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1:05 AM ET, May 14, 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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Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:   Craigslist countersues eBay, saying it broke antitrust laws
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Craigslist returns fire in eBay suit
Discussion: Techdirt and robhyndman.com
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Craigslist Files Countersuit Against eBay
Discussion: New York Times
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Dum...dum...dum...dum... dum...dum... AAAGH!  —  If Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang thought Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was scary, meet persnickety investor Carl Icahn.  —  According to CNBC, which was doubtlessly leaked the threat by the clever billionaire to test the waters, he has bought …
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 …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Updated: Icahn May Launch Yahoo Proxy Fight: Reports
Discussion: MarketWatch and Reuters
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Adds Real Estate Search  —  As a Google employee recently said, “Google Maps is evolving from a driving directions and business search tool, to a comprehensive representation of all the world's information, on a map.”  That's why Google Maps started to integrate different layers …
Discussion: Download Squad
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:   Google opens geographic search interface
Keir Clarke / Google Maps Mania:
Wikipedia Added to Google Maps
Discussion: Lifehacker and TechCrunch
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder, the touchscreen BlackBerry we've all been waiting for  —  Since we were the first ones to break the news about a touchscreen BlackBerry device, it's only fitting that we follow up and give y'all the real lowdown on it!  This is going to excite a lot of people, but anger many.
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 …
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?
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
Discussion: broadstuff and All about Microsoft
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.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MySpace Wins Largest Anti-Spam Award in History  —  MySpace has informed us that on Monday it was awarded $234 million in statutory damages, the largest anti-spam sum ever made under CAN-SPAM and apparently ever under any law.  This is also the first time damages have been awarded under the California Anti Phishing Act.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:   MySpace tells AP it has won $234M spam judgment
Official Gmail Blog:
A need for speed: the path to a faster loading sequence  —  Posted by Wiltse Carpenter, Tech Lead, Gmail Performance  —  Great performance has always been an obsession at Google and it's something that we think about and work on everyday.  We want Gmail to be really fast, and we keep working on ways to make it faster.
Discussion: Web Analytics World
Red Hat:
Fedora 9 Delivers Cutting-Edge Features and Enhancements to Community  —  Latest version is the first Linux distribution to integrate KDE 4 and a non-destructive live USB  —  The Fedora Project, a Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration …
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Schwieb:
Mac Office 2008 SP1  —  It's finally here!  The MacBU has just released Service Pack 1 for Mac Office 2008.  You can download the update directly from the Mactopia website (it's large — about 180 MB), or launch your favorite Office app and select Help/Check for Updates.
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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: Gawker and All Facebook
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
What is blocking Vista users from recording NBC shows?  —  Some users of Windows Vista Media Center say they were blocked from recording NBC Universal TV shows American Gladiator and Medium on Monday night.  —  “Restrictions set by the broadcaster and/or originator prohibit recording of this program …
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Disturbing Playstation Ad Will Put You Off Video Games Forever  —  Out of a Vienna ad agency comes this abomination of a Playstation 3 ad that, were there truly a God, would never have shone its dark light on world.  Let me try to paint a verbal picture for you: it's a guy with a thumb for a penis.
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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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
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Windows Small/Essential Business Server previewed and priced
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft fixes critical holes in Windows, Word, Publisher
Discussion: eWeek and Associated Press
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steering Between Unsocial Networks and Social Spam
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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
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