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11:40 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 …
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 …
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 …
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:   Google sucks talent from 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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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 …
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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. …
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
RIM's co-CEO downplays BlackBerry outage  —  BARCELONA—Research In Motion's co-chief executive officer, Jim Balsillie, doesn't seem too worried that the second major outage of the company's BlackBerry service in 10 months could hurt its reputation with corporate customers.
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Ian Austen / New York Times:
Flawed Software Upgrade Caused BlackBerry Malfunction
Discussion: Team Think and Engadget
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: Engadget and jkOnTheRun
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: The Progress Bar and PE HUB
 
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Joshua Karp / The Boy Genius Report:
RIM's Remote Stereo Gateway gets pricing, costs $79.99
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
404 might be found: the curious case of DNS redirects
CNET News.com:
MusicStation Max: Unlimited free music downloads from all major labels
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Twofish Elements: Virtual World Economy in a Box
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
3Com may divest TippingPoint to seal takeover with Feds
Discussion: Reuters and Tech Trader Daily
Ed Burnette / Ed Burnette's Dev Connection:
Android: It's real!
Official Google Blog:
What if... you could have your doodle on the Google homepage for a day?
Niels Provos / Google Online Security Blog:
All Your iFrame Are Point to Us
Discussion: Search Engine Land and TechWeb
 Earlier Items: 
John Ribeiro / InfoWorld:
IBM says it will continue large-scale hiring in India
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Helio hires Goldman Sachs
BBC:
Close to the wire - the joys of speedcabling
Discussion: The Register and Slashdot
InfoWorld:
Top 10 trends at the Mobile World Congress
Carleen Hawn / GigaOM:
SkyGrid Finds Gold In The Wisdom Of The Webs
Bill Ray / The Register:
Microsoft ready to play with PlayReady
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