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3:00 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
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
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:
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 …
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.
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Harriet Rubin / New York Times:
Google Offers a Map for Its Philanthropy
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
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 …
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
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.".
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) …
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Update: Joost Fires CTO  —  Joost CTO Dirk-Willem van Gulik was fired by the Internet TV software company.  He has taken another job as chief technical architect of the BBC Future Media and Technology Group, which is responsible for a similar project, the peer-to-peer video software iPlayer.
 
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InfoWorld:
Arbor Networks buys Ellacoya
Discussion: eWeek and Fergie's Tech Blog
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Kaltura Partners to Add Crowdsourced Video to Wikipedia
Discussion: Mashable! and NewTeeVee
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Nokia boycott urged by German unions
Discussion: eWeek
ClickZ:
Google Hooks Students with Online Marketing Challenge
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Survey finds Apple users have sense of superiority — no wait, hear us out
Discussion: Windows-Now.com
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
BBC:
‘Wii warm-up’ good for surgeons
 Earlier Items: 
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Internet Movie Database to acquire indie-film service
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Another sub-$200 Linux PC?
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone putting on a Lotus Notes suit?
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
The Digg Reel Courts Viacom Anger
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft warns corporate users of impending autoupdate to IE7
Dr Joel Selanikio / BBC:
Invisible revolution  —  If I had told you ten years ago …
Chris Riley / Google Blogoscoped:
No Google Analytics API? No Problem!
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Time To Redefine Fair Use?