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7:40 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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CNBC.com:
Icahn May Launch Proxy Fight with Yahoo  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is considering launching a proxy fight at Yahoo, according to people who have spoken with Icahn.  —  Icahn has declined to comment.  —  Late last week, Icahn began building a significant position in Yahoo …
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Wall Street Journal:
Icahn Enters Microsoft-Yahoo Fray  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn has amassed a stake in Yahoo Inc. and is leaning toward launching a proxy contest to unseat at least part of Yahoo's board, according to one person familiar with the situation.  —  Mr. Icahn has bought roughly 50 million …
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shareholder bows out of launching proxy fight, Icahn to step in?  —  Yahoo shareholder Eric Jackson announced Tuesday he is dropping his efforts to launch a proxy fight against the Internet search pioneer, citing cost concerns of going it alone.  —  Jackson's decision comes …
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Carl Icahn may rally a proxy fight against Yahoo's board
Discussion: Digital Daily
Jim / craigslist blog:
Unlawful and Unfair  —  We filed a complaint in California today, charging eBay with unlawful and unfair competition, misappropriation of proprietary information, deceptive passing-off, business interference, false advertising, phishing attacks, free-riding, trademark infringement, trademark dilution, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
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Brad Stone / Bits:
Craigslist Hits Back at eBay  —  It's war, then.  —  Two weeks after eBay sued Craigslist, the classified ad site, for violating its rights as a minority shareholder, Craigslist has countersued in California state court, alleging unfair competition, misappropriation of proprietary information and a host of other grievances.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Craigslist returns fire in eBay suit
Discussion: Techdirt
The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry Thunder, the touchscreen BlackBerry we've all been waiting for  —  Since we were the first ones to break the news about a touchscreen BlackBerry device, it's only fitting that we follow up and give y'all the real lowdown on it!  This is going to excite a lot of people, but anger many.
Andrea Frome / Google LatLong:
Street View revisits Manhattan  —  In the last couple months, we've brought you 14 new Street View cities.  Now we're touching up Manhattan, one of the first locations we launched.  The new imagery is more recent; for example, we now have the appropriately-named New Museum in the Bowery in its near-complete state:
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:   Google begins blurring faces in Street View
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Started Blurring Street View Faces
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Search To Surpass Size of Microsoft Windows in 2009  —  Why is Microsoft (MSFT) so concerned about Google?  (GOOG) Lots of reasons, one of which is this: By this time next year, Google's search business will be larger and more profitable than the most profitable and legendary monopoly in history—Microsoft Windows.
Discussion: Traffick and Searchviews
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google triumphant: Search wars look settled
Discussion: All about Microsoft
Tom Neumayr / Apple:
HBO & Apple Bring Critically Acclaimed Television Programming to the iTunes Store  —  Favorites Including “The Sopranos” and “Sex and the City” Now Available on iTunes  —  HBO and Apple® today announced that programming from HBO is now available for purchase and download on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com).
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PC World:
It's Not ITunes, It's HBO
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Facebook pulls ‘stalker list’ tool after Gawker exposes it  —  A post on Gawker yielded a moderate wave of panic across the Web when it asserted that by typing the “down” arrow into Facebook's search box, you could see a list of the five people who view your profile the most: Not quite.
Discussion: All Facebook and The Social Times
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
A Facebook Oddity
Discussion: AppScout
Android Developers Blog:
The Top 50 Applications  —  As you may have heard, the results from Android Developer Challenge Part 1, Round 1 were announced to all the participants late last week.  We're still working on pulling together a more extensive listing for each application that made it into the top 50 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-026 - Critical  —  Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution (951207)  —  Version: 1.0  —  General Information  —  Executive Summary  —  This security update resolves several privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word …
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft fixes critical holes in Windows, Word, Publisher
Discussion: eWeek
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
MSI Wind Revealed: 10-Inch Mini-Notebook to Hit U.S. in June  —  The mini-notebook market has no shortage of compelling systems, especially with this week's release of the Eee PC 900 here in the U.S. And with models from both Acer and Dell on the way, how can a lesser-known brand stand out in the crowd?
Discussion: DailyTech, UMPCPortal, TechSpot and Geek.com
Keir Clarke / Google Maps Mania:
Wikipedia Added to Google Maps  —  In what is proving to be another busy day for Google, Wikipedia articles have been added to Google Maps.  The new Wikipedia tags can be turned on via a ‘More’ button that has been added to the top right hand corner of the map.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Lifehacker
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google opens geographic search interface
Schwieb:
Saying hello (again) to Visual Basic  —  How does that old Chinese proverb go?  “May you live in interesting times!”  I have no idea how accurate it is, or whether it is a positive blessing or a curse, but I really do live (and work) in interesting times.  —  Almost two years ago …
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Schwieb:
Mac Office 2008 SP1
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Delusions Of Nathan Myhrvold  —  from the misrepresenting-the-truth dept  —  Nathan Myhrvold may not have done much of note yet with Intellectual Ventures, but he sure is good at getting press attention.  It seems to come in waves, too, with multiple stories popping up all around the same time.
Simon Pope / Apple:
Apple Executives to Showcase Mac OS X Leopard and OS X iPhone Development Platforms at WWDC 2008 Keynote  —  Apple® today announced that a team of Apple executives, led by CEO Steve Jobs, will kick off the company's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) with a keynote address beginning …
Rob Larson / First Look:
Times Reader Beta for Mac Coming This Month  —  A beta version of Times Reader for Mac users will be released this month.  In building Times Reader for the Mac we've focused on providing the core set of features that have made the PC version popular.  These include the easy-to-read paginated format …
Discussion: Webware.com, Apple 2.0 and MacUser
 
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PC World:
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Adam / Official ReadBurner Blog:
Sharing Is For Everyone! ReadBurner Now Includes Netvibes
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InfoWorld:
AMD quad-core processors now in Sun servers
Discussion: The Register
Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Internet Explorer and del.icio.us
Glenn Fleishman / PC World:
Roaming in Flight with iPass
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steering Between Unsocial Networks and Social Spam
Karl / DSLreports:
Charter Starts Selling Your Browsing History …
Discussion: Ars Technica and Threat Level
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wetpaint Emerging As A Leading Social Publishing Platform
Discussion: The Social
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
How valuable are you on Twitter?  —  When blogger Robert Scoble began …
Discussion: SheGeeks and Tech~Surf~Blog
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
StumbleUpon's Stumble Video adds new content partners
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Law & Order Boss Dick Wolf: We'll Go Online When I Get Paid
Discussion: nbcumv.com and HipMojo.com
Microsoft:
New Microsoft LifeCam Bends Over Backward for You
PubMatic:
Online Advertising Impacted by U.S. Economic Slowdown
Opera:
Opera Mini — the people's choice
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tries to Revive Its Game PCs