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12:20 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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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 …
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Yahoo Expects Cuts in Staff
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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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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 …
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
Ashlee Vance / The Register:   Microsoft preempts Hyper-V release with virtualization vision
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  —  The organizers of the DLD conference in Munich put on a great show today.  One of the more lively sessions was called “Humans Disrupting Algorithms” and featured Wikipedia/Wikia Search's Jimmy Wales and Mahalo's Jason Calacanis …
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  —  Is this where I get to say, “I told you so"?  —  Whenever I write about the need for journalists to start blogging in order to really get online journalism, some journosaur pops up with some snark about blogging and how journalism hasn't changed because of the Web.
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Air Unboxing Photos and Wireless Booting  —  The first unboxing photos for the MacBook Air come from what appears to be a remote Macworld Expo presentation in Japan.  The pictures show that they received their demonstration MacBook Air in the retail packaging.  Unboxing sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The MacBook Air is the Biggest Test Yet for Cloud Computing
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Pros Getting MacBook Air's Multi-touch Trackpad  —  We think this is pretty obvious, but AppleInsider says they've received info that the MacBook Pros will also be getting the MacBook Air's multi-touch trackpad feature (which we got hands-on of here).
Discussion: Electronista
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WordPress Boosts Free Storage to 3GB.  Leaves Blogger, TypePad in the Dust.  —  In a move that will no doubt put pressure on competing blog platforms TypePad (from Six Apart) and Blogger (from Google), WordPress (from Automattic) is boosting free storage for all the blogs it hosts from 50 MB to 3 GB.
Electronista:
Retailers already pushing Blu-ray over HD DVD?  —  The move by Warner Bros. to produce only Blu-ray movies is already beginning to push HD DVD out of stores, says a report from Video Business.  Several retail chain owners, including Trans World Entertainment and Video Buyers Group …
Discussion: ParisLemon and Gizmodo
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:   Poor early-2008 sales alarming for remainder of HD DVD camp
Michael / DVD Dossier Blog:
HBO to Go  —  Home Box Office, the premium television programmer, is set to launch a new broadband service tomorrow.  —  Available initially only to cable customers served by the Wisconsin Division of Time Warner Cable, the new service - called HBO on Broadband - will make over 600 HBO movies …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Time Warner not in sync with HBO online videos, usage caps
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
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Real Estate Social Net ActiveRain Gets $2.75 Million First Round  —  Bellevue, WA-based ActiveRain, a social network for real estate professionals, has raised a $2.75 million first round from HouseValues, a publicly traded real estate info company.  The site offers the usual social networking features …
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
EU readying next round of phone charge battles  —  BERLIN: Last May, lawmakers passed the European Union's first price controls on mobile phone calling charges, sharply reducing the roaming fees Europeans have to pay when traveling within the 27-country bloc.
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp
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