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2:25 PM ET, April 25, 2008

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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
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 …
Discussion: Between the Lines and WebProNews
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Emily Steel / Wall Street Journal:
AOL's Web Sites Show Gains in Traffic  —  A yearlong effort by AOL to transform its content Web sites into crowd-pleasers is beginning to pay off.  —  Traffic to the sites — including AOL Money & Finance, entertainment, and the male-oriented Asylum — grew 15% to 56.5 million unique U.S. visitors …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL Buys Fantasy Football Site Fleaflicker
Discussion: TechCrunch
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
The Web 2.0 economy hangs in limbo  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Wednesday night was a wild one.  —  As part of this week's Web 2.0 Expo, the ubiquitous digital-media blog Mashable enlisted a brand-new social-networking site called Chi.mp to sponsor its all-night bash at a cavernous nightclub called Mighty.
Villu Arak / About Skype:
Skype Tests Software for Mass-Market Mobile Phones  —  LUXEMBOURG, April 24, 2008 - Following recent moves to extend Skype™ conversations to a wide variety of new mobile and wireless devices, Skype is taking another major step as it continues to merge its internet communications software with mobile phones.
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Duncan Riley / TechCrunch:
Skype Offers Half Pregnant Java Mobile Phone Client  —  Skype is now available on many leading mobile phones, although depending on where you live you can't use it to call people.  —  The java based mobile thin Skype client works on around 50 of the most popular Java-enabled mobile phones from Motorola …
Discussion: AppScout
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Wi-Fi Finally Hits Starbucks (in San Antonio)  —  For those of you jonesing for AT&T Wi-Fi and a highly caffeinated cup of Starbucks java, your wait is finally over — unless you live outside of San Antonio.  A little more than a month after AT&T announced it was replacing T-Mobile …
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Staci D. Kramer / paidContent.org:
Starbucks, AT&T National Rollout Begins; Free WiFi Access Begins
Discussion: Mobility Site and Engadget
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
8GB iPhone sold out in UK  —  EXCLUSIVE: Carphone Warehouse and O2 have none left  —  Carphone Warehouse has confirmed that it is completely out of stock of the 8GB iPhone in all its stores up and down the country.  —  The news comes just hours after affiliate website Tradedoubler emailed customers …
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Arn / MacRumors:
8GB iPhone End-of-Life'd in UK?
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 WordPress.com installation for this site, which has worked out well for us, and the start-up also hosts AllThingsD.com.
Discussion: Pro Blogging News
Brad Linder / Liliputing:
Comprehensive list of low-cost ultraportables  —  Over the past six months or so, Asus, Everex, and HP have managed to bring low-cost ultraportable notebooks to market.  But dozens of other computer makers have promised to bring out their own mini-notebooks.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The New Yahoo: Sticky, Viral, And Most Of All, Friendly  —  Yahoo's CTO Ari Balogh and Chief Architect (Platforms) Neal Sample filled in a few more details today around their new Yahoo Open Strategy (called YOS internally).  —  Background  —  Yahoo wants to turn itself …
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BBC:   Yahoo kicks off re-wiring project
Fox News:
Mexican Embassy: Official Fired After Getting Caught With White House BlackBerries  —  Whether he was up to no good or simply desperate to play BrickBreaker, a Mexican press attaché was caught on camera pocketing several White House BlackBerries during a recent meeting in New Orleans …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Microsoft's elephant in the OS room: Apple  —  Are all of those Apple OS X vs. Vista commercials making an impact?  Microsoft's client revenue-Vista and XP came in below expectations-and the company cited three primary reasons: A tough comparison from year ago levels, OEM inventory build and piracy.
Bloomberg:
France to require apartments to come wired  —  PARIS: The French government said Thursday that it planned to require builders to install fiber-optic cables in new apartment buildings to increase the introduction of fast broadband Internet.  —  As part of a proposal to be voted on by Parliament …
Discussion: DSLreports
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.
Discussion: Mashable! and The Social Times
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.
 
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Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
FBI wants to move hunt for criminals into Internet backbone
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Liddell's Ultimatum  —  During yesterday's Microsoft fiscal …
Michael Horowitz / CNET News.com:
Dell: We'll install XP for you, even after the deadline
Discussion: Compiler and InfoWorld
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
A rarity: Click fraud declines
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Lionsgate taps Curt Marvis
Discussion: NewTeeVee and paidContent.org
Charles Arthur / Guardian:
You too can be a citizen journalist
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
PR Giant Edelman Ventures Into Branded Content
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
‘Spore Creature Creator’ to see light of day in June
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sun confirms it's buying Montalvo
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Boys Raising a Massive New Fund
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
There is No Web 3.0, There is No Web 2.0 - There is Just the Web
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Tripit: Email is the new interface!
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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
XP SP3 performance gains - Nothing to write home about
Websense Security Labs:
Google's ‘Blogger’ under attack by streamlined Anti-CAPTCHA operations for spam
Discussion: Network World
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
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