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4:30 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
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Craigslist Files Countersuit Against eBay
Discussion: New York Times and Techdirt
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google opens geographic search interface
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Ok, Wired, Let's Do This.  —  A week ago Wired Magazine voiced its displeasure over our syndication partnership with the Washington Post. … When I read this I thought “WTF?” (with an emphasis on the “F").  Wired is a competitor to TechCrunch, but we've been on friendly terms with them for years now.
Discussion: My Blog Posts and The Raw Feed
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Post, TechCrunch Mum on Syndication Deal
Discussion: Valleywag
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 …
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
Discussion: CNET News.com
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?
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Apple Won't Buy Adobe  —  This one's pretty simple.  —  First, Steve Jobs wants Apple to feel like a small, focused company.  They're not a small company, of course — Apple's most recent quarterly filing states they have 21,600 employees — but that's what Jobs wants it to feel like.
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: Portfolio.com and AppScout
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.
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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Steve O'Hear / last100:
iPhone who?  Opera Mini gets speedy update  —  As we've noted before, Apple isn't the only company putting the full Web in your pocket.  When Opera released version 4 of its Java-based Opera Mini browser last June, we suggested that features such as ‘desktop view’, tiled zooming …
Discussion: WebProNews and jkOnTheRun
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Opera Mini 4.1 released with better page and file management
Discussion: CNET News.com and Download Squad
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Marc Andreessen Isn't So Impressed With Google Friend Connect  —  Marc Andreessen doesn't fear Google — even though the search giant unveiled a service that's poised to put the competitive squeeze on his startup, Ning.  —  Google Friend Connect, a service announced yesterday …
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
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.
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
comScore: Yahoo! Buzz Overtakes Digg in April  —  Digg is in big trouble.  We already know that Yahoo! Buzz, a beta social news service by Yahoo!, can drive a large amount of traffic and comments to websites.  We also know the ongoing problems at competitor digg, which continue to be skated around by digg management.
 
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Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Torrent2exe turns any torrent file into a single-source BitTorrent client
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta program frustrates testers
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Get Vista's Best Features in XP
Discussion: Digg
Portfolio.com:
Deep in the Valley: Digging and Baby-Sitting.
Discussion: ben barren and SarahLacy.com
Eric Berlin / Online Media Cultist:
Are social news sites like Digg useful anymore?
Chris Leckness / Mobility Site:
HTC Diamond Keyboard Hacked and Available...
Discussion: SlashPhone, WMExperts and Engadget
Kaiser Kuo / Ogilvy China Digital Watch:
The Sichuan Quake and the Hubris of Twitter Users
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
What is blocking Vista users from recording NBC shows?
 Earlier Items: 
Business Week:
EarthLink closing Philadelphia Wi-Fi network
Discussion: Engadget
NEWSFACTOR:
Nintendo Launches WiiWare for Game Downloads
Discussion: Reuters and paidContent.org
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Where 2.0 Keynotes: EveryBlock, Nokia, FortiusOne
Discussion: Gadget Lab, PC World and InfoWorld
InfoWorld:
AMD quad-core processors now in Sun servers
Discussion: The Register
Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Internet Explorer and del.icio.us
Karl / DSLreports:
Charter Starts Selling Your Browsing History …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wetpaint Emerging As A Leading Social Publishing Platform
Discussion: The Social
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Search To Surpass Size of Microsoft Windows in 2009
 

 
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