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3:51 AM ET, January 22, 2008

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Hundreds of Layoffs Expected at Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is planning to lay off hundreds of employees in an effort to increase its profitability, prop up its deflated stock price and narrow the focus of its sprawling Internet portal to a smaller number of key areas, people close to the company said Monday.
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Yahoo Expects Cuts in Staff  —  Yahoo expects to cut staff in some areas under a drive to rein in its budget and focus its activities.  The exact extent of any future layoffs isn't known, but they may affect hundreds of workers.
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Layoffs For Real—But What's the Real Number?  —  Last Friday, when I reported that a small team of about 30 people at Yahoo had lost their jobs, I hinted that “more substantial layoffs are around the corner."  In fact, we had it on good information that the board was set to meet …
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo expected to cut hundreds of jobs  —  (01-21) 18:03 PST SUNNYVALE — Yahoo Inc. plans to cut hundreds of jobs as part of an effort to refocus the Web portal's faltering business, a source familiar with the matter said Monday.  —  The layoffs would mark the most aggressive step yet by Jerry Yang …
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Chief Whitman Plans to Retire  —  EBay Inc. Chief Executive Meg Whitman is preparing to retire.  —  In the past few months, Ms. Whitman, who has led the San Jose, Calif., Internet auctioneer since March 1998, has been delegating more daily responsibilities to her lieutenants and is completing …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
eBay's Whitman To Retire; Donahoe As Leading Candidate  —  Meg Whitman, the CEO of eBay (NSDQ: EBAY), is finally planning to retire, and John Donahoe, the president of the compan;s auction unit, is the leading candidate to succeed her, reports WSJ, citing sources.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pownce Opens To Public Tonight At Midnight; Early Screen Shots Of New Features  —  Pownce, a service that lets users send messages, files, links, and events to friends, first launched into private beta over six months ago.  It was founded by Leah Culver, Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka (Rose and Burka of Digg fame).
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Pownce From Possible Deadpool To Here For The Long-Term Says Arrington
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Pownce Pounces On the Public At Midnight Tonight
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's unveils its grand virtualization strategy  —  Updated 11:00 AM PST: Microsoft will formally unveil its grand virtualization strategy tomorrow at a Virtualization Deployment Summit in Bellevue, WA, highlighted by the acquisition of Calista Technologies, a deeper alliance with Citrix …
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft makes deal to buy virtualization company
Discussion: eWeek
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft reverses itself again on Vista virtualization
Discussion: TechSpot News
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Humans Interupting Algorithms: Wales v. Calacanis on Human Powered Search  —  A large group of international tech rock stars are at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich today and friend of RWW Martin Källström of pre-launch search startup Twingly sent us a rough transcript …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Video Of Mahalo v. Wikia Search At DLD; Google's Marissa Mayer Weighs In
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Only Way For Journalists To Understand The Web Is To Use It  —  Reading Colin Mulvany explain how he's come to understand the dynamic nature of online content distribution through his own experience blogging, and Howard Owens advocating that this is why every journalist should start a blog …
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Howard Owens:   Blog triumphalism: How blogging changed once journalist's mind
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Viral + Monetizable = StartUp Magic Quadrant  —  Hotmail is credited with inventing online viral marketing.  I am sure there were earlier examples, but the whole point of viral is that it's so infectious that it obliterates memory of earlier attempts.  I was an early Hotmail user - it was just so simple, obvious and useful.
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
FBI warns that “vishing” attacks are on the rise  —  According to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the number of “vishing” complaints received by the center is increasing at what it calls “an alarming rate."  Vishing and phishing are related, and both rely on e-mail as a means …
Discussion: The Register
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Significance of the MyBlogLog API  —  If you could capture and use the names, ages, genders and demonstrated interests of the specific people who visited your website - would you?  A whole lot of people providing services online would.  While we've covered the movement …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Stuffing Six Million Pages Down Google's Throat  —  I got two fascinating emails from Jason Hunter over the weekend, both concerning MarkMail, the open source mailing list search engine created by Ryan Grimm and Jason over at MarkLogic.  I thought I'd share them, with Jason's permission.
Discussion: WebProNews
Justin Moresco / Red Herring:
Online Video Ads Must Change  —  A recent survey of people's attitudes toward online in-stream video advertising suggests that advertisers using this increasingly popular form of Internet marketing are wasting their money.  —  Half of all respondents said they stopped watching online videos once …
 
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay, Guilty Before Trial!
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Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU official: IP is personal
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Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Quantcast Closes $20 million Series B
Austin Modine / The Register:
Microsoft tries to CTRL-W WordPerfect lawsuit again
Discussion: TechSpot News
Paul Miller / Engadget:
zAlternator opens up your Zune to WMP11, iTunes sync
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The MacBook Air is the Biggest Test Yet for Cloud Computing
Discussion: Macworld and Technosailor
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WordPress Boosts Free Storage to 3GB.  Leaves Blogger, TypePad in the Dust.
Korben Dallas / Akihabaranews.com:
The Portégé R500 Challenges Mac Book Air!
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Retailers already pushing Blu-ray over HD DVD?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wal-Mart Gives The New Yorker (And Forbes, Fortune, BizWeek etc) The Boot
Romeo Wahed / Download Squad:
All your address are belong to Google
Discussion: CyberNet and Lifehacker
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
 

 
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