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11:20 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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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.
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 …
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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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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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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
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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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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 …
Discussion: eWeek and paidContent.org
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Pimp your Blogspot blog  —  Yesterday we gave you a few pointers on pimping out your WordPress blog.  So today we figured it was time to point out a couple of quick and easy ways to make your Blogspot site look a bit less like you ripped a page out of Blogging for Dummies.
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
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 …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
Bill Ray / The Register:
Microsoft ready to play with PlayReady  —  All your media are etc....  Mobile World Congress Microsoft is proudly showing off its PlayReady technology at MWC, but woe betide anyone who describes it as a DRM platform.  —  PlayRead was announced at last year's conference, but this time it's demonstrable.
 
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Twofish Elements: Virtual World Economy in a Box
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Android: It's real!
Official Google Blog:
What if... you could have your doodle on the Google homepage for a day?
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
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BBC:
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Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Rupert Murdoch's New Startup Incubator
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Carleen Hawn / GigaOM:
SkyGrid Finds Gold In The Wisdom Of The Webs
John / The Adventures of PPC Hero:
Google Updates AdWords Display URL Policy
Daily Mail:
Man arrested at gunpoint after police mistake his MP3 player for a gun
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
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Quitting Facebook Gets Easier
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb