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7:46 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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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!
Discussion: Forbes, Furrier.org and WebProNews
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Dear Yahoo: You're Fired
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
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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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.
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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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: Valleywag, Computerworld and eWeek
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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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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Amazon May Sell $750 Million In Kindles by 2010 (That's A Lot Of Kindles)
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: Bits and Electronista
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
Discussion: IntoMobile
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
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 …
Discussion: Beyond Binary, Xconomy and TechCrunch
 
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Jeff Chin / Official Google Blog:
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
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Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
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