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7:45 AM ET, May 15, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Will Launch Proxy Contest To Unseat Yahoo's Entire Board  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is launching a proxy contest to unseat Yahoo Inc.'s board of directors, according to a person close to the matter — a move aimed at pressuring the Internet company to reach out to Microsoft Corp. to re-start sale discussions.
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Reuters:
Financier Icahn to run board slate for Yahoo: sources  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has elected to move ahead with plans to run a dissident board slate at Yahoo Inc (NasdaqGS:YHOO - News), sources familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times:
Icahn expected to nominate directors for Yahoo board
Discussion: Forbes and Business Week
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Confirmed: Comcast Bought Plaxo, Deal Closed Today  —  The rumors were accurate: Comcast will announce their acquisition of social contact list Plaxo today.  Financial terms are not being disclosed, but the purchase price is between $150 and $170 million.  Plaxo, which was founded in 2002 …
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John / Plaxo's Personal Card:
Comcast to Acquire Plaxo; Pulse to Become Central to Creating Unified “Social Media” Experience Across the Web, the TV (and more)  —  Big doings at Plaxo today!  We are really excited to announce some of the biggest news in the history of Plaxo: We have just signed an agreement** to be acquired by Comcast …
Vindu Goel / Bits:
It's Complaxtic: Comcast Buys Plaxo to Boost Video Sharing
Discussion: Kelsey Group Blogs
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.
Discussion: Redeye VC, VentureWoods and VentureBeat
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
Beating Google ?  —  Is there anything more fun than sitting around, growing your hair, drinking a Bud while listening to Jethro Tull and pondering how to change the balance of power in the search world and unseat Google ?  —  Better search ?  Too subjective.  Better monetization ?  After the fact.
Arn / MacRumors:
Intel Confirms Atom-based Larger iPhone (Mini-Tablet)?  —  According to ZDNet.de, Intel Germany CEO Hannes Schwaderer confirmed that Apple would be using the Intel Atom processor in a future version of the iPhone.  The new model will reportedly be a larger model with a larger display …
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Intel Germany CEO Spills on Atom-Based Mini-Tablet iPhone
Discussion: PalmAddicts
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
The Rise of Contextual User Interfaces  —  Web 2.0 has brought many wonderful innovations and ideas to the Internet.  We can no longer imagine the web without a social dimension, and we can no longer imagine an online world that is read-only - it is now a read/write web full of user-generated content.
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Spreadsheets Can Be Edited by Anyone  —  Google Spreadsheets added an option in the sharing dialog that allows anyone to view or edit the spreadsheet just by knowing the URL.  Until now, you had to send an invitation URL that contained a secret code and the people you invited had to login using a Google account.
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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Edit Google Spreadsheet With Everyone
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Ask.com to buy Dictionary.com owner  —  Ask.com, the fourth-ranked search engine, plans to increase its heft through an agreement to acquire Lexico Publishing Group, which operates the Dictionary.com, Thesaurus.com, and Reference.com Web sites.  —  Ask.com didn't release terms of the acquisition …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Lexico, Dictionary.com Being Acquired By Ask.com; Price In $100 Million Range
Mike Ricciuti / Webware.com:
Adobe set to test new Flash Player  —  Adobe on Thursday is expected to launch a beta test program for the latest version of its Flash Player software.  —  Flash Player 10, developed under the code name Astro, includes better support for 3D animation and video hardware acceleration, among other improvements.
Mike Jones / Official Google Maps API Blog:
Introducing the Google Maps API for Flash  —  Here at Google, we receive a lot of feature requests - and it feels great every time we fulfill one of them.  The ability to utilize the power of Google Maps from Flash is one of those requests that has been popping up on blog posts and other forums since …
Seth Schiesel / New York Times:
O.K., Avatar, Work With Me  —  WHAT'S ON TV?  —  WHEN Nintendo released the Wii 18 months ago, it upended the notion of what video games could be.  Moving beyond the sunlight-deprived young men at gaming's core, Nintendo appealed to the rest of the world with an intuitive, family-friendly entertainment experience.
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Android faces a tougher battle, with Verizon and Mozilla backing LiMo  —  The road ahead for Google's Linux platform for mobile devices just got a little cloudier, with two of the companies whose allegiance it would need to ensure its success, this morning announcing they're backing its principal competitor.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Strands Absorbs Another Personal Finance Company  —  Strands has made a second recruitment in its effort to develop a Mint competitor called moneyStrands that leverages the same recommendation engine behind its video and music products.  —  Just over two weeks ago Strands acquired Expensr …
Discussion: GigaOM
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Cellphone Headsets With Less Bulk, Background Noise  —  Wireless cellphone earpieces can make people look faintly ridiculous as they stroll down the street or around the office, seemingly talking to themselves with ugly appendages sprouting from their heads.  The pulsing blue lights on these things can make people look like robots.
eMarketer:
Social Networking Ad Spending Update  —  eMarketer has revised its US social network ad spending projections, estimating that advertisers will spend $1.4 billion to place ads on online social networks this year, down from the previous projection of $1.6 billion.
 
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Firmware (v2.35) Coming Soon
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Discussion: paidContent
Pete Metzger / Los Angeles Times:
Iron Man and Speed Racer: The Videogame
Discussion: Computerworld
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
First Investment For MailRoom Fund Is Social Network Analytics Startup
Charles Cooper / Coop's Corner:
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Jeff Atwood / Coding Horror:
Is HTML a Humane Markup Language?
James Sherwood / The Register:
Atari unveils Wii Fit rival
Discussion: Joystiq, Switched and TG Daily
Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins / Mashable!:
Twitter is Down; I Blame the Democrats
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla CEO John Lilly Reveals More Details On Stealth Data Project
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Stealth Search Engine Blekko Gets Money From Marc Andreessen, SoftTech
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