Jerry Yang / Yodel Anecdotal:
Tough times — As we announced in October, we've been aggressively managing our costs to bring them in line with the challenging economic conditions. Unfortunately, that means laying off employees — by far the toughest part of being a manager. Here's the email I sent to Yahoos today:
Discussion: Industry Standard, GigaOM, Tech Beat, Technologizer, Valleywag, Forbes, internetnews.com, MediaNama, blogs.ft.com, Docu-Drama, Screenwerk, L.A. Times Tech Blog and Susan Mernit's Blog
Eric Eldon / Industry Standard: Yahoo layoffs hit home today
Harry McCracken / Technologizer: 10 Pieces of Unsolicited, Unsophisticated Advice for Yahoo
Owen Thomas / Valleywag: Why the Yahoo feeding frenzy?
Brian Caulfield / Forbes: Advice For Yahoo!s, From Yahoo!s — The Web portal …
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com: Why it's still too early for Yahoo shareholders to count their chickens
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Layoffs in the Era of Twitter
Jessica Guynn / L.A. Times Tech Blog: Being Yang means never having to say you're sorry to departing Yahoos
Miguel Helft / Bits:
Yahoo Layoffs Today May Not Be Last — Yahoo began laying off 1,500 workers on Wednesday as part of a plan, announced in October, to slash expenses by $400 million a year. The cost cutting, however, may have to go deeper in the coming year. — “There could be additional staff reductions next year …
Discussion: BoomTown, Valleywag and paidContent.org
Kara Swisher / BoomTown: Jerry Yang's Entire Memo to the Yahoo Troops About Layoffs …
Owen Thomas / Valleywag: An instant history of Yahoo
Rafe Needleman / Webware.com:
Watching layoffs in real time, on Twitter — If you want to watch a community event reveal itself in real time, there's really nothing like Twitter. As the Yahoo layoffs finally took hold this morning, newly former employees headed to Twitter to say farewell to the company; those staying reported what it was like for the rest.
Discussion: CNET News
Stephen Shankland / CNET News: Yang: Yahoo cuts ‘very hard, but very necessary’
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Yahoo's secret layoff doublespeak revealed!
Yahoo's secret layoff doublespeak revealed!
Discussion: TechCrunch, Search Engine Watch, Inc.com, Tech Central, CNET News, AppScout and Between the Lines
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: Just Got Fired From Yahoo? Have A Taco.
Max Chafkin / Inc.com: The New Bebo, Yahoo Layoffs, and Bailouts
Mike Harvey / Tech Central: How to sack someone - Yahoo! style
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News: Yahoo pink slips issued, recruiters circling above
Chloe Albanesius / AppScout: Jerry Yang: Yahoo! Layoffs Were ‘Unfortunately Unavoidable’
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Yang: Layoffs ‘very hard,’ ‘very necessary’
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Another Sad Day for Yahoo: Layoffs Begin, While Employees Vent
Another Sad Day for Yahoo: Layoffs Begin, While Employees Vent
Owen Thomas / Valleywag: Jerry Yang's incompetent layoff memo
Bambi Francisco / VatorNews: Yahoo layoffs, live on Twitter
Bobbie Johnson / Guardian: Yahoo's plan to ‘get fit’: go on a crash diet
Leo Dirac / Gmail Blog:
Really new in Labs this time: SMS Text Messaging for chat — How often do you try to chat with somebody and they don't respond because they just walked away from their computer? Or maybe you're in the middle of chatting with them just as they need to leave.
Discussion: Webware.com, VentureBeat, Epicenter, Search Engine Journal, TechCrunch, Google Watch, Mashable!, Lifehacker and Gear Diary
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com: Google takes two with Gmail-SMS chat
Michael Calore / Epicenter: After a Huge WTF, Text Messaging Returns to Gmail
Arnold Zafra / Search Engine Journal: Gmail Labs Tests SMS Messaging through Chat
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch: Gmail Enables SMS Messaging From Chat
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!: GMail Adds SMS for Some
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker: Gmail Labs Gets SMS in Chat Again—For Real This Time
Wayne Schulz / Gear Diary: Gmail once again gains SMS text capability
Greg Sandoval / CNET News:
TV has license to kill movies at iTunes, Netflix — Apple is an Internet retailer and Neflix is a Web video rental service, but Hollywood treats them as if they were potential competitors to TV broadcasters. — In the past two weeks, customers of iTunes and Netflix's streaming digital-movie service …
Discussion: paidContent.org, Infinite Loop, The Apple Core, VentureBeat, MediaMemo, iLounge, Public Knowledge, Webomatica, AppleInsider and NewTeeVee
Jeff Smykil / Infinite Loop: Disappearing iTunes Store movies: case closed?
