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10:20 PM ET, February 12, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Brickhouse Head Leaves Yahoo  —  Salim Ismail, who has led Yahoo Brickhouse since since March 2007, left the company today as part of broader layoffs at Yahoo.  Layoff packages were being offered, he said, and he left voluntarily.  —  Brickhouse is based in San Francisco and shares office space …
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CNET News.com:
Yahoo pink slips arrive  —  As expected, Yahoo lays off more than 1,000, but details are not disclosed.  —  Senate shields phone companies from spy lawsuits  —  update Civil liberties groups bash vote as “get-out-of-jail-free card” for AT&T and others accused of illegally opening their networks to the feds.
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Tech Beat
Vacuum:
Yahoo Alumni Association  —  Quite a few people got laid off at Yahoo today; reports are trickling in from Twitter.  —  CNET reports 1000 (but “no details"). … Some news coverage:  —  Yahoo Layoffs Happening Now - Search Engine Land roundup.  —  Some people by name:  —  Susan Mernit (Personals)
Susan Mernit / Susan Mernit's Blog:
Just got laid off at Yahoo
Miguel Helft / Bits:   Layoffs Across Yahoo — Finally
Om Malik / GigaOM:
How Much Did Microsoft Pay For Danger?  —  Microsoft is in some of kind of spending mood.  First they offered up $45 billion for Yahoo (not enough for some!).  And then there was that Danger acquisition.  But how much did they spend on the Palo Alto-based company started by Android leader Andy Rubin?
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft paid $500 million for Danger, and there's got to be a reason  —  Software giant Microsoft reportedly spent $500 million to acquire Danger, the company that developed software to power the youngster-popular Sidekick.  —  The figure, while not officially announced, was dug up in reporting by GigaOm's Om Malik.
Ryan Naraine / Ryan Naraine's Security Watch:
Security Features High in Firefox 3 Beta 3 Release  —  Mozilla is inching closer to delivering the next major refresh of its flagship Firefox Web browser.  —  Late this evening, the open-source group shipped Firefox 3 Beta 3, an update that features approximately 1300 individual changes …
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Mozilla:
Firefox 3 Beta 3 Release Notes  —  Firefox 3 Beta 3 is a developer preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  These beta releases are targeted to Web developers and our testing community to gain feedback before advancing …
Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
Apple TV Take 2 out now  —  Does anyone out there actually own an Apple TV?  If you do, today is your lucky day.  Apple has just released the software update promised as a part of this year's Macworld Keynote.  The update sports a number of significant enhancements, including set-top HD …
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John P. Falcone / Crave: The gadget blog:   Apple TV software update: First impressions
Bob Sullivan / MSNBC:
A lost laptop, a $54 million lawsuit  —  How much compensation does a consumer deserve for the loss of a laptop computer loaded with personal information?  Raelyn Campbell figures it's $54 million — if you throw in a little extra for lost time and frustration.
Sonia Zjawinski / Wired News:
How Google Got Its Colorful Logo  —  In just a few short years, Google's logo has become as recognizable as Nike's swoosh and NBC's peacock.  Ruth Kedar, the graphic designer who developed the now-famous logo, shows the iterations that led to the instantly recognizable primary colors and Catull typeface that define the Google brand.
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Michal Lev-Ram / Business and financial news:
Yahoo shareholders speak out
Discussion: eWeek
Skrentablog:
Amazon is the Google of buying stuff  —  I went into a little corner non-chain convenience store by my house (the “Devonshire Little Store") for some milk and noticed a big plastic tub of Dubble Bubble at the cash register.  —  Folks I've worked with know that I have a thing for gum.
Francis Eliott / Times of London:
Internet users could be banned over illegal downloads  —  People who illegally download films and music will be cut off from the internet under new legislative proposals to be unveiled next week.  —  Internet service providers (ISPs) will be legally required to take action against users …
Google Earth Blog:
Twelve New Cities With Google Street View Available  —  [UPDATE: Ok...according to Google - there are 12 new cities in the collection (they counted the Raleigh area as 3 cities).  Originally, I said only six.  I've updated the list below.]  —  Google has not announced it yet …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
DVD Rip Automates One-Click DVD Ripping  —  Windows only: Rip and back up any DVD to your hard drive with DVD Rip, a freeware Windows application that automates the entire DVD-to-hard-drive backup process.  All you need to do is insert your DVD, run DVD Rip, and let it take care of the rest.  Why?
Discussion: Download Squad
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Twittershare Brings File Sharing to Twitter  —  I love Twitter but even when it's not down it's got its limitations.  Enter the API and a world of developers eager to engage with the active community of Twitter users.  Twittershare is the newest truly useful development on top of Twitter …
Discussion: Download Squad
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Once Again, RIM Blames Upgrade For Outage; Time To Do Weekend Upgrades  —  Last year when RIM's Blackberry service had a major outage, the company blamed a software upgrade, which made many folks question why RIM would be doing a major software upgrade in the middle of the week.
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Net neutrality bill expected this week  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once said that, without new Net neutrality laws, “telecommunications and cable companies will be able to create toll lanes on the information superhighway.  This strikes at the heart of the free and equal nature of the Internet.”
 
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Austin Modine / The Register:
IBM updates oh-so-much storage gear
Discussion: eWeek
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
T-Mobile HotSpot users will get five years of Starbucks WiFi access …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
AdaptiveBlue Launches BlueOrganizer Indigo
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Viacom's MTV unveils digital strategy
Discussion: HipMojo.com and NewTeeVee
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's oneConnect: One Mobile App to Rule Them All
Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Life At Microsoft - The Truth Revealed
Vincent Nguyen / PHONE Magazine:
E28 show working Android cellphone: Video from MWC
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
CFO and three VPs quit Helio, chairman to follow
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
How Audible Sold Itself To Amazon; No Competing Bids; Price Came …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-News Corp Still Talking, Deal Still Possible
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Valleywag
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisites & Non-Security Update coming via Windows Update
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
MacBook Air demand trails that of original Intel-based MacBook
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
NuConomy Announces the Death of the Page View
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Brotherly Love: Michael Dell Buys Sibling's Company
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