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4:55 PM ET, May 13, 2008

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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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HBO programming now available on iTunes
Diane Garrett / Variety:
Apple OKs variable pricing for HBO
Discussion: CinemaTech
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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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo shareholder bows out of launching proxy fight, Icahn to step in?
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 …
Discussion: InformationWeek and mocoNews.net
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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: 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
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
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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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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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 and Associated Press
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InfoWorld:
After attacks, Microsoft fixes Jet database flaw
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-028 - Critical
Discussion: Zero Day
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 …
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Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Finally, a Sign of Online Ad Weakness?
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and WebProNews
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
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Deborah Yao / Associated Press:
EarthLink to pull the plug on Wi-Fi in Philadelphia
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mozilla Stealth Data Project Could Be Just What The Internet Needs  —  One of the most frustrating tasks about my job is finding reliable traffic and other usage data about websites.  —  But today, Mozilla CEO John Lilly and VP Engineering Mike Schroepfer said they may fix that problem in the future …
Discussion: DSLreports
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:
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 …
Justin Scheck / Wall Street Journal:
Dell Tries to Revive Its Game PCs  —  Company to Drop Some Niche Models In Bet on Alienware  —  Dell Inc. is taking a surprising step to reinvigorate its business in specialty gaming personal computers: abandoning several of its most popular models to focus on what it sees as its premium line.
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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