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11:25 AM ET, January 30, 2008

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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) …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Trash Yahoo During Happy Hour
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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
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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PSP 3.90 firmware update with Skype available  —  Oh yes, Skype for your PSP-2000 (aka, PSP Slim & Lite) series is now a reality.  At least outside of Japan.  It's only available via network update at the moment and adds expanded support for PLAYSTATION Network titles.  You do have your $20 PSP Headset right?
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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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Platform Goes Live February 5; Accepting Developer SignUps Now
Discussion: Futuristic Play
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 …
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
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.
Electronista:
WD alters My Passport Essential, tops 320GB...  Western Digital began Wednesday by introducing a redesigned version of the My Passport Essential external notebook drive.  In addition to a new look that is said to recall the company's desktop-minded My Book drives, the Essential is designed to be as simple to setup as possible.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Scientologists Google Bombed Or Not?  —  Just days after the one-year anniversary of Google's Google bomb fix, a new Google bomb may have gotten through — dangerous cult, bringing up the Scientology web site, as shown above.  But is it really getting past the fix?
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and WebProNews
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
DoJ fits Microsoft for a 2-year oversight leash  —  In a ruling issued yesterday, a federal judge extended the duration of sanctions imposed on Microsoft by a 2002 consent decree agreement.  The sanctions were initially scheduled to expire last month, but have been extended until November 2009.
 
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French police deal blow to Microsoft
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Beyond Vertical Search to Business Networks
Associated Press:
EBay to slash listing fees, revamp commissions
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Have Facebook Apps Peaked in Popularity?
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Preparing for the End of Analog TV
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