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1:40 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: paidContent.org
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:   Yahoo expected to cut hundreds of jobs
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
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.
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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  —  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.
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The MacBook Air is the Biggest Test Yet for Cloud Computing  —  I can't remember a product since the G4 Cube that has stirred up as much polarity in the Mac community as last week's release of the MacBook Air (MBA).  It's either adored or derided.  There's no in between.
Discussion: Technosailor
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Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Air Unboxing Photos and Wireless Booting
Discussion: SlashGear and Digg
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 …
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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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
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.
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.
 
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Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU official: IP is personal
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Slide's funding brings out reporters' knives
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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Austin Modine / The Register:
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Target Quietly Moves Into Digital Music, Finally; Sony BMG Deal
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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
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