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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Letter to Yahoo!  —  BoomTown's most favorite part of the Yahoo takeover circus?  —  The dueling letters, of course!  How the lovely practice of missives has fallen out of favor, as soulless emails have grown in use.  —  Well, not in the land of hostile takeovers!
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Gordon Crawford To Carl Icahn: You're Not So Clueless, After All
Discussion: Digital Daily, Valleywag and MediaFile
Charlie Cheever / Facebook Developers:
Thoughts on Privacy  —  As developers, you're probably curious about the recent initiatives we and other companies in the industry have taken to help you build applications that let users take their information around the web.  We wanted to give you a little more information on how we're thinking …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Social Network Wars Begin In Earnest: Facebook Bans Google Friend Connect  —  Update: More details here.  —  Facebook is all about openness and data portability, as long as that doesn't involve openness or portability of data, it seems.  —  Today they wrote a long 7 paragraph blog post …
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Facebook cuts off Google's Friend Connect
Discussion: SmoothSpan Blog
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Is Joining Low-Cost Laptop Project  —  After years of conflict, Microsoft and the computing and education project One Laptop Per Child, have reached an agreement that will put Windows on the organization's computers.  —  Microsoft long resisted joining the ambitious project …
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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:   Microsoft, OLPC officially team up
Jonathan Fildes / BBC:   ‘$100 laptop’ embraces Windows XP
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
It's finally official: XP is coming to the XO
Discussion: Ars Technica
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Study: Cox, Comcast Internet subscribers blocked  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Cox Communications appears to be interfering with file-sharing by its Internet subscribers in the same manner that has landed Comcast Corp. in hot water with regulators, according to research obtained by The Associated Press.
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Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Comcast Lied to FCC, Blocks BitTorrent Traffic 24/7  —  BitTorrent throttling is not a new phenomenon, but it is getting more attention lately, because the number of people who use BitTorrent keeps growing.  Up until today however, there has been no reliable data that revealed the scope of it.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
At Structure 08, Get the Cloud Computing Lowdown — We are inching close to Structure 08 and are trying hard to round out the speaker list and the agenda.  Our friends at Techcrunch wrote nice things about the upcoming conference on their blog today.  I have been spending a lot of time researching …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Get the Lowdown on Cloud Computing at GigaOM's Structure 08
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Are social networks dragging down CPMs?  —  My pal Mark Dempster over at Sequoia sent me a study on CPM's dropping.  —  The key finding here, in my mind, is what I've said all along: social networks are great for traffic but horrible for advertising.  Social networking sites are probably …
Discussion: Simon's Blog
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
The Promise and Peril of Ubiquitous Community
Yahoo! Search Blog:
The Monkey is Out and the Challenge is On  —  It's been three weeks since we began the limited preview of Yahoo! Search's new open developer platform, SearchMonkey.  Today, we're officially opening up the doors to all developers — professionals and hobbyists — to begin building applications …
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Anthony Ha / VentureBeat:
Yahoo: I have seen the future of search, and it's ... a monkey?
Discussion: Valleywag, Computerworld and eWeek
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon Kindle a $750 Million iPod-Like Business By 2010 (AMZN)  —  The Kindle could contribute 3% of Amazon's overall revenue in two years, argues Citi analyst Mark Mahaney, who has a born-again relationship with the device.  Combining device and book sales in an iPod/iTunes-like model …
Bruce Schneier / Guardian:
Taking your laptop into the US?  Be sure to hide all your data first  —  Last month a US court ruled that border agents can search your laptop, or any other electronic device, when you're entering the country.  They can take your computer and download its entire contents, or keep it for several days.
Max Freiert / Compete Blog:
Twitter Traffic Explosion: Who's behind it all?  —  Twitter has made headlines for some amazingly powerful stuff lately; breaking the news of recent China's earthquake; partnering with MySpace for it's “data availability” project; even helping a student get out of jail!
Discussion: VentureBeat
Jeff Chin / Official Google Blog:
Google Translate adds 10 new languages...  ...and that's great news any way you say it.  Language is one of the biggest challenges we have in making information universally accessible.  As part of the machine translation team within Google Research, I'm happy to report we've been hard at work to overcome this challenge.
Wall Street Journal:
RIM Plans to Answer iPhone With Touchscreen BlackBerry  —  Research In Motion Ltd. plans to introduce a touch-screen version of its BlackBerry device in the third quarter, answering the challenge posed by the runaway popularity of the iPhone made by Apple Inc.
Guardian:
How Apple is changing DRM  —  As more stores and record labels abandon digital rights management, Apple may have an alternative plan for subscription services, writes Tim Anderson  —  When Apple approached record companies about selling their music digitally five years ago, they …
Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
Facebook vs. CollegeHumor beer pong canceled  —  The smack-talk inspiring contest of beer pong — known as beiruit in some quarters — scheduled between Facebook and IAC subsidiary CollegeHumor is off.  Why?  Because Facebook's PR and legal departments said so, CollegeHumor cofounder Ricky Van Veen told our tipster:
 
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft cuts backup from Windows Home Server PowerPack
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Debian and Ubuntu users: fix your keys/certificates NOW
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Music Industry Gurus' Five-Point Plan to Save their Business
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Alleged MySpace ‘cyber-bully’ indicted in teen's suicide
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Want to Download? Take the Quiz
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Guitar Tutorials Rocket Up iTunes Podcast Charts
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Safari Carpet Bomb
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Microsoft releases Virtual PC 2007 SP1 (Updated)
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Why Gen Y Is Going to Change the Web
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Andersen gets highest-ever attorney fees award against RIAA