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12:30 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.
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
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.
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
TechCrunch Launching “Elevator Pitches” Today
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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. …
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Yelp plans splashy debut in location-aware mobile market  —  Business reviews site Yelp will be focusing quite a bit on mobile features in the near future, including an upcoming location-aware iPhone app on the way, company representatives told CNET News.com Wednesday.
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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
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 …
Michael Geist Blog:
Prentice's Staff Scrubbing Copyright Controversy From Wikipedia Entry  —  While Industry Minister Jim Prentice has sought to project an air of unflappability around the outcry over the Canadian DMCA, it would appear that behind the scenes his staff is working overtime to eliminate any negative comments on Wikipedia.
David Faber / CNBC:
Verizon in Talks to Buy Alltel for $27 Billion  —  Verizon is deep in talks to acquire Alltel, the nation's fifth largest wireless carrier, for roughly $27 billion, people close to the talks have told CNBC.  —  Alltel was only recently taken private by TPG and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners in a $27.5 billion deal.
PR Newswire:
AT&T Reports 3G Wireless Download Speeds of Up to 1.7 Mbps for LaptopConnect Customers - a 20+ Percent Increase  —  Higher 3G Network Speeds Benefit Growing Number of Workers and Consumers  —  Who Want On-the-Go Internet Connectivity  —  How do you make a blazing-fast 3G (third-generation) mobile broadband network even better?
Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Experience Blog:
Windows Search 4.0 Released to Web  —  Not necessarily a “Windows Experience” (although it does improve the Windows Experience) - I'm making this post on behalf of the Windows Search Team.  Oh and I am really excited for this release.  —  Today we released the final version of Windows Search 4.0 to Microsoft Download Center.
 
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Kerri Smith / Nature:
Mobile phones demystify commuter rat race
Discussion: loose wire blog, Engadget and GMSV
Walter S. Mossberg / Personal Technology:
Mozilla Firefox 3.0 Is the Best Browser For Web — For Now
Discussion: Spread Firefox
Don Reisinger / The Digital Home:
In-game advertising will ruin the video game industry
Discussion: Kotaku and RyanSpoon.com
HongHai Shen / The Official Google Blog:
Does your password pass the test?
Business Wire:
Yahoo! President Sue Decker Outlines Vision for Online Advertising …
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Hands on with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix
Mitch Wagner / InformationWeek:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey: Improved Uptime Is Top Priority
Discussion: The Last Podcast
 Earlier Items: 
InfoWorld:
Jimmy Wales unimpressed with Powerset's Wikipedia search
Discussion: Valleywag
Fred / A VC:
Hyperlocal Has To Be Peer Produced
Discussion: Texas Startup Blog
Chris Preimesberger / eWeek:
Gentlemen, Start Your SSD Storage Engines
Discussion: Crave, DailyTech and TechSpot
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
Discussion: Engadget
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC1 to be shown live on internet
Discussion: Podcasting News and broadstuff
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Verismo Box Plugs Web into Your TV
Russell Adams / Wall Street Journal:
Big Daily's ‘Hyperlocal’ Flop