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5:00 AM ET, January 8, 2008

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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Jerry Yang offers sneak peak of Yahoo's future: Life!  —  Yahoo co-founder and CEO Jerry Yang made his inaugural CES appearance, outlining how he plans to evolve his company ahead of the curve and to become an indispensable starting point for consumers' Web experience, which has become richer and more complex over the last decade.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Pulse 2.0 and Bit Player
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo's Quest to Open Up  —  For months, Yahoo chief executive Jerry Yang has been talking about swinging open the doors to the Yahoo portal.  A key goal, he has said again and again, is to turn Yahoo into a set of platforms for third-party publishers and developers.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Flickr to Authenticate OpenID - Is This The Yahoo! CES Announcement?
Discussion: Geek Speaker
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:   Yahoo! Life! and Go 3.0 Announced at CES - is Yahoo! Back in '08?
Financial Times:
Paramount in HD-DVD blow  —  Paramount is poised to drop its support of HD-DVD following Warner Brothers' recent backing of Sony's Blu-ray technology, in a move that could sound the death knell of HD-DVD and bring the home entertainment format war to a definitive end.
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
No Blue Skies For Blu-Ray  —  When movie maker Warner Bros. said it would throw its weight behind Sony's format for storing high definition movies, Blu-Ray, Sony executives likely popped a few corks.  Executives from rival Toshiba grimly declared that they would carry on.
John / John's Blog:
my new job at mozilla  —  Sometimes in life, you find an opportunity to make a difference in something you care about, and it feels like, even though you didn't know it at the time, that the last few years have really just been practice, giving you the background, skills and ability to really help.
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Mitchell / mitchell's blog:
Mozilla Corporation CEO and Chairman  —  2007 has been another year of extremely high growth for Mozilla and thus for the Mozilla Corporation.  The number of Firefox users has grown to approximately 125 million.  Mozilla's mindshare in the industry continues to grow.
Christina Warren / Download Squad:
Pandora forced to pull the final plug on UK service  —  Attention UK Pandora users: as of January 15, 2008, Pandora will stop streaming its Internet radio content.  This comes more than six months after Pandora was forced to shut-down service to most non-US users and is the latest …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Memo To UK: No Pandora For You
Discussion: MediaFuturist
John Siracusa / Ars Technica:
MWSF 2008 keynote bingo  —  Ah, winter in San Francisco: the time of year when a young man's fancy lightly turns to keynote bingo.  What's that, you ask?  You haven't played?  Oh, but you must.  Peruse last year's edition to learn the rules and internalize the philosophy.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
What to Expect at Macworld  —  While CES is raging in Las Vegas …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Mitsubishi laser TV rocks my socks  —  Photo from Dvice.  —  Not entirely sure how it works, but the picture quality on the 65-inch Laser TV is stunning and produces twice the color of HDTVs today.  It's the first of its kind in terms of laser tech and it also does 3D ala Real D. The Laser TV …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Mitsubishi's 65-inch laser TV prototype spotted
Discussion: I4U News
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:
Blockbuster Online?  More Like Blockbuster Offline.  —  As if they didn't have enough to worry about, Blockbuster's online wing aptly named Blockbuster Online is currently down and has been for quite some time.  While the notice on the site reads: … Reuters is reporting that the site …
Discussion: Mashable!
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Blockbuster Down For The Count? 12+ Hour Outage
Discussion: Reuters and Computerworld Blogs
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Live from Intel's CES press event  —  Well here we are folks, back for more at Intel's sprawling CES press event.  The room is teeming with people right now, and the mood is thick with Penryns and MIDs.  We'll see if it all works out like we hope.  Stay tuned!  —  4:27PM PT - We're seated, we're ready.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Ten Common Objections to Social Media Adoption and How You Can Respond  —  Steve Outing wrote a very good article at Editor and Publisher on Friday about the need for cultural change inside the newpapers around the US (found via the wonderful CyberJournalist.net).
Claudia H. Deutsch / New York Times:
Xerox Hopes Its New Logo Doesn't Say ‘Copier’  —  Still think copier when you hear the name Xerox?  —  The company knows that you do.  And it is sick of it.  Good grief, Xerox doesn't even make stand-alone copiers any more.  —  These days, Xerox gets most of its revenue from machines …
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Ogilvy to Layoff Between 50 and 100 Staffers  —  New York Office Feels Pinch as Clients Shift Spending  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — WPP Group's Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide is readying a layoff of between 50 and 100 staffers in New York this week, according to executives familiar with the matter.
Tim Arangoo / New York Times:
Comcast Plans to Offer a Huge Menu of Films  —  Comcast, the nation's largest cable television company, will outline an ambitious plan Tuesday to set up two new paradigms for how people will watch movies and television shows in their homes or on the road.  —  The plan, which Brian L. Roberts …
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Obama Effect: ABC News Claims 1M Downloads Of Facebook App  —  ABC rang in huge Nielsen numbers for its ABC News/Facebook debates Saturday night.  But we're more interested in the fact that ABC is claiming that more than a million Facebook users have downloaded ABC News' U.S. Politics application.
 
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louisgray.com:
ReadBurner, In Stealth Mode, Looking to Sort Shared Feed Items
Discussion: Mashable!
CNN:
Japan's Matsushita to develop Internet plasma TVs with Google, YouTube - report
Discussion: TechCrunch
Wilson Rothman / Gizmodo:
Giz Interviews Bill Gates
Jeremy / Team Blog:
Something New  —  What have we been doing since we released …
Eric / Web Analytics Demystified:
Web Analytics: An Hour a Day
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Hollywood: We Want To Sell Ads, Not Downloads
Discussion: Variety and paidContent.org
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
BigSight Aims to Become White Pages of Web, Pulls Data from Facebook
Mike Nizza / The Lede:
Taser Toting, Without Missing a Beat
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Clark / CNBC:
CES 2008: The Belly of the Beast
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Back from the dead: CompUSA assets snapped up by TigerDirect
Discussion: Kotaku, Valleywag and Digg
Carolyn Duffy Marsan / Network World:
The IT department is dead, author argues
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Motion Picture Academy Member Unhappy About Being Treated Like A Criminal
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
eBay Strikes Back, Sues For Frivolous DMCA Takedowns
Mike Fahey / Kotaku:
Nintendo Torpedoes The Wii Grey Market
Discussion: CNET News.com and Digg
Saul Hansell / Bits:
No More New Things From Microsoft
Ronald Grover / Business Week:
Apple Closes In on Hollywood