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12:15 PM 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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo, Icahn settle proxy fight: Assessing winners and losers  —  Updated below: 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.
Discussion: Forbes
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.
Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Truce for Yahoo, but the War May Not Be Over
Discussion: TechSpot
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
Facebook Press Releases:
Facebook Unveils Next Evolution of Site Design
Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
Facebook Redesign Launches - Tour & First Impressions of New Home Page
Discussion: Profy.Com and ReadWriteWeb
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook Releases New Design
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Facebook gets a facelift to help users share
Discussion: Valleywag and
New York Post:
APPLE-A-DAY TALK  —  INVESTORS AWAIT EARNINGS & JOBS' HEALTH REPORT  —  Industry concerns about Steve Jobs' health have not gone away more than a month after the Apple CEO appeared dramatically thinner at the firm's annual developers' conference, fighting what insiders at the time were calling a “bug.”
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Steve Jobs' Health Worries Won't Go Away.  Time For A Succession Plan (AAPL)  —  Concerns about Steve Jobs' health aren't going away.  Today's NY Post quotes a “Wall Street source” who says hedge fund managers are still freaked out after seeing Jobs' rail-thin appearance at the iPhone launch event last month.
Discussion: Infinite Loop
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” …
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: p2pnet, Paul McNamara's blog and Digg
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Universal Says It Can Ignore Fair Use In DMCA Takedowns
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Panasonic improves sensor for LX3 enthusiast compact camera  —  One of the main complaints with the Lumix DMC-LX2, Panasonic's enthusiast pocket camera, was the high noise level of its 10-megapixel sensor.  So we're heartened that for its replacement, the LX3, Panasonic decided to stick …
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Panasonic Lumix Camera Summer Sequels: FZ28 18x Zoomer, 14.7 …
Discussion: Crave and Gearlog
Apple sells out of iPhones in all but 3 locations  —  In less than 10 days since its problem-plagued launch, Apple has sold out of stock of iPhones in all of its stores except three, including every state except New York, California, and New Hampshire.  Apple notes that on Monday none …
Discussion: Apple Gazette
Tim Arango / New York Times:
News Flash From the Cover of Esquire: Paper Magazines Can Be High Tech, Too  —  On the third floor of the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan rests a tribute to Esquire's glory years — a collection of 92 covers from the 1960s and early 1970s that have become, in the museum's words …
Discussion: Switched
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP to shut down TomorrowNow; Oracle gets its sacrifice  —  SAP's purchase of TomorrowNow in 2005 sounded like a great idea: Undercut Oracle on support and squeeze your biggest rival.  And then came Oracle's lawsuit.  —  SAP said Monday that it will wind down the operations of TomorrowNow …
Discussion: PR Newswire and deal architect
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Discussion: Computerworld
InfoWorld adds Twitter to its mobile options
Discussion: Profy.Com
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Visits studiVZ in Berlin!  (Yes, the Facebook of Germany-Lawsuit Pending!)
Oyster card hack to be published
Discussion: CrunchGear and Technovia
Connie Guglielmo / Bloomberg:
Apple May Say IPod, Mac Boosted Profit; IPhone Sales Deferred
Noam Cohen / New York Times:
Link by Link: In Egypt, a Thirst for Technology and Progress
Matthew Lasar / Ars Technica:
MPAA: DVR-blocking about “multibillion-dollar theft problem”
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
OpenDNS Makes $20k/day Filtering Phishing And Porn Sites
Discussion: DSLreports and Startup Meme
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Qik launches public beta.  New phones, new carriers and new features abound