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12:40 PM ET, January 8, 2008

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Christine Wilhelmy / Apple:
Apple Introduces New Mac Pro  —  Fastest Mac Ever—Eight Processor Cores Standard  —  Apple® today introduced the new Mac® Pro with eight processor cores and a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor*.  The new Mac Pro combines two of Intel's …
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Apple Introduces New Xserve—Most Powerful Apple Server Ever  —  Apple® today introduced the new Xserve®, a 1U rack-optimized server that is up to twice as fast as its predecessor* and includes an unlimited client license for Mac OS® X Server Leopard™.
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Apple Intros Fastest Mac Ever  —  Apple today introduced the new Mac Pro with eight processor cores and a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor.  —  The new Mac Pro combines two of Intel's new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors running up to 3.2 GHz …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Penryn Mac Pros and Xserves
Discussion: CrunchGear, The Tech Report and Digg
Microsoft:
Microsoft Announces Offer to Acquire Fast Search & Transfer  —  Companies' combined expertise, technology will help businesses capitalize on the power of enterprise search.  —  Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq “MSFT") today announced that it will make an offer to acquire Fast Search & Transfer ASA …
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Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft to Buy Data-Search Firm  —  Microsoft said it plans to buy Norway's data-search company Fast Search & Transfer in a cash deal that values the company at $1.2 billion.
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Has Announced A Takeover Bid For Fast Search & Transfer Priced At $1.2 Billion  —  Microsoft has made an offer to acquire enterprise search company Fast Search & Transfer.  —  Norway based Fast Search and Transfer offers enterprise search to over 3500 companies, including many in the Fortune 500.
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Gets Up to Speed on Enterprise Search
Discussion: Bits
Business Wire:
Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts Announces Project Infinity: Strategy to Deliver Exponentially More Content Choice on TV  —  Comcast To Give Consumers More than 1,000 HD Choices in 2008  —  Announces Roadmap to Add 6,000 Movies with 3,000 in HD  —  LAS VEGAS—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Comcast Corporation …
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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 …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Comcast to launch 4-min HD movie downloads
Business Wire:
Move over Bells: Comcast Corporation Becomes the Fourth-Largest …
Discussion: DSLreports, IP Democracy and VoIP Watch
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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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation
Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft: No HD DVD Xbox
Discussion: JD on EP
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Google Enabled Televisions Coming Soon  —  Japanese manufacturer Matsushita (Panasonic) has signed a deal with Google that will see the company launch flat panel television sets that allow users to access YouTube and other Google services such as Picasa Web Albums.
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Reuters:
Matsushita's Panasonic and Google to launch Internet TVs
Discussion: WebProNews and Associated Press
Larry Chiang / FoundRead:
9 VCs You're Gonna Want to Avoid  —  Editor's Note: Fundraising is tough.  So more and more of you bootstrap as long as you can.  But once you get close to $1 million in revenues, VCs will come calling.  That's right: they'll come to you.  Cash flow positive startups remain hard to come by.
Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Critic's slam on ‘popularity pay’ needs correction  —  Professor Edward Wasserman used his column today in the Miami Herald to slam what he calls “popularity pay” and based his entire argument on inaccurate reporting.  Consider this post my request for a correction.  Here's Wasserman's lead:
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BBC:
Copying CDs could be made legal  —  Copying music from a CD to a home computer could be made legal under new proposals from the UK government.  —  Millions of people already “rip” discs to their computers and transfer the files to MP3 players, unaware that the process is against copyright law.
Discussion: Ars Technica, p2pnet and Digg
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
LaCie updates external hard drives, launches the Little Big Disk Quadra  —  Alright, LaCie.  We understand when you namecheck the designer of your new ultra-minimalist external drives, but the d2 line has been shipping since like 2002 — so we're not going to get excited about the look of the thing …
Discussion: PC World
 
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Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Inks PPC Deal with ReachLocal for SMBs
Discussion: WebProNews
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Paid downloads a thing of the past
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Lazysphere and the Decline of Deep Blogging
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is McAfee just asking for a lawsuit?
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
JobFox Snares $20 Million
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google Letting Addresses into AdWords?
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A clean hand-off at Mozilla
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
David Kravets / Wired News:
Despite Move to MP3s, DRM Will Haunt Record Labels
Discussion: DailyTech and Digital Trends
 Earlier Items: 
Consumerist:
Geeks.com Website Hacked, Customer Data Stolen
InfoWorld:
Otellini sees Internet search coming to users
Discussion: PC World and Reuters
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
MTVN Expands Online Syndication; Deals With Online Video Sites
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Comes Yahoo Live, I Mean Yahoo Life
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More Courts Saying That Customs Officers Can Look Through Your Laptop
Discussion: New York Times
Erica Sadun:
Test Request: iPhone Audio recognition
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Blockbuster Online? More Like Blockbuster Offline.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mitsubishi laser TV rocks my socks
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and bub.blicio.us