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12:50 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 …
Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Orange to offer 3G iPhone in Africa, Mid East, and Europe  —  Orange, the exclusive provider of iPhones in France, announced Friday a new deal with Apple that will see it expand distribution and service of the device to additional European countries, the Middle East, and parts of Africa.
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Vodafone:
Vodafone Announces the Acquisition of ZYB  —  Vodafone* today announces that it has agreed to acquire 100% of ZYB, a privately-owned company based in Denmark which operates a social networking and online management tool enabling mobile phone users to back-up and share their handsets' contact and calendar information online.
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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
Wade Roush / Xconomy:
Bender Creates Sugar Labs—New Foundation to Adapt OLPC's Laptop Interface for Other Machines  —  Wade Roush wrote:  —  Walter Bender, the former president of software and content for the One Laptop Per Child Foundation, contacted Xconomy this morning to alert us to the creation of Sugar Labs …
Discussion: Engadget
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Joins Effort for Laptops for Children
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft, OLPC officially team up
Discussion: TechSpot and 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 …
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?
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?
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
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Yahoo and WPP in Partnership  —  YAHOO plans to announce Friday that it has formed a partnership with the WPP Group, the advertising holding company, that will give WPP's clients a broader swath of Web sites where they can aim their messages.  —  Under the deal, the thousands of Web publishers …
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 …
 
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Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Teen alleging rape turns to YouTube
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
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Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Apple wins two black pencils at D&AD design awards
Discussion: MacUser and The Mac Observer
Danny McPherson / Security to the Core:
NSA.gov Hosed?  —  Someone nudged me a little while ago and asked …
Discussion: The Register and InfoWorld
Fiona Morrow / Globe and Mail:
Death spurs headphone debate
Discussion: Gizmodo, Switched and TechRadar.com
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
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Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
Taking your laptop into the US? Be sure to hide all your data first
Discussion: TechRadar.com and Slashdot