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1:25 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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Jeremy Toeman / Jeremy Toeman's LIVEdigitally:
Hey Apple, you get NEXT week!  —  Did a quick scan on Techmeme this morning for interesting CES news.  Guess what I see?  —  Apple decided to announce new servers today.  I call this a lame move.  —  Last year, Apple dominated CES without even being there with their iPhone announcements.
Discussion: Scobleizer
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 …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Announces Penryn Mac Pros and Xserves
Discussion: CrunchGear and The Tech Report
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 …
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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 …
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 …
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Comcast to launch 4-min HD movie downloads  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Superfast Internet speeds on Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: Quote, Profile , Research) this year will allow subscribers to download a whole high-definition movie in just four minutes, as the largest U.S. cable operator hastens …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Comcast Preps Four-Minute HD Movie Download Service For '08 Release
Financial Times:
Paramount in HD DVD blow  —  Paramount is poised to drop its support of HD DVD after Warner Brothers' recent backing of Sony's Blu-ray technology, in a move that will sound the death knell of HD DVD and bring the home entertainment format war to a definitive end.
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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
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 …
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
Nik Fletcher / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumour: Fox to include iTunes files with DVDs starting 15th Jan  —  We heard a while back that Apple and the movie studios were in negotiations over movie rentals, and there were mentions of iPod compatible movie files being shipped with DVDs.  Of course, to be able to legitimately import DVDs …
Discussion: iLounge, Insanely Great Mac and Digg
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.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Viacom makes videos available online  —  LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Viacom's MTV Networks Group has signed deals to make videos available on five online video services and Comcast Corp's broadband site, as the company aims to increase its presence on the Web.  —  Dailymotion, GoFish, iMeem …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
MTVN Expands Online Syndication; Deals With Online Video Sites
 
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MSNBC:
CES could be leaving Las Vegas
Discussion: Gizmodo and bub.blicio.us
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
Live from the Comcast keynote at CES
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Radiohead's Physical Album Selling Well
Discussion: The Register
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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Lazysphere and the Decline of Deep Blogging
 Earlier Items: 
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
Is McAfee just asking for a lawsuit?
BBC:
Copying CDs could be made legal
Discussion: Ars Technica and p2pnet
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk:
Google Letting Addresses into AdWords?
Dana Blankenhorn / Open Source:
A clean hand-off at Mozilla
Discussion: InfoWorld and The Register
Matt Richtel / Bits:
Death of the Corporation
InfoWorld:
Otellini sees Internet search coming to users
Discussion: PC World, Reuters and Computerworld
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