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10:55 AM ET, February 13, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Exec Bails: Bradley Horowitz Leaves For Google  —  Bradley Horowitz, head of Yahoo's Advanced Technology Division (and mentioned in a post earlier today), has accepted a position with Google, we've confirmed via a source at Yahoo.  We have a message into Bradley for a comment, but have not yet heard back.
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Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Getting Fired At Yahoo: A Twitter Log  —  Yahoo's Ryan Kuder was canned today.  A drag for him, but a gift for the rest of us—because he Twittered it.  A new form of literature is in the making...  Y! layoffs today, I'm “impacted”.  I'm heading into work to pack my desk …
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Just got laid off at Yahoo  —  Well, the law of continuous revolution just gave me a good shove.  —  Today is my last day at Yahoo and the start of something new.  —  What?  No idea, yet.  —  I'm definitely interested in hearing about both short term and longer term consulting opportunities …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Brickhouse Head Leaves Yahoo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo And News Corp. Continue Marathon Discussions; Possible Bid To Counter Microsoft  —  At the start of the Microsoft/Yahoo saga we reported that News Corp. was scrambling to put together a bid to compete with Microsoft, but backed down because they were unable to find outside funding …
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AppleInsider:
Apple releases Apple TV “Take 2” software update  —  Apple on Tuesday quietly released its much-anticipated Apple TV “Take 2” software update, which introduces a brand new on-sreen interface and allows users to rent high definition movies directly from their widescreen TVs.
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Digg
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Michael Dell Pays $150M For His Bro's Startup  —  At a time when Michael Dell has regained control over the helm at the firm he has founded, it seems dicey for him to close a deal that smells of nepotism.  But Dell seems to taunt the critics with this one.  —  Dell says it will pay $155M …
Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 3 now available for download  —  Please note: We do not recommend that anyone other than developers and testers download the Firefox 3 Beta 3 milestone release.  It is intended for testing purposes only.  —  Firefox 3 Beta 3 is now available for download.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 3 polishes rough edges
Discussion: Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bebo: $1 billion Acquisition “Definitely Happened” Says Source  —  Following up to our post last week talking about a possible acquisition of social network site Bebo: A high level source has told us that Bebo has been in discussions via their investment bank, Allen & Co. …
Ian Austen / New York Times:
Flawed Software Upgrade Caused BlackBerry Malfunction  —  OTTAWA — As was the case with last year's BlackBerry service failure, Research In Motion blamed a flawed software upgrade for shutting down wireless e-mail messages to millions of its North American subscribers for about three hours on Monday.
Discussion: Team Think and Engadget
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InfoWorld:
Top 10 trends at the Mobile World Congress  —  There's something to interest almost everyone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week:  —  For the lost  —  GPS is built in to an increasing number of mobile phones.  Nokia is still the most aggressive vendor.
Discussion: E-Commerce Times, Gearlog and InfoWorld
Josh Quittner / Fortune:
Microsoft's new war: Your address book  —  You probably thought you did.  But a battle is brewing over how free and open digital contact lists really are.  —  (Fortune Magazine) — Like a good citizen of the Internet, I've been carefully building and maintaining my digital address books for years.
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Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Yahoo shows off oneConnect social address book
Daily Mail:
Man arrested at gunpoint after police mistake his MP3 player for a gun  —  Armed police held an innocent mechanic at gunpoint when they mistook his MP3 player for a pistol.  —  Darren Nixon, 28, was arrested and put in police cell for simply listening to music on his way home from work.
Official Google Blog:
What if... you could have your doodle on the Google homepage for a day?  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products & User Experience, and Dennis Hwang, Webmaster Manager and Chief Google Doodler  —  Today, we're excited to announce the Doodle 4 Google competition.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Googlified
Bill Ray / The Register:
Microsoft ready to play with PlayReady  —  All your media are etc....  Mobile World Congress Microsoft is proudly showing off its PlayReady technology at MWC, but woe betide anyone who describes it as a DRM platform.  —  PlayRead was announced at last year's conference, but this time it's demonstrable.
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
IBM says it will continue large-scale hiring in India  —  San Francisco - IBM plans to continue hiring global services delivery staff in India by the thousands, adding to the 73,000 it already has in its global services and other operations in the country.  —  A large number of Indian outsourcers …
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Quitting Facebook Gets Easier  —  Aiming to address the privacy concerns of disenchanted users, Facebook.com said on Tuesday that it was trying to make it easier for people to delete their accounts permanently from the social networking site.  —  Until now, Facebook has offered only a deactivation option …
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Journal Communications Q4 Revs Drop 15 Percent …
Niels Provos / Google Online Security Blog:
All Your iFrame Are Point to Us
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechWeb
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Helio hires Goldman Sachs
Randall Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Sun's Innotek Acquisition a Smart Buy
Tim Carroll / PalmInfocenter.com:
Palm Ranks Last in Cellphone Satisfaction
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BBC:
Close to the wire - the joys of speedcabling
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Android Touch Screen Phone Hands-on at MWC - Working unit from E28
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Announcing Crawler Improvements for Live Search
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
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