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12:50 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 …
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Penryn Mac Pros and Xserves
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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
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
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.
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ars gets its hands on the Optimus Maximus, begins payment plan  —  How do you get people interested in a $1,500 keyboard?  Simple, turn each key into an OLED screen.  When you hit caps lock, the keys change to show they're upper case.  Play a first-person shooter and the WASD keys turn into arrows.
 
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Radiohead's Physical Album Selling Well
Discussion: The Register
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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Lazysphere and the Decline of Deep Blogging
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is McAfee just asking for a lawsuit?
BBC:
Copying CDs could be made legal
Discussion: Ars Technica, p2pnet and Digg
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google Letting Addresses into AdWords?
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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 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
Lucas Grindley / Lucas Grindley's blog:
Critic's slam on ‘popularity pay’ needs correction
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