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3:55 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: Webomatica and 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
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Cut 1,000 Jobs, and Warns on Growth
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 …
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
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
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Pakinam Amer / Associated Press:
Damaged Cable Cuts Internet in Mideast  —  Internet Outages From Damaged Undersea Cable Disrupt Businesses, Personal Use Across Mideast  —  CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Internet outages disrupted business and personal usage across a wide swathe of the Middle East on Wednesday after an undersea cable …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
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.
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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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Loomia Powers Social Recommendations for WSJ, CNET, and NBC by Leveraging Facebook
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
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Denise Begley / MIX Online:
Ozzie at MIX08  —  Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie …
Discussion: Microsoft Watch
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 …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Six Apart Gets Into Microblogging with Activity Streams  —  Six Apart this morning launched a plugin for their MovableType blogging platform that aggregates and displays a user's activity from social web sites.  Similar to FriendFeed, the Action Streams plugin displays things like …
Discussion: Between the Lines and WebbyOnline
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Yahoo! Developer Network blog:
Yahoo! OpenID Provider service now available as a public beta  —  Today, we are launching the public beta of the much-anticipated Yahoo! OpenID Provider service.  This means that users with a Yahoo! account - all 248 million of them - will be able to sign in to any website that supports OpenID 2.0 …
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Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Yahoo's OpenID Service Launches Public Beta
Discussion: The Real McCrea
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 …
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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Google Universal Search: 2008 Edition  —  It's just over a half-year since Google launched Universal Search, its method of blending results from its own various topically-focused or “vertical” search engines.  Since that time, the system has evolved.  In particular, Google Universal Search …
Discussion: Redeye VC
Jason / Signal vs. Noise:
Launch: Campfire for iPhone  —  Today we officially announce that Campfire has been optimized for the iPhone.  Just visit your Campfire site with Safari on the iPhone and you'll automatically see the iPhone optimized version.  —  Note: To scroll back through the transcript you'll need …
 
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Jason Lee Miller / WebProNews:
ICANN Takes On Domain Tasting
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Susanne Craig / Wall Street Journal:
E*Trade Tries a Super Bowl II
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Christopher Null:
Gateway Launches First Dual HD DVD/Blu-ray PCs
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and Business Wire
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
Blyk wins more funds to expand, starting with Netherlands
Discussion: PDA
John Markoff / Bits:
Many Are Already at Work on Fulfilling Gates's Vision
CmdrTaco / Slashdot:
Amazon Patents Customized 404 Pages
Discussion: WebProNews and Feld Thoughts
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Magistrate judge suggests sanctions against RIAA lawyers
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Copy a CD, owe $1.5 million under “gluttonous” PRO-IP Act
Discussion: Gizmodo, DSLreports and Digg
Mark Wilson / Gizmodo:
Nikon D60 Will Be Enhanced For Eye-Fi
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
eMachines' new T5246 and T3642 desktops make you go “Eh.”
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
Mike Yamamoto / Crave: The gadget blog:
The race is on: ‘iShoes’ go on sale
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Scientologists Google Bombed Or Not?
Nicholas Carr / Financial Times:
A revolution is taking shape