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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Icahn Proposes Dissident Yahoo Board  —  The billionaire investor and activist shareholder proposed a dissident slate of directors for the Yahoo board as he tries to force the company to restart talks to sell itself to Microsoft.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Yahoo: You're Fired
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Letter to Yahoo!
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Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
Advice For Jerry Yang
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: GigaOM and SmoothSpan Blog
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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, Valleywag 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 …
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Yahoo beckons coders to gussy up search results
Discussion: InfoWorld
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Lied to FCC, Blocks BitTorrent Traffic 24/7  —  BitTorrent throttling is not a new phenomenon, but it is getting more attention lately, because the number of people who use BitTorrent keeps growing.  Up until today however, there has been no reliable data that revealed the scope of it.
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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.
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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon May Sell $750 Million In Kindles by 2010 (That's A Lot Of Kindles)
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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AppleInsider:
Intel: Apple tablet comment simply untrue
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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.
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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 / One More Thing:
Touch-screen BlackBerry coming soon?
Discussion: Electronista
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Andersen gets highest-ever attorney fees award against RIAA  —  Exonerated P2P defendant Tanya Andersen should be awarded $107,834 in court costs and attorney fees, a federal magistrate judge ruled yesterday.  It's the largest attorneys' fees award to date against the RIAA …
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