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2:55 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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Engadget
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Joins Effort for Laptops for Children
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 and VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Wojtek Dabrowski / eWeek:   RIM to Launch Touch-Screen BlackBerry in Q3
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
John Morris / The Core Truth:
Fight card: AMD Radeon 4800 vs. Nvidia GTX 200  —  The high-end graphics card market isn't the straightforward, mano-a-mano battle it used to be.  Graphics cards with dual GPUs, systems with multiple cards in CrossFire or SLI implementations, and most recently hybrid graphics have all muddied the picture.
Discussion: GigaOM, I4U News and TG Daily
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: One More Thing 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 …
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