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11:00 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.
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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 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google sucks talent from Yahoo  —  In what may become a common occurrence, head of Yahoo's Advanced Technology division, Bradley Horowitz was sucked up by Google.  This news comes after word that Yahoo handed out pink slips to those 1000 employees expected to be cut.
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 …
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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 bub.blicio.us
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Techmeme Adds Firehose Feeds
Discussion: ParisLemon
AppleInsider:
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
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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.
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Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
First look: Firefox 3 beta 3 polishes rough edges
Discussion: Mashable! and Digg
alarm:clock:
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. …
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
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Peter Sayer / InfoWorld:
Yahoo shows off oneConnect social address book  —  San Francisco - Yahoo is working on a mobile service called oneConnect designed to aggregate contacts and communications around what it calls a “socially connected address book.”  —  The service, due to launch in the second quarter this year …
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Josh Quittner / Fortune:
Microsoft's new war: Your address book
InfoWorld:
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
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
3Com may divest TippingPoint to seal takeover with Feds  —  Bain Capital, the private equity firm trying to engineer a takeover of 3Com with Huawei Technologies, is reportedly offering to divest security software firm TippingPoint to win U.S. approval.  —  According to Reuters …
Discussion: Reuters and Tech Trader Daily
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Android: It's real!  —  Android runs with no modifications, and the E28 team were even able to download applications coded for the platform from the internet and install them directly to the handset.  This, then, is some of that unlocked, open-source simplicity we were promised when the platform was first announced.
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.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Googlified
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.
 
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: Journal Communications Q4 Revs Drop 15 Percent …
Niels Provos / Google Online Security Blog:
All Your iFrame Are Point to Us
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechWeb
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
IBM says it will continue large-scale hiring in India
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Helio hires Goldman Sachs
Randall Kennedy / InfoWorld:
Sun's Innotek Acquisition a Smart Buy
BBC:
Close to the wire - the joys of speedcabling
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
James Allan Brady / SlashGear:
Android Touch Screen Phone Hands-on at MWC - Working unit from E28
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Rupert Murdoch's New Startup Incubator
Discussion: PE HUB
 Earlier Items: 
Carleen Hawn / GigaOM:
SkyGrid Finds Gold In The Wisdom Of The Webs
John / The Adventures of PPC Hero:
Google Updates AdWords Display URL Policy
Bill Ray / The Register:
Microsoft ready to play with PlayReady
Nathan Buggia / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:
Announcing Crawler Improvements for Live Search
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Comment of the Day: OpenSocial is a “Social Cloud” For Developers, Not Users
Autopia / Wired:
Wipers, Stereo Raise Price of Chevrolet Volt by $5,000
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Quitting Facebook Gets Easier
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb