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11:15 AM ET, July 21, 2008

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Business Wire:
Yahoo! Announces Settlement with Carl Icahn  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - News), a leading global Internet company, announced today that it has reached an agreement with Carl Icahn to settle their pending proxy contest related to the Company's 2008 annual meeting of stockholders.
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Reuters:
Yahoo activist calls for board battle compromise  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A dissident shareholder will on Monday call on Yahoo Inc to compromise and accept a mixed board of directors drawn from among company nominees and a rival slate backed by Carl Icahn.
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo Adds Icahn to Board, Avoiding a Showdown  —  Yahoo, the Internet portal, has averted a bruising proxy contest with the billionaire investor, Carl C. Icahn, by agreeing to appoint him and two others to its board, which the company will expand from 9 to 11.
Wall Street Journal:
Yahoo, Icahn Settle Proxy Battle In Wake of Rejected Microsoft Offer  —  Yahoo Inc. said Monday it reached agreement to settle a proxy battle with activist shareholder Carl Icahn, whereby it will expand its board by two members and appoint Mr. Icahn to the board.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Yahoo, Icahn settle proxy fight: Assessing winners and losers  —  Updated below: Yahoo and billionaire investor Carl Icahn have settled their looming proxy war.  —  According to a statement Monday, Yahoo's board of directors will be expanded to 11 members and one of those seats will go to Icahn.
Discussion: Forbes
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Friendfeedization Of Facebook  —  As Facebook continues to roll out the full version of its new user profiles, it's becoming clear that their primary goal isn't, as they said in May, to simply create a cleaner user experience and allow developers to have more meaningful engagement points with users.
Discussion: Widgets Lab and CrunchGear
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:   Facebook Redesign Launches - Tour & First Impressions of New Home Page
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:   Facebook Facelift: All In All, Lots More Stuff On The Wall
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Facebook gets a facelift to help users share
Discussion: Valleywag
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Smaller PCs Cause Worry for Industry  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The personal computer industry is poised to sell tens of millions of small, energy-efficient Internet-centric devices.  Curiously, some of the biggest companies in the business consider this bad news.
New York Post:
APPLE-A-DAY TALK  —  INVESTORS AWAIT EARNINGS & JOBS' HEALTH REPORT  —  Industry concerns about Steve Jobs' health have not gone away more than a month after the Apple CEO appeared dramatically thinner at the firm's annual developers' conference, fighting what insiders at the time were calling a “bug.”
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Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:   Steve Jobs' Health Worries Won't Go Away.  Time For A Succession Plan (AAPL)
Leander Kahney / Cult of Mac:
To Prevent Upskirts, Japanese iPhone 3G Always Alerts When Taking Photos  —  An upskirt warning poster in a subway station outside Tokyo.  Photo by Jeff Epp.  —  The iPhone 3G in Japan has a special feature unique to that country: The camera always makes a conspicuous “shutter” …
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Panasonic improves sensor for LX3 enthusiast compact camera  —  One of the main complaints with the Lumix DMC-LX2, Panasonic's enthusiast pocket camera, was the high noise level of its 10-megapixel sensor.  So we're heartened that for its replacement, the LX3, Panasonic decided to stick …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Panasonic Lumix Camera Summer Sequels: FZ28 18x Zoomer, 14.7 …
Discussion: Crave and Gearlog
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Universal: “Fair use” is still infringing  —  Stephanie Lenz's YouTube video of her tot dancing to an old Prince song was pulled down at the request of Universal last year after the music label said that the clip infringed on its copyright.  Not content with simply having Universal retract its claim …
Discussion: Techdirt, Paul McNamara's blog and Digg
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Amazon's S3 Storage Outage Busts Web Sites, Crashes iPhone Apps  —  Neat trick: Amazon just made one of my iPhone apps crash — Twinkle, the Twitter app by Tapulous.  Not on purpose, of course.  But still, a reminder to companies that relying on third-party “cloud” hosting services …
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
News Flash From the Cover of Esquire: Paper Magazines Can Be High Tech, Too  —  On the third floor of the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown Manhattan rests a tribute to Esquire's glory years — a collection of 92 covers from the 1960s and early 1970s that have become, in the museum's words …
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Nokia vs Apple in The Internet Mobile Device Market  —  We've been as excited as everyone else about the iPhone 3G.  But it's easy to forget that the iphone is just a tiny player in the mobile phone market.  Even if it hits Steve Jobs' target of 10 million iphone sales by end of 2008 …
BBC:
Oyster card hack to be published  —  Details of how to copy the Oyster cards used on London's transport network can be published, a Dutch judge has ruled.  —  The ruling overturns an injunction to suppress the information won by NXP - makers of the travel smartcards used in London and many other cities.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Technovia
 
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