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8:36 AM ET, January 20, 2008

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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tip: Yahoo May Cut 1,500-2,500 Jobs Within 2 Weeks  —  A tipster believes Yahoo has created a list of 1,500-2,500 jobs that may be eliminated in the next two weeks.  CEO Jerry Yang will reportedly make the decision to go forward with these layoffs—or not—next week.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Big Yahoo Layoffs Coming Soon?  —  We have been following a tip since the start of January, that Yahoo is preparing ground for a big round of layoffs, and have been digging since on clues and leads.  Now SAI get an anonymous tip (ours wasn't) which says the same thing, with a number to it …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo's Ripe for Shake-Up  —  Yahoo chief Jerry Yang recently summarized a plan to turn the company around by becoming the start page for every Internet user across the globe.  What Mr. Yang failed to provide, however, was a convincing solution to Yahoo's existential crisis.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Asks Employees To Turn In Computers
Discussion: ParisLemon
Nat Torkington / O'Reilly Radar:
Dangers of remote Javascript  —  As we move to a widget web, where the goodies on your site may not necessarily come from your site, it's worth sparing a thought for security.  We at O'Reilly just got bit on perl.com, which redirected to a porn site courtesy a piece of remotely-included Javascript.
Discussion: Ajaxian
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Macworld 2008 rumor report card: some hits, mostly misses  —  As far as novelty news goes, Apple tea leaf reading and rumor speculation seems fairly fruitless (no pun intended).  Oh sure, just about everyone entertains the indulgence, even if it's only a debunk, but you can always count …
CLUMPC:
EeePC with Every Hack Possible (GPS, Bluetooth, 802.11N, etc.)  —  We've seen a lot of EeePC hacks, but this one takes the cake (currently).  Featuring GPS (with antenna), Bluetooth, internal card reader, additional internal flash drive, 802.11N, FM transmitter and modem.
Discussion: Engadget and Digg
louisgray.com:
Mashable Uses A-List Power to Steal B-List Buzz  —  In the tech blogosphere, there's a clear delineation between those who are actively creating the news (the developers, engineers, and business people), those who are reporting the news (those blogs who follow journalism standards and do actual reporting) …
Discussion: Webware.com
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Thumbs Race as Japan's Best Sellers Go Cellular  —  TOKYO — Until recently, cellphone novels — composed on phone keypads by young women wielding dexterous thumbs and read by fans on their tiny screens — had been dismissed in Japan as a subgenre unworthy of the country that gave the world its first novel …
Discussion: Slashdot and TeleRead
Antony Bruno / Reuters:
“Rock Band,” “Guitar Hero” drive digital song sales  —  DENVER (Billboard) - In the two months since MTV Networks and Harmonix released the music-based videogame “Rock Band,” players have purchased and downloaded more than 2.5 million additional songs made available after the game's initial distribution.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Delicious Integrated Into Yahoo Search Results  —  I just got word that Yahoo is testing the integration of Delicious user generated bookmarks into Yahoo search results pages (Yahoo acquired Delicious in late 2005).  Some users will see the Delicious icon as part of their normal search results …
Doug Meacham / NextUp:
Companies Without Conversation  —  This past week gave us several great examples of companies demonstrating their obliviousness to the changing world around them.  —  Hasbro / Mattel  —  You know Scrabble.  Created in 1933, the classic wordplay board game has been a favorite worldwide for decades.
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog and Scobleizer
Wired:
Google to Host Terabytes of Open-Source Scientific Data  —  Sources at Google have disclosed that the humble domain, http://research.google.com, will soon provide a home for terabytes of open-source scientific datasets.  The storage will be free to scientists and access to the data will be free for all.
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Paul Glazowski / Mashable!:   Google Said To Be Prepping Launch Of Social Science Data Network
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
U.S. venture funding up nearly 11 percent in 2007  —  Calling all entrepreneurs: follow the money.  —  If you did, that road down the IT path would likely lead you to clean-tech and Internet-specific businesses, according to results of the 2007 MoneyTree Report released Friday …
Discussion: Associated Press and GigaOM
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Hackers Cut Cities' Power  —  Cyber-security experts have long warned of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure like power, transportation and water systems to malicious hackers.  Friday, those warnings quietly became a reality: Tom Donahue, a CIA official, revealed …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
Tony Dennis / Inquirer:
IPhone's UK sales disappoint  —  O2 fails to hit its own target  —  IN A couple of leaks to the FT, O2 and independent reseller - the Carphone Warehouse - have conceded that iPhone sales have disappointed.  —  The paper says that between Apple, O2 and the Warehouse, only about 190,000 handsets …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Ryan Block:
The iPhone's long-missing two-pane email client
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Oh, How the Mighty Have Fallen: Joost Edition
Discussion: HipMojo.com
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
(Fake) Steve Jobs Accepts The Best Gadget Award At The Crunchies
 Earlier Items: 
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Palm's Vista-compatible Desktop 6.2 arrives woefully late
Discussion: Gadgetell
Jon Hemingway / Broadcasting & Cable:
Comcast Responds to Shareholder Complaint
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Analysis: Metcalfe's Law + Real ID = more crime, less safety