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4:06 AM ET, January 22, 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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Rochelle Garner / Bloomberg:
Cutbacks at Yahoo Expected To Include Hundreds of Jobs  —  Yahoo, owner of the most-visited U.S. Web site, will make cutbacks in some areas of its business as it faces increasing competition from Google and Microsoft.  —  The New York Times reported on its Web site yesterday that Yahoo would cut hundreds of jobs as well.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Layoffs For Real—But What's the Real Number?  —  Last Friday, when I reported that a small team of about 30 people at Yahoo had lost their jobs, I hinted that “more substantial layoffs are around the corner."  In fact, we had it on good information that the board was set to meet …
Verne Kopytoff / San Francisco Chronicle:   Yahoo expected to cut hundreds of jobs
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo Expects Cuts in Staff
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Mylene Mangalindan / Wall Street Journal:
EBay Chief Whitman Plans to Retire  —  EBay Inc. Chief Executive Meg Whitman is preparing to retire.  —  In the past few months, Ms. Whitman, who has led the San Jose, Calif., Internet auctioneer since March 1998, has been delegating more daily responsibilities to her lieutenants and is completing …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ebay's Meg Whitman to Step Down After a Decade as CEO  —  It is not just Yahoo that is going through some rough times.  After a decade at the helm, eBay CEO Meg Whitman is preparing to retire, reports the WSJ (subscr. req.).  John Donahue, the president of eBay Marketplace …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
eBay's Whitman To Retire; Donahoe As Leading Candidate  —  Meg Whitman, the CEO of eBay (NSDQ: EBAY), is finally planning to retire, and John Donahoe, the president of the compan;s auction unit, is the leading candidate to succeed her, reports WSJ, citing sources.
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).
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:   Pownce From Possible Deadpool To Here For The Long-Term Says Arrington
MG Siegler / ParisLemon:   Pownce Pounces On the Public At Midnight Tonight
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 …
Discussion: Data Center Knowledge and Bink.nu
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Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Microsoft Pushes Virtualization
Discussion: Techworld.com and WebProNews
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft makes deal to buy virtualization company
Discussion: eWeek
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft reverses itself again on Vista virtualization
Discussion: TechSpot News
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Video Of Mahalo v. Wikia Search At DLD; Google's Marissa Mayer Weighs In
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
The Only Way For Journalists To Understand The Web Is To Use It  —  Reading Colin Mulvany explain how he's come to understand the dynamic nature of online content distribution through his own experience blogging, and Howard Owens advocating that this is why every journalist should start a blog …
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Howard Owens:   Blog triumphalism: How blogging changed once journalist's mind
USA Today:
Boston gets Comcast's TiVo-powered DVR  —  NEW YORK — TiVo aims to make life easy for its digital video recorder customers.  But its journey to this potentially pivotal week was extraordinarily difficult.  —  After three years of painstaking work, Comcast, (CMCSA) the nation's largest cable provider …
Discussion: paidContent.org and TiVo Lovers
Bernard Lunn / ReadWriteWeb:
Viral + Monetizable = StartUp Magic Quadrant  —  Hotmail is credited with inventing online viral marketing.  I am sure there were earlier examples, but the whole point of viral is that it's so infectious that it obliterates memory of earlier attempts.  I was an early Hotmail user - it was just so simple, obvious and useful.
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 …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
FBI warns that “vishing” attacks are on the rise  —  According to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), the number of “vishing” complaints received by the center is increasing at what it calls “an alarming rate."  Vishing and phishing are related, and both rely on e-mail as a means …
Muhammad Saleem / TechCrunch:
9 Reasons Why The Digg Story Sells  —  This guest post was written by Muhammad Saleem, a social media consultant and a top-ranked community member on multiple social news sites.  —  Most of us know the Digg story.  All it took was a scrappy-looking kid with an idea, and lo and behold …
Discussion: Digg
 
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Justin Moresco / Red Herring:
Online Video Ads Must Change
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay, Guilty Before Trial!
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Aoife White / Associated Press:
EU official: IP is personal
Discussion: paidContent
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Slide's funding brings out reporters' knives
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Popular Shared Items in Google Reader
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Quantcast Closes $20 million Series B
Kevin J. O'Brien / International Herald Tribune:
EU readying next round of phone charge battles
Discussion: mocoNews.net
Austin Modine / The Register:
Microsoft tries to CTRL-W WordPerfect lawsuit again
Discussion: TechSpot News
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Real Estate Social Net ActiveRain Gets $2.75 Million First Round
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The MacBook Air is the Biggest Test Yet for Cloud Computing
Discussion: Macworld and Technosailor
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
WordPress Boosts Free Storage to 3GB.  Leaves Blogger, TypePad in the Dust.
Korben Dallas / Akihabaranews.com:
The Portégé R500 Challenges Mac Book Air!
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
Stuffing Six Million Pages Down Google's Throat
Discussion: WebProNews
Electronista:
Retailers already pushing Blu-ray over HD DVD?
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Wal-Mart Gives The New Yorker (And Forbes, Fortune, BizWeek etc) The Boot
Romeo Wahed / Download Squad:
All your address are belong to Google
Discussion: CyberNet and Lifehacker