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3:00 PM ET, May 15, 2008

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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
BREAKING: CBS Acquiring CNET For $1.8 Billion; 44.6 Percent Premium  —  CBS (NYSE: CBS) is acquiring CNET (NSDQ: CNET) for $1.8 billion in cash.  The purchase price comes to $11.50 per share, representing a 44.6 percent premium over last night's closing price of $7.95.
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CBS Corporation To Acquire CNET Networks, Inc.  —  CBS to Become a Top Ten U.S. Internet Company with Unparalleled Content and Reach, Boasting Approximately 200 Million Monthly Unique Users Worldwide  —  CNET Networks' CNET, ZDNet, GameSpot.com, TV.com, CNET News, UrbanBaby, BNET …
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
CBS to buy CNET Networks  —  CBS has agreed to acquire CNET Networks in a deal valued at $1.8 billion, the companies said Thursday.  —  The purchase price comes to $11.50 per share, representing a 44 percent premium over Wednesday's closing price of $7.95.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
CBS Buying CNET For $1.8 Billion; CBS Predicts $1 Billion Interactive Revenues By 2010  —  CBS will pay $11.50 a share for CNET.  The all-cash deal represents a premium of 44% above the $7.95 CNET closed at yesterday.  Will it be enough to satisfy JANA et al?
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
CBS-CNET: Interview: Leslie Moonves, CEO, CBS: ‘Right Opportunity, Right Time, Right Price’  —  Just got off the phone with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves in his first interview following the announcement that CBS (NYSE: CBS) will acquire CNET (NSDQ: CNET) for $1.8 billion in cash.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
CBS Pays $1.8 Billion for CNet: CNet Shows How It's Done
Discussion: Laughing Squid
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Yahoo: You're Fired  —  As expected, Carl Icahn presented an alternate slate of directors for the upcoming Yahoo shareholder meeting.  The letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock says it all:  —  Carl C. Icahn  —  ICAHN CAPITAL LP  —  767 Fifth Avenue, 47th Floor  —  New York, NY 10153
Lauren Pollock / Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Moves to Oust Yahoo Board  —  Billionaire Hopes to Revive a Deal with Microsoft  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn officially launched a proxy contest to unseat Yahoo Inc.'s board, writing in a letter to Chairman Roy Bostock “the board of directors of Yahoo has acted irrationally …
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Advice For Jerry Yang  —  Steve Kirsch is one of a handful of people who can appreciate what Yahoo! Chief Executive Jerry Yang is facing right now.  —  The entrepreneur and former chief executive of Infoseek, a search engine that has withered away since being acquired by Disney, thinks Yahoo! …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Icahn Proposes Dissident Yahoo Board
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Icahn Confirms Stake And Proxy Fight; Pushing For Microsoft; Mark Cuban On List
Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo: I have seen the future of search, and it's ... a monkey?  —  As the corporate battle for control of Yahoo continues, the company's search team is working busily to make the target of all the backroom shenanigans (namely, Yahoo's search technology and web portal) more powerful by opening it up to third-party developers.
Discussion: eWeek
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
At The Churchill Club: The Top 10 Tech Trends  —  I'm at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose tonight, for the Churchill Club's annual Top 10 Tech Trends Dinner.  This is the club's 10th annual tech trend panel.  Making the picks:  — Steve Jurvetson, Draper Fisher Jurvetson.  — Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures.
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Kindle a $750 Million iPod-Like Business By 2010 (AMZN)  —  The Kindle could contribute 3% of Amazon's overall revenue in two years, argues Citi analyst Mark Mahaney, who has a born-again relationship with the device.  Combining device and book sales in an iPod/iTunes-like model …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon May Sell $750 Million In Kindles by 2010 (That's A Lot Of Kindles)
Guardian:
How Apple is changing DRM  —  As more stores and record labels abandon digital rights management, Apple may have an alternative plan for subscription services, writes Tim Anderson  —  When Apple approached record companies about selling their music digitally five years ago, they …
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Anatomy of a rumor: The Atom-powered Newton iPhone  —  As Winston Churchill might have put it, an Apple rumor can fly halfway around the world before truth has a chance to get its boots on.  —  Case in point: the iPhone mini-tablet story that broke Wednesday afternoon in Germany.
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Adobe Labs:
Beta Release Notes  —  These release notes document known issues related to the beta versions of Adobe® Flash® Player 10, code named “Astro”.  The current beta build 10.0.1.218.  —  Please uninstall any versions of the Flash Player before updating your installation.  —  Overview
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
iSlsk Brings Filesharing to the iPhone  —  Soulseek, which was creted by former Napster programmer Nir Arbel and visibly resembles early versions of Napster, is not one of the most popular filesharing apps.  It doesn't have the mainstream appeal of Kazaa or Limewire, nor does it garner the press attention of BitTorrent.
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Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
iSlsk Brings File-Sharing to iPhone
Discussion: errrick
Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast Gets Investigated While Cox Gets Free Pass - New data from Glasnost project shows depth of Cox BitTorrent blocking....  Earlier this month I directed your attention to a new test dubbed the Glasnost Project, a Java applet project by the Max Planck Institute in Germany …
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Study: Cox, Comcast Internet subscribers blocked
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nintendo ordered to pay $21 million to patent troll  —  Remember Anascape Ltd, the little “gaming company” that sued Microsoft and Nintendo back in 2006 for controller patent infringement?  Well, it's payday to the tune of $21 million after a jury found Nintendo's Wii Classic, WaveBird …
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CNN:
Deutsche Telekom Says 100,000 iPhones Sold In Germany So Far  —  COLOGNE -(Dow Jones)- Deutsche Telekom AG (DT) Chief Executive Officer Rene Obermann said Thursday the telecommunications operator has so far sold more than 100,000 iPhones in Germany.  —  iPhone users need a T-Mobile contract …
Discussion: Infinite Loop and Macsimum News
 
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InfoWorld:
Moonlight release puts Silverlight on Linux
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Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Commercialising the Semantic Web
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Cade Metz / The Register:
Verizon shuns Android for LiMo
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