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11:15 AM 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  —  Apple today revised the Mac Pro and Xserve with a new architecture and the recently released Penryn Processors.  The Mac Pro combines two 45-nm Quad-Core Xeon processors running up to 3.2GHz and up to 4TB of internal storage.
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Tech Report
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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 …
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.
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 …
Business Wire:
Move over Bells: Comcast Corporation Becomes the Fourth-Largest …
Discussion: IP Democracy, DSLreports 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
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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CNN:   Japan's Matsushita to develop Internet plasma TVs with Google, YouTube - report
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A clean hand-off at Mozilla  —  As in a relay race, the key to a successful enterprise is often the hand-off, a change in leadership at the top.  —  When it's messy the whole company can suffer.  It can die or be taken over.  —  When it's done right the chief operating officer slides …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Here Comes Yahoo Live, I Mean Yahoo Life  —  Yahoo didn't just announce their new open mobile platform today at CES.  They also got the heavyweights - Jerry Yang, David Filo and Brad Garlinghouse - up on stage to give more details on the project they're calling Yahoo Life! (previously dubbed “Inbox 2.0").
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Jerry Yang offers sneak peak of Yahoo's future: Life!
InfoWorld:
Otellini sees Internet search coming to users  —  Preaching mobility to an audience teeming with cell-phone and laptop users, Intel CEO Paul Otellini looked into the crystal ball and predicted that Internet search will approach users instead of users approaching search.
Discussion: PC World and Reuters
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BBC:
Intel predicts the personal net
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.
Spencer Reiss / Wired News:
Q&A: Author Nicholas Carr on the Terrifying Future of Computing  —  Nicholas Carr is high tech's Captain Buzzkill — the go-to guy for bad news.  A former executive editor of Harvard Business Review, he tossed a grenade under big-budget corporate computing with his 2004 polemic Does IT Matter?
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Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
The IT department is dead, author argues
 
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BBC:
Copying CDs could be made legal
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David Kravets / Wired News:
Despite Move to MP3s, DRM Will Haunt Record Labels
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Geeks.com Website Hacked, Customer Data Stolen
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Bill Gates: the exit interview
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MTVN Expands Online Syndication; Deals With Online Video Sites
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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