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12:45 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.
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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) …
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Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
How Many Facebook Users Actually Read the Wall Street Journal?
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
FCC to call for more ads about digital-TV transition
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 …
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 …
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David Recordon / Six Apart News:
Time for Action: What We're Opening Next
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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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
PSP 3.90 firmware update with Skype available
Discussion: Mobility Site and Switched
Nicholas Carr / Financial Times:
A revolution is taking shape  —  When the founder of Microsoft retires this year, it will not only mark the close of a remarkable business career.  It will signal the end of an era in computing.  —  “The next sea change is upon us."  Those words appeared in an extraordinary memorandum …
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 …
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: Search Insider and WebProNews
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.
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
U.S. tops tech usage ranking  —  The United States, Sweden, and Japan topped a new ranking that measures how well countries use telecommunications technologies—networks, cell phones, and computers—to boost their social and economic prosperity.  —  Connectivity Scorecard …
 
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Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: Campfire for iPhone
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Nikon D60 Will Be Enhanced For Eye-Fi
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Nokia N95 8GB with US 3G passes FCC
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
eMachines' new T5246 and T3642 desktops make you go “Eh.”
Dan Meyer / RCR Wireless News:
Bids near $8.7B after a dozen rounds
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seen introducing cheaper, more innovative Wi-Fi iPods
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digg
Joe McDonald / Associated Press:
China steps up Internet video control
Larry Seltzer / eWeek:
ICANN Actually Does Something About Domain Tasting
 Earlier Items: 
James Sherwood / The Register:
PS3 capacity boost claims are claptrap, says Sony UK
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
The race is on: ‘iShoes’ go on sale
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
DoJ fits Microsoft for a 2-year oversight leash
Discussion: Electronista
Electronista:
WD alters My Passport Essential, tops 320GB...
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Gearlog
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
Wi-Fi remote plays music, browses Web
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Net Payola: Paying For The Digg Front Page
Discussion: Mashable!
USA Today:
Air Force trains warriors to defend cyberspace
Christina Mackenzie / Agence France Presse:
French police deal blow to Microsoft