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4:20 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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Yahoo! to Provide OpenID - Will It Take the Next Step?
Discussion: Marc's Voice
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo puts its heft behind OpenID 2.0
Discussion: Furrier.org
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 …
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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.
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Confirmed: Change Your System Time, Watch Your iTunes Rentals Forever  —  Update: That was fast.  It's busted—or fixed, depending on your POV.  See the jump.  Movie rentals from iTunes 7.6?  Awesome.  That pesky 24-hour viewing window once you've started the film?  Not so much.
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Christina Warren / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Will iTunes rentals play on a 5G iPod? Nope.
Discussion: Digg
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Harriet Rubin / New York Times:
Google Offers a Map for Its Philanthropy  —  Google announced Thursday that it had come up with a plan that begins to fulfill the pledge it made to investors when it went public nearly four years ago to reserve 1 percent of its profit and equity to “make the world a better place.”
Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
A ‘Do-Googler’ Takes Aim At Big Problems
Discussion: AppScout
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 …
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?
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Bad Form: 61% Use Same Password for Everything
Discussion: Zoli's Blog
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Survey finds Apple users have sense of superiority — no wait, hear us out  —  Wait up, hang on here — you're telling us a personality profiling conducted on 7,500 people at Apple's biggest tub-thumping event of the year, Macworld, yielded results that would suggest Apple users “are more liberal …
Discussion: Windows-Now.com and Digg
BBC:
‘Wii warm-up’ good for surgeons  —  Playing computer games such as the Nintendo Wii can improve a surgeon's performance in the operating theatre, a US study shows.  —  Only certain games are effective - those requiring delicate movements.  —  The fine hand control required to play …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Joystiq and Business Filter
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
Surgeons Get Better Playing Nintendo Wii
Discussion: WebProNews
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.".
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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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Salesforce.com ascends to the cloud
Discussion: eWeek and TechCrunch
Stephen Lawson / InfoWorld:
Brocade's Reyes gets 21 months in backdating case
Discussion: E-Commerce Times
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
The Real Story: Facebook About to Pass MySpace in Traffic
Discussion: Valleywag and Voices
Danielle Belopotosky / New York Times:
With This Bridge Device, Songs Can March Directly From One iPod to Another
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
KickApps Publishes API Kit, Adopts Facebook and OpenSocial Platform Standards
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Sink or Swim? The Top Moving Sites Of 2007
comScore:
Google Sites' Share of Online Video Market Expands to 31 Percent …
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Google Hooks Students with Online Marketing Challenge
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Not everything can be free!  —  Will people pay for anything on the internet?
Discussion: GigaOM
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Internet Movie Database to acquire indie-film service
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Another sub-$200 Linux PC?
Brian Jones / Open XML Formats:
Mapping documents in the binary format (.doc; .xls; .ppt) to the Open XML format
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
iPhone putting on a Lotus Notes suit?
Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft warns corporate users of impending autoupdate to IE7
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Time To Redefine Fair Use?
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Twitter, Facebook called on for higher purpose