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8:15 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.
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Craigslist returns fire in eBay suit
Discussion: Techdirt
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Craigslist sues eBay, alleging corporate spy plan
Discussion: paidContent.org and TechSpot
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 …
Yi-Wyn Yen / Techland:
Carl Icahn may rally a proxy fight against Yahoo's board
Discussion: Digital Daily
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, broadstuff and Searchviews
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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
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
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
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
Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
EarthLink notifies Philly subscribers of network shutdown  —  EarthLink has notified subscribers in Philadelphia that it will discontinue its citywide wireless broadband service on June 12, 2008 (see press release).  The company claims that it has failed to reach any agreement with the city …
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Patrick Kerkstra / Philly.com:
EarthLink to pull the plug on its WiFi project in Philadelphia
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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Steve O'Hear / last100:
iPhone who? Opera Mini gets speedy update
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 …
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 …
 
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PC World:
Today 1.1  —  Dan Frakes, Macworld.com  —  Love or hate …
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Nick Nguyen / delicious blog:
Internet Explorer and del.icio.us
Glenn Fleishman / PC World:
Roaming in Flight with iPass
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Microsoft fixes critical holes in Windows, Word, Publisher
Discussion: eWeek
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 …
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
PubMatic:
Online Advertising Impacted by U.S. Economic Slowdown
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tries to Revive Its Game PCs