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4:25 AM ET, February 13, 2008


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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 …
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:, Tech Beat and
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.
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 …
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.
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
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.
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 …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 3 polishes rough edges
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog and Digg
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: Digg
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Apple posts Apple TV take 2 Guided Tour
Discussion: Gizmodo and MacUser
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?
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Microsoft paid $500 million for Danger, and there's got to be a reason
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. …
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.
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's oneConnect: One Mobile App to Rule Them All  —  Today at the Mobile World Congress in Spain, Yahoo announced a mobile app called oneConnect that will be available in the second quarter as part of the upcoming release of Yahoo Go 3.0.  I have not seen a demo of this myself …
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