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11:50 PM ET, June 3, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Steps Up Yahoo Attack, Seeks Yang's Ouster as CEO  —  Investor Carl Icahn is stepping up his rhetoric against Yahoo Inc., accusing the Internet company's chief executive officer, Jerry Yang, and its board of being disingenuous about their willingness to consider Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition offer …
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Report: Icahn will seek Yang's removal
Discussion: Forbes
Gavin Clarke / The Register:
Gates' last act: frees IE 8 and Silverlight second betas  —  TechEd 2008 Bill Gates has announced the next betas of Internet Explorer 8 and Silverlight 2 while outlining plans from Microsoft on development, services.  He also took the opportunity in his valedictory keynote at TechEd in Orlando …
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Bill Gates: Tech-Ed 2008 — Developers
Discussion: Digital Daily and diversity.net.nz
Todd Bishop / Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog:   Video: ‘Ballmer Bot’ mimicks Microsoft CEO
Somasegar / Somasegar's WebLog:
On stage at the TechEd 2008 keynote
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:   TechEd 2008: Gates' Last Keynote
Tom Conrad / Pandora:
From the lab: Pandora Desktop Beta  —  We've always wanted to find a simple way to deliver Pandora as a desktop application — it's probably been on our to do list longer than any single feature.  Today we're dipping our toe into those waters for the first time with the release of a Beta version of Pandora Desktop.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
YouTube's Head of Monetization Quits, Joins Cooliris  —  Google's senior executive exodus continues.  YouTube's head of monetization, Shashi Seth, has now left the company to become the chief revenue officer of Menlo Park, Calif.-based startup Cooliris.  In his new job at the startup …
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Start-Up Releases Smaller Version of Flip Camcorder  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In the last year, Pure Digital, a small San Francisco start-up, has shown the world's consumer electronics companies how to build a camcorder that regular people actually use.  —  It has sold nearly one million units …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo and Ubergizmo
Catherine Holahan / Business Week:
Auctions on eBay: A Dying Breed  —  As consumers opt for fixed-price purchases, what happens to the company that perfected the art of online bidding—and the scores of e-auctioneers?  —  Bruce Hershenson, who auctions vintage posters online, is hanging up his eBay gavel.
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Nick / Rough Type:
Was eBay a fad?  —  We already know that the famously cute story …
Discussion: Open Sources and The Open Road
24/7 Wall St.:
The Newspapers: Rating The Top 25 Newspaper Websites  —  The struggle for large daily metropolitan newspapers to stay profitable and survive is based on the race between the drop in their print advertising and the improvement of their online sales.  Newspaper industry costs are rising along with fuel and commodities prices.
Joseph Menn / latimesblogs.latimes.com:
Shawn Fanning sells third brainchild to EA  —  Shawn Fanning, best known as the founder of pioneering file-sharing service Napster, has finally earned some money.  —  Electronic Arts said tonight it had acquired his latest company, ThreeSF, and its video-game service Rupture.
Owen Thomas / Valleywag:
Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan private pics exposed by Yahoo hack  —  Want to see Paris Hilton's MySpace profile?  How about Lindsay Lohan's?  Don't worry about those pesky privacy settings.  Thanks to “data portability,” a faddish technology movement that the Valley has been buzzing about for months …
Discussion: Business Technology and Switched
Nicole Maestri / eWeek:
Wal-Mart Pushing Blu-ray Players  —  With the HD DVD format war settled, Wal-Mart Stores is now aggressively promoting sales of Blu-ray players.  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - With the high definition DVD format war settled, Wal-Mart Stores Inc is now aggressively promoting sales of Blu-ray players.
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Starbucks Wi-Fi: It's not completely free  —  I'm among the jillions of people who are glad that Starbucks is finally offering “free” wireless access in its stores.  As I said before, it's about time.  —  But you may want to think carefully before rushing in to log on ...
Verizon:
Verizon Wireless Offers Another Great Corporate E-Mail Solution, Giving Customers Access To Business Information On Their Phones  —  Verizon Wireless Phones Can Now Access Corporate E-Mail with RemoSync  —  BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Businesses can stay connected to their corporate e-mail using …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Canonical makes Ubuntu Netbook Remix official at Computex  —  Not like we weren't totally expecting this or anything, but Canonical has chosen Computex as the expo where it will officially showcase Ubuntu Netbook Remix.  Hailed as a “reworked desktop image of Ubuntu built specifically …
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
All-encompassing iPhone patent filing hints at GPS, video chat  —  Apple has filed for a patent that addresses virtually every aspect of the iPhone, including potential additions such as GPS mapping, media messaging, video calls, and voice commands.  —  While Apple has filed …
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Veoh Grabs Another $30 Million; Valued At About $125M  —  Video-sharing site Veoh has raised another $30 million and has brought aboard three brand-name investors: Intel (INTC), Adobe (ADBE)and Capital Research's Gordon Crawford.  We hear the round values the company in the $120 million- $125 million range, pre-money.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Adify exec: Social networks eating away at CPM value  —  NEW YORK—Some have said that because of the wealth of personal information they store, social networks are the future of online advertising.  Russ Fradin, co-founder and president of Adify, disagrees.
 
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Cory Bohon / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Rumor: Mac OS X 10.6 to debut at WWDC 08?
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
‘Call of Duty 4’ hits 10 million units sold
Discussion: Kotaku
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
The Mobile Linux War
Discussion: Ars Technica
Brian Bergstein / Associated Press:
Grandfather builds Web browser for autistic boy
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
MSN Looks To Hollywood For New Site
Tony Smith / The Register:
Acer punts £199 Linux laptop
Discussion: Engadget
John Leyden / The Register:
Hidden messages buried in VoIP chatter
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Legal P2P music site Qtrax signs EMI Music
 Earlier Items: 
Saul Hansell / Bits:
An Open-Source Internet Week Brings Open Gripes
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER and Mashable!
CSR:
CSR launches the world's most highly integrated wireless single chip
PC World:
Epson's Latest All-in-one Printer Costs $99
Discussion: Electronista and Macsimum News
Nathan Buggia / Live Search Webmaster Center Blog:
Robots Exclusion Protocol: Joining Together to Provide Better Documentation
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
U.S. Internet will shrink to 2 strong players: report
Discussion: HipMojo.com and Darren Herman
Austin Modine / The Register:
Windows XP given additional resuscitation
Schneier on Security:
Fax Signatures  —  Aren't fax signatures the weirdest thing?
Discussion: Slashdot
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Goosh: a retro Web app with cutting-edge interface
 

 
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