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4:30 PM 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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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.
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.
Paul R. La Monica / CNNMoney.com:
‘Microhoo’ saga isn't over yet
Discussion: paidContent.org
John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Lose-lose: Icahn drops proxy fight, Yahoo puts him on board
Saul Hansell / Bits:
A Truce for Yahoo, but the War May Not Be Over
Discussion: Tech Confidential and TechSpot
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)  —  Concerns about Steve Jobs' health aren't going away.  Today's NY Post quotes a “Wall Street source” who says hedge fund managers are still freaked out after seeing Jobs' rail-thin appearance at the iPhone launch event last month.
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.
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Analysis: Facebook's redesign aimed at Silicon Valley, not everywhere else
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Like Its Users, The New Facebook Is All Grown Up
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.
PC Magazine / eWeek:
Microsoft Windows Home Server Update Arrives  —  Microsoft Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 is available for download and will start automatic rollouts by early August.  The Microsoft Windows Home Server update includes support for home PCs running 64-bit Windows Vista and enhanced remote access.
Discussion: One Microsoft Way
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Qblogger / Windows Home Server Team Blog:
Power Pack 1 - come and get it!  —  The team is pleased to announce that Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 has been released to manufacturing (RTM) and is now available on the Microsoft Download Center!  —  The English version is available now and German, Spanish and French versions will be available on the Download Center soon.
Journalism.org:
THE CHANGING NEWSROOM  —  Meet the American daily newspaper of 2008.  —  It has fewer pages than three years ago, the paper stock is thinner, and the stories are shorter.  There is less foreign and national news, less space devoted to science, the arts, features and a range of specialized subjects.
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” …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Is iPhone The New Gaming Platform?  —  Last July, at the time of the launch of the new iPhone, we asked the question, where are the iPhone games?  Looks like we have an answer: they are coming, and in a big way.  Of course, you can already buy Tetris and grab Tap Tap Revenge, the No. 1 free app …
MacNN:
Apple sells out of iPhones in all but 3 locations  —  In less than 10 days since its problem-plagued launch, Apple has sold out of stock of iPhones in all of its stores except three, including every state except New York, California, and New Hampshire.  Apple notes that on Monday none …
Discussion: Apple Gazette
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:
Are Web 2.0 startups wasting their time with Web 2.0 early adopters?  —  Cookie cutter go-to-market strategies  —  I run into a lot of startups that have identical strategies for getting to market.  When you talk to them, a lot of them will talk about the same questions:  — When are you launching?
Discussion: WinExtra
Raanan Bar-Cohen / WordPress for iPhone:
Getting Close  —  Just a quick update that we've successfully uploaded the app to the iTunes Store, and the status message “In Review” indicates that the Apple team is conducting their testing procedures.  We have not been provided with an ETA - so it could get approved at any time.
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Twitter took off from simple to ‘tweet’ success  —  SAN FRANCISCO — “What are you doing?”  —  That question is the rocket fuel for Twitter — a hot social-network service that lets you tell people what you are up to at any given moment of the day — via cellphone, instant messenger, or the Web.
 
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Jesus Diaz / Gizmodo:
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Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
Sony's amazing crapware-free PC
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
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InfoWorld:
SAP will shut TomorrowNow at the end of October
Discussion: Computerworld
Albert Wenger / Union Square Ventures:
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Hank Williams / Why does everything suck?:
S3 Failure Raises Questions About Cloud Design
Dieter Bohn / WMExperts:
BlackJack III: Sneaky Pre-Release Hands-On, Coming in October
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Roundtable:
Google Continues to Test Green Top Bar
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Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
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Giles Turnbull / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Hacking with no technology  —  NEW YORK — The typical image …
Lori Grunin / Crave: The gadget blog:
Panasonic improves sensor for LX3 enthusiast compact camera
Discussion: Gizmodo and Electronista
Tim Arango / New York Times:
News Flash From the Cover of Esquire: Paper Magazines Can Be High Tech, Too
Discussion: DailyTech and Geek.com
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Universal: “Fair use” is still infringing