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2:05 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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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.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Proposed Yahoo-News Corp. Deal: Details
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: WSJ Says Google Cools On Outsourcing Idea; Are They Talking To News Corp.?
Discussion: Electronista
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google sucks talent from Yahoo
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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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Walt checks out ThinkPad X300, also fits in manila folder  —  Well, would you look at that.  The image we're certain your eyes are fixated on above is indeed the first look at Lenovo's forthcoming X300 ultraportable, and it's being provided courtesy of Walt Mossberg.
Discussion: Electronista and GottaBeMobile
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo staffers clogging the exits  —  Many people seem surprised that Yahoo would go ahead with layoffs despite its ongoing takeover battle with Microbeast, but the fact is that everything doesn't grind to a halt when a takeover offer shows up.  Yahoo has to proceed as though the deal may not go through …
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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 …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Updated: Yahoo Layoffs Happening Now
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!)
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James Lewin / Podcasting News:
Apple TV Take 2 Review
Discussion: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Comcast Stands By Its Internet Filtering  —  Says it has to manage traffic flow  —  Comcast has admitted that it intentionally slows down some traffic on its network, including music and movie downloads.  —  The company said in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission that slowing …
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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.
Paula Rooney / Open Source:
Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista, Mac, Linux look-and-feel  —  Firefox 3 beta 3 was released as expected on Tuesday with more than 1300 improvements since beta 2.  —  Most of the changes are improvements and enhancements to the user interface, ease-of-use, performance and security aspects of the browser …
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Beltzner / Mozilla Developer News:
Firefox 3 Beta 3 now available for download
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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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 All News Feeds
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.
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 …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Danish Pirate Bay Block Breaks EU Law  —  Last week a Danish court ordered the ISP “Tele2″ to block its customers access to The Pirate Bay.  The decision heated the debate on ISPs Internet filtering, and it now turns out that filtering traffic to The Pirate Bay is actually illegal according to European law.
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Rupert Murdoch's New Startup Incubator  —  The SlingShot Labs venture is designed to spawn Internet startups for News Corp. and also likely to help MySpace compete with Facebook  —  With 110 million members and $800 million in annual revenue, MySpace has become a growth engine for Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. (NWS) media empire.
 
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Magnify.net Releases January 2008 Stats
Discussion: Mashable!
Reuters:
Play.com Plans DRM-Free Music Site in UK
Discussion: The Register
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
MWC08: Hands-on with the Readius eInk mobile device
Sean Cooper / Engadget:
Hands-on with NVIDIA's APX 2500, and yeah, it plays Quake
Roger Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Vonage Struggles to Stem Defections
Discussion: The Open Road
Chris Kohler / Wired News:
Gallery: Will Wright Walks Us Through Spore
Discussion: GoNintendo
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
 Earlier Items: 
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Pimp your Blogspot blog
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Android: It's real!
Niels Provos / Google Online Security Blog:
All Your iFrame Are Point to Us
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Helio hires Goldman Sachs
InfoWorld:
Top 10 trends at the Mobile World Congress
alarm:clock:
Michael Dell Pays $150M For His Bro's Startup
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Bebo: $1 billion Acquisition “Definitely Happened” Says Source
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Quitting Facebook Gets Easier