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10:30 PM ET, January 21, 2008

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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Hundreds of Layoffs Expected at Yahoo  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Yahoo is planning to lay off hundreds of employees in an effort to increase its profitability, prop up its deflated stock price and narrow the focus of its sprawling Internet portal to a smaller number of key areas, people close to the company said Monday.
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Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:
Yahoo expected to cut hundreds of jobs  —  (01-21) 18:03 PST SUNNYVALE — Yahoo Inc. plans to cut hundreds of jobs as part of an effort to refocus the Web portal's faltering business, a source familiar with the matter said Monday.  —  The layoffs would mark the most aggressive step yet by Jerry Yang …
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Expects Cuts in Staff
Discussion: paidContent.org
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft (finally) broadens Windows Vista virtualization rules  —  Microsoft has lifted its ban on enabling Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium in virtual machine environments.  —  The company announced on January 21 its decision to add the two new SKUs and planned to update its end-user license agreement to reflect the change.
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Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft makes deal to buy virtualization company  —  Microsoft plans to acquire San Jose-based Calista Technologies Inc. as part of a larger effort to catch up in a growing area of the corporate technology market.  —  Calista's specialty is making networks run smoothly for virtualized computer desktops …
Discussion: eWeek
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's unveils its grand virtualization strategy  —  Updated 11:00 AM PST: Microsoft will formally unveil its grand virtualization strategy tomorrow at a Virtualization Deployment Summit in Bellevue, WA, highlighted by the acquisition of Calista Technologies, a deeper alliance with Citrix …
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft reverses itself again on Vista virtualization
Discussion: TechSpot News
Ashlee Vance / The Register:   Microsoft preempts Hyper-V release with virtualization vision
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Pownce Opens To Public Tonight At Midnight; Early Screen Shots Of New Features  —  Pownce, a service that lets users send messages, files, links, and events to friends, first launched into private beta over six months ago.  It was founded by Leah Culver, Kevin Rose and Daniel Burka (Rose and Burka of Digg fame).
Discussion: ParisLemon
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Pownce From Possible Deadpool To Here For The Long-Term Says Arrington  —  Pownce will be opening its doors to the public tomorrow and will launch some new features says Mike Arrington over at TechCrunch who got a sneak peak.  Arrington seems to have turned around his view on Pownce relatively quickly …
Arn / MacRumors:
MacBook Air Unboxing Photos and Wireless Booting  —  The first unboxing photos for the MacBook Air come from what appears to be a remote Macworld Expo presentation in Japan.  The pictures show that they received their demonstration MacBook Air in the retail packaging.  Unboxing sequence: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Discussion: SlashGear and Digg
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The MacBook Air is the Biggest Test Yet for Cloud Computing
Discussion: Technosailor
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
MacBook Pros Getting MacBook Air's Multi-touch Trackpad  —  We think this is pretty obvious, but AppleInsider says they've received info that the MacBook Pros will also be getting the MacBook Air's multi-touch trackpad feature (which we got hands-on of here).
Discussion: Electronista
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Humans Interupting Algorithms: Wales v. Calacanis on Human Powered Search  —  A large group of international tech rock stars are at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich today and friend of RWW Martin Källström of pre-launch search startup Twingly sent us a rough transcript …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Michael / DVD Dossier Blog:
HBO to Go  —  Home Box Office, the premium television programmer, is set to launch a new broadband service tomorrow.  —  Available initially only to cable customers served by the Wisconsin Division of Time Warner Cable, the new service - called HBO on Broadband - will make over 600 HBO movies …
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:   Time Warner not in sync with HBO online videos, usage caps
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
The Significance of the MyBlogLog API  —  If you could capture and use the names, ages, genders and demonstrated interests of the specific people who visited your website - would you?  A whole lot of people providing services online would.  While we've covered the movement …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WordPress Boosts Free Storage to 3GB.  Leaves Blogger, TypePad in the Dust.  —  In a move that will no doubt put pressure on competing blog platforms TypePad (from Six Apart) and Blogger (from Google), WordPress (from Automattic) is boosting free storage for all the blogs it hosts from 50 MB to 3 GB.
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Stuffing Six Million Pages Down Google's Throat  —  I got two fascinating emails from Jason Hunter over the weekend, both concerning MarkMail, the open source mailing list search engine created by Ryan Grimm and Jason over at MarkLogic.  I thought I'd share them, with Jason's permission.
Discussion: WebProNews
Electronista:
Retailers already pushing Blu-ray over HD DVD?  —  The move by Warner Bros. to produce only Blu-ray movies is already beginning to push HD DVD out of stores, says a report from Video Business.  Several retail chain owners, including Trans World Entertainment and Video Buyers Group …
Discussion: Gizmodo, ParisLemon and Ars Technica
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
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Discussion: TechSpot News
Paul Miller / Engadget:
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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Discussion: Coolfer
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AT&T's SIM-Only Offer Defies Logic
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Shoemoney
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wal-Mart Gives The New Yorker (And Forbes, Fortune, BizWeek etc) The Boot
 Earlier Items: 
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
FDA wants new overview of wireless tech health risks
Discussion: Engadget
Romeo Wahed / Download Squad:
All your address are belong to Google
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Quietly Intros 64-Bit Windows Support in Boot Camp
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Gizmodo
Ted / uncov:
Crunchies. Ingredients: Fail
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Sorry Mike, Digg is NOT a User-Generated Content Site
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
LinkedIn Founder Has Golden Touch
Joshua Chaffin / Financial Times:
NBC chief eyes TV shake-up