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7:10 AM ET, December 11, 2008

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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:
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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 and Valleywag
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
YouTube Videos Are Pulling in Serious Money  —  Making videos for YouTube — for three years a pastime for millions of Web surfers — is now a way to make a living.  —  One year after YouTube, the online video powerhouse, invited members to become “partners” and added advertising to their videos …
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Screw The Downturn.  Accel Raises A Cool Billion In New Funds  —  Twenty five year old venture capital firm Accel Partners is announcing two new funds today that add more than $1 billion to their war chest: Accel Growth Fund at $480 million and Accel London III at $525 million.
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Claire Cain Miller / Bits:   What Recession? Accel Partners Raises $1 Billion
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.
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:   Text messaging comes to Gmail Labs — SRSLY this time
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.
Discussion: VentureBeat
Microsoft Live Labs:
Introducing Thumbtack  —  People have always had a need to make sense of the world around them.  We want to identify, classify and clarify things.  Lately that need has become even greater, since we're being bombarded with information wherever we look.  Now there's a new tool to help you organize all that information: Thumbtack.
Discussion: LiveSide, PC World and ReadWriteWeb
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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.
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Dennis Fisher / Security Bytes:   Security chief Window Snyder leaving Mozilla
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 …
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
CES: Zune phone, no. Pink, maybe
Discussion: Electronista
Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone Copy and Paste Now Working Between Safari and Mail  —  Finally, someone has conceived a way to copy and paste text from Safari to Mail, and between web pages.  And this time, it doesn't require any software installation and it's legal: … In fact, it doesn't require anything to be installed …
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Who Said Web 2.0 Was R.I.P.?  Microblog Tumblr Raises $4.5 Million, Expectations  —  Tumblr is exactly the kind of startup that's supposed to be gasping for air in today's dismal economy: A trendy but niche Web service with a prominent founder and exactly zero revenue.
Discussion: paidContent.org and Gawker
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 …
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 …
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CBS Interactive To Merge CBSNews.com and CNET Newsrooms; Some Layoffs  —  CBS Interactive (NYSE: CBS), under pressure to cut costs after what now seems like an even more costly acquisition of CNET, is announcing some more restructuring tomorrow, we have learned from reliable sources late tonight …
Don Reisinger / Webware.com:
How Twitter's competitors do what it doesn't  —  Twitter may be the leader in the micro-blogging space, but it's missing key features—features its competitors offer.  Will Twitter pick up on these omissions?  We know groups are coming to Twitter, but we're not so sure about some of these other useful features...
Brian Crecente / Kotaku:
Microsoft Prepared For the Winter of Our Economic Discontent  —  Microsoft may not be looking at further price cuts for their console as the country tip-toes through this recession, but they're looking at ways to make their console attractive to thrift-minded families.
Business Technology:
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.
Kate Bevan / Guardian:
Newly asked questions: What are we going to be frightened of next year?  —  Online threats could be as scary as Ben Affleck's experience in the film Paycheck  —  Apart from terrorism, the growth of our waistlines after Christmas, the credit crunch and its effect on our jobs and wallets, you mean?
Chicago Tribune:
CareerBuilder lays off 300  —  Chicago-based online jobs board CareerBuilder laid off more than 300 workers late last week, a company executive confirmed Wednesday.  —  Chief marketing officer Richard Castellini said the cuts took place on Friday and were spread across various units …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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).
Discussion: Newsvine and Daggle
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
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.
 
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm's New-ness, coming to CES
PC World:
Sony to Close Last US TV Factory
Discussion: Technologizer
Emily / textually.org:
MOBILE PHONES JAMMED NEAR BANK ATM
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Engadget Mobile
Nilay Patel / Engadget Mobile:
Video: Android rocking on the HTC Touch
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Browsing the past: National Archives' WWII records digitized
Discussion: TeleRead
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Sony's PlayStation Home boss says it's “leapfrogging” (Xbox Live)
Discussion: TechFlash
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Indian court urged to ‘ban Google Earth’
Discussion: Geek.com and UPI
John Leyden / The Register:
Digital delinquents thrive on IE6 exploits
Discussion: Prevx Blog
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Apple Secretly Bricks Non-Intel PCs, Psystar Claims
Discussion: CNET News
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
Hardly a great time to talk H-1Bs. Still, it's time
internetnews.com:
Google, Microsoft Back Off on Datacenter Plans
Discussion: Microsoft Pri0 and Beyond Search
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google SearchWiki To Get Off Button, Might Get Used As Ranking Signal
Stephen Fry:
Gee, One Bold Storm coming up....