Rosa) Centrino laptop platform and should begin to appear in new laptops next week.
Discussion: MacRumors, Electronista and Engadget
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Intel launches sixteen new 45nm processors
Discussion: eWEEK.com
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
MWSF 2008 keynote bingo  —  Ah, winter in San Francisco: the time of year when a young man's fancy lightly turns to keynote bingo.  What's that, you ask?  You haven't played?  Oh, but you must.  Peruse last year's edition to learn the rules and internalize the philosophy.
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Electronista:
Apple compromising for iTunes rentals?
Discussion: MacRumors and Infinite Loop
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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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Sony BMG to offer gift cards for unprotected MP3s
Discussion: SecurityFocus
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.
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Nokia N95 blushes a bright red for us  —  It's not quite as technologically interesting as the N95 8GB for North America, but bright, pretty colors can certainly sell as many phones as a good chunk of internal ROM can.  We spotted an in-your-face red N95 at the Nokia booth of Digital Experience this evening, and guess what?
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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 …
Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
McDonald's Takes On A Weakened Starbucks  —  Food Giant to Install Specialty Coffee Bars,  —  OLATHE, Kan. — This fall, a McDonald's here added a position to its crew: barista.  —  McDonald's is setting out to poach Starbucks customers with the biggest addition to its menu in 30 years.
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
PredictAd: Monetize Your Search Suggestion  —  PredictAd is a web site plugin that ads search box auto completion to your site, and then monetizes it with contextual text ads.  The core service is a plug-n-play embeddable script that adds predictive auto completion to any search box — similar to Yahoo!'s Search Assist feature.
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.
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 …
Discussion: FISTFULAYEN and Lefsetz Letter
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
The Many Faces of Hulu  —  Part of Hulu's strategy is to not only be a destination, but also a hub for the distribution of content from NBC Universal and News Corp. They do this in two ways: 1. by letting ordinary users embed clips elsewhere on the web, and 2. by partnering with major media sites to deliver commercial content.
Discussion: paidContent.org
 
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PR Newswire:
VUDU Expands High Definition Content Available Through On-Demand Service
Discussion: last100 and NewTeeVee
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
CES gadgets: Viewsonic unveils line-up of displays
Discussion: Engadget
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Exclusive: Mozilla Secretly Launches A Viral Campaign For Firefox
Motorola:
Motorola Unveils New Additions to ROKR Family
Discussion: Gizmodo and Zatz Not Funny!
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Canon's VIXIA HF10 16GB dual-flash camcorder and more
Discussion: Electronista
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
OpenMoko FreeRunner: a win for phone freedom
Tim Gideon / PC Magazine:
TiVo Update Embraces Internet Video
 Earlier Items: 
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Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Napster moves to MP3-only music download format
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Ex-Harvard President Meets a Former Student, and Intellectual Sparks Fly
Dan Fost / New York Times:
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