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9:55 AM 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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Caroline McCarthy / Webware.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.
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Interview: Sony's Thoughts On the MacBook Air  —  During the Keynote, Jobs compared the Macbook Air to Sony's TZ ultraportable, implying it had a small keyboard and screen, was too thick, and was not that good.  Here's what Sony thinks of the Apple MacBook Air:
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch:
P2P movie site Jaman signs deal with TIVO  —  Jaman, the San Mateo-based P2P Web movie service, has stuck a deal whereby TiVo subscribers will be able to access Jaman's catalogue of American independent (think Sundance Film Festival) and international film titles directly from their TiVo DVR.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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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) …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Keynote Roundup  —  Miscellaneous thoughts and observations from yesterday's Macworld Expo keynote:  —  OFFICE 2008  —  I was interested to see whether Microsoft would get some demo time during the keynote to show Office 2008.  The Mac BU hasn't always gotten stage time, but, I think …
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Ben Worthen / Business Technology:
Sorry Fanboys, Businesses Shouldn't Switch to Macs  —  There's a sideshow at Macworld Expo, the 50,000-person or so convention dedicated to all things Apple going on this week in San Francisco: The MacIT conference, where several hundred corporate tech pros are gathering to talk about managing Macs in their businesses.
Discussion: VoIP Blog
louisgray.com:
Can We Talk About Twitter for a Second?  —  About a year ago, I wrote how I had completely sworn off instant messaging, and how, despite its fast-rising user base, I had no intention of using Twitter.  And so far, I haven't given in to the siren song.  While I hadn't expected to ever gain …
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NEWS.com.au:
Google bows to Church of Scientology over Cruise video  —  Scientology ... Tom Cruise and wife Kate Holmes / AP  —  SCIENTOLOGISTS have forced internet giant Google to remove a leaked web video that featured Hollywood star Tom Cruise praising the niche religion.
Discussion: WebProNews
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing and Bits
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Salesforce.com To Offer DaaS Service, New Pricing Model, Competition  —  CRM and SaaS provider Salesforce.com have announced that there Force.com Cloud Computing Architecture (our review here) is to now offer Development-as-a-Service (DaaS), a new pricing structure and a developer competition.
Savio Rodrigues / InfoWorld:
More thoughts on Sun & MySQL  —  First off, kudos to Sun for valuing MySQL at this price.  The deal represents ~36% of Sun's Cash & Cash Equivalents (of $2.7B) on hand at the end of their last quarter (Sept. 2007).  But considering how cheap debt is these days, Sun could probably fund a portion of the deal through cheap debt.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Perspective: Myspace Still Kicking Facebook's Ass in Traffic  —  While the media and Silicon Valley have lost our collective minds over the rise of Facebook over the past year, traffic analysts Hitwise released numbers today indicating that things are not as they might seem.
Brett Terpstra / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iTunes rentals and the system date  —  We got an interesting tip from “Jack”, who noted that you could affect the time remaining on an iTunes movie rental by altering your system time.  I gave it a shot to be sure.  It's true, if you're willing to offset the date on your computer until …
Discussion: CrunchGear and Gadget Lab
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
ITunes Movie Rentals and Netflix Online: Different Markets
Discussion: Engadget and Between the Lines
DSLreports:
Time Warner Cable Eyeing Overage Charges?  - Memo says trial will determine national deployment...  Time Warner Cable may be exploring the possibility of implementing overage charges for its RoadRunner cable broadband service.  According to excerpts from a leaked internal memo obtained by Broadband Reports …
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Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Leaked memo: Time Warner Cable to trial hard bandwidth caps
Discussion: DSLreports and Digg
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Steve Jobs Sprinkles a Bit of Magic Apple Dust on Boston's Skyhook  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  “It's probably the biggest publicity event any company can have,” says Ted Morgan.  —  Is the CEO of Boston-based Skyhook talking about running a Superbowl ad?  Being endorsed by Oprah, perhaps?
Discussion: Macworld and Ubergizmo
 
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Al Iverson / CircleID:
North Dakota Judge Gets it Wrong
Alex Patriquin / Compete Blog:
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Kate Holton / Reuters:
Yahoo, T-Mobile say sign mobile Internet ad deal
Amit / Digital Inspiration:
How to Create a Time-Lapse Video of any Web Page
Longofest / MacRumors:
IBM To Release Lotus Symphony For Mac, Notes iPhone Compatibility
Discussion: The Register and Engadget
Iljitsch van Beijnum / Ars Technica:
Internet routing shows growing pains—again
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Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney delays Stage 9
Discussion: paidContent.org and Reel Pop
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Pownce Launch Party Tonight - Pownce to Exit Private Beta
Discussion: Valleywag
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
How Do You Say “Fix Your Service” In Japanese?
Discussion: Twitter Blog and Mashable!
Mark Glaser / MediaShift:
Digging Deeper::  Traditional Media Ready to Elevate the …
Shawn Burke / Shawn Burke's Blog:
Configuring Visual Studio to Debug .NET Framework Source Code
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Surprise, Justin.TV Builds Own CDN To Cut Costs, Improve Performance
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
WAYN said to be close to sale. The price? $200m. The buyer? AOL
Discussion: PDA and Silicon Alley Insider
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Facebook bullies writers, not its engineers, to keep data private