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12:40 PM 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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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 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Google sucks talent from Yahoo
Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Yahoo: WSJ Says Google Cools On Outsourcing Idea; Are They Talking To News Corp.?
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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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 …
Discussion: Smalltalk Tidbits …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:   Updated: Yahoo Layoffs Happening Now
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
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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AppleInsider:
Apple releases Apple TV “Take 2” software update
Discussion: Apple 2.0, Podcasting News and Digg
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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Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista, Mac, Linux look-and-feel
Maria Aspan / New York Times:
Quitting Facebook Gets Easier  —  Aiming to address the privacy concerns of disenchanted users, Facebook.com said on Tuesday that it was trying to make it easier for people to delete their accounts permanently from the social networking site.  —  Until now, Facebook has offered only a deactivation option …
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Makes it Easier to Delete Your Account, Sort Of
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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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
RIM's co-CEO downplays BlackBerry outage
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Victoria Shannon / International Herald Tribune:
Managing the cost of digital tunes  —  BARCELONA: Alot of mobile phones can play music today, but downloading digital tunes over the cellular networks is pricey.  This week, two companies unveiled new ways to manage the cost of getting music on the go.  —  Shazam, whose core technology …
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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. …
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.
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.
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.
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
Palm ranks last in satisfaction survey, no one surprised  —  We know it's probably going to be pretty hard to believe this, but according to a recent survey of mobile phone users, Palm ranks absolutely last in customer satisfaction.  If you believe what the folks at ChangeWave Research have to say …
Discussion: PalmInfocenter.com
 
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