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3:16 AM ET, May 14, 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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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 …
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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Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:   Craigslist countersues eBay, saying it broke antitrust laws
Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
Craigslist Files Countersuit Against eBay
Discussion: New York Times and Techdirt
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
Google Maps Adds Real Estate Search  —  As a Google employee recently said, “Google Maps is evolving from a driving directions and business search tool, to a comprehensive representation of all the world's information, on a map.”  That's why Google Maps started to integrate different layers …
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Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google opens geographic search interface
Discussion: Google Maps Mania
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 …
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
Discussion: CNET News.com
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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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.
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Why Apple Won't Buy Adobe  —  This one's pretty simple.  —  First, Steve Jobs wants Apple to feel like a small, focused company.  They're not a small company, of course — Apple's most recent quarterly filing states they have 21,600 employees — but that's what Jobs wants it to feel like.
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?
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.
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: broadstuff and Searchviews
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Schwieb:
Mac Office 2008 SP1  —  It's finally here!  The MacBU has just released Service Pack 1 for Mac Office 2008.  You can download the update directly from the Mactopia website (it's large — about 180 MB), or launch your favorite Office app and select Help/Check for Updates.
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Official Gmail Blog:
A need for speed: the path to a faster loading sequence  —  Posted by Wiltse Carpenter, Tech Lead, Gmail Performance  —  Great performance has always been an obsession at Google and it's something that we think about and work on everyday.  We want Gmail to be really fast, and we keep working on ways to make it faster.
Discussion: Web Analytics World
Red Hat:
Fedora 9 Delivers Cutting-Edge Features and Enhancements to Community  —  Latest version is the first Linux distribution to integrate KDE 4 and a non-destructive live USB  —  The Fedora Project, a Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration …
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Kaiser Kuo / Ogilvy China Digital Watch:
The Sichuan Quake and the Hubris of Twitter Users  —  At 2:28 yesterday afternoon, I had stopped off at home in Beijing's Central Business District after lunch and was writing an email to a VC friend of mine when I suddenly felt dizzy.  For the first few seconds, I thought it was all in my head …
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 …
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
 
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