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10:05 PM ET, January 20, 2008

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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.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Cut 20% Of Its Workforce?  —  Silicon Alley Insider is reporting that Yahoo is preparing to lay off up to 20% of its 12,000 strong workforce, a big purge as the Sunnyvale based company attempts to become more profitable.  —  Talks of staff downsizing at Yahoo have been doing …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Big Yahoo Layoffs Coming Soon?
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA Website Wiped Clean by “Hackers”  —  It started out on the social news website 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.
Mary Hayes Weier / InformationWeek:
Wal-Mart Gets Tough On RFID  —  Sam's Club suppliers required to use tags or face $2 fee.  —  Wal-Mart has apparently tired of its investments in radio frequency identification turning into a prolonged pilot study and is stepping up pressure on suppliers to comply with its 3-year-old inventory-technology mandate.
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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Nokia And Facebook Working On Mobile Deal; Could Involve Investment  —  [by David Kaplan and Rafat Ali] Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Facebook are working on porting the social network on to Nokia handsets in a major way, we have learned.  The Facebook placement could be as prominent as the YouTube button …
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Mashable!
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
New Robert Scoble TV Show on FastCompany.TV will be Monetized via Sponsorships, No Pre/Post Roll  —  As publishers large and small look to monetize online video content, one emerging model is sponsorship, a format in which a brand gets to be associated with a show, usually with an introductory mention and/or graphic.
Discussion: HipMojo.com
Emily Price / Download Squad:
CuePrompter - Your Online Teleprompter  —  Whether you're recording a podcast, a Squadcast, or anything in between it can sometimes be difficult to remember what you were trying to say once a video camera starts rolling.  CuePrompter is free online teleprompter service that allows you to turn …
Discussion: Ajaxian and Mashable!
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Vista and Office 2007 getting some traction ahead of Windows 7  —  The third and last CDW Windows Vista Tracking Poll, performed by Walker Information, shows that Windows Vista is getting some take-up.  The number of organisations “evaluating and testing” Vista has increased from 29% in February 2007 to 48% …
Greg Wasserstrom / Gawker:
If You Love David Karp So Much Why Don't You Marry Him?  —  Tumblr creator David Karp is being heralded as the “Internet's Boy Wonder” in Page Six magazine today.  It's not like that bothers us or anything, but a boy wonder?  The guy who invented the television was called a Boy Wonder.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Why I've Started Using Twitter Again  —  So I'm going to try using Twitter again.  Why, after having caused such a (unintended) fuss when I stopped?  — Twitter continues to be a flashpoint for innovative thinking — I've read too much interesting talk about Twitter not to be tuned in …
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Another News Feed rule change coming this week  —  As part of the user experience improvement program (i.e. aggressive developer marketing crackdown) announced last week, Facebook is making another change to the way applications can publish stories to users' feeds this week.
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Davos World Economic Forum  —  I'm attending and covering two great conferences this week.  First up is the Digital, Life, Design event in Munich (where i have just arrived).  There are a few interesting panels and discussions, and I'll mention any highlights over the next two days.
Discussion: The Drama 2.0 Show
Podcasting News:
PodShow Podcasting Network Grew 29144% in 2007...Without Porn  —  According to the analysts at Compete, the Podshow podcasting network is one of the top five movers and shakers of 2007.  —  Here's what PodShow's Adam Curry has to say about the news:
 
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How Pirates Will Change The Entertainment Industry
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Researcher pinpoints Skype vulnerability
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mashable!
Jibi / The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 8xxx = BlackBerry 9000?
Discussion: Gadgetell, PalmAddicts and Gizmodo
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
I'm glad Louis Gray called out Mashable
Discussion: Maple Leaf 2.0 and Joe Duck
Ahl / Adam Leventhal's Weblog:
Mac OS X and the missing probes
Yannick Pasquet / Agence France Presse:
Anti-Nokia backlash grows in Germany
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Developing Algorithms To Prevent Citizen Journalism From Being Gamed …
Discussion: broadstuff
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Just do it  —  At the Guardian Media Group's online offsite yesterday …
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IBM Thinkpad R50e tried to kill me
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Associate Email Addresses with a Google Account
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Macworld 2008 rumor report card: some hits, mostly misses
Discussion: Digg
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Thumbs Race as Japan's Best Sellers Go Cellular
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Dangers of remote Javascript
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