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4:50 PM ET, May 16, 2008

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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 …
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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
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”.
Niclas Mika / Reuters:
Orange to sell iPhone in Europe, Mid East, Africa  —  The list of countries where Apple's (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) iPhone will be sold grew further on Friday with Orange announcing a deal for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  —  Orange, France Telecom's (FTE.PA: Quote, Profile …
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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.
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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.
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
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Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Component report pins MacBook overhaul for third quarter
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to add more features to Atom-based 8.9-inch Eee PC  —  Asustek Computer will launch its Atom-based 8.9-inch Eee PC 901 in June and the company is planning to add more features to it in order to clearly separate it from its competitors, according to market channel sources.
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
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo Wii outsells 360, PS3, PS2, PSP combined in April  —  The NPD console sales numbers have been released for April, stuffed with fascinating content.  How did the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto stack up against each other?  Did Mario Kart Wii sell as many copies as expected?
ReadWriteWeb:
The Most Popular Twitter Apps According to the Blogosphere  —  Six weeks ago, ReadWriteWeb published their definitive list of the top Twitter clients.  The methodology for that list was watching the Twitter public feed and logging tweet sources.  However, how does the list of clients people …
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
The Anti-Piracy Scam: Canada Insulted Again  —  The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus (IPAC) was established in October 2003.  Its website states: " The Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus is a bipartisan and bicameral group committed to protecting American intellectual property …
Discussion: EXCESS COPYRIGHT and Bit Player
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.
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 …
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
AideRSS Updates Filtering: Adds Twitter  —  Allen Stern points out that RSS filtering service AideRSS has added Twitter to its PostRank algorithm.  AideRSS works by measuring social media interaction with blog posts, and then comparing them to what's normal for that blog.
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone rollout: 42 countries, 575 million potential customers
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Nilay Patel / Engadget Mobile:
Blackberry Bold release dates, pricing leak out
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