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5:40 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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Condé Nast/Wired Acquires Ars Technica  —  Condé Nast has acquired popular technology blog Ars Technica, we've confirmed.  The site will become part of Wired Digital (which in turn is under CondéNet, run by Sarah Chubb).  Wired Digital assets include Wired.com and Reddit (acquired in 2006).
Associated Press:
France's Orange signs new iPhone deal with Apple  —  PARIS (AP) — French wireless operator Orange said Friday it has signed a deal with Apple Inc. to sell its iPhone in the Middle East, Africa and several European countries.  —  France Telecom's Orange said in a one-sentence statement …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
iPhone rollout: 42 countries, 575 million potential customers
Discussion: Tech Trader Daily
Natalie Weinstein / CNET News.com:
iPhone expands its empire, once again
Discussion: TechSpot
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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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Open Sugar & Microsoft: End of OLPC As We Know It?  —  However great an idea it might have seemed when it was first conceived, the One Laptop Per Child project has never been something I've been able to wrap my head around.  I've always felt, despite the backers' good intentions …
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.
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
Birthing pains in the colonization of the social Web  —  The social Web is going through some birthing pains (see Techmeme).  In the name of data portability, the Facebook, MySpace and Google made announcements last week about creating a more open social Web.
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?
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Official Google Mac Blog:
App Engine Launcher for Mac OS X
Discussion: Download Squad
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.
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
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?
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Demand.OpenID.net: A One Click Call to Action  —  OpenID provider JanRain has launched an interesting project called Demand OpenID, which lets users click a bookmarklet whenever they are on a website that they want to request OpenID support on.  It's a handy, if a touch rude …
Discussion: David Recordon's Blog
Paul / Netcraft:
PayPal XSS Vulnerability Undermines EV SSL Security  —  A security researcher in Finland has discovered a cross-site scripting vulnerability on paypal.com that would allow hackers to carry out highly plausible attacks, adding their own content to the site and stealing credentials from users.
Discussion: Defense in Depth
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Snackr is an RSS Addict's Dream Come True  —  Snackr is a new Adobe AIR app that lets you display items in your RSS feeds in a beautiful scrolling ticker on any edge of your screen.  I am absolutely giddy about it after only a few minutes of use.  Snackr is something you'd supplement your existing reader with, not a replacement.
Discussion: SheGeeks
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.
 
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Steven Sande / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
FlyTunes Brings Free Streaming Radio to iPhone & iPod Touch
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
VIA talks up Isaiah dual-cores, 45nm transition
Discussion: The Tech Report and DigiTimes
Mike Gunderloy / Web Worker Daily:
Book Review: Designing for the Social Web
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
MetroFi Plans Market Exit: Sale or Shutter
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
EFF: Signs are NBC triggered block of ‘American Gladiator’
Nilay Patel / Engadget Mobile:
Blackberry Bold release dates, pricing leak out
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HTC Touch Diamond Unboxing
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comScore Media Metrix Ranks Top 50 U.S. Web Properties for April
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
AMD cries foul over Intel's ‘river of cash’ flowing to Dell
Ashlee Vance / The Register:
Apple will please missile makers by backing PA Semi's chip
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Yahoo and WPP in Partnership
Fiona Morrow / Globe and Mail:
Death spurs headphone debate
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Experts Say MySpace Suicide Indictment Sets ‘Scary’ Legal Precedent
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook upgrade set for Q3
Discussion: Electronista
 

 
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