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3:40 PM ET, May 16, 2008

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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 …
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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 …
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”.
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.
Associated Press:
France's Orange signs new iPhone deal with Apple  —  France's Orange to sell iPhone in Middle East, Africa and other European countries  —  PARIS (AP) — French wireless operator Orange said Friday it has signed a deal with Apple Inc. to sell its iPhone in the Middle East, Africa and several European countries.
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Jim Goldman / Tech Check with Jim Goldman:
Thunder To Battle iPhone?!  Well, Maybe Some Day Just Not Now  —  The rumor mill once again is churning big time in the battle between BlackBerry and iPhone, Research in Motion  —  And now comes word of the Thunder.  —  Speculation is rampant all over the web that RIM is readying the touch screen Thunder for release in the Fall.
Discussion: eWeek and VoIP & Gadgets Blog
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Wojtek Dabrowski / eWeek:   RIM to Launch Touch-Screen BlackBerry in Q3
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 …
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Jonathan Fildes / BBC:
‘$100 laptop’ platform moves on  —  An independent effort to develop the software originally designed for the $100 laptop has been launched.  —  Sugar Labs will take the laptop's innovative interface, known as Sugar, to the “next level of usability and utility”, according to its founders.
Discussion: dailywireless.org
John Morris / The Core Truth:
Fight card: AMD Radeon 4800 vs. Nvidia GTX 200  —  The high-end graphics card market isn't the straightforward, mano-a-mano battle it used to be.  Graphics cards with dual GPUs, systems with multiple cards in CrossFire or SLI implementations, and most recently hybrid graphics have all muddied the picture.
Discussion: GigaOM, I4U News and Digg
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Fuad Abazovic / Fudzilla:
Geforce GTX 280 to launch on June 18th
Discussion: TG Daily
John Skidgel / Google App Engine Blog:
App Engine Launcher for Mac OS X  —  While I was writing scenario applications to test Google App Engine, I had the following idea: If BBEdit, Dreamweaver, CSSEdit, and TextMate were at a party, what kind of application would be welcomed to help with App Engine development?
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Official Google Mac Blog:   App Engine Launcher for Mac OS X
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
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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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 …
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?
Ecamm Network News:
PhoneView v2.0 Released  —  Ecamm Network today announced the release of PhoneView v2.0.  —  PhoneView (formerly MegaPhone) is a Mac application which gives iPhone and iPod Touch users easy access to iTunes media, photos, notes, contacts, SMS and call history data stored on the device.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Time Warner Chairman likely to step down  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Time Warner Inc Chairman Richard Parsons said he is likely to step down in the next year, clearing the path for Chief Executive Jeffrey Bewkes to assume the role.  —  During opening remarks at the media company's annual shareholders meeting …
Monica Chen / DigiTimes:
Asustek to add more features to Atom-based 8.9-inch Eee PC  —  Asustek Computer will launch its Atom-based 8.9-inch Eee PC 901 in June and the company is planning to add more features to it in order to clearly separate it from its competitors, according to market channel sources.
 
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