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5:35 AM ET, January 8, 2008

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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: TechCrunch, Pulse 2.0 and Bit Player
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo's Quest to Open Up
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr to Authenticate OpenID - Is This The Yahoo! CES Announcement?
Discussion: Geek Speaker
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   Yahoo! Life! and Go 3.0 Announced at CES - is Yahoo! Back in '08?
Financial Times:
Paramount in HD-DVD blow  —  Paramount is poised to drop its support of HD-DVD following Warner Brothers' recent backing of Sony's Blu-ray technology, in a move that could sound the death knell of HD-DVD and bring the home entertainment format war to a definitive end.
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
No Blue Skies For Blu-Ray  —  When movie maker Warner Bros. said it would throw its weight behind Sony's format for storing high definition movies, Blu-Ray, Sony executives likely popped a few corks.  Executives from rival Toshiba grimly declared that they would carry on.
John / John's Blog:
my new job at mozilla  —  Sometimes in life, you find an opportunity to make a difference in something you care about, and it feels like, even though you didn't know it at the time, that the last few years have really just been practice, giving you the background, skills and ability to really help.
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Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Mozilla Corporation CEO and Chairman  —  2007 has been another year of extremely high growth for Mozilla and thus for the Mozilla Corporation.  The number of Firefox users has grown to approximately 125 million.  Mozilla's mindshare in the industry continues to grow.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mitsubishi laser TV rocks my socks  —  Photo from Dvice.  —  Not entirely sure how it works, but the picture quality on the 65-inch Laser TV is stunning and produces twice the color of HDTVs today.  It's the first of its kind in terms of laser tech and it also does 3D ala Real D. The Laser TV …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Mitsubishi's 65-inch laser TV prototype spotted
Discussion: I4U News
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Pandora forced to pull the final plug on UK service  —  Attention UK Pandora users: as of January 15, 2008, Pandora will stop streaming its Internet radio content.  This comes more than six months after Pandora was forced to shut-down service to most non-US users and is the latest …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Memo To UK: No Pandora For You
Discussion: MediaFuturist
CNN:
Japan's Matsushita to develop Internet plasma TVs with Google, YouTube - report  —  Thomson Financial delivered by Newstex) — Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co (NYSE:MC) , the world's largest consumer electronics maker, has teamed up with Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) …
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:   Google Enabled Televisions Coming Soon
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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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
What to Expect at Macworld  —  While CES is raging in Las Vegas …
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Intel's CES press event  —  Well here we are folks, back for more at Intel's sprawling CES press event.  The room is teeming with people right now, and the mood is thick with Penryns and MIDs.  We'll see if it all works out like we hope.  Stay tuned!  —  4:27PM PT - We're seated, we're ready.
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).
Claudia H. Deutsch / New York Times:
Xerox Hopes Its New Logo Doesn't Say ‘Copier’  —  Still think copier when you hear the name Xerox?  —  The company knows that you do.  And it is sick of it.  Good grief, Xerox doesn't even make stand-alone copiers any more.  —  These days, Xerox gets most of its revenue from machines …
Tim Arangoo / New York Times:
Comcast Plans to Offer a Huge Menu of Films  —  Comcast, the nation's largest cable television company, will outline an ambitious plan Tuesday to set up two new paradigms for how people will watch movies and television shows in their homes or on the road.  —  The plan, which Brian L. Roberts …
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Ogilvy to Layoff Between 50 and 100 Staffers  —  New York Office Feels Pinch as Clients Shift Spending  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide is readying a layoff of between 50 and 100 staffers in New York this week, according to executives familiar with the matter.
Jeremy / Team Blog:
Something New  —  What have we been doing since we released Origami Experience™ Pack 1.0 this time last year?  Well, Origami™ Experience 2.0!  —  Origami Experience 2.0 is been shown at CES this week and is being made available to UMPC manufacturers for testing and pre-installation this month.
 
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
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Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
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Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Apple Closes In on Hollywood