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2:05 PM ET, January 30, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Trash Yahoo During Happy Hour  —  Yesterday I was scheduled to appear live on the Happy Hour show on the Fox Business Channel.  The show is held at the Bull and Bear bar at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, with customers milling around and drinking.  I can't believe no one has rushed the set as a prank yet.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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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 …
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) …
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple: Apple TV rental update “not quite finished”  —  It has been a couple of weeks since the Macworld 2008 keynote, so where the heck are all those updates that Mr. Jobs promised us?  Namely, where's the Apple TV update that will bring us early adopters direct movie rental capabilities?
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Lynn Fox / Apple:
MacBook Air Now Shipping  —  Apple TV Update Coming Soon  —  Apple® today announced that MacBook Air™, the world's thinnest notebook, is now shipping.  MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point, while its maximum height of 0.76-inches is less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks.
Discussion: CNET News.com and CrunchGear
Darren Murph / Engadget:
It's a done deal: Dell puts an end to all 140 US mall kiosks  —  Just as we feared, Dell will indeed be axing 100-percent of its US mall kiosks — 140 in total.  Unsurprisingly, the official word attributes the move to Dell's shift into big box retail stores, but we're sure that's …
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Business Wire:
Dell Focuses on Direct and Retail Business, Closes Kiosks in U.S.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Engadget
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
How Many Facebook Users Actually Read the Wall Street Journal?  —  The fact that the WSJ and Facebook have just partnered on a new initiative to let Facebook users share their favorite news stories, surely demonstrates one of the following:  — Facebook is now dominated by 30+ -year old WSJ reading types.
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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 …
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.
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
New PSP firmware hits the streets, Skype included
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Ray Ozzie at Mix08  —  If you took the time to check out our feed sampler you may have already noticed the news that Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect at Microsoft and the successor to Bill Gates when he steps down from daily duties this July, has been added as a speaker at Mix08, to join the stage with Scott Guthrie.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and MIX Online
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.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Magistrate judge suggests sanctions against RIAA lawyers  —  The RIAA's habit of roping numerous unrelated defendants into a single “John Doe” lawsuit has drawn the attention of a federal magistrate—and not in a good way.  In the case of Arista v. Does 1-27, a lawsuit targeting students …
Discussion: p2pnet
Rokali / The Storque:
Etsy's First Five Years  —  In early April of 2005, I sat in an orange chair facing an open window.  It was nighttime and the lights were off.  I was back in Brooklyn after a brief residence in Paris, and I was about to sketch the initial ideas that would become Etsy.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
TV Showman, Once Exiled, Returns With Video Site  —  LOS ANGELES — One of Big Media's most controversial executives is back after a period of quasi-forced retirement.  —  Stephen Chao — who was fired from a top position at the News Corporation after, in separate incidents …
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
DEMO: Visible Measures  —  Matt Cutler, head of marketing at Visible Measures, had to fill in for his boss Brian Shin who is at home with his wife awaiting the birth of a child.  —  This company distributes and measures video on the web.  But it also monitors viewer reaction to every second of the video on the web.
Discussion: Between the Lines
 
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MarketingWeek:
Google and Dell tipped to reveal iPhone rival plans
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP sees 1,000 SaaS subscribers by end of 2008
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Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Tiffany does a diamond phone for Japan
Discussion: Switched
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Gateway's new GM5664 desktop does Blu-ray and HD DVD, has kid brother that doesn't
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and Digg
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: Campfire for iPhone
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Nikon D60 Will Be Enhanced For Eye-Fi
Dan Meyer / RCR Wireless News:
Bids near $8.7B after a dozen rounds
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seen introducing cheaper, more innovative Wi-Fi iPods
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digg
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
The race is on: ‘iShoes’ go on sale
Electronista:
WD alters My Passport Essential, tops 320GB...
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Gearlog
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Scientologists Google Bombed Or Not?
Nicholas Carr / Financial Times:
A revolution is taking shape
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Six Apart adds activity streams to its blog platform
Discussion: Six Apart News and CMSWire.com