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3:05 PM ET, January 30, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Let's Trash Yahoo During Happy Hour  —  Yesterday I was scheduled to appear live on the Happy Hour show on the Fox Business Channel.  The show is held at the Bull and Bear bar at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, with customers milling around and drinking.  I can't believe no one has rushed the set as a prank yet.
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
Yahoo's Vision-Goes-Here Strategy  —  Listening to the droning, jargon-filled Yahoo conference call on Tuesday night, you could only think that Jerry Yang and Sue Decker were aiming their conversation only at analysts who needed to fill out their 2008 spreadsheets.  —  That strategy didn't work.
Discussion: Tech Beat and Between the Lines
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Cut 1,000 Jobs, and Warns on Growth  —  SAN FRANCISCO — After announcing a sharp drop in fourth-quarter profits Tuesday, Yahoo issued a disappointing outlook for this year, suggesting that investors would have to wait until 2009 for a turnaround.  —  Yahoo also said that as part …
Lynn Fox / Apple:
MacBook Air Now Shipping  —  Apple TV Update Coming Soon  —  Apple® today announced that MacBook Air™, the world's thinnest notebook, is now shipping.  MacBook Air measures an unprecedented 0.16-inches at its thinnest point, while its maximum height of 0.76-inches is less than the thinnest point on competing notebooks.
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Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Apple: Apple TV rental update “not quite finished”  —  It has been a couple of weeks since the Macworld 2008 keynote, so where the heck are all those updates that Mr. Jobs promised us?  Namely, where's the Apple TV update that will bring us early adopters direct movie rental capabilities?
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Apple TV 2.0 delayed a week or two  —  Apple TV 2.0 needs a little more time in the oven.  —  Apple put out a press release Wednesday noting that the MacBook Air is now shipping.  Check out my colleague Dan Ackerman's review of the extremely slim laptop if you're thinking about making a purchase.
Andy Beal / Andy Beal's Marketing Pilgrim:
How Many Facebook Users Actually Read the Wall Street Journal?  —  The fact that the WSJ and Facebook have just partnered on a new initiative to let Facebook users share their favorite news stories, surely demonstrates one of the following:  — Facebook is now dominated by 30+ -year old WSJ reading types.
Discussion: CNET News.com and E-Commerce Times
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
It's a done deal: Dell puts an end to all 140 US mall kiosks  —  Just as we feared, Dell will indeed be axing 100-percent of its US mall kiosks — 140 in total.  Unsurprisingly, the official word attributes the move to Dell's shift into big box retail stores, but we're sure that's …
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Lionel Menchaca / Direct2Dell:
Dell Focuses on Selling Products Direct and Through Retail
MarketingWeek:
Google and Dell tipped to reveal iPhone rival plans  —  Speculation is mounting that Google is plotting the launch of a mobile phone in partnership with computer giant Dell.  —  Senior industry sources claim the two companies will reveal their plans at next month's 3GSM telecoms conference in Barcelona …
Rokali / The Storque:
Etsy's First Five Years  —  In early April of 2005, I sat in an orange chair facing an open window.  It was nighttime and the lights were off.  I was back in Brooklyn after a brief residence in Paris, and I was about to sketch the initial ideas that would become Etsy.
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek announces Eee family product lines  —  With Eee PC becoming a focus of the PC market, Asustek Computer has announced it is planning to launch a family of Eee products including: E-DT (desktop PC), E-TV and E-Monitor.  All the products while have low-cost as their major selling point …
Christopher Null:
Gateway Launches First Dual HD DVD/Blu-ray PCs  —  Is the high-def optical format war over?  If you've already invested in HD DVD technology or media, you may not be relishing the inexorable move to Blu-ray.  Good news, then: Gateway has a computer for you.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Gateway's new GM5664 desktop does Blu-ray and HD DVD, has kid brother that doesn't
Discussion: Business Wire and Electronista
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
TV Showman, Once Exiled, Returns With Video Site  —  LOS ANGELES — One of Big Media's most controversial executives is back after a period of quasi-forced retirement.  —  Stephen Chao — who was fired from a top position at the News Corporation after, in separate incidents …
Alaa Shahine / Reuters:
Internet disrupted in Egypt and India  —  CAIRO (Reuters) - A breakdown in an international undersea cable network disrupted Internet links to Egypt, India and Gulf Arab countries on Wednesday, and Egypt said it could take several days for its services to return to normal.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Scientologists Google Bombed Or Not?  —  Just days after the one-year anniversary of Google's Google bomb fix, a new Google bomb may have gotten through — dangerous cult, bringing up the Scientology web site, as shown above.  But is it really getting past the fix?
 
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Yahoo's OpenID Service Launches Public Beta
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Blyk wins more funds to expand, starting with Netherlands
Gerry Block / IGN Gear:
Nyko Announces Cord-Free Adapter for Wii Nunchuck
Discussion: Engadget and Gadget Lab
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Universal Search: 2008 Edition
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Ray Ozzie at Mix08
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Magistrate judge suggests sanctions against RIAA lawyers
Discussion: p2pnet
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act
Discussion: DSLreports, Gizmodo and Digg
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: Campfire for iPhone
 Earlier Items: 
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Nikon D60 Will Be Enhanced For Eye-Fi
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple seen introducing cheaper, more innovative Wi-Fi iPods
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Digg
Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
iPhone unlocking explodes despite Apple's countermeasures
David Recordon / Six Apart News:
Time for Action: What We're Opening Next
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
The race is on: ‘iShoes’ go on sale
Vauhini Vara / Wall Street Journal:
Searching For Privacy Online
Nicholas Carr / Financial Times:
A revolution is taking shape
Andrew Yoon / PSP Fanboy:
Firmware 3.90 now available on Network Update