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4:45 PM ET, February 13, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Proposed Yahoo-News Corp. Deal: Details
Discussion: One By One Media
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 …
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Electronista:
Mossberg previews Lenovo's ‘Air-killer’ X300
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:   Walt Mossberg Fondles Lenovo's ThinkPad X300, Full Specs Revealed
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
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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Official Google Blog:
What if... you could have your doodle on the Google homepage for a day?  —  Posted by Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Products & User Experience, and Dennis Hwang, Webmaster Manager and Chief Google Doodler  —  Today, we're excited to announce the Doodle 4 Google competition.
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!)
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.”
Discussion: Mark Evans and bub.blicio.us
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: CenterNetworks and yelvington.com
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
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
BenQ:
BenQ's First Mobile Internet Device Brings a Whole New Level of Mobile Internet Experience to Users  —  A tailor-made user interface brings a complete Internet experience to sophisticated consumers  —  Taipei, Taiwan, February 12th, 2008- BenQ today announces that it will showcase …
Discussion: Gizmodo, jkOnTheRun and GottaBeMobile
Electronista:
BlackBerry gets home media server, prepaid e-mail  —  Research in Motion and its partners have used the Mobile World Congress show to unwrap a pair of key updates for its BlackBerry smartphones, including its first “push” e-mail service for the home.  Known as a Unite Server …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
CNN's Cit-J Video Site iReport Launches
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Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Early Android SDK updated
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
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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: The Register
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Mozilla releases third Firefox 3 beta
Discussion: eWEEK.com, jkOnTheRun and DailyTech
The Chronicle:
Harvard Faculty Adopts Open-Access Requirement
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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
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm ranks last in satisfaction survey, no one surprised
Discussion: PalmInfocenter.com
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
404 might be found: the curious case of DNS redirects
Discussion: Threat Chaos
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Comcast Stands By Its Internet Filtering
BBC:
Close to the wire - the joys of speedcabling
Discussion: Crave and The Register
Daily Mail:
Man arrested at gunpoint after police mistake his MP3 player for a gun
 

 
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