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11:25 AM ET, January 17, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Implements OpenID; Massive Win For The Project  —  The rumor last week was that Google (as well as Verisign and IBM) were mulling over the idea of joining the OpenID 2.0 single sign-on framework.  But the real news comes today, as Yahoo and its roughly 250 million user IDs officially jump on the bandwagon.
Caroline McCarthy / CNET
Yahoo throws weight behind OpenID standard  —  In one of the most significant moves yet in the growing push toward service interoperability on the Web, tech giant Yahoo announced Thursday that it is supporting the OpenID 2.0 standard for a universal Internet log-in.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo puts its heft behind OpenID 2.0  —  Yahoo said Tuesday that it plans to support the OpenID 2.0 single sign-on framework and bring its 248 million users to the Web's interoperability party.  —  When it comes to frameworks like OpenID my eyes typically glaze over.  Why?
Tim Wu / Slate:
Has AT&T Lost Its Mind?  —  A BAFFLING PROPOSAL TO FILTER THE INTERNET.  —  Chances are that as you read this article, it is passing over part of AT&T's network.  That matters, because last week AT&T announced that it is seriously considering plans to examine all the traffic it carries …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET   Should AT&T police the Internet?  —  news analysis A decade …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET
Twitter, Facebook called on for higher purpose  —'s technology project to help save lives in the event of natural disasters or public health threats is set to launch Thursday.  —  The project, called Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disaster (InSTEDD) …
Eric Griffith / AppScout:
Digg Reel Features Most Dugg Videos  —  Digg, the social community that performs the valuable service of spoon-feeding us popular stuff to read and watch, is perhaps a little too big.  Who has time to watch all the offbeat videos with the highest number of Diggs?
Discussion: WebProNews
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Interview: Sony's Thoughts On the MacBook Air  —  During the Keynote, Jobs compared the Macbook Air to Sony's TZ ultraportable, implying it had a small keyboard and screen, was too thick, and was not that good.  Here's what Sony thinks of the Apple MacBook Air:
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Time To Redefine Fair Use?  —  from the outdated-concepts-that-need- refreshing dept  —  We've covered the first and second parts of the NY Times “debate” over copyright issues between Rick Cotton and Tim Wu.  In both of those, we focused on Cotton's assertions, which were understandable given …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Slashdot and Bits
Saul Hansell / Bits:
ITunes Movie Rentals and Netflix Online: Different Markets  —  It's easy to wonder whether the recently improved online video feature from Netflix will be hurt by the promotional blitzkrieg that Apple will launch for its iTunes movie rental service.  —  After chatting with Reed Hastings …
Chris Riley / Google Blogoscoped:
No Google Analytics API?  No Problem!  —  Chris Riley is a web developer from the UK.  In his spare time, he likes to mess about with various web APIs to create interesting and useful mashups.  —  If you're like me, you probably have a blog and use Google Analytics to track visitor activity.
Discussion: Inside AdWords
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Perspective: Myspace Still Kicking Facebook's Ass in Traffic  —  While the media and Silicon Valley have lost our collective minds over the rise of Facebook over the past year, traffic analysts Hitwise released numbers today indicating that things are not as they might seem.
Google bows to Church of Scientology over Cruise video  —  Scientology ... Tom Cruise and wife Kate Holmes / AP  —  SCIENTOLOGISTS have forced internet giant Google to remove a leaked web video that featured Hollywood star Tom Cruise praising the niche religion.
Discussion: WebProNews
Christina Warren / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Will iTunes rentals play on a 5G iPod?  Nope.  —  The long-rumored iTunes rental service is finally up and running.  For many users, the most attractive part of the service (and certainly the only part that really sets it apart from any of the other online rental options) …
Associated Press:
Time Warner links web prices with usage  — Time Warner links web prices with usage  —  NEW YORK - Time Warner Cable will experiment with a new pricing structure for high-speed Internet access later this year, charging customers based on how much data they download, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
US intel chief wants carte blanche to peep all 'Net traffic
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Make a latte anywhere, even without electricity
Laura Parker / Guardian:
Peer-to-peer network invites drivers to get connected
Scot Wingo / eBay Strategies:
eBay fee change buzz...
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Breaking News: No UK price cut for Apple TV
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Oracle acquires....Captovation?
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Truveo Launches Presidential Video Search
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
P2P movie site Jaman signs deal with TIVO
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Steve Jobs Sprinkles a Bit of Magic Apple Dust on Boston's Skyhook
Discussion: Macworld and Ubergizmo
Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Sorry Fanboys, Businesses Shouldn't Switch to Macs
Discussion: VoIP Blog
Al Iverson / CircleID:
North Dakota Judge Gets it Wrong
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Internet routing shows growing pains—again
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keynote Roundup  —  Miscellaneous thoughts and observations …
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Savio Rodrigues / InfoWorld:
More thoughts on Sun & MySQL