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12:55 AM ET, January 9, 2008

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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 …
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Chris / Are You Paying Attention?:
Individuals from Plaxo, Google and Facebook join DataPortability.org Workgroup  —  We are proud to announce the inclusion of Joseph Smarr (Plaxo), Brad Fitzpatrick (Google) and Benjamin Ling (Facebook) to the DataPortability Workgroup.  —  Plaxo, Google and Facebook together represent …
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Facebook, Google And Plaxo Join The DataPortability Workgroup  —  After publishing an invitation to Facebook to join the DataPortability Working Group January 4, we never thought that Facebook would accept it.  Today changes everything you've ever thought about social-networking data and lock-in before …
Tim Faulkner / Valleywag:
Facebook and Google join data-swapping group, change nothing
Discussion: TechCrunch UK
Brad Stone / Bits:
AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter  —  For the past fifteen years, Internet service providers have acted - to use an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting data flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet.  —  But ISPs may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.
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Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
FCC: We'll investigate Comcast-BitTorrent flap  —  Federal regulators plan to investigate whether Comcast improperly interferes with BitTorrent and other file-sharing traffic on its network.  —  The announcement by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin arrived in a panel discussion …
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
FCC to Probe Comcast Data Discrimination  —  LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Federal Communications Commission will investigate complaints that Comcast Corp. actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Releases Browser Based MP3 Player  —  This is clearly just a first step in whatever Yahoo's grand plans are around the future of their music service, but today they released some code to embed a very simple Javascript based MP3 player on any website.  —  The player finds MP3s …
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Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
New player  —  The second iteration of our browser-based player is coming out in beta today.  Here's how it works:  — Link to MP3s in your web page.  These can be anywhere on the web.  — Add a line of code to insert our Javascript library.  We host this, so you just have to point to our URL.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Why is Apple Launching New Gear a Week Before Macworld?  The Official No-Answer Reads Like a Zen Koan  —  I had a briefing with Apple on their new Xserve and Mac Pros that were released today, midweek during CES, a week before Macworld 2008.  I had only one question for them, and it had nothing to do with hardware specs.
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Christine Wilhelmy / Apple:
Apple Introduces New Mac Pro
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Blu-ray Not Coming To Apple's Macs (AAPL)
Jeffrey Silva / RCR Wireless News:
Frontline ‘closed for business’  —  With its extensive connections, firm's ultimate fate is unclear  —  The future of Frontline Wireless L.L.C., the Silicon Valley-backed and politically connected startup that spent months positioning itself to bid big in the upcoming 700 MHz auction, has suddenly become shrouded in mystery.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Frontline, Silicon Valley's Wireless Startup, Folds
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Major 700MHz auction player “closed for business”
Discussion: Epicenter and New York Times
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
CBS Web guru Quincy Smith talks Digg partnership  —  When CBS Interactive announced on Tuesday that its CBSNews.com property had entered a content partnership with Digg, there wasn't a whole lot of information released other than the fact that election-related headlines from Digg would appear …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS' Quincy Smith: Truth-teller
Discussion: CNET News.com and Valleywag
Ryan Kim / The Technology Chronicles:
CES: Comcast plans a big, fast future  —  Roberts gets a little assist from Ryan Seacrest in talking about Comcast's new services  —  Comcast CEO Brian Roberts became the first cable head to keynote CES and he didn't disappoint.  —  The leader of the world's largest cable company …
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Zoë Slocum / CNET News.com:
The end of the cable set-top box? Yes, Comcast says
Discussion: eWEEK.com
Clint Boulton / eWEEK.com:
Fast Opens New Front in Microsoft's War With Google  —  Microsoft is mounting a new challenge to Google, IBM and other competitors with its acqusition of Fast Search.  —  Analysis:Microsoft's play on Jan. 8 to buy Fast Search & Transfer ASA for $1.2 billion is an attempt to grab …
Niall Kennedy / Niall Kennedy's Weblog:
Google processes over 20 petabytes of data per day  —  Google currently processes over 20 petabytes of data per day through an average of 100,000 MapReduce jobs spread across its massive computing clusters.  The average MapReduce job ran across approximately 400 machines in September 2007 …
Bloomberg:
Paramount Denies Report It Will Drop Toshiba's HD DVD  —  Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) — Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures denied a newspaper report that the studio is poised to follow Time Warner Inc. in abandoning Toshiba Corp.'s HD DVD technology.  —  “Paramount's current plan is to continue …
 
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Shira Ovide / Wall Street Journal:
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Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
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Brian Clark / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Guitar Tragedy: Life Imitates Games
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Guess What? WSJ May Not Go Free
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-001 - Critical
Peter Galli / eWEEK.com:
Torvalds Still Will Not License Linux Under GPL v3
Discussion: Podcasting News
Ben Drawbaugh / Engadget:
DirecTV's PC tuner is real!
Discussion: Gizmodo
stsc.hill.af.mil:
Computer Science Education: Where Are the Software Engineers of Tomorrow?
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google's search juggernaut continues
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Lazysphere and the Decline of Deep Blogging