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6:45 PM ET, January 29, 2008

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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Newspaper Ads: Big Hopes For Small Barcodes (GOOG)  —  Google's efforts to get into the newspaper ad business have yet to yield much.  One tool it hopes will eventually change that: Small, square barcodes, like the one at the right, at the bottom of print ads.
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Joel Spolsky / Joel on Software:
CueCat is back!  —  Google: “2D barcodes are an especially exciting part of this because they allow readers to “click” on interesting print ads with their cellphones and seamlessly connect to relevant online content."  —  Years ago, I went out on a limb and dismissed a similar scheme thus …
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Barcodes: Really clever or really dumb?
Discussion: rexblog.com
Brad Stone / Bits:
Slashdot Founder Questions Crowd's Wisdom  —  One of the oldest rivals to the community news site Digg is pointing to recent unrest at the site as evidence that the social news model is flawed.  —  Last week, frequent users of Digg protested changes in its algorithms that were designed …
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Revives Clearwire Talks  —  Sprint Nextel has revived serious discussions with startup Clearwire to form a joint venture that would bring in funding from the likes of Intel, Google and Best Buy to build a high-speed wireless network using WiMax technology.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Sprint-Clearwire: Will 3rd Pipe Dreams Come True?
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo lowers its outlook for 2008; Sees ‘headwinds’; Restructuring in Feb.  —  Yahoo's fourth quarter results Tuesday were better than expected, but the company's outlook for 2008 disappointed.  Meanwhile, Yahoo didn't deliver layoffs as many prognosticators were expecting …
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Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Yahoo!'s On Deck: Stock Market Casino
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo to layoff 1,000, Q4 profit drops
Discussion: eWeek
Steve Williams / Digg the Blog:
Digg Joins the DataPortability Project  —  Digg has joined the DataPortability Project, a group of websites cooperating to help you securely use your data however you want.  Why?  Because you own your data.  It's that simple.  From the start, Digg has supported the idea that you own your own data.
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Digg Joins DataPortability, Will Support OpenID
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Our Tech President Endorsements: Barack Obama and John McCain  —  It's sadly clear that our current leaders have little understanding of technology and why it's important to our economy and culture.  That has to change.  —  We've been interviewing 2008 presidential candidates for the last few months …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
U2 Manager Says Google And Its Hippie Friends Should Pay The Recording Industry  —  from the still-haven't-found-what-i'm-looking- for... dept  —  While the IFPI and the RIAA have been actively pushing for ISP liability for file sharing, it appears some in the industry are taking it even further.
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Kenneth C. Green / Inside Higher Ed:
The Movie Industry's 300% Error  —  A week ago today, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) issued what had to be a hugely embarrassing news release acknowledging that an aggressively promoted and widely cited research report commissioned by the MPAA in 2005 significantly overstated …
Discussion: p2pnet
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
VMware Down 30% As Growth Disappoints; Now What?  —  VMware (VMW) shares have plunged more than 30% today following the company's announcement late yesterday of both a $5 million revenue shortfall compared with Street expectations in the fourth quarter and a 2008 growth projection that left the Street wanting more.
Juan Carlos Perez / IDG News Service:
EBay Plans Lower Fees, Tighter Seller Standards  —  EBay changes are designed to boost sales by making the shopping experience easier and safer.  —  Recommend this story?  —  EBay is expected to unveil changes to its online marketplace Tuesday that the company characterizes as sweeping …
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Wall Street Journal signs up with Microsoft for Contextual and Paid Search advertising  —  Microsoft will become the exclusive third-party ad provider for the Wall Street Journal network of sites, including The Wall Street Journal Online, Barrons.com, MarketWatch.com, AllThingsD.com and others.
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Expected To Report Stellar Earnings  —  The Google gravy train is pulling into the station Thursday.  —  Buoyed by strong growth in search-advertising revenues in the U.S. and abroad, the Internet giant is expected to report a 40% increase in net income and a 54% jump in revenues for the fourth quarter.
Discussion: WebProNews
Paul Miller / Engadget:
MacBook Air shipments beginning for the earliest adopters  —  If you were prepared to snap up whatever ultraportable Steve Jobs threw at you during his Macworld keynote, and started frantically refreshing the Apple Store to buy the MacBook Air as soon as it was announced …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Continental announces in-flight Wi-Fi  —  Today Continental announced that they will be offering Wi-Fi, but it will be the same crippled mess that you'll find on JetBlue.  It's not all bad, though.  The agreement with LiveTV will also bring 36 channels of live TV directly to your seat via DirecTV.
Aude Lagorce / MarketWatch:
Motorola may exit its handset business: analyst  —  LONDON (MarketWatch) — There is a possibility that Motorola, Inc. (MOT:, , ) may exit the handset business and concentrate on becoming an enterprise and government company, Richard Windsor, an analyst with Nomura International, told clients a in note published on Tuesday.
 
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
And you thought Google Street View was creepy before
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Names Ari Balogh as Chief Technology Officer
Discussion: Tech Beat, Valleywag and Mashable!
Bruce Kyle / US ISV Developer Evangelism Team:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is Now Available
BBC:
Aboriginal archive offers new DRM
Caroline McCarthy / CNET News.com:
N.Y. lawmakers announce social-networking safety legislation
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
SpeakLike offers real-time IM translation
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google TV Will Let Advertisers Select Programs, Produce Own Ads
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
How much would you pay to be the first Optimus Maximus owner?
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barracudanetworks.com:
Legal Defense of Free and Open Source Software
Inside CRM:
50 Social Sites That Every Business Needs a Presence on
CNN:
Apple gains in premarket; Piper Jaffray reiterates buy, $250 price target
Discussion: iLounge and Macsimum News
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Firefox share up over 20% in Europe, mostly at expense of IE
BBC:
Quarter of US iPhones ‘unlocked’
John Graham-Cumming:
How many users does Digg have?
Sam / a gthing science project:
The True Cost of SMS Messages