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10:40 PM ET, January 29, 2008

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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo lowers its outlook for 2008; Sees ‘headwinds’; Restructuring in Feb.  —  Yahoo's fourth quarter results Tuesday were better than expected, but the company's outlook for 2008 disappointed.  Meanwhile, Yahoo didn't deliver layoffs as many prognosticators were expecting …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Yahoo!'s On Deck: Stock Market Casino  —  I don't like to go to the casino, but by virtue of buying stock, I know the feeling.  —  Yahoo! is on deck in what is arguably the single biggest earnings report in the company's history.  It's funny because while the company's long term outlook remains bright …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo to lay off 1,000, Q4 profit drops
Discussion: eWeek
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Newspaper Ads: Big Hopes For Small Barcodes (GOOG)  —  Google's efforts to get into the newspaper ad business have yet to yield much.  One tool it hopes will eventually change that: Small, square barcodes, like the one at the right, at the bottom of print ads.
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
CueCat is back!  —  Google: “2D barcodes are an especially exciting part of this because they allow readers to “click” on interesting print ads with their cellphones and seamlessly connect to relevant online content."  —  Years ago, I went out on a limb and dismissed a similar scheme thus …
Discussion: WebProNews
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Barcodes: Really clever or really dumb?
Discussion: rexblog.com
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Nextel in New WiMax Bid  —  In the last few weeks, newly installed Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Dan Hesse has moved quickly to impress investors with layoffs and an upper-management shakeup at the wireless carrier.  Now there are signs he is teeing up a bold restructuring …
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
And you thought Google Street View was creepy before  —  In this video, Google Street View gets even more invasive.  Call it improving geolocated search.  Boo!
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
BLIST: AWESOME WEB-BASED DATABASE  —  Blist, launching today at Demo 2008, is a Web-based database with a very slick Flash interface running against a SQL backend.  The user interface shields the complexity of the relational database underpinnings from the user, but some intriguing capabilities …
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Harry McCracken / Techlog:
Blist: A Database For the Rest of Us?
Discussion: Between the Lines
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Tech President Endorsements: Barack Obama and John McCain  —  It's sadly clear that our current leaders have little understanding of technology and why it's important to our economy and culture.  That has to change.  —  We've been interviewing 2008 presidential candidates for the last few months …
InfoWorld:
Facebook, MySpace join NY AG in pushing e-safety bill  —  New York's attorney general and state legislative leaders presented a bill on Tuesday aimed at protecting people from sexual predators on the Internet, and Facebook, MySpace, and Yahoo backed the effort.
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Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Demo Nightmare: Startup Runs Into Technical Difficulties Onstage  —  Palm Desert, Calif. — What happens when something goes terribly wrong onstage at an important, expensive industry conference?  For enterprise phone service startup Toktumi, that nightmare came true during the morning session …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Wall Street Journal signs up with Microsoft for Contextual and Paid Search advertising  —  Microsoft will become the exclusive third-party ad provider for the Wall Street Journal network of sites, including The Wall Street Journal Online, Barrons.com, MarketWatch.com, AllThingsD.com and others.
Brad Stone / Bits:
Slashdot Founder Questions Crowd's Wisdom  —  One of the oldest rivals to the community news site Digg is pointing to recent unrest at the site as evidence that the social news model is flawed.  —  Last week, frequent users of Digg protested changes in its algorithms that were designed …
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sprout: The Online WYSIWYG Editor for Flash  —  A new application called Sprout, launching in private beta at DEMO today, promises to make the creation of Flash applets a whole lot easier.  —  Sprout is a browser-based, WYSIWYG editor for Flash with an interface reminiscent of Photoshop or Dreamweaver.
Kenneth C. Green / Inside Higher Ed:
The Movie Industry's 300% Error  —  A week ago today, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued what had to be a hugely embarrassing news release acknowledging that an aggressively promoted and widely cited research report commissioned by the MPAA in 2005 significantly overstated …
Discussion: p2pnet
Bruce Kyle / US ISV Developer Evangelism Team:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is Now Available  —  Microsoft is proud to announce the availability of Visual Studio 2008 in volume licensing, retail, and MSDN download.  —  This exciting new version was released to manufacturing (RTM) on November 19, 2007 and at that time active MSDN subscribers were able to download it right away.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and InfoWorld
 
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Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM taunts Sun, HP and VMware with $40 PowerVM hypervisor
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
Cade Metz / The Register:
Secret bidding for US airwaves tops $3.3bn
Discussion: TechSpot News
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
Exploit Released for ‘Unexploitable’ Windows Worm Hole
Discussion: Zero Day
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Apple Prohibits iTunes Movie Rentals on Fifth-Generation and Older iPods
Discussion: Macsimum News
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Yahoo soft-launches lifecasting service
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Need to upgrade the MacBook HD? How's 320GB sound?
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Qtrax Is Down  —  Starting about an hour ago, the Qtrax music service became inaccessible.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
MacBook Air shipments beginning for the earliest adopters
 Earlier Items: 
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Names Ari Balogh as Chief Technology Officer
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates iWork '08
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Scientology Bomb Cruises Past Google
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Expected To Report Stellar Earnings
Discussion: WebProNews
Inside CRM:
50 Social Sites That Every Business Needs a Presence on
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware Down 30% As Growth Disappoints; Now What?