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3:15 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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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)
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.
Discussion: Valleywag
Antone Gonsalves / InformationWeek:
Yahoo Rejection Of Microsoft Bid Draws First Shareholder Suit
Discussion: Profy.Com
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
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
Discussion: Electronista and GottaBeMobile
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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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 …
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Getting Fired At Yahoo: A Twitter Log
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 …
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!)
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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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: DailyTech and Computerworld
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Paula Rooney / Open Source:   Firefox 3 beta 3 has more Vista, Mac, Linux look-and-feel
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 …
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 …
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
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.
Matthew Miller / The Mobile Gadgeteer:
MWC08: Hands-on with the Readius eInk mobile device  —  I spent most of the last two days in meetings and finally had a chance to randomly stroll the show floor.  While I have a couple of targets in mind to visit, like the Modu device and S60 touch UI, I also was keeping my eye out for other cool things.
Kent German / Crave: The gadget blog:
LiMo Foundation shows first handsets  —  Though Google's Android platform is getting a lot of attention at the GSMA World Congress, the LiMo Foundation is making news of its own.  LiMo is a consortium of companies working to create the an open, hardware-independent, Linux-based operating system for mobile devices.
 
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