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9:45 AM ET, July 21, 2008

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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.
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Reuters:
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo, Icahn settle proxy fight: Icahn on board  —  Yahoo and billionaire investor Carl Icahn have settled their looming proxy war.  —  According to a statement Monday, Yahoo's board of directors will be expanded to 11 members and one of those seats will go to Icahn.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Icahn Settle Proxy Battle In Wake of Rejected Microsoft Offer  —  Yahoo Inc. said Monday it reached agreement to settle a proxy battle with activist shareholder Carl Icahn, whereby it will expand its board by two members and appoint Mr. Icahn to the board.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Valleywag
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
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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 www.new.facebook.com.  —  New Homepage
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Redesign Launches - Tour & First Impressions of New Home Page
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Facebook Facelift: All In All, Lots More Stuff On The Wall
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Facebook gets a facelift to help users share
Discussion: Valleywag
Corvida / ReadWriteWeb:
Facebook Redesign To Go Live Tomorrow
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” …
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 …
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Amazon S3 Down  —  Amazon's S3 storage service appears to be down.
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
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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.
BBC:
Oyster card hack to be published  —  Details of how to copy the Oyster cards used on London's transport network can be published, a Dutch judge has ruled.  —  The ruling overturns an injunction to suppress the information won by NXP - makers of the travel smartcards used in London and many other cities.
Discussion: Technovia
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.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News.com:
Exclusive: Twhirl gets pushy with Identi.ca  —  The next update of Twhirl will get support for yet another nanoblogging service, Identi.ca, 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.
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Steve Gillmor / TechCrunchIT:
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Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
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Kate Galbraith / New York Times:
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Noam Cohen / New York Times:
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Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA: DVR-blocking about “multibillion-dollar theft problem”
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Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
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Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Eight years after Eve.com 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
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David Carr / New York Times:
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