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2:40 PM ET, May 16, 2008


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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
Jerry Yang prepares troops for proxy battle  —  Editors note: This post was updated Friday, May 16, at 5:50 a.m. to include a letter sent to Yahoo executives concerning the proxy fight.  —  With billionaire investor Carl Icahn launching a proxy fight Thursday to unseat Yahoo's board of directors …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry To Yahoos: Please Keep Working!  Jerry To Bosses: Here's What To Say (YHOO)  —  Carl Icahn's moves prompted a flurry of paperwork at Sunnyvale yesterday: First Roy Bostock responded to Carl, then Jerry Yang sent out two memos — one to all the proles, and one just for “SVPs and above”.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Portability: It's The New Walled Garden  —  The scuffle today between Facebook and Google has very little to do with user privacy and everything to do with user control.  A huge battle is underway between Google, MySpace and Facebook around control of user profiles and, therefore, users themselves.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook has a point where it comes to your privacy
Natalie Weinstein / CNET
iPhone expands its empire, once again  —  Orange, France Telecom's mobile provider, will whisk the iPhone into at least 10 more European, Middle Eastern, and African countries.  —  The deal with Apple, announced Friday, will bring the popular device later this year into Austria, Belgium …
Discussion: TechSpot
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
France Telecom to carry Apple's iPhone to Africa and beyond
New York Post:
YAHOO! SEEKING OPEN ALLIANCE WITH GOOGLE  —  Yahoo! executives are scrambling to finalize a search-advertising pact with Google in the face of a fresh challenge to its independence from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, The Post has learned.  —  According to two sources close to the situation …
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘$100 laptop’ platform moves on  —  An independent effort to develop the software originally designed for the $100 laptop has been launched.  —  Sugar Labs will take the laptop's innovative interface, known as Sugar, to the “next level of usability and utility”, according to its founders.
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Bender Creates Sugar Labs …
Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Thunder To Battle iPhone?!  Well, Maybe Some Day Just Not Now  —  The rumor mill once again is churning big time in the battle between BlackBerry and iPhone, Research in Motion  —  And now comes word of the Thunder.  —  Speculation is rampant all over the web that RIM is readying the touch screen Thunder for release in the Fall.
Discussion: eWeek
Wojtek Dabrowski / eWeek:   RIM to Launch Touch-Screen BlackBerry in Q3
John Skidgel / Google App Engine Blog:
App Engine Launcher for Mac OS X  —  While I was writing scenario applications to test Google App Engine, I had the following idea: If BBEdit, Dreamweaver, CSSEdit, and TextMate were at a party, what kind of application would be welcomed to help with App Engine development?
Official Google Mac Blog:   App Engine Launcher for Mac OS X
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook upgrade set for Q3  —  Apple is moving toward the release of a redesigned MacBook, a new report emanating from the company's Asian Mac manufacturers claims.  —  AU Optronics Corp. and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. have been signed-up to produce flat-panel screens for the new MacBook models …
Discussion: Electronista
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Yahoo and WPP in Partnership  —  YAHOO plans to announce Friday that it has formed a partnership with the WPP Group, the advertising holding company, that will give WPP's clients a broader swath of Web sites where they can aim their messages.  —  Under the deal, the thousands of Web publishers …
Vodafone Announces the Acquisition of ZYB  —  Vodafone* today announces that it has agreed to acquire 100% of ZYB, a privately-owned company based in Denmark which operates a social networking and online management tool enabling mobile phone users to back-up and share their handsets' contact and calendar information online.
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
AMD cries foul over Intel's ‘river of cash’ flowing to Dell  —  Shows Intel Chairman begging for forgiveness  —  AMD vs Intel It's document season in the ongoing anti-trust lawsuit between AMD and Intel.  Last week, the companies fought over witness testimony and earlier this week …
Ecamm Network News:
PhoneView v2.0 Released  —  Ecamm Network today announced the release of PhoneView v2.0.  —  PhoneView (formerly MegaPhone) is a Mac application which gives iPhone and iPod Touch users easy access to iTunes media, photos, notes, contacts, SMS and call history data stored on the device.
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Apple will please missile makers by backing PA Semi's chip  —  Exclusive Apple will indeed support PA Semi's line of PowerPC-based processors, The Register has learned.  —  PA Semi's staff has started notifying a limited set of customers that the company's existing dual-core processor will enjoy long-term support.
Discussion: CNET and MacDailyNews
Fiona Morrow / Globe and Mail:
Death spurs headphone debate  —  VANCOUVER — The death of a pedestrian in Cranbrook, B.C., on Tuesday has raised the question of how loud is too loud when it comes to listening to iPods and other personal music players.  —  Isaiah Otieno, a 23-year-old student, was killed when he was struck …
Umair Haque:
Facebook and The Future of Competition  —  Last week, I discussed Facebook's relentless evil, how that was a profound strategic error, and why the costs of evil are starting to outweigh the benefits - for everyone, not just Facebook.  —  Now, that's a pretty unorthodox argument, and I took a lot of heat for it: what is evil, anyways?
Discussion: Leigh's Blitherings
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