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10:40 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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Jim / craigslist blog:
Unlawful and Unfair  —  We filed a complaint in California today, charging eBay with unlawful and unfair competition, misappropriation of proprietary information, deceptive passing-off, business interference, false advertising, phishing attacks, free-riding, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Craigslist Hits Back at eBay  —  It's war, then.  —  Two weeks after eBay sued Craigslist, the classified ad site, for violating its rights as a minority shareholder, Craigslist has countersued in California state court, alleging unfair competition, misappropriation of proprietary information and a host of other grievances.
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:   Craigslist Files Countersuit Against eBay
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Craigslist returns fire in eBay suit
Discussion: Techdirt and robhyndman.com
CNBC.com:
Icahn May Launch Proxy Fight with Yahoo  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is considering launching a proxy fight at Yahoo, according to people who have spoken with Icahn.  —  Icahn has declined to comment.  —  Late last week, Icahn began building a significant position in Yahoo …
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Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Enters Microsoft-Yahoo Fray  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has amassed a stake in Yahoo Inc. and is leaning toward launching a proxy contest to unseat at least part of Yahoo's board, according to one person familiar with the situation.  —  Mr. Icahn has bought roughly 50 million …
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Andrea Frome / Google LatLong:
Street View revisits Manhattan  —  In the last couple months, we've brought you 14 new Street View cities.  Now we're touching up Manhattan, one of the first locations we launched.  The new imagery is more recent; for example, we now have the appropriately-named New Museum in the Bowery in its near-complete state:
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google begins blurring faces in Street View  —  BURLINGAME, Calif.—Google has begun testing face-blurring technology for its Street View service, responding to privacy concerns from the search giant's all-seeing digital camera eye.  —  The technology uses a computer algorithm …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google opens geographic search interface
Keir Clarke / Google Maps Mania:
Wikipedia Added to Google Maps
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Search To Surpass Size of Microsoft Windows in 2009  —  Why is Microsoft (MSFT) so concerned about Google?  (GOOG) Lots of reasons, one of which is this: By this time next year, Google's search business will be larger and more profitable than the most profitable and legendary monopoly in history—Microsoft Windows.
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google triumphant: Search wars look settled  —  Eric Schmidt was doing his level best late last week not to gloat.  With Microsoft dropping its attempted takeover of Yahoo, the Google chief executive had just seen his arch-rival abandon its most direct attack yet on Google's growing dominance of online search and advertising.
Discussion: broadstuff and All about Microsoft
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook to Launch Jabber/XMPP Support for Chat  —  Facebook will announce momentarily via their developer blog support of Facebook chat via Jabber and XMPP.  These are two of the primary standards for instant messaging protocol on the web.  The new format will enable developers …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Inside Facebook
Android Developers Blog:
The Top 50 Applications  —  As you may have heard, the results from Android Developer Challenge Part 1, Round 1 were announced to all the participants late last week.  We're still working on pulling together a more extensive listing for each application that made it into the top 50 …
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Hands Out $1.25 Million To 50 Android App Winners (GOOG)
Discussion: Tech Beat and ReadWriteWeb
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
MSI Wind Revealed: 10-Inch Mini-Notebook to Hit U.S. in June  —  The mini-notebook market has no shortage of compelling systems, especially with this week's release of the Eee PC 900 here in the U.S. And with models from both Acer and Dell on the way, how can a lesser-known brand stand out in the crowd?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook pulls ‘stalker list’ tool after Gawker exposes it  —  A post on Gawker yielded a moderate wave of panic across the Web when it asserted that by typing the “down” arrow into Facebook's search box, you could see a list of the five people who view your profile the most: Not quite.
Discussion: All Facebook and The Social Times
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
A Facebook Oddity
Discussion: AppScout
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-028 - Critical  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Jet Database Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution (950749)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves a security vulnerability in the Microsoft Jet Database Engine (Jet) in Windows.
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:   Microsoft fixes critical holes in Windows, Word, Publisher
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Delusions Of Nathan Myhrvold  —  from the misrepresenting-the-truth dept  —  Nathan Myhrvold may not have done much of note yet with Intellectual Ventures, but he sure is good at getting press attention.  It seems to come in waves, too, with multiple stories popping up all around the same time.
Schwieb:
Saying hello (again) to Visual Basic  —  How does that old Chinese proverb go?  “May you live in interesting times!”  I have no idea how accurate it is, or whether it is a positive blessing or a curse, but I really do live (and work) in interesting times.  —  Almost two years ago …
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Schwieb:
Mac Office 2008 SP1
OSDir.com:
Fedora 9 Released  —  Hello Fedora community — I wanted to take the occasion of my first release as Fedora Project Leader to say a few — OK, not so few — words to everyone about what this release means to me, and what I hope you see in it too.  —  ...It's hard to believe all of the amazing …
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Business Week:
EarthLink closing Philadelphia Wi-Fi network  —  ATLANTA  —  A few weeks after announcing it will shut down its municipal wireless network in New Orleans, EarthLink Inc. said Tuesday that it has notified its Wi-Fi customers in Philadelphia that it is terminating that network, too.
Discussion: Engadget
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Esme Vos / MuniWireless:   EarthLink notifies Philly subscribers of network shutdown
Rob Larson / First Look:
Times Reader Beta for Mac Coming This Month  —  A beta version of Times Reader for Mac users will be released this month.  In building Times Reader for the Mac we've focused on providing the core set of features that have made the PC version popular.  These include the easy-to-read paginated format …
 
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Disturbing Playstation Ad Will Put You Off Video Games Forever
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Small/Essential Business Server previewed and priced
Discussion: eWeek, Microsoft and BetaNews
Alex Petraglia / Primotech:
First Guitar Hero IV Details Shed
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Gizmodo and CrunchGear
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MySpace Wins Largest Anti-Spam Award in History
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Nintendo Launches WiiWare for Game Downloads
Discussion: paidContent.org and Reuters
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
comScore: Yahoo! Buzz Overtakes Digg in April
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Where 2.0 Keynotes: EveryBlock, Nokia, FortiusOne
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Today 1.1  —  Dan Frakes, Macworld.com  —  Love or hate …
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Internet Explorer and del.icio.us
Glenn Fleishman / PC World:
Roaming in Flight with iPass
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steering Between Unsocial Networks and Social Spam
Discussion: broadstuff
Karl / DSLreports:
Charter Starts Selling Your Browsing History …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wetpaint Emerging As A Leading Social Publishing Platform
Discussion: The Social
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Law & Order Boss Dick Wolf: We'll Go Online When I Get Paid
Discussion: nbcumv.com and HipMojo.com
Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple Executives to Showcase Mac OS X Leopard and OS X iPhone …
 

 
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