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8:40 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 …
Discussion: WebProNews
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Barcodes: Really clever or really dumb?
Discussion: rexblog.com
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  —  I don't like to go to the casino, but by virtue of buying stock, I know the feeling.  —  Yahoo! is on deck in what is arguably the single biggest earnings report in the company's history.  It's funny because while the company's long term outlook remains bright …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo to lay off 1,000, Q4 profit drops
Discussion: eWeek
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.
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.
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Microsoft adCenter To Power Ads On Wall Street Journal Digital Network
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 …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
And you thought Google Street View was creepy before  —  In this video, Google Street View gets even more invasive.  Call it improving geolocated search.  Boo!
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 …
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
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.
Business Wire:
ShoZu Raises $12 Million in Series C Funding; Round Led by New Investor SEB Venture Capital, London  —  Mobile Social Media Company Now Attracting Over 100,000 New Users Monthly  —  LONDON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—ShoZu Inc., the leading provider of mobile social media services …
Bruce Kyle / US ISV Developer Evangelism Team:
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 is Now Available  —  Microsoft is proud to announce the availability of Visual Studio 2008 in volume licensing, retail, and MSDN download.  —  This exciting new version was released to manufacturing (RTM) on November 19, 2007 and at that time active MSDN subscribers were able to download it right away.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and InfoWorld
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.
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
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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