Jason D. O'Grady / The Apple Core: Studios throw the kill switch on Apple and Netflix
Charles Starrett / iLounge: News: Mix: Google 2008, South Korea, iTunes movies, Choose Your Adventure
Alex Curtis / Public Knowledge: How Hollywood Studios Promote File Trading: Delete Movies Off Digital Shelves
Jason Kaneshiro / Webomatica: The Annoyance Of Vanishing Netflix Watch Instantly Titles
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider: TV deals causing movies to disappear from iTunes Store
Chris Albrecht / NewTeeVee: Vid-Biz: Bebo, Netflix, NBA 3D
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: Hollywood Removing Hit Movies From Apple, Netflix
Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
Google Executive Departs for LinkedIn — Dipchand “Deep” Nishar, a longtime Google Inc. executive who helped start its mobile business and other key products, is leaving the company to become a senior executive at LinkedIn Corp. — Mr. Nishar, 40, in January will become vice president …
Discussion: paidContent.org, VentureBeat, Silicon Alley Insider, mocoNews.net and Between the Lines
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org: Industry Moves: Google's Mobile Head Deep Nishar Leaves To Join LinkedIn
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat: Google exec Deep Nishar leaves for LinkedIn
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Google Superstar Heads To LinkedIn (GOOG)
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines: Google exec joins LinkedIn
Matt / WordPress:
WordPress 2.7 “Coltrane” — The first thing you'll notice about 2.7 is its new interface. From the top down, we've listened to your feedback and thought deeply about the design and the result is a WordPress that's just plain faster. Nearly every task you do on your blog will take fewer clicks …
Discussion: Performancing.com and Hack a Day
Jeff Chandler / Performancing.com: WordPress 2.7 Sees The Light Of Day
Eliot Phillips / Hack a Day: wordpress 2.7 upgrade in one line
Brian Lam / Gizmodo:
Rumor Smash: No Zune Phone at CES — Sorry dudes. Just it first hand from Brian Seitz, Group Manager of Zune: “No Zune phone at CES.” — Well, at least no Zune Phone as we're hearing it. A few days ago, some analysts stirred up the rumors of a Zune specific piece of hardware this week …
Discussion: VentureBeat, paidContent.org, Gadget Lab, Microsoft Subnet's blog, Beyond Binary and Fast Company
MG Siegler / VentureBeat: Not a ZunePhone: The big stink over “Pink”
Tricia Duryee / paidContent.org: There's No Zune Phone Coming; But Even If It Was, Would It Be Big News?
Jose Fermoso / Gadget Lab: Rumor: Zune Phone Is Coming to CES 2009
Microsoft Subnet / Microsoft Subnet's blog: Microsoft phone announced at CES? How 'bout the Zune XBox360 Mobile?
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
CES: Zune phone, no. Pink, maybe
CES: Zune phone, no. Pink, maybe
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Secretly Bricks Non-Intel PCs, Psystar Claims — Mac cloner says OS X 10.5 includes code designed to shut down unauthorized machines. — Apple's Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard” operating system contains undocumented code designed to render inoperable personal computers that aren't running …
Discussion: CNET News and 9 to 5 Mac
Tom Krazit / CNET News: Psystar shifts course, says Apple abusing copyright
Chauncey Dupree / 9 to 5 Mac: Psystar gets a little dirty in latest filing
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
Latest twist in Apple vs. Psystar
Latest twist in Apple vs. Psystar
Discussion: Computerworld, Infinite Loop, Gizmodo, Digital Daily, Macsimum News, Between the Lines, Technologizer and PC World
Lucas Mearian / Computerworld: Which operating system is best for solid-state drives?
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily: Psyonara, Pt. III
Dan Moren / PC World: Psystar Amends Complaint
Paul Carr / Guardian:
Freezing cold, no internet, boring: it's a French web 2.0 conference! — Want to know how Britain should spend that billion pounds it has earmarked for internet startups? On a vodka-fuelled conference in a sauna in London. It would sure put LeWeb into the shade. Though almost anything would.
Maya Baratz / VentureBeat: Le Web: Like a web conference, without the web
Gee, One Bold Storm coming up.... So here I am. In a hotel room in New York. The writing desk and its view of xth Avenue are all but obscured by:- — 7 x Mini USB cables: 2 of them are the new Micro type that Blackberry has switched to for the Storm only, the rest are standard.
