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3:20 AM ET, February 13, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
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
Salim / You've Got Ismail!:
Hoo-Ya - I take the package  —  Well, after a bunch of soul-searching, I'm leaving Yahoo.  I have a couple of startups that I want to look at and I took the opportunity to take a decent package.  The folks at Yahoo have been fabulous and I've got a very nice and very gracious goodbye.
Discussion: Valleywag
Vacuum:
Yahoo Alumni Association  —  Quite a few people got laid off at Yahoo today; reports are trickling in from Twitter.  —  UPDATED: This hit techmeme; adding a few details throughout.  —  CNET reports 1000 (but “no details"). … Some news coverage:  —  Yahoo Layoffs Happening Now - Search Engine Land roundup.
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.
Discussion: Valleywag
Miguel Helft / Bits:   Layoffs Across Yahoo — Finally
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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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 …
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 …
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
Agence France Presse:
System upgrade caused Blackberry blackout: RIM  — System upgrade caused Blackberry blackout: RIM  —  OTTAWA (AFP) - A disruption of BlackBerry cellphones in North America for several hours Monday was caused by the failure of one of its recently upgraded systems, Research in Motion said Tuesday.
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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Ville Heiskanen / Bloomberg:   BlackBerry's Lead at Risk After North America Failure
Chris Albrecht / GigaOM:   Why We Love Our BlackBerry (Outages)
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.
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista SP1 Prerequisites & Non-Security Update coming via Windows Update  —  Today we have a non-security update scheduled for distribution via Windows Update that you may find of some interest.  The non-security update KB947172, a Cumulative Update for Media Center for Windows Vista …
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:   Some systems showing incredible SP1 performance boost - Day 6
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.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Grammy In Mathematics... Or Copyright Infringement?  —  Slashdot points us to the absolutely fascinating story of how Woody Guthrie's daughter was able to restore the only recording of her father's live performance, that had been bootlegged using an old obsolete recording device.
Wall Street Journal:
Google Push for Yahoo Tie-Up Wanes  —  Google's enthusiasm has waned in recent days for a potential advertising tie-up that could help Yahoo try to thwart Microsoft's unsolicited offer for Yahoo.
Dawn Kawamoto / Webware.com:
Yahoo's second-largest shareholder says Microsoft will need to up ante  —  Yahoo's second-largest shareholder is offering this assessment of Microsoft's proposed acquisition: Microsoft will need to “enhance its offer” to complete the deal; Yahoo will be in a “tough spot” if it wants to remain independent.
Discussion: TechSpot News
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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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo-News Corp Still Talking, Deal Still Possible
Ryan Block / Engadget:
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