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1:05 PM ET, July 21, 2008

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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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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.
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: Search Engine Land and 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
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Facebook Unveils Next Evolution of Site Design
Rodney Rumford / FaceReviews:
New Facebook Design Opens
Discussion: All Facebook
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 paidContent.org
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.”
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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.
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
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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 and Electronista
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Panasonic Lumix Camera Summer Sequels: FZ28 18x Zoomer, 14.7 …
Discussion: Crave and Gearlog
MacNN:
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
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.
 
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Giles Turnbull / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Are you affected by MobileMe mail outage?
Discussion: The iPhone Blog and Gear Diary
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hacking with no technology  —  NEW YORK — The typical image …
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Twitter took off from simple to ‘tweet’ success
Tony Smith / The Register:
iPhone 2.0 unlock tool released, tested
Discussion: The Open Road and Digg
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
SAP to shut down TomorrowNow; Oracle gets its sacrifice
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Jack Davis / Docu-Drama:
Less than a year after IPO, VMware to offer option exchange()
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InfoWorld:
InfoWorld adds Twitter to its mobile options
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
The computer mouse set to die out in the next five years?  Don't bet on it!
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia vs Apple in The Internet Mobile Device Market
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BBC:
Google 'UK's top consumer brand'
Discussion: Startup Meme and AppScout
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Kara Visits studiVZ in Berlin!  (Yes, the Facebook of Germany-Lawsuit Pending!)
BBC:
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”
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