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10:51 AM ET, January 22, 2008


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Yahoo, Please Put Up A Fight  —  Yahoo has lost about $20 billion in market cap over the last two years.  The fight that it was supposed to put up against Google has been full of Brownian Motion, generating no real momentum.  —  Yahoo has a staggering 500 million users.
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.
Chris / LiveSide:
Windows 7 details emerge - look Software + Services  —  Right now everyone is getting excited over the apparent distribution of early Windows 7 builds to external Microsoft partners.  One poster over at Neowin is claiming to have installed the build and while unsurprisingly its difficult to verify this …
Long Zheng / istartedsomething: forum member posts first review of Windows 7 Milestone 1 Build 6.1.6519.1  —  Looks like it didn't take long for the first external build of Windows 7 to be leaked on to the interwebs.  Black fumes were reported escaping Steven Sinofsky's office earlier this morning after news Microsoft …
Discussion: TechBlog, and Slashdot
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple store down: pink iPod nano and Canadian iPhone rumors swirl  —  Yup, it's down again... on a Tuesday... just hours before they announce their quarterly financials.  We've been hearing about new pink iPod nanos all morning which have apparently been shipped to big box retail locations.
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Apple Pushes Pink iPod nano in Time for Your Valentine  —  It seems like an obvious move: Apple's little pink 8GB iPod nano ($199) comes out in time for Valentine's Day, and perhaps before most pink second-gen nanos have kicked the bucket.  But there's a problem: if you're trying to impress …
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 …
Rafat Ali /
eBay's Whitman To Retire; Donahoe As Leading Candidate
Discussion: The Register and David Galbraith
Jeffro /
The Digg Story Doesn't Sell Anymore  —  Muhammad Saleem posted an article on that goes over 9 different reasons on why the Digg story sells.  Muhammad makes a series of points that I agree helped to propel to success.  However, the golden days of are long gone.
Muhammad Saleem / TechCrunch:
9 Reasons Why The Digg Story Sells
Discussion: Digg
Ina Fried / CNET
Vista virtualization move opens real doors  —  Microsoft's decision to allow Home versions of Vista to run inside virtual machines may have far-reaching benefits in the coming years.  —  The initial market for such virtual Vista machines is likely to be among Mac users looking to run Windows …
Robert McLaws / Windows Vista Edition:
Microsoft Caves on Vista Virtualization
Discussion: The Tech Report and eWeek
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).
Joe Fay / The Register:
IBM snubs OS/2 open source plea  —  IBM has dashed the hopes of a bunch of software nostalgics by refusing to open source its coulda, woulda, shoulda OS/2 platform.  —  Online OS/2 community OS/2 first petitioned IBM to throw open the OS back in 2005, when the firm stopped selling the product.
Kim Haverblad /
IBM's response to the 2nd petition letter
Sydney Morning Herald:
Mobiles linked to insomnia  —  Chatting on a mobile phone before bedtime makes for more restless nights, a Swedish researcher who headed up a study on the subject cautioned today.  —  “If you feel you have trouble sleeping, you should think about not talking on a mobile phone right before you go to bed …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephen Labaton / New York Times:
Airwaves, Web Power at Auction  —  WASHINGTON — The auction for rights to a highly valuable swath of the nation's airwaves will begin Thursday and is expected to include multibillion-dollar bids from the nation's two biggest wireless phone companies, Verizon and AT&T, as well as Google.
USA Today:
Boston gets Comcast's TiVo-powered DVR  —  NEW YORK — TiVo aims to make life easy for its digital video recorder customers.  But its journey to this potentially pivotal week was extraordinarily difficult.  —  After three years of painstaking work, Comcast, (CMCSA) the nation's largest cable provider …
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Recording industry threatens to sue students  —  Natalie Miles, a legal studies student at UC Santa Cruz, is getting some unwelcome education in her major.  —  Attorneys representing some of Hollywood's biggest companies say the 20-year-old illegally made 599 songs available for sharing on a popular online service.
The Register:
Latest iPhone firmware unlocked  —  More jailbreaks than a spaghetti western  —  The latest version of the firmware for Apple's iPhone has fallen to hackers less than a week after its release....
Discussion: Donna's SecurityFlash
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Discussion: Virtual Economics
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Virtualization: What are the security risks?
Kit Eaton / Gizmodo:
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Re: Google's Vint Cerf Interviewed
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Steven Hodson / WinExtra:
Is it really about the conversation?
Richard Wray / Guardian:
EA looks to ads in free games
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
The UGC limb, day 2  —  Following up on yesterday's piece on UGC as a business model.
 Earlier Items: 
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
The $20 iPod touch upgrade: really for legal reasons or no?
Nokia unveils two handsets that offer a range of useful features …
Niclas Mika / Reuters:
Dutch firm launches phone with fold-away screen
Justin Moresco / Red Herring:
Online Video Ads Must Change
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay, Guilty Before Trial!
Discussion: Copy me happy and Digg
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
FBI warns that “vishing” attacks are on the rise
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Viral + Monetizable = StartUp Magic Quadrant
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU official: IP is personal