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8:05 AM ET, October 14, 2010

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Wall Street Journal:
AOL, Private-Equity Firms Explore Bid for Yahoo  —  AOL Inc. and several private equity firms are exploring the possibility of buying Yahoo Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  Silver Lake Partners and Blackstone Group LP are among the firms that have expressed interest …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Yahoo's Stock Acts Like It's In Play-Because It Kind-of Is, As Predators Circle  —  Make no mistake, there are no definitive offers on the table to do a variety of takeover deals of Yahoo by either private equity moneybags or from big media giants such as News Corp. and smaller Web firms such as AOL.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
When All Else Fails, Put Up The AOL-Yahoo Trial Balloon  —  On the face of it, this whole idea of AOL somehow buying Yahoo seems absurd.  AOL's market cap ($2.6 billion) is about one eighth the size of Yahoo's ($20 billion).  But as the Wall Street Journal reports, private equity firms Silver Lake Partners …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Bing, Now With Extra Facebook: See What Your Friends Like & People Search Results  —  At long last, Facebook's social data is coming to search in a big way.  Bing is now making use of it to show new “Liked By Your Friends” matches and Facebook-powered people search results.
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Bing / Search Blog:
Bing Gets More Social with Facebook  —  As you read in Satya's post, today we announced a significant expansion of our partnership with Facebook, where Bing will provide much more personalized experiences to you by allowing you to bring your Facebook friends into your search experience.
Satya Nadella / Bing Community:
New Signals in Search: The Bing Social Layer  —  The technology search engines employ to retrieve that needle in the information haystack is staggering and humbling; it's one of the things that get us fired up to come to work at Bing every day.  —  Today we announced an exciting expansion to our long-term partnership with Facebook.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Microsoft's Facebook stake: Maybe not so crazy
Matt Rosoff / Silicon Alley Insider:
Suddenly, Bing Has What Google Doesn't: Data From 500 Million Facebook Users
Discussion: Tech Report
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mac Users Are Getting New Outlook From Rival  —  A new, faster, better version of Microsoft Office is coming out Oct. 26.  But it isn't for Microsoft's own Windows operating system.  It is for the Macintosh computers made by the software giant's archrival, Apple.
Discussion: AppleInsider
TmoNews:
T-Mobile Reducing Data Cap, Will Throttle Speeds After 5GB Of Usage  —  Bad news for those of you that use more than 5GB of data each month.  Starting October 16th, T-Mobile will enforce a new policy that will reduce data speeds once the subscriber exceeds 5GB of data usage in a billing cycle.
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Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
T-Mobile Plans Prepaid Data Plans
Espen André Øverdahl / My Opera:
Opera 11 will have Extensions  —  Good news, everybody!  Today, at Up North Web, Opera Extensions was confirmed to be a feature of Opera 11.  —  What are Opera Extensions?  —  Extensions in Opera is a way for you to easily add new functionality to your Opera browser experience.
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Vlad Savov / Engadget:
Opera Mobile coming to Android within a month, bearing hardware …
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Will OS X 10.7 “Lion” Be The King Of The Apple Jungle, The Last Of Its Kind, Or Both?  —  As you're well aware by now, this morning, Apple sent out invites to an event taking place in one week at their headquarters in Cupertino, CA.  The invite reads, “Back to the Mac.” and asks those invited to …
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Andrew Munchbach / Boy Genius Report:
Apple holding ‘Back to the Mac’ event on October 20
BBC:
Two million US PCs recruited to botnets  —  Hi-tech criminals use botnets to send out spam  —  The US leads the world in numbers of Windows PCs that are part of botnets, reveals a report.  —  More than 2.2 million US PCs were found to be part of botnets, networks of hijacked home computers, in the first six months of 2010, it said.
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Wins Three Colossal Multi-Touch Related Patents  —  The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of 18 newly granted patents for Apple Inc. today.  In this first report, we focus on one of the most important technologies that are empowering Apple's smart device revolution: Multi-Touch.
