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1:40 PM ET, January 15, 2008

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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Steve Jobs Keynote Live From Macworld  —  This post is being updated live, in reverse chronological order, from the Steve Jobs keynote at the Macworld Expo!  —  9:48am: One button interface for iTunes rentals on Apple TV.  Remarkably simple to use, at least in the demo
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Engadget:
Live from Macworld 2008: Steve Jobs keynote  —  Thanks for joining us for our live Macworld 2008 keynote coverage! We're in, so click on, all our real-time updates are posted just after the break.  Note: this time we're updating from bottom to top, with the latest updates below.
Michael Rose / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
The Macworld 2008 Keynote Liveblog  —  8:54 PT We're inside.  Media scrum heading for seats.  Coldplay on the PA, crowd shots on the monitors.  Here with Scott McNulty, John Gruber, John Moltz and a whole lot of press.  —  The action starts here shortly before 9 am PT on Tuesday (12 noon ET) — don't miss it!
Patrik / F-Secure Antivirus Research Weblog:
First Rogue Cleaning Tool for Mac  —  We've just found the first Mac rogue application and it's called MacSweeper.  —  It claims to clean your Mac from compromising files and it will always find something to fix/clean but the only way to do so is to buy the program.
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple MacBook Air Looks Absolutely Amazing  —  It's real.  The fabled MacBook Air actually exists.  It's ultra-thin, has a normal state drive and, except for a couple ports, it's all about wireless connectivity.  It's an stunning .16 inches thick at the bottom and .76 inches on the top.
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Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Breaking: Apple Insider Leaks Ultra-Portable Details  —  An Apple insider told Wired today that the company's new ultraportable, expected to be seen in public for the first time tomorrow, has an extremely thin profile and is shaped like a teardrop when closed — thicker at the top behind the screen …
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple unveils the Apple TV, take 2  —  Apple just admitted that the first Apple TV didn't quite work out — so it's back with a new model that can access iTunes directly, and streams movies from the new rental store in both DVD quality and HD with 5.1 surround.
Discussion: Digg
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Apple TV Take 2: $229, No Computer Required, Direct Rentals (Netflix Screwed)  —  Holy crap, Jobs admitted Apple TV failed at getting computer content to the square screen.  Apple TV Take 2 requires no computer, you can rent from iTunes directly from the box—movies and music—and it's only $229.
Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
Amazon.com is challenging French competition law  —  PARIS: The online retailer Amazon.com said Monday that it would pay €1,000 a day in fines, rather than comply with a court ruling upholding French limits on price discounts for books.  —  The company decided to pay …
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PR Newswire:
Ticketmaster Announces Agreement to Acquire Leading Online Ticket …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Somewhat Frank
Dorian Benkoil / JackMyers.com:
Condé Nast Portfolio Expands Online Apps with Google, Facebook and LinkedIn  —  Condé Nast Portfolio has been quietly building its www.Portfolio.com ad-supported website with an emphasis on audience quality vs. size, although the site now boasts somewhere between 900,000 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Carey: Portfolio.com To Supply 30 Percent Of Magazine's Total Ad Revs By Next Year
Discussion: New York Times
Robby Stein / Official Gmail Blog:
New Gmail for the iPhone  —  We've just released a new look and feel for the mobile version of Gmail on your iPhone.  Our goal: make Gmail fit nicely as part of the latest Google on your iPhone experience.  This means that we had to make Gmail faster and more fluid.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook buying Plaxo?  —  Facebook is “one hundred percent” buying Plaxo, we've just heard from a source.  —  This follows a rumor previously published by Valleywag asserting that such a deal is underway.  —  While these types of rumors should be taken with more than a grain of salt …
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Business Wire:
Clearwire and Google Collaborate to Offer Search and Communications Tools  —  KIRKLAND, Wash.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Wireless broadband pioneer Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR) today announced it is teaming up with Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) to deliver the company's popular Google Apps™ communication suite to Clearwire customers.
Discussion: DSLreports and Telecompetitor
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Google Apps coming to Clearwire customers via new partnership
Business Wire:
JiWire to Provide iPhone™ and iPod touch Users With First Ever Ad-Supported Free Wi-Fi Access  —  JiWire Wi-Fi Advertising Network Members to Offer “Ads for Access"™ Payment Alternative at Premium Airports, Hotels, Cafes  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—JiWire …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and dailywireless.org
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Samwer Brothers Invest In Facebook  —  Serial German entrepreneurs Alexander, Marc and Oliver Samwer have invested in Facebook, we've heard from a very reliable source - presumably as part of Facebook's recent $15 billion valuation round with Microsoft.  We are still trying to nail down the size of the investment.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
New Video Explains the Basics of Data Portability  —  We've been writing a lot about data portability here lately, and specifically the DataPortability.org Work Group.  High level members of Google and Facebook staff joined the group a week ago yesterday, key people from LinkedIn, SixApart …
 
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
Analyst predicts strong holiday quarter due to Mac sales
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Babbel: Help Me, Help You Learn A New Language
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
VMware Acquires Thinstall to Take Virtualization to the Desktop
Discussion: eWeek and Brian Madden
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout:
FCC Asks Comcast for Answers on P2P Issue
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Zynga Game Network
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Oversee.net Receives $150 Million Investment
Justin Mullins / New Scientist:
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The attack of the ad-sponsored phone call
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TSA Staffer Hires Buddies To Build Insecure Website For Folks Falsely On Watch List
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Swedish prosecutors dump 4,000 legal docs on The Pirate Bay