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3:45 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.
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:
Confirmed: Change Your System Time, Watch Your iTunes Rentals Forever  —  Updated: Improved methodology, tested on Mac and iPhone.  Results after the jump.  Confirmed it works on Macs, too, but it looks like transferring to iPod/iPhone is a no-go.Movie rentals from iTunes 7.6?  Awesome.
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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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Quentin Hardy / Forbes:
A ‘Do-Googler’ Takes Aim At Big Problems
Discussion: AppScout
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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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
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.".
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
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 …
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.
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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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
David A. Utter / WebProNews:
Google Video Grabs 31 Percent Of Market
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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 …
IDC:
PC Market Still Strong In Q4 With Solid Growth Across Regions, According to IDC
InfoWorld:
Arbor Networks buys Ellacoya
Discussion: eWeek and Fergie's Tech Blog
ClickZ:
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?
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
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Is It Time To Redefine Fair Use?
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Twitter, Facebook called on for higher purpose