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12:20 AM ET, May 14, 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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Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Craigslist Files Countersuit Against eBay
Discussion: New York Times
Mathew / mathewingram.com/work:
Craigslist returns fire in eBay suit
Discussion: Techdirt and robhyndman.com
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Dum...dum...dum...dum... dum...dum... AAAGH!  —  If Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang thought Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was scary, meet persnickety investor Carl Icahn.  —  According to CNBC, which was doubtlessly leaked the threat by the clever billionaire to test the waters, he has bought …
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
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
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Adds Real Estate Search
Discussion: Download Squad
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:   Google opens geographic search interface
Keir Clarke / Google Maps Mania:
Wikipedia Added to Google Maps
Discussion: Lifehacker and TechCrunch
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.
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?
Nick O'Neill / All Facebook:
Breaking: Facebook to Launch Jabber/XMPP Support for Chat  —  Facebook will announce momentarily via their developer blog support of Facebook chat via Jabber and XMPP.  These are two of the primary standards for instant messaging protocol on the web.  The new format will enable developers …
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.
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Richard Waters / Financial Times:
Google triumphant: Search wars look settled
Discussion: broadstuff and All about Microsoft
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.
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
MySpace Wins Largest Anti-Spam Award in History  —  MySpace has informed us that on Monday it was awarded $234 million in statutory damages, the largest anti-spam sum ever made under CAN-SPAM and apparently ever under any law.  This is also the first time damages have been awarded under the California Anti Phishing Act.
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Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:   MySpace tells AP it has won $234M spam judgment
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 and Associated Press
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
What is blocking Vista users from recording NBC shows?  —  Some users of Windows Vista Media Center say they were blocked from recording NBC Universal TV shows American Gladiator and Medium on Monday night.  —  “Restrictions set by the broadcaster and/or originator prohibit recording of this program …
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
OSDir.com:
Fedora 9 Released  —  Hello Fedora community — I wanted to take the occasion of my first release as Fedora Project Leader to say a few — OK, not so few — words to everyone about what this release means to me, and what I hope you see in it too.  —  ...It's hard to believe all of the amazing …
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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: Gawker and All Facebook
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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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
Disturbing Playstation Ad Will Put You Off Video Games Forever  —  Out of a Vienna ad agency comes this abomination of a Playstation 3 ad that, were there truly a God, would never have shone its dark light on world.  Let me try to paint a verbal picture for you: it's a guy with a thumb for a penis.
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 …
 
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Mark Guim / The Nokia Blog:
Rumor: No Nokia N93/N93i Successor Up To 2010
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
Windows Small/Essential Business Server previewed and priced
Discussion: eWeek, BetaNews and Bink.nu
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Nintendo Launches WiiWare for Game Downloads
Discussion: paidContent.org and Reuters
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
comScore: Yahoo! Buzz Overtakes Digg in April
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Where 2.0 Keynotes: EveryBlock, Nokia, FortiusOne
Discussion: Gadget Lab and PC World
Esme Vos / MuniWireless:
EarthLink notifies Philly subscribers of network shutdown
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PC World:
Today 1.1  —  Dan Frakes, Macworld.com  —  Love or hate …
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Internet Explorer and del.icio.us
Glenn Fleishman / PC World:
Roaming in Flight with iPass
Karl / DSLreports:
Charter Starts Selling Your Browsing History …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wetpaint Emerging As A Leading Social Publishing Platform
Discussion: The Social
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Law & Order Boss Dick Wolf: We'll Go Online When I Get Paid
Discussion: nbcumv.com and HipMojo.com
 

 
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The NBA declines WBD's effort to join the set of rights packages built for Amazon, Disney, and NBCUniversal, saying WBD's proposal did not match Amazon's offer

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
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