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12:40 PM ET, January 20, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tip: Yahoo May Cut 1,500-2,500 Jobs Within 2 Weeks*  —  A tipster believes Yahoo has created a list of 1,500-2,500 jobs that may be eliminated in the next two weeks.  CEO Jerry Yang will reportedly make the decision to go forward with these layoffs—or not—next week.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Big Yahoo Layoffs Coming Soon?  —  We have been following a tip since the start of January, that Yahoo is preparing ground for a big round of layoffs, and have been digging since on clues and leads.  Now SAI get an anonymous tip (ours wasn't) which says the same thing, with a number to it …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo's Ripe for Shake-Up  —  Yahoo chief Jerry Yang recently summarized a plan to turn the company around by becoming the start page for every Internet user across the globe.  What Mr. Yang failed to provide, however, was a convincing solution to Yahoo's existential crisis.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo (YHOO): More Details on Potential Mass Firings  —  Last night we reported a tip that Yahoo has created a list of 1,500-2,500 jobs that may be cut within two weeks and that Jerry Yang will make the decision to go ahead with the layoffs—or not—this week.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Associate Email Addresses with a Google Account  —  Alternate email addresses are useful if you forget the password of your Google Account and now you can add more than one.  In your account, click on Edit next to “Personal information” and associate additional email addresses with your Google Account.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and jkOnTheRun
louisgray.com:
Mashable Uses A-List Power to Steal B-List Buzz  —  In the tech blogosphere, there's a clear delineation between those who are actively creating the news (the developers, engineers, and business people), those who are reporting the news (those blogs who follow journalism standards and do actual reporting) …
CLUMPC:
EeePC with Every Hack Possible (GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11N, etc.)  —  We've seen a lot of EeePC hacks, but this one takes the cake (currently).  Featuring GPS (with antenna), Bluetooth, internal card reader, additional internal flash drive, 802.11N, FM transmitter and modem.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget, GottaBeMobile and Digg
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Dangers of remote Javascript  —  As we move to a widget web, where the goodies on your site may not necessarily come from your site, it's worth sparing a thought for security.  We at O'Reilly just got bit on perl.com, which redirected to a porn site courtesy a piece of remotely-included Javascript.
Discussion: Ajaxian
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Website Wiped Clean by “Hackers”  —  It started out on Reddit, where a link to a really slow SQL query was posted.  While the Reddit users were trying to kill the RIAA server, someone allegedly decided to up the ante and wipe the site's entire database.  —  The comments on Reddit are only speculation so far.
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Macworld 2008 rumor report card: some hits, mostly misses  —  As far as novelty news goes, Apple tea leaf reading and rumor speculation seems fairly fruitless (no pun intended).  Oh sure, just about everyone entertains the indulgence, even if it's only a debunk, but you can always count …
BoringTrash:
IBM Thinkpad R50e tried to kill me  —  I have been using the end of this bed as a desk for the last 4 weeks.  I put a rug on the end of the bed so as to not dirty it.  Hadn't been a problem.  Bottom of the laptop never gets hot, only warm at most, maybe 40 degrees C. I was just about to go to sleep …
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Thumbs Race as Japan's Best Sellers Go Cellular  —  TOKYO — Until recently, cellphone novels — composed on phone keypads by young women wielding dexterous thumbs and read by fans on their tiny screens — had been dismissed in Japan as a subgenre unworthy of the country that gave the world its first novel …
GigaOM:
Social Networks, from the 80s to the 00s  —  As Facebook enjoys its moment in the sun, we should take a moment to step back and look at the history of computers and social communication.  Some historical perspective is in order, both to assess the real value of social networks as businesses …
Doug Meacham / NextUp:
Companies Without Conversation  —  This past week gave us several great examples of companies demonstrating their obliviousness to the changing world around them.  —  Hasbro / Mattel  —  You know Scrabble.  Created in 1933, the classic wordplay board game has been a favorite worldwide for decades.
 
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Just do it  —  At the Guardian Media Group's online offsite yesterday …
Elena Malykhina / TechWeb:
USDA Calls For Re-Examination OF Cell Phone Health Risks
Discussion: DSLreports and textually.org
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
U.S. venture funding up nearly 11 percent in 2007
Discussion: Associated Press and GigaOM
Ryan Block:
The iPhone's long-missing two-pane email client
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
IPhone's UK sales disappoint
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
(Fake) Steve Jobs Accepts The Best Gadget Award At The Crunchies
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious Integrated Into Yahoo Search Results
Jon Hemingway / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast Responds to Shareholder Complaint
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