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7:35 PM ET, July 18, 2008

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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Fighting For Its Life, Yahoo Uses Its Homepage To Battle Carl Icahn  —  Yahoo is pulling out its biggest gun in the showdown with Carl Icahn: the Yahoo homepage itself.  Right now on Yahoo.com, the single most-visited page on the Web (with 304 million unique visitors worldwide in May …
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PR Newswire:
Legg Mason Capital Management to Support Yahoo! Directors at Yahoo! 2008 Annual Meeting  —  BALTIMORE, July 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Bill Miller, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Legg Mason Capital Management (NYSE: LM - News), has released the following statement:
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Yahoo Proxy War Over: Legg Mason Votes For Jerry And Co.  —  Carl Icahn's chances to win the Yahoo proxy war, which had been getting increasingly slim, just dropped to next-to-nothing: Legg Mason's Bill Miller, who controls 4.4% of of Yahoo shares, just formally sided with Jerry and his existing board.
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
AT&T mistakenly announces free Wi-Fi for iPhone users...again  —  AT&T iPhone users will not be getting free Wi-Fi access, afterall.  —  For the second time in less than six months, AT&T has mistakenly published a notice on its Web site indicating that Apple iPhone users would get free access …
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Dave Thomas / PragDave:
If you work for Apple, we need your help...  So, it's been a week.  The iPhone 3G was released, and the iPhone 2.0 software upgrade shipped.  We can now all write applications that will run on what is undeniably a cool platform.  You can even download the iPhone SDK for free.  —  We love Apple stuff.
Discussion: ongoing
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Twitter Plays Nice: XMPP Firehose Data Feed To Gnip  —  Twitter is living up to its promise to open up its data stream as much as possible to developers.  While I was negotiating with Twitter cofounder Evan Williams to sit down and do a video interview at Foo Camp last weekend …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Outlook vs. Gmail—The Definitive Comparision  —  Editor: Being digital vagabonds without an Exchange server, we Lifehacker writers use online apps like Gmail and Google Calendar to get things done.  But can an Outlook user make the switch without losing out?  Guest contributor Jared Goralnick's here today to take a look.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Microsoft's Real Problem: The Second Coming of Apple  —  As Microsoft (MSFT) continues to waste time and resources figuring out how to win a sideline game it has already lost—Internet media—its shareholders have bigger things to worry about.  Namely, the future of the Windows and Office cash cows.
Discussion: ClusterStock and MacDailyNews
Sarah Lacy / Business Week:
On-Demand Computing: A Brutal Slog  —  The tough reality of the on-demand game is taking its toll on software companies hoping to make a mint distributing their wares via the Web  —  The Internet revolutionized the distribution of software—perhaps a bit too much.
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Nick / Rough Type:
The cloud's not-so-silver lining
Discussion: The Open Road
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Evite Gets A Much-Needed Facelift  —  Evite is getting long in the tooth.  Every day it seems there is some new startup ready to take it down: Pingg, Socializr, Center'd, MyPunchbowl, Presdo.  Well, today the IAC-owned invitation juggernaut is fighting back.  Or at least, it's stirring.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Evite Attempts To Move Their Platform Forward; Partners With JS-Kit …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Mashable!
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Major EU P2P research project hopes to kill traditional TV  —  Dutch academic Dr. Johan Pouwelse knows BitTorrent well, having spent a year of his life examining its inner workings.  Now, as part of the EU-funded P2P-Next team, Pouwelse and his researchers have been entrusted with €19 million …
Discussion: Broadband Politics
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P-Next Introduces Live BitTorrent Streaming
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
Daniel A. Begun / HotHardware.com News:
Speeding: Radar Gun vs. GPS  —  While an 11-year old, Louisville, Kentucky boy is using a toy radar gun to get drivers to slow down through his neighborhood, the police are finding that real radar guns might not be a match for GPS—at least not when contested in court.
Jackson West / Valleywag:
No, Kleiner Perkins won't give your Web 2.0 startup money  —  In the latest issue of Fortune, a feature about venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins pointed out that the company has yet to make any investments in Web 2.0.  The firm which was an early investor in Google has not been so bullish on the likes of Facebook.
Discussion: Marksonland
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Google Buys Russian Contextual Ad Firm From Rambler For $140 Million  —  We have recently written about a flurry of Russian online deals, and this is among the bigger ones that have happened in the last year or so: Google has bought contextual advertising company ZAO Begun from it parent …
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Why did investors freak out about Google?  —  Investors punished Google for the less-than-stellar second quarter results it reported on Thursday, sending the share price down about 10 percent to $482 in Friday trading.  So what went wrong?  —  No one thing was responsible …
Discussion: Docu-Drama
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Apple shares could be in for a rough ride  —  Fasten your seat belts.  —  Although Apple should report better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Monday — it almost always does — its shares could be in for a bumpy ride on Wall Street.  —  Apple's (AAPL) stock price …
Don Jeffrey / Bloomberg:
Napster Takeover Looms as Funds See Cash Exceed Stock  —  Napster Inc., the Internet music pioneer whose shares have plunged 95 percent in six years, has become takeover bait for hedge funds zeroing in on a cash hoard exceeding the company's market value.  —  While Los Angeles-based Napster …
comScore:
comScore Releases June 2008 U.S. Search Engine Rankings  —  comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released its monthly comScore qSearch analysis of the U.S. search marketplace.  In June 2008, Americans conducted 11.5 billion core searches, representing a 7-percent gain versus May.
Tony Smith / The Register:
AMD confirms ‘Atom-smasher’ chip on its roadmap  —  AMD will unfold its plan to take on Intel's Atom in November, newly promoted CEO Dirk Meyer said last night.  —  As Register Hardware has reported in the past, AMD's is currently working on a chip codenamed ‘Bobcat’, a single-core …
Noam Cohen / Bits:
Wikipedia Tries Approval System to Reduce Vandalism on Pages  —  Wikipedia is considering a basic change to its editing philosophy to cut down on vandalism.  In the process, the online encyclopedia anyone can edit would add a layer of hierarchy and eliminate some of the spontaneity that has made the site …
 
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Andrew Harris / Bloomberg:
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Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
HTC finally releases Windows Mobile 6.1 update for Sprint Touch
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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Now A German Court Says Open WiFi Owner Is Responsible For What Others Do On WiFi
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Searches Jump 15% After Live Cashback Launch
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why ISP's ‘Stand’ Against Child Porn Is Actually Not A Stand Against Child Porn
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Identi.ca implements the Twitter API
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
The Official Google Blog:
Hitting 40 languages  —  One of our goals is to give everyone …
Discussion: Online Video Watch
Bill Ray / The Register:
Sony Ericsson sees profits tumble, turns on workers
Discussion: eWeek, Electronista and Engadget
Jan Libbenga / The Register:
Dutch university can publish controversial Oyster research
InfoWorld:
New worm transcodes MP3s to try to infect PCs
Discussion: Podcasting News, p2pnet and WinBeta
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Wii Surpasses Microsoft's Xbox 360 in Sales
Discussion: CrunchGear, DailyTech and Switched