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7:25 PM ET, April 25, 2008


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Ryan Block / Engadget:
The second-gen iPhone: 3G, GPS, only slightly thicker  —  So we've got it on authority that the second-gen iPhone is already well into testing, and numerous units are floating around in super secret pockets.  A trusted source got a chance to check one out, here's what we've heard.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A Hostile Bid Could Be Over Fast  —  Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell promised Thursday that the software giant will provide an update on its bid for struggling portal Yahoo! next week.  —  Translation: Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
Discussion: Epicenter and Beyond Binary
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Yang's power play  —  There may be more than money to consider in the Microsoft-Yahoo standoff.  —  Microsoft (MSFT) has given Yahoo a deadline of Saturday to accept its buyout offer (or, presumably, at least at start serious talks) or risk triggering a hostile takeover battle.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
A post-redesign AOL hits new Web site traffic records  —  AOL announced on Friday that it posted double-digit growth in March, posting new traffic records for the former high-flying Internet darling.  —  Page views on AOL's programming sites jumped 35 percent in March, compared to a year ago …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Spin patrol: Curious timing on AOL's 'we're growing like gangbusters' announcement  —  AOL on Friday touted its traffic gains in March as reported by Comscore, but it is a curious announcement given that the company is a pawn in the Yahoo-Microsoft scrum and Time Warner earnings are due next week.
Discussion: AOL Press Releases
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Is AOL heading for a comeback?
Discussion: Contentinople
Andrew Chang / Official Google Docs Blog:
View your presentations and spreadsheets offline, too  —  Our initial offline rollout is complete.  Done.  Finito.  You should now see an “Offline” link in the upper right hand corner of Google Docs.  —  When we first announced offline access several weeks ago, it was limited to viewing and editing word processing documents.
Discussion: CNET and Googlified
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google Docs Updates: CSS Editing, Saved Searches and More
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Fake Steve Jobs lights up Web 2.0 Expo  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If there's one person in the world of Web 2.0 technology—or tech in general—who hasn't yet been skewered by the infamous blogger Fake Steve Jobs, get ready: He's coming for you.  —  In a frenetic keynote address Friday morning …
Discussion: VentureBeat and broadstuff
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
WordPress's Matt Mullenweg Speaks!  —  This week, I had lunch with one of the nicest young Web entrepreneurs around the scene, WordPress Founder Matt Mullenweg.  —  We use a custom installation for this site, which has worked out well for us, and the start-up also hosts
Josh Lowensohn /   WordPress founder talks traffic, new features to Web 2.0 crowd
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Department of Homeland Security website hacked!  —  Find out how to eradicate 99.7% of spam  —  The sophisticated mass infection that's injecting attack code into hundreds of thousands of reputable web pages is growing and has even infiltrated the website of the Department of Homeland Security.
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Massive SQL Injection Attack 600.000++
Adam Ostrow / Mashable!:
Was Our Party the Height of Web 2.0 Irrational Exuberance?  We Wish.  —  Let me preface this post with a few important notes: (1) I'm not currently at the Web 2.0 Expo, nor was I at our party on Wednesday night (2) I was still in high school during the first dotcom boom and bust (3) …
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Raising Money: How Much Is It Worth?  —  Twitter isn't just dealing with its well-documented tech problems (both with the service and its personnel).  It's raising a Series C round.  So what's the valuation?  —  Last summer, Twitter raised about $5 million at a $20 million valuation.
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Apple to the Core  —  Apple this week bought a fabless chip company called PA Semiconductor and pundits far and wide are trying to explain the deal with broadly varying ideas, some of which are close but none seem to really understand what the deal is about.  In the short term this acquisition means precisely nothing to Apple users.
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia declares the CPU dead  —  Gutterwatch Fare thee well, Intella, for we did love thee  —  A MISSIVE from a guy called Roy Taylor dropped into our paws, and we were intrigued by its contents.  —  Nvidian boy Roy basically declares that the CPU is dead, and Nvidia's chips do all the real work in a PC.
Linda Bustos / Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog:
Google Shaking Up URLs in Search Ads?  —  While in London this week, Jason Billingsley spotted something different in Google search results.  —  If you look closely, you'll notice the display URL in Adwords ads are above the ad copy, not below.  Ad copy also appears on the same line as the display URL in some cases.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Keyword Search About To Hit Its Breaking Point?  —  As the Web swells with more and more data, the predominant way of sifting through all of that data—keyword search—will one day break down in its ability to deliver the exact information we want at our fingertips.
Discussion: Hacking Cough and broadstuff
Hackers warn high street chains  —  High street chains will be the next victims of cyber terrorism, some of the world's elite hackers have warned.  —  They claim it is only a “matter of time” before the likes of Tesco and Marks & Spencer are targeted.  —  Criminals could use the kind …
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Hardy Heron Makes Linux Worth Another Look  —  If you've flirted with the idea of switching your desktop operating system to Linux but never took the leap, the time is now.  This week's release of Hardy Heron, an Ubuntu release that will be supported until 2011, offers a freer, more productive space for work and play than ever before.
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Josh Quittner / Time:
The Photoshop Guys Revealed!
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Kurt Kleiner / New Scientist:
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Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
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Michael Horowitz / CNET
Dell: We'll install XP for you, even after the deadline
Discussion: Compiler and BetaNews
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Wi-Fi Finally Hits Starbucks (in San Antonio)
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's elephant in the OS room: Apple
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