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5:35 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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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.
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:   Craigslist Files Countersuit Against eBay
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.
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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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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Diane Garrett / Variety:
Apple OKs variable pricing for HBO
Discussion: CinemaTech
PC World:
It's Not ITunes, It's HBO
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 …
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Vasanth Sridharan / Silicon Alley Insider:
Google Hands Out $1.25 Million To 50 Android App Winners (GOOG)
Discussion: Tech Beat and ReadWriteWeb
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: Searchviews, HipMojo.com and Traffick
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google triumphant: Search wars look settled  —  Eric Schmidt was doing his level best late last week not to gloat.  With Microsoft dropping its attempted takeover of Yahoo, the Google chief executive had just seen his arch-rival abandon its most direct attack yet on Google's growing dominance of online search and advertising.
Discussion: All about Microsoft
HP:
HP to Acquire EDS for $13.9 Billion  — EDS shareholders to receive $25.00 per share in cash for each EDS share  — Transaction expected to more than double HP's revenue from services, furthering its standing as world's largest technology company  —  PALO ALTO, Calif., and PLANO, Texas, May 13, 2008
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EarthLink, Inc.:
EarthLink to Discontinue Operation of Its Municipal Wi-Fi Network in Philadelphia  —  Decision comes after EarthLink's agreement to transfer network to non-profit for free unravels  —  Wi-Fi customers notified about 30-day transition period and alternative access offers
Discussion: DSLreports and dailywireless.org
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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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Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:   Google Started Blurring Street View Faces
Opera:
Opera Mini — the people's choice  —  Today, Opera Software announced the availability of Opera Mini 4.1, the newest version of the award-winning browser that works on nearly every mobile phone.  Opera Mini 4.1 revolutionizes the way people get the Web on their Mobile phone.
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
Opera Mini 4.1 released with better page and file management
Discussion: last100 and CNET News.com
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft fixes critical holes in Windows, Word, Publisher  —  Microsoft on Tuesday issued security patches that plug critical holes in Microsoft Word and Publisher and a vulnerability in Windows for which a zero-day exploit has been available for weeks.  —  Zero-day exploits are considered particularly dangerous.
Discussion: eWeek
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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: Apple 2.0, Webware.com and MacUser
PubMatic:
Online Advertising Impacted by U.S. Economic Slowdown  —  PubMatic Ad Network Pricing Index Shows 23 percent Drop in Ad Rates  —  PubMatic (www.pubmatic.com), the world's first service that automates and optimizes ad inventory decision-making for Web publishers, today released …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
StumbleUpon's Stumble Video adds new content partners  —  Media “discovery” site StumbleUpon announced Tuesday that its video service, Stumble Video, has a host of new content available: content sites College Humor, Funny or Die, and VBS.tv, as well as video-hosting sites Vimeo, DailyMotion, and Veoh.
 
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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
A Facebook Oddity
Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Internet Explorer and del.icio.us
Glenn Fleishman / PC World:
Roaming in Flight with iPass
Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
MSI Wind Revealed: 10-Inch Mini-Notebook to Hit U.S. in June
Discussion: Geek.com and Engadget
Keir Clarke / Google Maps Mania:
Wikipedia Added to Google Maps
Discussion: Webware.com and TechCrunch
Saul Hansell / Bits:
Steering Between Unsocial Networks and Social Spam
Debian Mailing Lists:
[SECURITY] [DSA 1571-1] New openssl packages fix predictable random number generator
OSDir.com:
Fedora 9 Released  —  Hello Fedora community — I wanted …
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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
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Do Songwriters Deserve A Cut Of Yahoo Search Revenue?
Microsoft:
New Microsoft LifeCam Bends Over Backward for You
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Photobucket Introduces Group Albums to Make Sharing Simple
Discussion: The Social and Mashable!
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Windows Server 2008 goes down-market
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Stealth Data Project Could Be Just What The Internet Needs
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tries to Revive Its Game PCs
 

 
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Thomas Buckley / Bloomberg:
Pixar lays off ~175 employees, or around 14% of its workforce, the biggest restructuring in Pixar's history, and plans to stop making original shows for Disney+

Allison Quinn / The Daily Beast:
Russian state-run channel Rossiya24 is broadcasting days-old episodes of Tucker Carlson's show with a Russian voiceover

Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
Amid a dispute between music publishers and Spotify, the NMPA asks Congress to change copyright law to give rights holders more options to negotiate royalties

 
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