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
SeatGeek Secures A Deal With The Wall Street Journal And $550k In Funding  —  Exclusive - SeatGeek, one of the finalists of TechCrunch50 2009, has raised another $550,000 in funding from previous backers (Founder Collective, NYC Seed, Stage One Capital, Trisiras Group, PKS Capital …
Thanks:kessler
Pete Hartwell / Mashable!:
How a Physically Aware Internet Will Change the World  —  Pete Hartwell is a Distinguished Technologist in HP's Quantum Structures Research Laboratories.  You can learn more on HP's Data Central Blog as well as on the HP YouTube channel.  —  If you think about it, the first “Internet” looked nothing like it does today.
Discussion: Data Central
Emil Protalinski / Ars Technica:
Microsoft posts video of customers criticizing OpenOffice  —  Instead of simply listing what it believes to be the advantages of Microsoft Office over the open source OpenOffice.org productivity suite, Microsoft has compiled comments from 15 customers who switched to Office after evaluating OpenOffice.
Erik Sherman / BNET:
Twitter's Patent Strategy: Don't Bother.  —  Twitter co-founder Evan Williams predicted yesterday that the social media company will hit a billion users in time.  It seems like wishful thinking if you look at the company's traffic trend lines, but there's no question that Twitter is big in social media.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Silicon Valley and the Talent Crunch  —  Silicon Valley, like any other industry town, has its own rhythm: vacillating between boom and bust.  The severity of the bust (or boom) might change, but the cycles don't change very much.  These days, Silicon Valley is feeling very optimistic.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Harry McCracken / Technologizer:
Roku Hits Retail, Thanks to Netgear  —  I once asked an executive from Roku whether the company planned to sell its little Internet TV boxes-available from Roku itself as well as Amazon.com-through retailers.  The answer?  Not really, since the device's low pricetag didn't leave much room for markup.
Discussion: Engadget, SlashGear and Electronista
Mark Gurman / 9 to 5 Mac:
VLC for iPhone Hands-On  —  The popular media player, VLC, made its way to the iPad just a few weeks ago, and the company behind the application, Applidium, has just submitted a version for the iPhone.  Here's our exclusive hands-on of VLC Media Player for iPhone: Oh, and as you see in the video …
Discussion: Covering Web and MacNN, Thanks:branden3112
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Microsoft confirms Russian pill-pusher attack on its network  —  Is there a Linux admin in the house?  —  Microsoft has confirmed that two devices on its corporate network were compromised to help a notorious gang of Russian criminals push Viagra, Human Growth Hormone, and other knockoff pharmaceuticals.
Softpedia News:
Nokia N900 Gets MeeGo - Maemo Dual Boot  —  Nokia N900, the high-end Maemo-based device Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia unveiled officially last year, has just got a little better, as the MeeGo platform was announced as being capable of running on it.  —  One of the most interesting aspects …
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
HasWifi Shows You Which Flights Have Wifi  —  We've all been there and I was just there, by there I mean making the grave mistake of booking a flight without Wifi.  As a person who works primarily online, I pretty much feel entitled to doing my job from anywhere now that Gogo Inflight Internet allows me to blog from the skies.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Facebook's Notice To Shareholders On Stock Split And Transfer Fees  —  In the last week Facebook executed a 5 for 1 stock split and word leaked out that they've implemented a $2,500 fee for private stock transfers.  The notice to shareholders is below.
 
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Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Improving Phones through Surveillance
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteMobile:
Mobile Barcode Scanning up 700% This Year
Discussion: AppScout and TechFlash
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Broadcom sets up for 4G push, buys Beceem
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Worldwide Q3 PC Shipments Up 7.6%; Below Gartner's Forecast
Andrew Berg / Wireless Week:
Nuance Traces Swype's Path with White-Label Solution
Discussion: Know Your Cell and mocoNews
 Earlier Items: 
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
LinkedIn Launches Labs Site, It's Ok
Discussion: The LinkedIn Blog
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Facebook Kills “Clear Chat History” Feature, Users Go Crazy
Discussion: Geek.com, TechCrunch, TechSpot and msnbc.com
David Benoit / Wall Street Journal:
Zuckerberg's Residence at Issue in Facebook Suit
Discussion: All Facebook and Gawker