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1:40 AM ET, June 5, 2008

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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Icahn to Yahoo: Nix the poison pill, now  —  Editor's note: Updated on June 4, Wednesday, at 3:06 p.m. PDT with comments from Carl Icahn during an interview on CNBC.  —  Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who is waging a proxy fight with Yahoo, sent a letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock on Wednesday.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
BoomTown Decodes Carl Icahn's Latest Letter to Yahoo (The Crazy Eddie Edition)  —  Break out the sedatives, because Carl Icahn is getting mighty tetchy with Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang and the board of directors of the troubled Internet company!  —  In yet another letter to Yahoo Chairman Roy Bostock …
Lee Brodie / CNBC:
First On Fast: Icahn Answers Yahoo!
Discussion: Bits and Brier Dudley's blog
Jacqui Cheng / Infinite Loop:
Mac OS X 10.6 code named Snow Leopard, may be pure Cocoa  —  The next version of Mac OS X is code-named “Snow Leopard,” and will indeed be Intel-only, we have learned.  This info is hot on the heels of TUAW's original scoop about Mac OS X 10.6 being readied for shipment as soon as Macworld 2009 and being Intel-only.
Preston Gralla / PC World:
How to Get and Keep Windows XP After June 30  —  Microsoft may be sunsetting XP, but you'll still be able to buy it on some new systems—and support isn't going away for several years.  —  Windows XP is dead ... long live Windows XP.  You may have heard that as of June 30 …
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Gregg Keizer / Computerworld:
Microsoft denies it's running call-in ‘save XP’ petition
Michael Mewhinney / Google:
NASA and Google Announce Lease at Ames Research Center  —  Mountain View, Calif. (June 4, 2008) - NASA and Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced plans to develop a new high-technology campus at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.  —  Under the terms of the 40-year agreement …
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Miguel Helft / Bits:
Google Plans Major Expansion In Its Backyard
Cade Metz / The Register:
Boffins prove the existence of jet-setters  —  You can believe them.  They secretly tracked 100,000 cell phone users  —  According to researchers at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, most people rarely venture more than a few miles from home.  And these researchers know what they're talking about.
Discussion: Nature and InformationWeek
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Associated Press:
Cell phone users secretly tracked in study
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
What Newspapers Still Don't Understand About The Web  —  Why is Google making more money everyday while newspapers are making less?  I'm going to pick on The Washington Post again only because it's my local paper and this is a local example.  —  There were severe storms in the Washington area today …
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Mozilla:
Firefox 3 (Release Candidate 2) Release Notes  —  This second Firefox 3 Release Candidate is a preview release of Mozilla's next generation Firefox browser and is being made available for testing purposes only.  —  Preview releases are published to collect feedback from Web developers …
McAfee:
McAfee, Inc. Names Most Dangerous Domains to Surf and Search on the Web  —  New McAfee Research Names Hong Kong as Most Dangerous Country Domain; Finland is Safest  —  Hong Kong (.hk) domain has jumped 28 places as the most dangerous place to surf and search on the web according to a new McAfee Inc. …
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Is the Best Browser For Web — For Now  —  If you buy a new Windows Vista PC, it comes with a decent built-in Web browser, Internet Explorer 7.  If you buy a new Macintosh computer, it comes with a decent built-in Web browser, Safari 3.0.  So why would you want or need a different Web browser?
Discussion: Spread Firefox
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Introducing A New TechCrunch Video Project: Elevator Pitches  —  We get a ton of pitches at TechCrunch every single day.  It is a deluge we can hardly keep up with.  Some are amusing, some are horrible, and a select few rise to the level of deserving a post.  The large majority, though, never see the light of day.
Iain Thomson / vnunet:
Acer bets big on Linux  —  Vendor shifts towards open source ‘because of Microsoft’ … Acer has stated that it will be pushing Linux aggressively on its laptops and netbooks.  —  The company is already heavily promoting Linux for its low cost ultra-portable netbook range out later this year …
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Improved Uptime Is Top Priority  —  Twitter is working on adding the ability for users to separate their contacts into groups, support for sending and receiving messages by e-mail, and adding new instant-message and Internet channels for the service …
Discussion: The Last Podcast
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
Slide Opens Sales Office in New York, Seeks to Justify Huge Valuation  —  Slide is a peculiar Web 2.0 company.  Perhaps the most interesting thing about it is founder Max Levchin, who co-founded PayPal and has been profiled as a workaholic by the New York Times.
Discussion: BoomTown
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Verismo Box Plugs Web into Your TV  —  Verismo Networks on Tuesday previewed “the PoD,” a tiny box that brings web content to your TV monitor without needing a PC in between, at the Under the Radar conference in Mountain View, Calif. I'd never heard of the company before sitting down for the session …
 
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Disney Merging WDIG Group With Games Unit; Forming Disney Interactive Media Group
Discussion: BoomTown
kottke.org:
TBS and their annoying interstitial commericials
Kerri Smith / Nature:
Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race
Discussion: loose wire blog, GMSV and Engadget
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
In-game advertising will ruin the video game industry
Discussion: Kotaku and RyanSpoon.com
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Text to Save Lives: Mobile Giving Takes Off
Discussion: diversity.net.nz
HongHai Shen / The Official Google Blog:
Does your password pass the test?
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp plans splashy debut in location-aware mobile market
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix
InfoWorld:
Jimmy Wales unimpressed with Powerset's Wikipedia search
Discussion: Valleywag
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Gentlemen, Start Your SSD Storage Engines
Brier Dudley / Brier Dudley's blog:
Craig of Craigslist talks about spam, online threats and feuding pet lovers
Discussion: Valleywag
Min Lee / Associated Press:
Jackie Chan, Segway dealer, says co. fears piracy
David Faber / CNBC:
Verizon in Talks to Buy Alltel for $27 Billion
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC1 to be shown live on internet
Discussion: Podcasting News and broadstuff
PR Newswire:
AT&T Reports 3G Wireless Download Speeds of Up to 1.7 Mbps …