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12:55 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 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 …
Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:   Hey Apple, you get NEXT week!
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Penryn Mac Pros and Xserves
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Tech Report
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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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Comcast Preps Four-Minute HD Movie Download Service For '08 Release  —  Just when Sony's (NYSE: SNE) Blu-ray may have thought the Hi-Def video war was over, the format is likely to face a much tougher challenge from Comcast's (NSDQ: CMCSA) Wideband internet service.
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: Electronista, Forbes and 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.
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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Lazysphere and the Decline of Deep Blogging  —  Tech bloggers (and I put myself squarely in this group), I am sorry to report that many of us have become lazy - really lazy.  So, with this in mind I offer a challenge: in 2008 let's strap back on our thinking caps and get our blog mojo back.
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Radiohead's Physical Album Selling Well  —  Despite what some claim, Radiohead made it abundantly clear from the very beginning that the “name your own price” download offering was part of a promotional campaign to get more people to buy the physical CD.  And buy it, they are.
Discussion: The Register
 
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ars gets its hands on the Optimus Maximus, begins payment plan
Kevin Heisler / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Google Inks PPC Deal with ReachLocal for SMBs
Discussion: WebProNews
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
LaCie updates external hard drives, launches the Little Big Disk Quadra
Discussion: PC World
Ben Fritz / Variety:
Paid downloads a thing of the past
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is McAfee just asking for a lawsuit?
BBC:
Copying CDs could be made legal
Discussion: Ars Technica and p2pnet
Dan Primack / PE HUB:
JobFox Snares $20 Million
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google Letting Addresses into AdWords?
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A clean hand-off at Mozilla
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
InfoWorld:
Otellini sees Internet search coming to users
Discussion: PC World, Reuters and Computerworld
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
MTVN Expands Online Syndication; Deals With Online Video Sites
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
More Courts Saying That Customs Officers Can Look Through Your Laptop
Discussion: New York Times
Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Critic's slam on ‘popularity pay’ needs correction
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mitsubishi laser TV rocks my socks
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Jeremy / Team Blog:
Something New  —  What have we been doing since we released …
 

 
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