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4:20 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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Jessica E. Vascellaro / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp. Enters Yahoo Fray  —  News Corp. and Yahoo Inc. are in discussions about combining MySpace and other News Corp.-owned online properties with Yahoo, according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The discussions are aimed at helping Yahoo fend off Microsoft Corp's unsolicited takeover offer …
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Yahoo Rejection Of Microsoft Bid Draws First Shareholder Suit  —  The Wayne County Employees' Retirement System of Michigan filed a lawsuit asking the court to force Yahoo to consider takeover offers.  —  Yahoo's rejection of Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid for the Web portal has sparked its first shareholder suit.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Profy.Com
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Yahoo faces shareholder suit, in talks with News Corp.  —  The bad news continues for Yahoo.  This week, as the Internet company cuts an estimated 1,100 jobs, it's also been hit with a shareholder lawsuit for refusing Microsoft's $44.6 billion buyout offer.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Proposed Yahoo-News Corp. Deal: Details
Discussion: One By One Media
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is Yahoo Really Worth More Than What Microsoft Offered?
Discussion: PR Newswire and Seeking Alpha
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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Brandon Hill / DailyTech:   Walt Mossberg Fondles Lenovo's ThinkPad X300, Full Specs Revealed
Electronista:
Mossberg previews Lenovo's ‘Air-killer’ X300
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:   Limbaugh appeals to Apple's Jobs for help
Wall Street Journal:
Officials Step Up Net-Neutrality Efforts  —  Broadband companies are headed for a clash with Washington over whether consumers have a right to get as much as they want from the Internet, as fast as they want it, without paying extra for the privilege.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, IP Democracy and GigaOM
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Electronista:
House receives new net neutrality legislation
Discussion: Ars Technica and GigaOM
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.
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!)
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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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Mozilla releases third Firefox 3 beta  —  Mozilla has released a third beta version of Firefox 3, bringing about 1,300 changes to the widely used open-source Web browser.  —  Firefox 3 Beta 3 should be more stable, perform faster, use memory more efficiently, and fit in better …
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Computerworld
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista, Mac, Linux look-and-feel
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Imeem Acquires Snocap  —  Digital music wholesaler Snocap, long searching for a buyer, is being acquired by music streaming site Imeem.  The price will likely not be disclosed.  —  Snocap was founded in 2002 by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, Jordan Mendelson and Ron Conway.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Open-source software: It's the free coffee cup of today  —  MENLO PARK, Calif.—Companies used to give away pens, squishy balls and coffee cups to worm their ways into the hearts of customers.  Now, they pass out database software.  —  That is, in a sense, Sun Microsystems' strategy …
Discussion: The Register
drupal.org:
Drupal 6.0 released  —  After one year of development we are ready to release Drupal 6.0 to the world.  Thanks to the tireless work of the Drupal community, over 1,600 issues have been resolved during the Drupal 6.0 release cycle.  These changes are evident in Drupal 6's major usability improvements …
Discussion: CenterNetworks and yelvington.com
Mark Rutherford / Crave: The gadget blog:
Grappling hook back-ups high tech gear  —  Locate the problem with imagery-enhanced GPS, monitor it via digital remote surveillance, chew it over on low-Earth orbit sat-phone, but sooner or later there'll be a boarding, and that's when you'll need the T-PLS pneumatically launched grappling hook.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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 …
 
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Vonage: Another Grim Quarter; A Potential Debt Issue
Paul Krill / InfoWorld:
Early Android SDK updated
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Loic Le Meur raises $6 million for videomail startup
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Zack Urlocker / InfoWorld:
Why Do Cell Phones Suck So Much?
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Thomas S. Mulligan / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune Co. to cut staff by about 2%
The Chronicle:
Harvard Faculty Adopts Open-Access Requirement
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Danish Pirate Bay Block Breaks EU Law
Discussion: Electronista
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Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
MWC08: Hands-on with the Readius eInk mobile device
Electronista:
BlackBerry gets home media server, prepaid e-mail
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
Discussion: Threat Chaos
Mike Sachoff / WebProNews:
Comcast Stands By Its Internet Filtering
Aaron Ricadela / Business Week:
Rupert Murdoch's New Startup Incubator
Daily Mail:
Man arrested at gunpoint after police mistake his MP3 player for a gun