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6:55 PM ET, February 13, 2008

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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Enters Yahoo Fray  —  News Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are in discussions about combining MySpace and other News Corp.-owned online properties with Yahoo, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The discussions are aimed at helping Yahoo fend off Microsoft Corp's unsolicited takeover offer …
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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 …
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Yahoo Rejection Of Microsoft Bid Draws First Shareholder Suit  —  The Wayne County Employees' Retirement System of Michigan filed a lawsuit asking the court to force Yahoo to consider takeover offers.  —  Yahoo's rejection of Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid for the Web portal has sparked its first shareholder suit.
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Yahoo faces shareholder suit, in talks with News Corp.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Yahoo Really Worth More Than What Microsoft Offered?
Discussion: PR Newswire and Seeking Alpha
RushLimbaugh.com:
El Rushbo's Appeal to Steve Jobs  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: I can't believe you would say that.  For those of you watching on the Dittocam today at RushLimbaugh.com, you've probably seen me pretty animated here during the break talking to the broadcast engineer and my trusty aide-de-camp …
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Limbaugh appeals to Apple's Jobs for help
Walt Mossberg / Mossblog:
Super-Slim ThinkPad Sneak Peek  —  Only a month or so after Apple announced its MacBook Air laptop, which it calls the world's thinnest laptop, Lenovo is about to spring its own super-skinny machine: the ThinkPad X300.  Here's a sneak peek.  My full review will appear after I have fully tested …
eWEEK.com:
Firefox 3 Beta 3 Brings a New Browsing Interface  —  Click here to see the screenshots  —  With the release today of beta 3 of Firefox 3, we are definitely getting closer to the final release of Mozilla's open source web browser.  —  But for a third beta this version of Firefox 3 includes …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and DailyTech
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Jason Chen / Android Developers Blog:
Android SDK m5-rc14 now available  —  On behalf of the entire Android team, I'm happy to let you know that an updated version of the Android SDK — we're calling it m5-rc14 — is now available.  Today, we're continuing the early look at the Android SDK that we started back in November …
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Microsoft:
Teens Less Likely to Download Illegally When They Know the Laws, Microsoft Survey Finds  —  Microsoft's Genuine Software Initiative launches pilot curriculum to educate students on digitally delivered intellectual property.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced the results of a new survey …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:   Microsoft: Kid Pirates Just Don't Understand, We'll Teach 'Em
drupal.org:
Drupal 6.0 released  —  After one year of development we are ready to release Drupal 6.0 to the world.  Thanks to the tireless work of the Drupal community, over 1,600 issues have been resolved during the Drupal 6.0 release cycle.  These changes are evident in Drupal 6's major usability improvements …
Discussion: yelvington.com and CenterNetworks
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Loic Le Meur raises $6 million for videomail startup  —  Blogger turned entrepreneur Loic Le Meur has raised $6 million to inflict on the world a decades-old technology thoroughly rejected by consumers: videomail.  He calls it Seesmic, and has repackaged videomail as “video conversations.”
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
New Net neutrality bill frowns on ISP ‘favoritism’  —  Comcast, AT&T, and other network operators would be expected to refrain from “unreasonable discriminatory favoritism” of content on their pipes under a recrafted Net neutrality proposal introduced Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple TV 2.0 Review  —  Ever since our Apple TV 1.0 review decided that Apple's thrust into the living room wasn't pantsworthy, we've been waiting for them to step up and make a revision that was.  Apple TV 2.0 is their answer.  (Let's stop calling it Take 2, please!)
The Boy Genius Report:
AT&T to offer iPhone tethering plan?  —  Well, if you believe one of our top informants, then the answer is yes!  Have a gander at some of the wording we got a hold of and decide for yourself!  —  “Important iPhone Upgrade Announcement  —  AT&T does not require a new two-year agreement …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Imeem Acquires Snocap  —  Digital music wholesaler Snocap, long searching for a buyer, is being acquired by music streaming site Imeem.  The price will likely not be disclosed.  —  Snocap was founded in 2002 by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, Jordan Mendelson and Ron Conway.
Discussion: Webware.com and Listening Post
CNET News.com:
Enable Vista's hidden administrator, and password-protect its XP equivalent  —  You probably know about the “hidden” administrator account in Windows XP.  It's the only account on XP systems on which no other accounts have been created.  —  Until you add a new account …
Discussion: WinBeta
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Comcast FCC filing shows gap between hype, bandwidth reality  —  Comcast has come clean to the FCC about its secretive traffic-management practices... not that Comcast thinks it has been keeping secrets.  According to its 57-page filing, “experience suggests that Comcast needs to ensure …
Discussion: WebProNews, eWeek and TechSpot News
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louisgray.com:
LinkRiver Enters Life Streaming Fray, Focused on Link Blogs  —  If 2007 was all about Facebook and Twitter, 2008 is shaping up to be all about link blogs, and sharing what you're consuming on the Web with friends.  The newest service to enter the picture is an intriguing entry, LinkRiver …
Discussion: WinExtra and The Last Podcast
 
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Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple TV 2.0 vs. Blu-Ray, DVD & HD Cable: The Comparison
Discussion: Apple 2.0 and Engadget HD
Daniel A. Begun / Crave: The gadget blog:
Inside CNET Labs: Windows Vista SP1 performance
Discussion: Engadget
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon Plays Dumb in Internet Sales Tax Debate
Discussion: WebProNews and The Register
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
Showtime's Pleased By iTunes Revenue Split, But Ask Again In A Few Years
Mark Rutherford / Crave: The gadget blog:
Grappling hook back-ups high tech gear
Discussion: Gizmodo
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Why Do Cell Phones Suck So Much?
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Thomas S. Mulligan / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune Co. to cut staff by about 2%
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Open-source software: It's the free coffee cup of today
Discussion: The Register
The Chronicle:
Harvard Faculty Adopts Open-Access Requirement
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Danish Pirate Bay Block Breaks EU Law
Discussion: Electronista
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
MWC08: Hands-on with the Readius eInk mobile device
BenQ:
BenQ's First Mobile Internet Device Brings a Whole New Level …
Electronista:
BlackBerry gets home media server, prepaid e-mail
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
404 might be found: the curious case of DNS redirects
Discussion: Threat Chaos
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Rupert Murdoch's New Startup Incubator