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2:15 PM ET, January 11, 2008

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Business Week:
Steve Jobs' Video Dreams  —  His magic has not extended to visual entertainment.  Hollywood and cable companies aim to keep it that way  —  At last year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, most of the 140,000 attendees were buzzing about the future of the cell phone—and how Apple Inc. …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Macworld leads tech out of the desert  —  Apple has the third week of January all to itself this year, and although it probably won't top last year's Macworld, the company will likely make everyone forget about the Consumer Electronics Show.  —  Trade shows are a necessary evil in the tech industry.
Ron Grover / Business Week:
CES Goes Hollywood in Las Vegas
Discussion: MarketingShift
CBS News:
Facebook Founder Says “Beacon” Needs Work  —  Also Tells 60 Minutes It's Unlikely Company Will Go Public in 2008  —  (CBS) The controversial advertising device many accused of invading the privacy of Facebook users will eventually be a good tool, says Facebook founder and chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook - Why Not Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?  —  Just as the press was getting bored with talking about the problems with Facebook's new advertising platform, Beacon (first mentioned here on November 2), founder Mark Zuckerberg goes on 60 Minutes to stir everything back up again (the show will be on air this Sunday).
Charlene Li / Groundswell:
Facebook (and me) on 60 Minutes
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Core Value Is Falling  —  The market is taking stock of still more rumors that Microsoft is trying to buy Yahoo.  (This would be a great deal, if it weren't for management, strategic and cultural differences that would probably sink any combination.)
Discussion: paidContent.org and HipMojo.com
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo?  YaBay?  No Deal!  —  Look, I love a good takeover rumor as much as the next gossipy reporter.  —  But all the incessant rumblings of Microsoft sniffing around to buy Yahoo or Yahoo merging with eBay are getting a tad ridiculous.  —  So, Deal or No Deal?  Um, no deal, Howie!
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: Bernstein Cuts Target; MSFT Deal Unlikely; Equity Stakes …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Gizmodogate: Get a sense of humor folks  —  Gizmodo turns off a bunch of TVs at CES to liven the joint up and you'd think that their scribes lit Bill Gates on fire for the page views.  —  The angst over Gizmodo's hilarious prank is borderline ridiculous:  — Judie Lipsett at Gear Diary calls the prank “total and utter crap.”
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Judie Lipsett / Gear Diary:
Total and Utter Crap: Gizmodo's Stupid CES Prank on Motorola and Us Bloggers  —  I first found out about Gizmodo's stupidity on ValleyWag a little earlier today; the post read “What's the difference between a blogger and a journalist? … I had no idea what Owen Thomas, the post author …
Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
UK gov't report: Don't upgrade to Vista  —  San Francisco - British schools should not upgrade to Microsoft's Vista operating system and Office 2007 productivity suite, the British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (BECTA) said in a report on the software.
Discussion: Electronista
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
UK education agency says no to Vista, Office 2007
Discussion: WinBeta
Wall Street Journal:
Showdown Looms Over Pirated-Media Directory  —  Swedish Prosecutors Target Organizers of Pirate Bay, A Huge File-Sharing Guide  —  One of Hollywood's biggest foes is about to be called on the carpet.  After years of steering Web surfers to free entertainment, the organizers of a massive directory …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Benchmark Bets on Ruby on Rails With $3.5 Million Investment in Engine Yard  —  Is Ruby on Rails the next Java?  Benchmark Capital thinks so.  It just invested $3.5 million in Engine Yard, taking its entire series A round.  Ruby on Rails is an increasingly popular Web application programming environment …
Discussion: VC Ratings and VentureBeat
Arn / MacRumors:
SlingPlayer for iPhone and iPod Touch?  —  ElectricPig.tv claims (via 9to5) they have an “extremely senior source” at Sling Media who says that an iPhone/iPod Touch version of their SlingPlayer client software is coming.  —  Sling Media sells the SlingBox which allows you to stream video …
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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electricpig.tv:
Login  —  CES 2008: Slingplayer coming to iPhone
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Zero-Day Exploit For Apple's QuickTime Posted  —  The vulnerability affects both Windows and Mac OS X versions of Apple's QuickTime software.  —  An Italian security researcher has posted a proof-of-concept exploit for a zero-day vulnerability in the most current version of Apple's QuickTime media software (7.3.1).
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Why Google, Yahoo and Microsoft should worry about Countrywide's takeover  —  Update: Countrywide Financial is being acquired by Bank of America and when the deal closes the second largest Web advertiser will disappear.  It's highly unlikely that Bank of America will spend so lavishly on online advertising.
Discussion: PR Newswire, Deal Journal and Beet.TV
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
The Big Switch Is a Good Thing  —  In his new book “The Big Switch,” blogger and journalist Nick Carr says, “In the YouTube economy, everyone is free to play, but only a few reap the rewards."  But the reason so many people play in the new economy is because the many can reap rewards …
 
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Danny Mendez / Download Squad:
Last.fm hits Windows Mobile
Discussion: AppScout, Mashable! and Lifehacker
Simon Thiel / Bloomberg:
Yell Shares Rise on Renewed Speculation About Bid by Google
Yen Lee / Kango Blog:
New competition for Kayak/SideStep — Yahoo launches price comparison travel search
DSLreports:
‘Unlimited’ AT&T Wireless Data Plans Soon To Be Limited?
Discussion: Electronista
Shane Richmond / Telegraph Blogs:
Facebook for journalists  —  I was asked to compile a guide …
Andrew Orlowski / The Register:
DRM now dead, as Amazon snags Sony
Podcasting News:
The Problem With Mashable's Podcasters
Discussion: Mashable! and ReadWriteWeb
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Unlike Trent Reznor, Saul Williams isn't disheartened
Discussion: Crave and larry borsato
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Wendy Davis / MediaPost Publications:
New Trademark Lawsuit Could Impact Search Marketing
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Serving Images in Sponsored Search Listings
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Motion Picture Storytelling Gets Interactive
Tameka Kee / MediaPost Publications:
Print Yellow Pages Likely To Bleed More Dollars Online
Paul Conley:
Fighting Hole Tactics: Part One — No More Training
Richard S. Chang / Wheels:
Tata Nano: The World's Cheapest Car
Discussion: Crave and michael parekh on IT
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Facebook disables UK entrepreneur's account
Discussion: Technovia and Kwiqq Blog
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Bebo's Platform Now Open for All Developers