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9:10 AM ET, July 21, 2008


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Friendfeedization Of Facebook  —  As Facebook continues to roll out the full version of its new user profiles, it's becoming clear that their primary goal isn't, as they said in May, to simply create a cleaner user experience and allow developers to have more meaningful engagement points with users.
Discussion: Widgets Lab and CrunchGear
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Releases New Design  —  Facebook has been testing out the new profile design for the past five months but for the first time ever, they have released the new full site design (pictured below).  You can access the new site by visiting  —  New Homepage
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Redesign Launches - Tour & First Impressions of New Home Page  —  The Facebook redesign is officially launching tonight, though it's not exactly clear to exactly how many users yet.  You can try accessing the new home page at  So far, users from several networks have been able to access it.
Staci D. Kramer /   Facebook Facelift: All In All, Lots More Stuff On The Wall
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:   Facebook gets a facelift to help users share
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Redesign To Go Live Tomorrow
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Settlement with Carl Icahn  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Carl Icahn to settle their pending proxy contest related to the Company's 2008 annual meeting of stockholders.
Yahoo activist calls for board battle compromise  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A dissident shareholder will on Monday call on Yahoo Inc to compromise and accept a mixed board of directors drawn from among company nominees and a rival slate backed by Carl Icahn.
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
As Yahoo Proxy Vote Looms, Questions About Board Composition And Management's Future  —  The neverending MicroHoo drama has provided virtual reams of blog posts and endless fodder for speculation.  The latest installment involves the question of whether Carl Icahn's proxy battle for control of Yahoo's board will see any success.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Smaller PCs Cause Worry for Industry  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The personal computer industry is poised to sell tens of millions of small, energy-efficient Internet-centric devices.  Curiously, some of the biggest companies in the business consider this bad news.
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
To Prevent Upskirts, Japanese iPhone 3G Always Alerts When Taking Photos  —  An upskirt warning poster in a subway station outside Tokyo.  Photo by Jeff Epp.  —  The iPhone 3G in Japan has a special feature unique to that country: The camera always makes a conspicuous “shutter” …
Discussion: Lockergnome and broadstuff
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's S3 Storage Outage Busts Web Sites, Crashes iPhone Apps  —  Neat trick: Amazon just made one of my iPhone apps crash — Twinkle, the Twitter app by Tapulous.  Not on purpose, of course.  But still, a reminder to companies that relying on third-party “cloud” hosting services …
Don MacAskill / SmugMug Status Updates:
Amazon S3 outage causes SmugMug outage [UPDATED: 1:20pm PST]
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Universal: “Fair use” is still infringing  —  Stephanie Lenz's YouTube video of her tot dancing to an old Prince song was pulled down at the request of Universal last year after the music label said that the clip infringed on its copyright.  Not content with simply having Universal retract its claim …
Discussion: Paul McNamara's blog and Digg
Robert X. Cringely / Notes from the Field:   The RIAA vs the mothers of prevention
Bill Carter / New York Times:
Fallon Will Start ‘Late Night’ on the Web  —  LOS ANGELES — With a new round of shake-ups in late-night television set to begin next year, Lorne Michaels has decided to try to get a jump on things by starting NBC's next edition of “Late Night,” with its new host Jimmy Fallon, as a nightly entry on the Internet.
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple May Say IPod, Mac Boosted Profit; IPhone Sales Deferred  —  Forget the iPhone.  Even with its hottest product excluded from results, Apple Inc. probably will report an increase in earnings today on rising sales of Macintosh computers and iPod media players.
Google 'UK's top consumer brand'  —  Internet search engine Google has become the UK's top brand for the first time, according to a consumer survey.  —  It moved up two places from last year's poll, beating Microsoft into second place and Mercedes Benz into third.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA: DVR-blocking about “multibillion-dollar theft problem”  —  Top consumer electronics executives and trade reps are telling the Federal Communications Commission that they're worried about a rush request from Hollywood studios for a lift on the agency's ban on Selectable Output Control.
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Digg
Rafe Needleman / CNET
Exclusive: Twhirl gets pushy with  —  The next update of Twhirl will get support for yet another nanoblogging service,, and on that platform Twhirl will feature a communication method that Twitter users have been asking for: push updates.  —  Read to end of story for the download link and instructions.
Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
Hello Goodbye  —  Something just happened and I think it may be important.
Eric Krangel / Silicon Alley Insider:
Uber-Hacker Kevin Mitnick Signs Tell-All Book Deal  —  Kevin Mitnick is going to tell his side of the story.  And he's going to get paid for it.  —  Speaking to an adoring crowd of 800 at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference, Mitnick, once described as the “most wanted computer hacker in the world …
Discussion: FierceVoIP and CrunchGear
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Visits studiVZ in Berlin!  (Yes, the Facebook of Germany-Lawsuit Pending!)
Discussion: Reuters, Inquirer and paidContent
Oyster card hack to be published
Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
Texas Approves a $4.93 Billion Wind-Power Project
Discussion: Slashdot and Ars Technica
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Egypt, a Thirst for Technology and Progress
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Leading in Turbulent Times
Discussion: Mashable! and
Adrian Covert / Gizmodo:
CherryPal PC Offers Subscription-free Cloud Computing That Runs Off …
1938 Media:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS Makes $20k/day Filtering Phishing And Porn Sites
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Ubisoft DRM snafu reminds us what's wrong with PC gaming
Discussion: Digg
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
iLike launches ad platform, pushes play on Rhapsody deal
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Eight years after collapsed, a founder returns to the game
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Qik launches public beta.  New phones, new carriers and new features abound
Adam Stevenson / Ars Technica:
New “telescopic pixel” displays could outperform LCD, plasma
Discussion: TeleRead and Digg
David Carr / New York Times:
Hey, Friend, Do I Know You?  —  Not that long ago …
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Ahh, Remember Your First Cellphone?
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
My Son, the Blogger: An M.D. Trades Medicine for Apple Rumors