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1:00 PM ET, January 9, 2007


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Karlgaard / CESblog:
Yahoo! Snaps Up  —  Yahoo! is making notoriety a mouse click away.  —  The Internet portal has purchased, an Orlando, Fla.-based website that enables readers of web pages to leave information about themselves, building a social network among fans of such things …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo buys MyBlogLog... for real!  —  Updated: 8.58 pm: A few minutes after we had ordered our dinner at Mehfil Restaurant in San Francisco's SOMA district, Scott Rafer, chairman of Orlando, Florida-based MyBlogLog, checked his Blackberry Pearl, and broke into a smile.
Chad Dickerson / Yodel Anecdotal:
Bloggers unite!  Yahoo! joins forces with MyBlogLog  —  There once was a time when bloggers basically lived in silos of independent existence.  Hunched over your keyboard, you checked your ego feeds every day, looked for inbound links, followed the various meme-tracking sites, and read who you thought was interesting.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Buys MyBlogLog.  No, They Didn't.  Wait, Yes.  —  Ok so it's official and confirmed from Yahoo: They bought MyBlogLog.  This was first rumored to be happening in November, but was never confirmed and we updated our post to reflect that.  This morning the news broke again but was pulled immediately afterwards.
Eric / The MyBlogLog Blog:
The Jig is Up — MyBlogLog joins Yahoo!  —  Todd, John, Steve, Scott and I are pleased to announce that Yahoo! has brought MyBlogLog into the fold.  I've been drafting a post about this for the better part of a week and it's just not happening.  No matter how hard I try, there's just too much here that I can't yet put into words.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo Acquires MyBlogLog & More On How It Works  —  After several weeks of rumors, Yahoo has officially announced it has agreed to purchase the MyBlogLog service.  I've used the service for several weeks on my personal blog Daggle and the Daily SearchCast and found it pretty compelling.
Jeremy Zawodny / Jeremy Zawodny's blog:   Welcome MyBlogLog to Yahoo!
Owen Thomas / Business 2.0 Beta:   Yahoo Spends Millions on Social Startup MyBlogLog
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Live from Macworld 2007: Steve Jobs keynote  —  The game is on!  Keep refreshing this page for a steady stream of updates.  The keynote should get rolling sometime after 9am PST.  —  7:54am - We're here, standing in line waiting to get in.  People have been camped out since 9pm last night …
John Siracusa / FatBits:
MWSF 2007 keynote bingo  —  I debated doing a MacWorld bingo card for a long time.  At first, I was sure I wasn't going to create one.  WWDC bingo was a cute diversion, but do I really want to commit to doing one of these for every Stevenote?  I also didn't know if people would be hungry for more bingo after WWDC's bingo bust.
Sprint Nextel Provides Update On Financial Outlook and Operating Performance  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) announced today an update to its financial outlook and detailed its plans designed to improve operational performance and drive long-term shareholder value.
Chris Gilmer / Web Worker Daily:
MAKING LIFE ON THE GO EASIER WITH YAHOO! GO 2.0  —  Yahoo recently launched the Yahoo! Go 2.0 Beta.  This new mobile application allows users to conveniently connect to email, news, and photos.  I tried this out on my Blackberry and MotoRazr phones, and Yahoo has done a nice job at interface design …
Ken Fisher / Infinite Loop:
Viacom to become second major Apple movie partner  —  Continuing the sample of pre-show news, there's word that Viacom has signed on with Apple to offer feature-length movies on the iTunes Store.  Viacom, which is the parent company of CBS and Paramount Studios, joins Disney on the iTunes Store.
Jonathan Richards / Times of London:
High-quality DVDs will not operate on some Vista PCs  —  Microsoft has been forced to acknowledge that a substantial number of PCs running the new version of its Windows operating system will not be able to play high-quality DVDs.  —  The Vista system will be available to consumers at the end of the month.
Discussion: Slashdot and digg
Iowa antitrust case: Microsoft exec called software developers 'pawns'  —  James Plamondon was a technical evangelist at the company for eight years  —  Eric Lai Today's Top Stories or Other Standards/Legal Issues Stories  —  A Microsoft Corp. technical evangelist referred …
Discussion: Slashdot
Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google SketchUp Pro 6 Leaves Googleplex [free upgrade]  —  Google today released Google SketchUp 6 and SketchUp Pro 6 which is available as a free upgrade to all SketchUp (version 2, 3, 4, or 5) users [purchased from @Last].  —  New users can download either the free version of SketchUp 6 …
Discussion: Ogle Earth and InsideGoogle
Anil Dash / Six Apart News:
Step Away From Your Computer  —  Okay, show of hands — how many of you have had the best moments of your life happen in front of a computer monitor?  (Those of you with your hands up — that's sad.  Please stop reading now.)  —  For the rest of us, real life, the kind of things we want to remember …
Aral Balkan:
FlashForward KeyNote at MacWorld  —  I took notes during the FlashForward keynote at MacWorld today but couldn't post them since I didn't have WiFi in the room.  It was a nice keynote and we got some cool sneak peeks at Flash CS3 and Apollo and a fun presentation on Flash on the Wii by Justin.
Discussion: JD on EP and Ryan Stewart
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Windows Home Server: details and features  —  Much of what we predicted about Home Server is true.  It's all about centralization and ease of use, and it's targeted at users who want an easy way to back up all of the important data in their house.  It's built using a mix of new and not-new sever technology …
Discussion: John Carroll and digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Hear About Conduit Yet?  —  Israel and California based Conduit is announcing a deal today with Google to provide search for their customizable toolbar product.  The news itself isn't all that interesting, although it will help Conduit with revenue.  But the Conduit service itself is really taking off.
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John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Quoted  —  Twas the day before Macworld, and all through the nets
Carmack Eyes DS
Discussion: Joystiq and Go Nintendo
Rumor: 1Up Welcomes New Dell Overlords
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Cory Doctorow / Boing Boing:
EMI abandons CD DRM
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Flexible electronic paper to be mass-produced in 2008
Discussion: Telegraph Blogs and
Randall Bennett / Engadget:
Engadget Podcast 097 - 01.09.07  —  The days move on, and the gadgets continue to impress.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Longofest / MacRumors:
Last Minute Macworld San Francisco Notes [Updated]
Discussion: TechBlog and Blogging Stocks
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
More Money For Wikis  —  After JotSpot sold to Google …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Zoli's Blog
SECOND LIFE: 'Unless you're a sexual deviant, boring as hell'
Discussion: Mathew Ingram, Reuters and Kotaku
David Haskin / Computerworld Blogs blogs:
Microsoft uses Zune to stab friends in the back
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
1000 Shots of CES?  —  Well I think my goal of getting 1,000 shots …
Cabel /
Apple's Next-Generation Themes
New Intel Processors Expand Quad-Core PC, Server Line-Ups
Wagner James Au / GigaGamez:
Second Life Goes Open Source- First Thoughts, With Linden Lab's Replies
San Francisco Chronicle:
O Googlers, where art thou?

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Kevin Roderick / LA Observed:
Among LA Times buyouts, two assistant managing editors and six bureau chiefs leaving

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Vatican Court rejects journalist's bid to drop charges in case over leaked documents

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