Alan Patrick / broadstuff: FRY'S LAW: ONE CALENDAR YEAR = 3 INTERNET YEARS
Window Snyder / Mozilla Security Blog:
Leaving Mozilla — I will be leaving Mozilla at the end of the year. I am sad to be leaving, but I am excited to go work on something I have always been passionate about. I wish I could tell you about it now, but that will have to wait for a while. — You will still get Mozilla security information here.
Discussion: PC World, Security Bytes, Defense in Depth and Zero Day
James Niccolai / PC World: Mozilla Security Chief Calls It Quits
Dennis Fisher / Security Bytes: Security chief Window Snyder leaving Mozilla
Robert Vamosi / Defense in Depth: Window Snyder to leave Mozilla
Ryan Naraine / Zero Day: Window Snyder leaves Mozilla
Arn / MacRumors:
Discussion: Lifehacker, SlashGear, Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun, LinuxWorld.com, Appletell, Boing Boing Gadgets, MacDailyNews, Gadget Lab, Edible Apple and MacBlogz
Shawn Brown / SlashGear: Mozilla adds Multitouch Gestures to Firefox for Macs
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo: Latest Firefox Beta Officially Adds Multitouch for Macs
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Mozilla includes multi-touch support in Firefox 3.1b2 for Macs
Preston Gralla / LinuxWorld.com: Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 adds speed and privacy
Jake Gaecke / Appletell: Firefox 3.1 Beta 2 adds support for multitouch gestures
John Brownlee / Boing Boing Gadgets: Firefox adds multitouch gestures for Macs
Charlie Sorrel / Gadget Lab: Firefox Adds Multitouch Gestures for Macs
Google, Microsoft Back Off on Datacenter Plans — The two online giants rethink ambitious datacenter efforts, but for different reasons. — With the economy in the shape it's in, even Microsoft and Google are thinking twice before dropping $100 million on a new datacenter.
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0: Data center construction delays?
Tom Krazit / CNET News:
Apple stabilizes new Mac notebooks — Apple has released stabilizing updates for its new MacBook, shown here, as well as other systems introduced in October. — (Credit: Apple) — Apple has released several new firmware updates aimed at solving problems with its latest batch of notebooks.
Discussion: Apple, AppleInsider, ZDNET.com.au, SlashGear, MacRumors and Infinite Loop
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider: Apple releases stability fixes for latest MacBook lines
Tom Krazit / ZDNET.com.au: Apple stabilises new Mac notebooks
New President of Online Services Group Sees Chance to Make Impact at Microsoft — Q&A: Qi Lu discusses what attracted him to Microsoft and how he plans to boost the company's efforts in online search and advertising. — On Dec. 4, Microsoft announced Qi Lu had been hired as president of the Online Services Group.
Discussion: TechFlash, Beyond Search, ChannelWeb, AppScout, Silicon Alley Insider, The Microsoft Blog, Microsoft Pri0 and Search Engine Land
Todd Bishop / TechFlash: Microsoft's new online chief: 'We've got our work cut out for us' vs. Google
Stephen E. Arnold / Beyond Search: Microsoft Search Head Speaks
Kevin McLaughlin / ChannelWeb: New Microsoft Services Chief Ready To Tackle Google
Mark Hachman / AppScout: Microsoft's New Search Guru Speaks
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider: Microsoft Digital Head Qi Lu: Better Search, Coherent Ad Platform Coming (MSFT)
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: New online chief emphasizes search quality
Benjamin J. Romano / Microsoft Pri0: Profile: Qi Lu, Microsoft's incoming Online Services Group president
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Make Your Corporate Blog Believable — In a blog post today, Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang offered up a “simple heuristic health check to gauge whether your corporate blog is going to be trusted by your readers.” — GOT A TIP OR RUMOR? — Jeremiah offers eight points …
Discussion: Apple Watch, The Noisy Channel, Web Strategy, Fast Wonder Blog, Glass House, ReadWriteWeb, Google Watch and The Blog Herald
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch: Apple's Silent Approach is So Last Century
Daniel Tunkelang / The Noisy Channel: This is not a corporate blog
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy: Health Check: How Trusted Is Your Corporate Blog?
Frank Shaw / Glass House: Two Views of Corporate Blogs
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb: Report: Corporate Blogs Not Trusted
David Krug / The Blog Herald: Is your corporate blog believable?
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Live Labs Tackles Web Clips With Thumbtack, Still Needs Polish — Microsoft's Live Labs has just released Thumbtack, a web clipping service that allows users to compile links, media, and text snippets into online storage bins for future reference.
