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9:30 AM ET, January 8, 2008

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft offers to buy FAST for $1.2 billion; Likely to trigger enterprise search consolidation  —  Microsoft said Tuesday that it will offer $1.2 billion in cash for Fast Search and Transfer (FAST), a big player in the enterprise search market.  —  The move is sure to shake …
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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 …
Discussion: Insider Chatter and WebProNews
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.
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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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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Podcasting News:
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Comes Yahoo Live, I Mean Yahoo Life
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo's Quest to Open Up
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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Shira Ovide / SmartMoney.com:
Matsushita's Panasonic, Google To Work On Internet-Ready TVs
CNN:   Japan's Matsushita to develop Internet plasma TVs with Google, YouTube - report
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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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 …
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
BBC:
Intel predicts the personal net  —  Mobile devices will deliver a more personal internet within five years, using chips with the power of today's desktop PCs, Intel's head has said.  —  Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show, Paul Otellini predicted mobile devices could soon “augment reality” …
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Intel's CES press event
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:
Discussion: editor on the verge
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
MTVN Expands Online Syndication; Deals With Online Video Sites  —  MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA) continues to expand its online syndication by adding five online video sites to its portal and social network partners: Dailymotion, GoFish (OTCBB: GOFH), iMeem, MeeVee and Veoh.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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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David B. Wilkerson / SmartMoney.com:
Sony To Provide Content To YouTube
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Dave Zatz / Zatz Not Funny!:
CES: TiVo Desktop 2.6 Details
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More Courts Saying That Customs Officers Can Look Through Your Laptop
Discussion: New York Times
Greg Wiles / USA Today:
‘White hat’ hackers in demand
Erica Sadun:
Test Request: iPhone Audio recognition
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
It's all about software, says Gates
Discussion: ZDNet.com.au and Portfolio.com
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Blockbuster Down For The Count? 12+ Hour Outage
Discussion: ParisLemon and Reuters
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Giz Interviews Bill Gates
 Earlier Items: 
Jeremy / Team Blog:
Something New  —  What have we been doing since we released …
Eric / Web Analytics Demystified:
Web Analytics: An Hour a Day
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hollywood: We Want To Sell Ads, Not Downloads
Discussion: Variety and paidContent.org
Claudia H. Deutsch / New York Times:
Xerox Hopes Its New Logo Doesn't Say ‘Copier’
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Back from the dead: CompUSA assets snapped up by TigerDirect
Discussion: Kotaku, Valleywag and Digg
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
The IT department is dead, author argues
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
What to Expect at Macworld  —  While CES is raging in Las Vegas …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ten Common Objections to Social Media Adoption and How You Can Respond