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8:00 PM ET, December 10, 2008

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Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Tough times  —  As we announced in October, we've been aggressively managing our costs to bring them in line with the challenging economic conditions.  Unfortunately, that means laying off employees — by far the toughest part of being a manager.  Here's the email I sent to Yahoos today:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another Sad Day for Yahoo: Layoffs Begin, While Employees Vent  —  While layoffs have become all too common across tech and this country, today's at Yahoo feel a little worse, coming after 18 unceasing months of painful changes and stumbles at the troubled Internet icon.
Discussion: Tech Beat, Guardian, Valleywag and VatorNews
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo's secret layoff doublespeak revealed!  —  Yahoo isn't firing people en masse — it's “getting fit.”  That noisome euphemism for today's layoffs of 1,500 people must have hissed forth from the brain of some overpaid management consultant.  Likewise for pages upon pages of instructions …
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Layoffs Today May Not Be Last  —  Yahoo began laying off 1,500 workers on Wednesday as part of a plan, announced in October, to slash expenses by $400 million a year.  The cost cutting, however, may have to go deeper in the coming year.  —  “There could be additional staff reductions next year …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo To Close Brickhouse By End Of Year  —  Yahoo Brickhouse, the two year old San Francisco based Yahoo business unit to foster new product development, is to be shut down by the end of the year, says a source.  The announcement may be as early as Wednesday.
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Watching layoffs in real time, on Twitter
Discussion: CNET News
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunch:
Google To Take Chrome Out Of Beta  —  Google vice president Marissa Mayer announced Google Chrome is coming out of beta in an interview with Michael Arrington at Le Web 08.  The Google's open source browser has a number of eager customers, including OEMs who can't offer the browser until it is in full release.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google SearchWiki To Get Off Button, Might Get Used As Ranking Signal
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Marissa Mayer's Simple Advice On Who To Hire: Smart People Who Get Things Done
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google Executive Departs for LinkedIn  —  Dipchand “Deep” Nishar, a longtime Google Inc. executive who helped start its mobile business and other key products, is leaving the company to become a senior executive at LinkedIn Corp.  —  Mr. Nishar, 40, in January will become vice president …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
TV has license to kill movies at iTunes, Netflix  —  Apple is an Internet retailer and Neflix is a Web video rental service, but Hollywood treats them as if they were potential competitors to TV broadcasters.  —  In the past two weeks, customers of iTunes and Netflix's streaming digital-movie service …
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Hollywood Removing Hit Movies From Apple, Netflix
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Latest twist in Apple vs. Psystar  —  Mac clone maker Psystar has modified its counterclaim against Apple.  Gone are the Clayton Act and Sherman Act antitrust claims, and in are sections that refute claims of violating the DMCA.  —  Psystar's latest counterclaim rests on two pillars:
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Secretly Bricks Non-Intel PCs, Psystar Claims
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Psystar shifts course, says Apple abusing copyright
Discussion: Engadget
Google:
2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist  —  As the year comes to a close, it's time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008.  As it happens, studying the aggregation of the billions of search queries that people type into the Google search box gives us …
Flavio Lerda / Google Mobile Blog:
Street View on Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile?  Check.  —  (cross posted with the Google LatLong Blog)  —  In case you hadn't noticed, the Google Street View team has been busy photographing France, Italy, Spain, and Australia.  Given the international focus of recent Street View launches …
Stephen Fry:
Gee, One Bold Storm coming up....  So here I am.  In a hotel room in New York.  The writing desk and its view of xth Avenue are all but obscured by:-  —  7 x Mini USB cables: 2 of them are the new Micro type that Blackberry has switched to for the Storm only, the rest are standard.
Discussion: broadstuff
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple stabilizes new Mac notebooks  —  Apple has released stabilizing updates for its new MacBook, shown here, as well as other systems introduced in October.  —  (Credit: Apple)  —  Apple has released several new firmware updates aimed at solving problems with its latest batch of notebooks.
InfoWorld:
HP to offer 3-year laptop battery  —  A fast-charging laptop battery that promises to last at least three years without any degradation in performance is coming to the market as an option with Hewlett-Packard laptops.  The Sonata battery is the product of three years of development work …
Arn / MacRumors:
Latest Firefox 3.1 Beta Adds Multi-Touch Support  —  On Monday, Mozilla released the latest beta version of Firefox 3.1.  This “Beta 2” version of the popular web browser adds a number of new features across all supported platforms including:  — Private Browsing Mode  — Faster JavaScript engine
Microsoft:
New President of Online Services Group Sees Chance to Make Impact at Microsoft  —  Q&A: Qi Lu discusses what attracted him to Microsoft and how he plans to boost the company's efforts in online search and advertising.  —  On Dec. 4, Microsoft announced Qi Lu had been hired as president of the Online Services Group.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Live Labs Tackles Web Clips With Thumbtack, Still Needs Polish  —  Microsoft's Live Labs has just released Thumbtack, a web clipping service that allows users to compile links, media, and text snippets into online storage bins for future reference.
Window Snyder / Mozilla Security Blog:
Leaving Mozilla  —  I will be leaving Mozilla at the end of the year.  I am sad to be leaving, but I am excited to go work on something I have always been passionate about.  I wish I could tell you about it now, but that will have to wait for a while.  —  You will still get Mozilla security information here.
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Make Your Corporate Blog Believable  —  In a blog post today, Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang offered up a “simple heuristic health check to gauge whether your corporate blog is going to be trusted by your readers.”  —  GOT A TIP OR RUMOR?  —  Jeremiah offers eight points …
Blog of helios:
Linux - Stop holding our kids back  —  This blog is momentarily interrupted to bring you a snippet of recently received email. … Karen xxxxxxxxx  —  xxxxxxxxx Middle School  —  AISD  —  Hmmmm....  I suppose I should, before anything else, thank you.
Discussion: Download Squad
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
What the MPAA wants from Obama: 3 strikes, Canada crackdown  —  The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has supplied its political wish list to the Obama transition team, and thanks to new transition team policies, that means the MPAA has shared its agenda with everyone on the Internet.
Darren Murph / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile produces official statement regarding international G1 data roaming  —  Okay G1 owners, so here's the end-all answer to your data roaming quandaries.  For those not caught up, there has been quite the hubbub going around about the G1's inability to not suck down data whilst traveling aboard.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Sign of decline?  Carlyle resorts to lawsuits, now goes after Sequoia  —  The Carlyle Group, a U.S. investment firm that expanded into venture capital deals over the last decade, isn't doing very well.  —  Like a lot of its peers, it has lost focus and now needs to consolidate.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
PR Newswire:
Netflix Awards $50,000 Progress Prize in Year Two of Multi-Year, Multi-National Netflix Prize Competition  —  Combined Team from AT&T Labs and Commendo Research Wins While All Teams Continue to Vie for $1 Million Grand Prize  —  For a second consecutive year, Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX …
internetnews.com:
Google, Microsoft Back Off on Datacenter Plans  —  The two online giants rethink ambitious datacenter efforts, but for different reasons.  —  With the economy in the shape it's in, even Microsoft and Google are thinking twice before dropping $100 million on a new datacenter.
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News:
Web site-based crimeware hits all-time high
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Indian court urged to ‘ban Google Earth’
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John Leyden / The Register:
Digital delinquents thrive on IE6 exploits
Discussion: Prevx Blog
Charles Cooper / CNET News:
Hardly a great time to talk H-1Bs. Still, it's time
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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Michael Fitzgerald / Technology Review:
Are Social Networks Sinking?
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