Discussion: PC World, Microsoft Live Labs, Mashable!, Download Squad, Webware.com, Bink.nu and The Microsoft Blog
Nancy Gohring / PC World: Microsoft Unveils Thumbtack for Sharing Web Snippets
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com: Microsoft tacks on not-so-social bookmarking tool
Steven Bink / Bink.nu: Microsoft Live Labs releases Thumbtack
Joseph Tartakoff / The Microsoft Blog: Microsoft debuts way to store Web content
2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist — As the year comes to a close, it's time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008. As it happens, studying the aggregation of the billions of search queries that people type into the Google search box gives us …
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek: Obama, Palin Top Google Year-End Zeitgeist List
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo: Palin Wins 2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist
Svetlana Gladkova / Profy: Google Says People Have Been Trying To Embrace RSS in 2008
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch: To Really Understand The (Google) Zeitgeist, You Need To Dive Into The Details
Lee Bains / Switched: Google Announces Top Searches of 2008
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb: Most Popular Searches of the Year on Google and Lycos: Palin, Poker, and Facebook
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog: Sarah Palin tops Google's '08 Zeitgeist list
Joel Horowitz / PSFK: 2008's Top Search Engine Queries
Darren Murph / Engadget Mobile:
T-Mobile produces official statement regarding international G1 data roaming — Okay G1 owners, so here's the end-all answer to your data roaming quandaries. For those not caught up, there has been quite the hubbub going around about the G1's inability to not suck down data whilst traveling aboard.
Discussion: TmoNews, Android Community, Gizmodo, Android Phone Fans and mocoNews.net
David / TmoNews: T-mobile talks G1 roaming...
Sean Fallon / Gizmodo: T-Mobile G1 Apps Turn On Data Roaming By Themselves
Rob Jackson / Android Phone Fans: T-Mobile Responds To Data Roaming Issues
Betsy Lordan / Federal Trade Commission:
Court Halts Bogus Computer Scans — At the request of the Federal Trade Commission, a U.S. district court has issued a temporary halt to a massive “scareware” scheme, which falsely claimed that scans had detected viruses, spyware, and illegal pornography on consumers' computers.
Discussion: CrunchGear, Techdirt, The Register, PC World and Spyware Sucks
Michael Masnick / Techdirt: FTC Shuts Down More Bogus Spyware Scan Companies
Dan Goodin / The Register: Judge buries bogus malware-protection gang
Grant Gross / PC World: FTC, Court Halt ‘scareware’ Advertising Operations
Emily / textually.org:
MOBILE PHONES JAMMED NEAR BANK ATM — A Tokyo area bank has begun installing devices that jam cell phone signals in order to prevent elderly citizens from becoming victims of phone fraud. Swindlers have been targeting seniors, telling them to go to the bank and all the while stay on the line …
Alana Semuels / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Lose your Time Warner Internet connection (again)? You could try Open DNS — If you live in greater Los Angeles and are fed up with Time Warner Cable, there's probably not much you can do about it (unless you're the L.A. city attorney, in which case you can sue).
Danny Sullivan / Daggle: Twitter Lone “News Outlet” …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News:
Yahoo amends controversial severance program — As part of its settlement agreement stemming from a shareholder lawsuit, Yahoo announced Wednesday it revised its controversial severance policy that had the potential of making a buyout of the company more expensive to a prospective buyer.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google SearchWiki To Get Off Button, Might Get Used As Ranking Signal — TechCrunch has coverage of Google's Marissa Mayer talk at Le Web conference in Paris, France. In that talk, Mayer said SearchWiki will gain an option to let users turn it off and reiterated statements that Google's previously made …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch: Marissa Mayer At Le Web: The (Almost) Complete Interview
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Sony's PlayStation Home boss says it's “leapfrogging” (Xbox Live) — Actually PlayStation Home Director Jack Buser wouldn't mention competitors by name — he never used the “M” word — when we talked about Thursday's public debut of Sony's new virtual world. — But you could tell what Buser was talking about:
Memories of Past Slumps No Help in Silicon Valley — Over the past four decades, technologies for retaining information have increased at a startling rate. Yet technology suppliers seem to have trouble calling up some key information-the lessons of the past.
Flavio Lerda / Google Mobile Blog:
Street View on Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile? Check. — (cross posted with the Google LatLong Blog) — In case you hadn't noticed, the Google Street View team has been busy photographing France, Italy, Spain, and Australia. Given the international focus of recent Street View launches …
Discussion: Wap Review, Unwired View, jkOnTheRun, Local Mobile Search, SlashGear, Engadget Mobile and Search Engine Journal
Dennis Bournique / Wap Review: Google Streetview Comes to S60
David Gonzales / Unwired View: Google Maps with Street View now available on Nokia S60 and Windows Mobile phones
Shawn Brown / SlashGear: Google Maps gets Google Street View on Windows Mobile and Symbian S60 handsets