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8:15 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.
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  —  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:, 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.
Vacuum:   Yahoo Alumni Association
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.
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 3 polishes rough edges
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog and Digg
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 …
Discussion: ParisLemon and BoomTown
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: ParisLemon
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 …
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
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Hands on with Apple TV, Take Two
Discussion: CrunchGear and MacUser
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
Agence France Presse:
System upgrade caused Blackberry blackout: RIM
Discussion: PalmAddicts
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. …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Comment of the Day: OpenSocial is a “Social Cloud” For Developers, Not Users  —  Our second daily Comments Competition winner is theharmonyguy, for an insightful explanation of Googler Kevin Marks' “Social Cloud” theory.  Congratulations theharmonyguy, you've won a $30 Amazon voucher …
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 …
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.
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Nokia Dominates, but Rivals Insist That Could Change
Autopia / Wired:
Wipers, Stereo Raise Price of Chevrolet Volt by $5,000
Dean Takahashi / Mercury News:
Gaming Alliance stumps for PC
Discussion: Kotaku, Blue's News and WinBeta
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Quitting Facebook Gets Easier
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New business models for news
Discussion: The Buzz Bin
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
T-Mobile HotSpot users will get five years of Starbucks WiFi access …
Discussion: SMS Text News
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Yahoo's second-largest shareholder says Microsoft will need to up ante
Discussion: TechSpot News
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