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9:35 PM ET, January 29, 2008

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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
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
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 …
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!
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.
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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 …
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 …
Harry McCracken / Techlog:
Blist: A Database For the Rest of Us?  —  We're through most of day one at DEMO 08, and even though an unusually high percentage of the demos have been bedeviled by technical glitches, there's been some good stuff on display.  Among the more impressive things I've seen is Blist, a Web-based database.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Continental announces in-flight Wi-Fi  —  Today Continental announced that they will be offering Wi-Fi, but it will be the same crippled mess that you'll find on JetBlue.  It's not all bad, though.  The agreement with LiveTV will also bring 36 channels of live TV directly to your seat via DirecTV.
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Evan Blass / Engadget:
Continental rolling out DirecTV, IM, and email to 225 planes
Discussion: Reuters and TechSpot News
Aude Lagorce / MarketWatch:
Motorola may exit its handset business: analyst  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — There is a possibility that Motorola, Inc. (MOT:, , ) may exit the handset business and concentrate on becoming an enterprise and government company, Richard Windsor, an analyst with Nomura International, told clients a in note published on Tuesday.
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
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 …
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
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware Down 30% As Growth Disappoints; Now What?  —  VMware (VMW) shares have plunged more than 30% today following the company's announcement late yesterday of both a $5 million revenue shortfall compared with Street expectations in the fourth quarter and a 2008 growth projection that left the Street wanting more.
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.
 
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Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Apple Prohibits iTunes Movie Rentals on Fifth-Generation and Older iPods
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Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
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InfoWorld:
Facebook, MySpace join NY AG in pushing e-safety bill
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols / eWeek:
Come On! VMware's Quarter Wasn't that Bad
Discussion: Hardware 2.0 and PodTech.net
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Expected To Report Stellar Earnings
Discussion: WebProNews
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