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9:40 PM ET, May 15, 2008

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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Responds to Carl Icahn's Intention to Nominate Candidates for Election to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter in response to Carl Icahn's announcement regarding …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Letter to Yahoo!  —  BoomTown's most favorite part of the Yahoo takeover circus?  —  The dueling letters, of course!  How the lovely practice of missives has fallen out of favor, as soulless emails have grown in use.  —  Well, not in the land of hostile takeovers!
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 …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Icahn Proposes Dissident Slate of Yahoo Directors  —  The billionaire investor, Carl C. Icahn, saying that the Yahoo board had acted irrationally in rejecting a $47.5 billion offer from Microsoft, started a proxy fight on Thursday to try and force Yahoo to restart talks to sell itself.
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gordon Crawford To Carl Icahn: You're Not So Clueless, After All
Discussion: Digital Daily and Valleywag
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Yahoo: You're Fired
Discussion: Forbes and ClickZ News Blog
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 …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Social Network Wars Begin In Earnest: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect  —  Update: More details here.  —  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 …
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
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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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Joining Low-Cost Laptop Project  —  After years of conflict, Microsoft and the computing and education project One Laptop Per Child, have reached an agreement that will put Windows on the organization's computers.  —  Microsoft long resisted joining the ambitious project …
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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 …
Discussion: Digital Daily and Podcasting News
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon May Sell $750 Million In Kindles by 2010 (That's A Lot Of Kindles)
Erica Ogg / Crave: The gadget blog:   Analyst: Amazon.com's Kindle to generate $750 million by 2010
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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 …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo: I have seen the future of search, and it's ... a monkey?
Discussion: Valleywag, Computerworld and eWeek
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 …
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.
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Facebook vs. CollegeHumor beer pong canceled  —  The smack-talk inspiring contest of beer pong — known as beiruit in some quarters — scheduled between Facebook and IAC subsidiary CollegeHumor is off.  Why?  Because Facebook's PR and legal departments said so, CollegeHumor cofounder Ricky Van Veen told our tipster:
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 …
Discussion: The Register, Slyck and Electronista
 
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