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1:10 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
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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 …
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Comcast Preps Four-Minute HD Movie Download Service For '08 Release
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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Elizabeth Montalbano / PC World:
Microsoft: No HD DVD Xbox  —  Microsoft has no plans to add HD DVD capabilities to its Xbox console, despite rumors to contrary.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Despite rumors to the contrary, Microsoft did not unveil an Xbox console with HD DVD capabilities built-in at CES …
MSNBC:
CES could be leaving Las Vegas  —  Organizers blame rising cost of hotels, food and beverage  —  LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas' 31st International Consumer Electronics Show could be one of its last, organizers said Monday, saying they believe they can get a cheaper deal elsewhere.
Discussion: Gizmodo and bub.blicio.us
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Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation
InfoWorld:
Otellini sees Internet search coming to users
Discussion: PC World, Reuters and Computerworld
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
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.
Discussion: Blogcosm
Theotherthomasotter / Vendorprisey:
Facebook, Scoble, Manifestos and European Privacy Law.  —  Thanks to truly brilliant stream of Auntie P.  —  I'm very late to this, and originally I wasn't planning to comment on the Scoble-Facebook thingy, (see techmeme) but after seeing James Governor's deli.cio.us link comment,about Nick Carr's post, I figured I'd jump in.
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.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Bombshell: Google and Facebook Join DataPortability.org  —  The DataPortability Workgroup announced this morning that representatives from both Google and Facebook are joining its ranks.  The group is working on a variety of projects to foster an era of Data Portability …
Discussion: TechCrunch
 
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Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Live from the Comcast keynote at CES
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Radiohead's Physical Album Selling Well
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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, p2pnet and Digg
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google Letting Addresses into AdWords?
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A clean hand-off at Mozilla
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
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
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mitsubishi laser TV rocks my socks
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and bub.blicio.us