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1:30 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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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 …
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Yodel Turns Into a Whimper  —  Layoffs and a refocusing effort can only do so much.  CEO Jerry Yang needs to find exciting new products or services if he hopes to make Yahoo sing again  —  Getty Images  —  At the Consumer Electronics Show a few weeks ago, Yahoo! (YHOO) …
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 …
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.
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Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
WSJ's Web site adds Facebook function  —  NEW YORK - The Wall Street Journal has just accepted Facebook's request to be online friends.  —  Hoping to tap into the growing buzz of online social networks, the Journal is adding a feature to its Web site that will allow readers to see which Journal stories …
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
New PSP firmware hits the streets, Skype included  —  Have you been waiting with baited breath for the much-anticipated PSP firmware update?  The new firmware, branded as version 3.90, is now available for public consumption.  The most significant improvement, of course, is the inclusion of a PSP-specific Skype client.
Discussion: Opposable Thumbs
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Kip Kniskern / LiveSide:
Ray Ozzie at Mix08  —  If you took the time to check out our feed sampler you may have already noticed the news that Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect at Microsoft and the successor to Bill Gates when he steps down from daily duties this July, has been added as a speaker at Mix08, to join the stage with Scott Guthrie.
Discussion: All about Microsoft and MIX Online
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 …
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Magistrate judge suggests sanctions against RIAA lawyers  —  The RIAA's habit of roping numerous unrelated defendants into a single “John Doe” lawsuit has drawn the attention of a federal magistrate—and not in a good way.  In the case of Arista v. Does 1-27, a lawsuit targeting students …
Discussion: p2pnet
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 …
Nicholas Carr / Financial Times:
A revolution is taking shape  —  When the founder of Microsoft retires this year, it will not only mark the close of a remarkable business career.  It will signal the end of an era in computing.  —  “The next sea change is upon us."  Those words appeared in an extraordinary memorandum …
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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Apple seen introducing cheaper, more innovative Wi-Fi iPods
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Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Mozilla ups unpatched Firefox flaw to ‘high severity’; Preps fix