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4:35 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.
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
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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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
Microsoft:
Wall Street Journal Digital Network Teams With Microsoft for Contextual and Paid Search Advertising  —  Microsoft becomes exclusive third-party ad provider for network of sites.  —  The Wall Street Journal Digital Network today announced an agreement in which Microsoft Corp. becomes …
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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!
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 …
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
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Demo Nightmare: Startup Runs Into Technical Difficulties Onstage  —  Palm Desert, Calif. — What happens when something goes terribly wrong onstage at an important, expensive industry conference?  For enterprise phone service startup Toktumi, that nightmare came true during the morning session …
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.
InfoWorld:
Facebook, MySpace join NY AG in pushing e-safety bill  —  New York's attorney general and state legislative leaders presented a bill on Tuesday aimed at protecting people from sexual predators on the Internet, and Facebook, MySpace, and Yahoo backed the effort.
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Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
BLIST: AWESOME WEB-BASED DATABASE  —  Blist, launching today at Demo 2008, is a Web-based database with a very slick Flash interface running against a SQL backend.  The user interface shields the complexity of the relational database underpinnings from the user, but some intriguing capabilities …
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 …
Discussion: Business Week
 
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