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2:00 AM ET, January 30, 2008

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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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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo to lay off 1,000, Q4 profit drops
Discussion: eWeek
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Yahoo serves up layoffs but no strategy
Jordan Golson / Valleywag:
Yahoo soft-launches lifecasting service
Ashkan Karbasfrooshan / HipMojo.com:
Yahoo!'s On Deck: Stock Market Casino
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
SproutBuilder: You've Got to See This Drag and Drop Widget Maker  —  SproutBuilder is going to explode the world of widgets on the web.  This is far and away my favorite product I've seen at DEMO, not just this year but ever in the three years I've attended.
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Sprout: The Online WYSIWYG Editor for Flash  —  A new application called Sprout, launching in private beta at DEMO today, promises to make the creation of Flash applets a whole lot easier.  —  Sprout is a browser-based, WYSIWYG editor for Flash with an interface reminiscent of Photoshop or Dreamweaver.
Discussion: Connecting the Dots
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: atmaspheric and WebProNews
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google's Newspaper Ads: Big Hopes For Small Barcodes (GOOG)
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Barcodes: Really clever or really dumb?
Discussion: rexblog.com
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Nextel in New WiMax Bid  —  In the last few weeks, newly installed Sprint Nextel Corp. Chief Executive Dan Hesse has moved quickly to impress investors with layoffs and an upper-management shake-up at the wireless carrier.  Now there are signs he is teeing up a bold restructuring …
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Breaking: MySpace Developer Platform Launching on February 5th  —  MySpace has just announced that they will be launching their developer platform on February 5th.  You can pre-register now by going to http://developer.myspace.com (requires login).  —  Earlier this evening, I spoke with Amit Kapur …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
MySpace Platform Goes Live February 5; Accepting Developer SignUps Now  —  After months of rumblings and announcements, MySpace is finally getting ready to pull the trigger on its long-awaited platform for developers.  Starting today, programmers can sign up to register for the MySpace API program, which will go live on February 5th.
Microsoft:
Wall Street Journal Digital Network Teams With Microsoft for Contextual and Paid Search Advertising  —  Microsoft becomes exclusive third-party ad provider for network of sites.  —  The Wall Street Journal Digital Network today announced an agreement in which Microsoft Corp. becomes …
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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.
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!
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
BLIST: AWESOME WEB-BASED DATABASE  —  Blist, launching today at Demo 2008, is a Web-based database with a very slick Flash interface running against a SQL backend.  The user interface shields the complexity of the relational database underpinnings from the user, but some intriguing capabilities …
InfoWorld:
Facebook, MySpace join NY AG in pushing e-safety bill  —  New York's attorney general and state legislative leaders presented a bill on Tuesday aimed at protecting people from sexual predators on the Internet, and Facebook, MySpace, and Yahoo backed the effort.
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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 …
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Demo Nightmare: Startup Runs Into Technical Difficulties Onstage  —  Palm Desert, Calif. — What happens when something goes terribly wrong onstage at an important, expensive industry conference?  For enterprise phone service startup Toktumi, that nightmare came true during the morning session …
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
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 …
 
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NRKbeta:
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) makes popular series available DRM-free via BitTorrent
Discussion: eirikso.com and Digg
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
WSJ's Web site adds Facebook function
Discussion: Lost Remote
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Preparing for the End of Analog TV
Discussion: Lost Remote
Matthew Broersma / PC World:
New Free Utility Cuts Vista Install Down to Size
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft antitrust oversight extended to 2009
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
IBM taunts Sun, HP and VMware with $40 PowerVM hypervisor
Discussion: eWeek and InfoWorld
Cade Metz / The Register:
Secret bidding for US airwaves tops $3.3bn
Discussion: TechSpot News
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
Exploit Released for ‘Unexploitable’ Windows Worm Hole
Discussion: Zero Day
 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Gardiner / Wired News:
Apple Prohibits iTunes Movie Rentals on Fifth-Generation and Older iPods
Discussion: Macsimum News
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
OnMedia: It's differenter than you think
Dean Takahashi / Tech Talk with Dean Takahashi:
DEMO: green plug wants to get rid of all those power adapters
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Qtrax Is Back Up (Updated)  —  Earlier today, the Qtrax music …
Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Updates iWork '08
Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
Scientology Bomb Cruises Past Google
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Google Expected To Report Stellar Earnings
Discussion: WebProNews
Kenneth C. Green / Inside Higher Ed:
The Movie Industry's 300% Error
Discussion: p2pnet