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2:00 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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Ryan Block / 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.
Macworld:
Macworld Expo Keynote Coverage  —  Steve Jobs will be delivering the keynote address for Macworld Expo beginning at 9 a.m. PST on Tuesday.  Once the event is under way, Macworld's team of editors will begin live blogging from the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
AAPL: Blogging Jobs; 5M Leopard Units; Wireless Backup; 4M iPhones; Movie Rentals; Apple TV; Macbook Air  —  I'll be live-blogging the keynote by Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs at Macworld right here.  Refresh often.  The event was supposed to start at 9, and is now a few minutes late.  Stand by...
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!
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Apple MacBook Air Looks Absolutely Amazing  —  It's real.  The fabled MacBook Air actually exists.  It's ultra-thin, can have normal hard drive or a solid state one 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 …
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.
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.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:   Apple TV Take 2: $229, No Computer Required, Direct Rentals (Netflix Screwed)
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 …
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.
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.
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
Fabrik acquires G-Technology to enhance Mac storage products  —  Call it a Big Mac Attack.  Fabrik is barging into the Apple Macintosh market with its acquisition today of G-Technology.  G-Technology makes storage products for the Mac market, while Fabrik is big in the PC storage space.
Discussion: GigaOM and Silicon Valley Watcher
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
FCC Approves Google For Wireless Auction  —  The 700MHz wireless spectrum auction on January 24th opens with 214 bidders chasing the big prize, with Google competing with an assortment of telecoms both big and small.  —  As part of the process of lining up bidders who will pay upwards …
Discussion: Techland and Search Engine Land
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Locked and loaded: FCC finalizes rules & bidders for 700MHz
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple adds five apps to the iPod touch — for a price
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Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
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Justin Berka / Infinite Loop:
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Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Swedish prosecutors dump 4,000 legal docs on The Pirate Bay