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10:35 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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Google Cools on Ad Tie-Up  —  Google's enthusiasm has waned for a potential advertising tie-up that could help Yahoo thwart Microsoft's bid.  (Complete coverage)
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Discussion: The Last Podcast and
Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Adds Firehose Feeds
Discussion: ParisLemon
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: Mashable! 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: Apple 2.0 and Digg
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 …
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. …
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
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
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
RIM's co-CEO downplays BlackBerry outage
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.
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.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Rupert Murdoch's New Startup Incubator  —  The SlingShot Labs venture is designed to spawn Internet startups for News Corp. and also likely to help MySpace compete with Facebook  —  With 110 million members and $800 million in annual revenue, MySpace has become a growth engine for Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWS) media empire.
Discussion: PE HUB
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Wipers, Stereo Raise Price of Chevrolet Volt by $5,000
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Quitting Facebook Gets Easier
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
T-Mobile dumps Google for Yahoo
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Grammy In Mathematics... Or Copyright Infringement?
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
New business models for news
Discussion: The Buzz Bin
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
T-Mobile HotSpot users will get five years of Starbucks WiFi access …