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8:00 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.
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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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Cut 1,000 Jobs, and Warns on Growth
Discussion: Business Week and Forbes
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Yahoo serves up layoffs but no strategy
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Yahoo soft-launches lifecasting service
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo to lay off 1,000, Q4 profit drops
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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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Platform Goes Live February 5; Accepting Developer SignUps Now  —  After months of rumblings and announcements, MySpace is finally getting ready to pull the trigger on its long-awaited platform for developers.  Starting today, programmers can sign up to register for the MySpace API program, which will go live on February 5th.
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 …
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!
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
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 …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Have Facebook Apps Peaked in Popularity?  —  There appears to be evidence that Facebook users are beginning to suffer from app fatigue, and there is growing discontent about how applications are being distributed and about the amount of noise that the application platform has introduced into the Facebook ecosystem.
Discussion: MediaShift
Matthew Broersma / PC World:
New Free Utility Cuts Vista Install Down to Size  —  Downsize Windows Vista's famously large installation footprint with a free software tool.  —  Recommend this story?  —  Windows Vista users now have a way to cut down the operating system's famously large installation footprint with a free software tool.
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 shake-up at the wireless carrier.  Now there are signs he is teeing up a bold restructuring …
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 …
XiTi Monitor:
Relaunch of Mozilla Firefox's visit share in the European countries at the end of 2007  —  After a period of stabilization from June to September 2007, Mozilla Firefox's visit share, for the average of European countries of the XiTi perimeter, is again growing at the end of the year.
 
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Developer incentives in social networking platforms
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 Earlier Items: 
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM taunts Sun, HP and VMware with $40 PowerVM hypervisor
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Apple Prohibits iTunes Movie Rentals on Fifth-Generation and Older iPods
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BLIST: AWESOME WEB-BASED DATABASE
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Demo Nightmare: Startup Runs Into Technical Difficulties Onstage
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Yahoo Earnings: Not Much to Yodel About
Bruce Kyle / US ISV Developer Evangelism Team:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is Now Available
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Slashdot Founder Questions Crowd's Wisdom