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12:10 PM ET, May 16, 2008

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Data Portability: It's The New Walled Garden  —  The scuffle today between Facebook and Google has very little to do with user privacy and everything to do with user control.  A huge battle is underway between Google, MySpace and Facebook around control of user profiles and, therefore, users themselves.
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Facebook has a point where it comes to your privacy  —  My ex-boss, John Furrier, goes after Facebook after Facebook blocked Google's Friend Connect from using its API to inport friends from Facebook into Google's Friend Connect.  —  I saw Dave Morin, who runs Facebook's developer platform, at Google's event Monday night.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Jerry Yang prepares troops for proxy battle  —  Editors note: This post was updated Friday, May 16, at 5:50 a.m. to include a letter sent to Yahoo executives concerning the proxy fight.  —  With billionaire investor Carl Icahn launching a proxy fight Thursday to unseat Yahoo's board of directors …
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Jerry To Yahoos: Please Keep Working!  Jerry To Bosses: Here's What To Say (YHOO)  —  Carl Icahn's moves prompted a flurry of paperwork at Sunnyvale yesterday: First Roy Bostock responded to Carl, then Jerry Yang sent out two memos — one to all the proles, and one just for “SVPs and above”.
Discussion: Valleywag
Business Wire:
Yahoo! Responds to Carl Icahn's Intention to Nominate Candidates for Election to Yahoo!'s Board of Directors  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, today sent the following letter in response to Carl Icahn's announcement regarding …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Joins Effort for Laptops for Children  —  After a years-long dispute, Microsoft and the computing and education project One Laptop Per Child said Thursday that they had reached an agreement to offer Windows on the organization's computers.  —  Microsoft long resisted joining …
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Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Bender Creates Sugar Labs …
Discussion: Engadget
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Poor Children Of The World No Longer Will Have To Struggle With Linux
Discussion: Webreakstuff
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft, OLPC officially team up
Discussion: TechSpot and Electronista
Steve Hamm / Business Week:
Microsoft Joins One Laptop per Child
Discussion: 901am
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
MacBook upgrade set for Q3  —  Apple is moving toward the release of a redesigned MacBook, a new report emanating from the company's Asian Mac manufacturers claims.  —  AU Optronics Corp. and Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. have been signed-up to produce flat-panel screens for the new MacBook models …
Discussion: Electronista
New York Post:
YAHOO! SEEKING OPEN ALLIANCE WITH GOOGLE  —  Yahoo! executives are scrambling to finalize a search-advertising pact with Google in the face of a fresh challenge to its independence from billionaire investor Carl Icahn, The Post has learned.  —  According to two sources close to the situation …
Shadowmite.com Blog:
Treo 800 Prototype picture  —  Someone stopped into our chat room today with this to show us:  —  Its a CDMA WM Treo 800, but according to our source in the Ukraine it is also known as the Palm Zeppelin.  More details will follow, as we are unsure of the pixel count on the screen as well as several other important details.
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Chris Davies / PHONE Magazine:
Palm Treo 800w CDMA live pic shows up
Discussion: Gadgetell and IntoMobile
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google's Laser Logo  —  This is one of the weirder and more interesting logos to show on the Google homepage: in disco neon colors, Google today celebrates the anniversary of the first laser.  Wikipedia explains (footnotes removes, my emphasis):  —  A laser is an electronic-optical device that emits coherent light radiation.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Experts Say MySpace Suicide Indictment Sets ‘Scary’ Legal Precedent  —  In their eagerness to visit justice on a 49-year-old woman involved in the Megan Meier MySpace suicide tragedy, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles are resorting to a novel and dangerous interpretation …
Ben Kuchera / Ars Technica:
Nintendo Wii outsells 360, PS3, PS2, PSP combined in April  —  The NPD console sales numbers have been released for April, stuffed with fascinating content.  How did the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Grand Theft Auto stack up against each other?  Did Mario Kart Wii sell as many copies as expected?
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
France Telecom to carry Apple's iPhone to Africa and beyond  —  Napoleon would be proud.  —  France Telecom's wireless subsidiary Orange laid out expansion plans on Friday that will extend its iPhone market beyond France's borders and into Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean.
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Reuters:
Orange to sell iPhone in Europe, Mid East, Africa
Matthew Broersma / CNET News.com:
Mono offers open-source spin on Silverlight  —  The Novell-led Mono project this week made the first, though incomplete, public release of Moonlight, an open-source implementation of Microsoft's Silverlight, a browser plug-in that competes with products such as Adobe Flash, Adobe Flex, Adobe Shockwave, JavaFX, and Apple QuickTime.
Discussion: Raph's Website and Linux.com
Umair Haque:
Facebook and The Future of Competition  —  Last week, I discussed Facebook's relentless evil, how that was a profound strategic error, and why the costs of evil are starting to outweigh the benefits - for everyone, not just Facebook.  —  Now, that's a pretty unorthodox argument, and I took a lot of heat for it: what is evil, anyways?
Fiona Morrow / Globe and Mail:
Death spurs headphone debate  —  VANCOUVER — The death of a pedestrian in Cranbrook, B.C., on Tuesday has raised the question of how loud is too loud when it comes to listening to iPods and other personal music players.  —  Isaiah Otieno, a 23-year-old student, was killed when he was struck …
Discussion: Switched, Gizmodo and TechRadar.com
 
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Danny McPherson / Security to the Core:
NSA.gov Hosed?  —  Someone nudged me a little while ago and asked …
Discussion: The Register and InfoWorld
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Yahoo and WPP in Partnership
Discussion: MarketingVOX and 24/7 Wall St.
Brian Garrity / New York Post:
SONY BMG SET FOR FURTHER SOUR NOTES
IAB:
Internet Advertising Revenues Top $21 Billion in '07, Reaching Record High
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Why CBS Bought CNET, And Not The Other Way Around
Anthony James / Yanko Design:
Treo meets iPhone
Discussion: textually.org and Ubergizmo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Danish Mobile Social Network ZYB Acquired By Vodafone For €31.5 million
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Flash P2P: Now That's Disruptive
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Joel Johnson / Boing Boing Gadgets:
From Atari Joyboard to Wii Fit: 25 years of “exergaming”
Smashing Magazine:
More (Really) Stunning Desktop Wallpapers
Ryan Spoon:
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft cuts backup from Windows Home Server PowerPack
Discussion: crn.com and One Microsoft Way
Eliot Van Buskirk / Listening Post:
Music Industry Gurus' Five Point Plan to Save their Business
Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
Taking your laptop into the US? Be sure to hide all your data first
Discussion: TechRadar.com and Slashdot