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9:35 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 …
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.”
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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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 …
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Jess Lee / Google LatLong:
Your content on Google Maps  —  Our goal is to create the world's most comprehensive virtual atlas — the best, most complete map of the earth.  This is no easy task, and we know we can't accomplish it without the help of our users, because nobody knows a neighborhood better than the folks who live in it.
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Heather Hopkins / Hitwise Intelligence:   Google Maps Visitors Older than MapQuest
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Nick / Rough Type:
Crowd control at eBay  —  If over the last decade you have read any of the many books and articles promoting the Net as a new world where people are able to form self-regulating, super-democratic communities, you have no doubt come across glowing descriptions of eBay's feedback system.
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 …
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.
Charles Starrett / iLounge:
Apple TV 2.0 vs. Blu-Ray, DVD & HD Cable: The Comparison  —  Apple calls them “high-definition movie rentals,” but to people familiar with Blockbuster Video, Netflix, and HD cable box alternatives, Apple TV 2.0's new ability to download and play back certain 720p movies is more of a …
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
 
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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Chris Kohler / Wired:
Why Spore Will Be Absolutely Huge
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Kent Brewster / Brewster's Field Guide to Web 2.666:
Blog Juice  —  Here's a toolbar bookmarklet that looks …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
The Future of Search: Peter Morville Defines, Shows Examples
Wall Street Journal:
Sexes Differ in Viewing Web Video, Study Says
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
PDFescape comes close to replacing Adobe's Acrobat
Daniel A. Begun / Crave: The gadget blog:
Inside CNET Labs: Windows Vista SP1 performance
Discussion: Engadget
Business Wire:
ValueClick Announces Settlement with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
 Earlier Items: 
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Amazon Plays Dumb in Internet Sales Tax Debate
Discussion: WebProNews
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Holy Conflict of Interest: Dell Buys Bro's Co.
Discussion: Valleywag
louisgray.com:
LinkRiver Enters Life Streaming Fray, Focused on Link Blogs
Discussion: WinExtra and The Last Podcast
Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Why Do Cell Phones Suck So Much?
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Open-source software: It's the free coffee cup of today
Discussion: Bits, InfoWorld and The Register
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Apple TV 2.0 Review