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10:40 AM ET, January 30, 2008

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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
SproutBuilder: You've Got to See This Drag and Drop Widget Maker  —  SproutBuilder is going to explode the world of widgets on the web.  This is far and away my favorite product I've seen at DEMO, not just this year but ever in the three years I've attended.
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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.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Cut 1,000 Jobs, and Warns on Growth  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After announcing a sharp drop in fourth-quarter profits Tuesday, Yahoo issued a disappointing outlook for this year, suggesting that investors would have to wait until 2009 for a turnaround.  —  Yahoo also said that as part …
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Robert Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Yodel Turns Into a Whimper  —  Layoffs and a refocusing effort can only do so much.  CEO Jerry Yang needs to find exciting new products or services if he hopes to make Yahoo sing again  —  Getty Images  —  At the Consumer Electronics Show a few weeks ago, Yahoo! (YHOO) …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo serves up layoffs but no strategy
Discussion: eWeek
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Breaking: MySpace Developer Platform Launching on February 5th  —  MySpace has just announced that they will be launching their developer platform on February 5th.  You can pre-register now by going to http://developer.myspace.com (requires login).  —  Earlier this evening, I spoke with Amit Kapur …
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Ben / :Ben Metcalfe Blog:   MySpace Developer Platform opening on Tuesday, sign up now!
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Platform Goes Live February 5; Accepting Developer SignUps Now
Discussion: Futuristic Play
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek announces Eee family product lines  —  With Eee PC becoming a focus of the PC market, Asustek Computer has announced it is planning to launch a family of Eee products including: E-DT (desktop PC), E-TV and E-Monitor.  All the products while have low-cost as their major selling point …
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
WSJ's Web site adds Facebook function  —  NEW YORK - The Wall Street Journal has just accepted Facebook's request to be online friends.  —  Hoping to tap into the growing buzz of online social networks, the Journal is adding a feature to its Web site that will allow readers to see which Journal stories …
Andrew Yoon / PSP Fanboy:
Firmware 3.90 now available on Network Update  —  Ready for Skype?  Here it is!  Get it by accessing Network Update on your PSP.  Here are the official details:  — Support for PLAYSTATION Network titles has been expanded.  — Skype has been added as a feature under Network.
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Mozilla ups unpatched Firefox flaw to ‘high severity’; Preps fix  —  Mozilla has given a proof of concept Firefox vulnerability a “high severity” rating because an attacker can collect session information such as cookies and history, according to Mozilla security chief Window Snyder.
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The Mozilla Blog:
STATUS UPDATE FOR CHROME PROTOCOL DIRECTORY TRAVERSAL ISSUE
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Six Apart adds activity streams to its blog platform  —  In the new age of open social networks, Six Apart is doing its part to create a hub that embraces the world of feeds outside its own servers.  The company is shipping Action Streams, a free plug-in for Movable Type 4.1 that lets users aggregate …
Discussion: Six Apart News and CMSWire.com
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
What's Google Doing on Vista (RED)? … Last week, Microsoft and Dell unveiled three (PRODUCT) RED, or (RED), computers.  When people buy one of these computers, the companies donate money to The Global Fund.  —  Little problem for Microsoft: As part of a previous $1 billion bribe marketing agreement …
Discussion: Windows (Product) Red and Voices
Associated Press:
EBay to slash listing fees, revamp commissions  —  SAN FRANCISCO — EBay Inc. said Tuesday that it would cut by as much as 50% the fees it charges sellers to list their goods online, in an effort to boost listings and keep pace with other e-commerce sites.  —  To balance the fee cut …
Christina Mackenzie / Agence France Presse:
French police deal blow to Microsoft  —  The move completes the gendarmerie's severance from Microsoft which began in 2005 when it moved to open sourcing for office applications such as word processing.  It switched to open source Internet browsers in 2006.
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Apple Prohibits iTunes Movie Rentals on Fifth-Generation and Older iPods  —  Apple's downloadable videos have played on iPods since the company debuted iTunes movie sales in 2006.  But iTunes' new movie rentals won't work on iPods released before September 2007.
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Preparing for the End of Analog TV  —  TV watchers likely will soon see a flurry of ads telling them the days of traditional analog television are numbered.  —  The Federal Communications Commission and Congress hope that raising the alarm now will prevent a bigger uproar in February 2009 …
Discussion: CNET News.com and Lost Remote
 
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