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2:20 PM ET, January 17, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Implements OpenID; Massive Win For The Project  —  The rumor last week was that Google (as well as Verisign and IBM) were mulling over the idea of joining the OpenID 2.0 single sign-on framework.  But the real news comes today, as Yahoo and its roughly 250 million user IDs officially jump on the bandwagon.
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Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Announces Support for OpenID; Users Able to Access Multiple Internet Sites with Their Yahoo! ID  —  Yahoo! Support Triples Number of OpenID Accounts to 368 million  —  Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO), a leading global Internet company, today announced its support for the OpenID 2. digital identity framework …
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
Yahoo throws weight behind OpenID standard  —  In one of the most significant moves yet in the growing push toward service interoperability on the Web, tech giant Yahoo announced Thursday that it is supporting the OpenID 2.0 standard for a universal Internet log-in.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo puts its heft behind OpenID 2.0  —  Yahoo said Tuesday that it plans to support the OpenID 2.0 single sign-on framework and bring its 248 million users to the Web's interoperability party.  —  When it comes to frameworks like OpenID my eyes typically glaze over.  Why?
Discussion: Furrier.org
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! to Provide OpenID - Will It Take the Next Step?
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Scott Kveton / Yodel Anecdotal:
Take back your digital ID  —  Ask just about anybody that's used …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Google:
Google.org Announces Core Initiatives to Combat Climate Change, Poverty and Emerging Threats  —  Reveals its plans for philanthropy; announces new grants and investments  —  In its continuing effort to use the power of information and technology to help people better their lives …
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Associated Press:
Time Warner links web prices with usage  — Time Warner links web prices with usage  —  NEW YORK - Time Warner Cable will experiment with a new pricing structure for high-speed Internet access later this year, charging customers based on how much data they download, a company spokesman said Wednesday.
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Change Your System Time, Watch Your iTunes Rentals Forever  —  Movie rentals from iTunes 7.6?  Awesome.  That pesky 24-hour viewing window once you've started the film?  Not so much.  And even if you get a little trigger-happy and click play only two MB into the download, the self-destruct timer activates.
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Christina Warren / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:   Will iTunes rentals play on a 5G iPod? Nope.
Tim Wu / Slate:
Has AT&T Lost Its Mind?  —  A BAFFLING PROPOSAL TO FILTER THE INTERNET.  —  Chances are that as you read this article, it is passing over part of AT&T's network.  That matters, because last week AT&T announced that it is seriously considering plans to examine all the traffic it carries …
Brian Jones / Open XML Formats:
Mapping documents in the binary format (.doc; .xls; .ppt) to the Open XML format  —  I wanted to call everyone's attention to a few interesting developments in Ecma's proposed disposition document related to the Office binary formats.  There were a few comments from national bodies that asked …
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David Meyer / CNET News.com:
Report fuels OpenOffice vs. OOXML debate
Discussion: Electronista
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
All-You-Can-Eat Broadband Is Dead: Time Warner to Charge by the Byte  —  Reason number 149 I won't move to Texas: Time Warner confirmed it'll be testing a new pricing plan in Beaumont that's based on how much bandwidth you eat up.  That's right, hard caps.  Totally made-up example …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Exonerated RIAA defendant scores double victory in court  —  A US District Court judge in Oregon has reaffirmed a magistrate's award of attorneys' fees and the dismissal of exonerated RIAA defendant Tanya Andersen's counterclaims against the RIAA without prejudice so that her class-action lawsuit …
violet blue:
so, everyone's asking what happened between me and steve jobs today...  Update 01.16: this is now on Digg, “Steve Jobs tells off fan, calls her 'rude': Blogger and podcaster Violet Blue approached the Apple CEO on the Macworld floor to ask for a photo — and got completely blown off.".
Anna Pickard / Guardian:
Are you suffering from password pressure?  —  Few things make you feel more helpless than sitting blank-faced at a screen, looking at a flashing cursor and a message saying “PASSWORD INCORRECT” in a disapproving tone.  But that was the one for your bank, wasn't it?  Or was it?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft warns corporate users of impending autoupdate to IE7  —  WSUS users may need to tinker to keep IE7 from replacing IE6  —  Microsoft Corp. has warned corporate administrators that it will push a new version of Internet Explorer 7 their way next month, and it has posted guidelines …
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Twitter, Facebook called on for higher purpose  —  Google.org's technology project to help save lives in the event of natural disasters or public health threats is set to launch Thursday.  —  The project, called Innovative Support to Emergencies, Diseases and Disaster (InSTEDD) …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Time To Redefine Fair Use?  —  from the outdated-concepts-that-need- refreshing dept  —  We've covered the first and second parts of the NY Times “debate” over copyright issues between Rick Cotton and Tim Wu.  In both of those, we focused on Cotton's assertions, which were understandable given …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Comcast Investor Seeks Ouster Of CEO Roberts, Cash Payout …
Discussion: paidContent.org
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Not everything can be free!  —  Will people pay for anything on the internet?
Discussion: GigaOM
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Update: Joost Fires CTO
BBC:
‘Wii warm-up’ good for surgeons
Discussion: Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Internet Movie Database to acquire indie-film service
Phil Wainewright / Software as Services:
How to package up the SaaS platform
Discussion: InfoWorld and localglo.be
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Another sub-$200 Linux PC?
Electronista:
Gigabyte to roll Eee PC rival, mobile Internet device
Discussion: DigiTimes and Eee Site
 Earlier Items: 
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone putting on a Lotus Notes suit?
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
The Digg Reel Courts Viacom Anger
Dr Joel Selanikio / BBC:
Invisible revolution  —  If I had told you ten years ago …
Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
US intel chief wants carte blanche to peep all 'Net traffic
Discussion: New Yorker
Chris Riley / Google Blogoscoped:
No Google Analytics API? No Problem!
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Steve Jobs Sprinkles a Bit of Magic Apple Dust on Boston's Skyhook
Discussion: Tech Tracks and Macworld
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Interview: Sony's Thoughts On the MacBook Air