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6:55 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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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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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
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!
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
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
P2P-Next Introduces Live BitTorrent Streaming  —  The Swarmplayer developed by the P2P-Next research group is now capable of streaming live video in true 4th generation P2P style using a zero-server approach.  With a $22 million project budget from the EU and partners, the P2P-Next research group intends …
Discussion: CircleID and Slashdot
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Major EU P2P research project hopes to kill traditional TV
Discussion: Broadband Politics
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Why ISP's ‘Stand’ Against Child Porn Is Actually Not A Stand Against Child Porn  —  from the let's-try-this-again,-shall- we?  dept  —  Following NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's success in getting ISPs to turn off Usenet access and pretend it was a victory against child porn …
Discussion: Multichannel News and Slashdot
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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.
Michael White / Bloomberg:
Nintendo Wii Surpasses Microsoft's Xbox 360 in Sales  —  Nintendo Co. said U.S. retailers sold more than 666,000 of its Wii consoles last month, making the machine the overall leader among the new generation of video-game machines.  —  Consumers have purchased almost 10.9 million …
Discussion: CrunchGear, DailyTech, Switched and Inquirer
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Michael Thompson / Ars Technica:
NPD: Nintendo Wii the top-selling, current-gen console
Discussion: The Digital Home and Electronista
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.
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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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Joshua Karp / Boy Genius Report:
HTC finally releases Windows Mobile 6.1 update for Sprint Touch  —  It's been so long that we almost stopped caring, but HTC and Sprint have come through to deliver a welcome update to the Sprint Touch.  Unofficial versions of this firmware have been floating around the web for quite some time …
Discussion: WMExperts
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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
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Searches Jump 15% After Live Cashback Launch  —  This isn't enough data to declare Microsoft's much derided Live Cashback search product a winner, but the first full month after it launched (June) shows a 15% gain in search volume v. the previous month, according to Comscore.
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 …
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 …
 
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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Tony Smith / The Register:
AMD confirms ‘Atom-smasher’ chip on its roadmap
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 Earlier Items: 
Joe Wilcox / Apple Watch:
It's the Weekend, Can You Get iPhone 3G?
The Official Google Blog:
Hitting 40 languages  —  One of our goals is to give everyone …
Discussion: Online Video Watch
Charles Jade / Infinite Loop:
MobileMe and iWeb woes continue
Royal Pingdom:
Forget about hacking - your servers might get stolen
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
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Corporate Social Networks Are A Waste of Money, Study Finds