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5:40 PM ET, May 15, 2008

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PR Newswire:
Icahn Sends Open Letter to Board of Directors of Yahoo!  —  SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ADVISED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO THE SOLICITATION OF PROXIES BY Carl C. Icahn AND HIS AFFILIATES FROM THE STOCKHOLDERS OF YAHOO! INC. FOR USE AT ITS ANNUAL MEETING …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Yahoo: You're Fired
Dane Hamilton / Reuters:
Paulson hedge fund backs Icahn slate for Yahoo
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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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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.
PR Newswire:
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 …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
CBS Pays $1.8 Billion for CNet: CNet Shows How It's Done
Discussion: TechCrunch and 24/7 Wall St.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Social Network Wars Begin In Earnest: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect  —  Facebook is all about openness and data portability, as long as that doesn't involve openness or portability of data, it seems.  —  Today they wrote a long 7 paragraph blog post to get a single point across …
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Charlie Cheever / Facebook Developers:
Thoughts on Privacy  —  As developers, you're probably curious about the recent initiatives we and other companies in the industry have taken to help you build applications that let users take their information around the web.  We wanted to give you a little more information on how we're thinking …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook cuts off Google's Friend Connect  —  MySpace, then Facebook and then Google all recently launched services for third parties to access their users' data through other sites.  —  Google, though, uses Facebook's developer platform to distribute Facebook user data through its own service, Google Friend Connect.
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
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 and Computerworld
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Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Monkey is Out and the Challenge is On  —  It's been three weeks since we began the limited preview of Yahoo! Search's new open developer platform, SearchMonkey.  Today, we're officially opening up the doors to all developers — professionals and hobbyists — to begin building applications …
Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:   Yahoo! frees the Monkey, and announces prizes for a Developer Challenge
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Yahoo beckons coders to gussy up search results
Discussion: InfoWorld
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 …
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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Nitesh Dhanjani:
Safari Carpet Bomb  —  I recently communicated 3 security issues in the Safari browser to Apple.  —  Apple let me know that they will fix 1 of the issues I reported.  I will not discuss the vulnerability Apple has promised to fix until they release the fix because it is a high risk issue affecting Safari on OSX and Windows.
Discussion: Zero Day and Security Watch
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Dan Goodin / The Register:
Apple okay with Safari ‘carpet bombing’ vuln for now
Discussion: Aviv Raff On .NET
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Plans to Answer iPhone With Touchscreen BlackBerry  —  Research In Motion Ltd. plans to introduce a touch-screen version of its BlackBerry device in the third quarter, answering the challenge posed by the runaway popularity of the iPhone made by Apple Inc.
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Tom Krazit / CNET News.com:
Touch-screen BlackBerry coming soon?
Discussion: Electronista
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Study: Cox, Comcast Internet subscribers blocked  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Cox Communications appears to be interfering with file-sharing by its Internet subscribers in the same manner that has landed Comcast Corp. in hot water with regulators, according to research obtained by The Associated Press.
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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.
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
EU warns Google in advance of European Street View debut  —  Google Street View is both a blessing and a curse.  For those of us who get lost easily, being able to see an actual photograph of your destination before leaving the house can be immensely helpful.
Discussion: ZDNet Government
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Paul Meller / IDG News Service:   EU Raises Privacy Issue for Google Street View
Matt Kapko / RCR Wireless News:
Technology still three to five years out  —  Alltel Corp. has committed to LTE as its technological choice for a 4G network, but any significant network upgrades are still three to five years out, the company said on a conference call with investors after releasing financial results from the previous quarter.
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.
 
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CNN:
Deutsche Telekom Says 100,000 iPhones Sold In Germany So Far
Discussion: Infinite Loop
Nick Jakobi / Official Google Blog:
Demographics now available in YouTube Insight
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Thunderbird 3 fledges with first alpha release
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Paul Miller / The Semantic Web:
Commercialising the Semantic Web
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