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12:45 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: 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.
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Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
There is No Web 3.0, There is No Web 2.0 - There is Just the Web
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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
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
Arn / MacRumors:
8GB iPhone End-of-Life'd in UK?  —  RegHardware and Engadget are reporting that the 8GB iPhone has gone “End-of-Life” (EOL) in the UK:  —  Both suppliers' websites are current flagging the handset as “out of stock” (CW) and - more ominously - “no longer available” (O2).
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Pocket-lint.co.uk:
8GB iPhone sold out in UK
Discussion: The Register, Engadget and PalmAddicts
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Carphone Warehouse says iPhone “out of stock”
Discussion: Apple 2.0, 9 to 5 Mac and iLounge
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 …
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
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Shows Gains, but Also Weaknesses  —  Microsoft's pursuit of Yahoo may have run into some bumps, but its big software business is humming along smoothly.  —  The company reported quarterly earnings Thursday that slightly surpassed Wall Street's expectations, and it provided …
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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.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype Boys Raising a Massive New Fund  —  Skype co-founders Niklas Zennström and Janus Friis along with ex-Skyper Geoffrey Prentice are raising a new fund for their investment vehicle, Atomico.  The plan is to raise a total of 300 million euros ($450 million), 100 million euros …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
WordPress' 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 startup also hosts AllThingsD.com.
Discussion: Pro Blogging News
Websense Security Labs:
Google's ‘Blogger’ under attack by streamlined Anti-CAPTCHA operations for spam  —  Websense Security Labs ThreatSeeker™ technology has discovered that spammers, in their recent tactics, have targeted Google's well-known blog publishing system “Blogger” aka “Blogspot” …
Alex Iskold / ReadWriteWeb:
Faster - Why Constant Stress is Part of Our Future  —  A few weeks ago, the New York Times ran a weekend piece entitled In Web World of 24/7 Stress, Writers Blog Till They Drop, which focused on the stressful nature of blogging.  Using our friend Marc Orchant's death and Om Malik's heart attack as examples …
 
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sun confirms it's buying Montalvo
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Opera boosts its anti-phishing defenses
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Fighting Storm with smog: researchers pollute botnet
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Tripit: Email is the new interface!
Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
Court Says Keyword Metatags Don't Matter—Standard Process v. Banks
Discussion: Search Engine Land
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
XP SP3 performance gains - Nothing to write home about
Todd Sampson / The MyBlogLog Blog:
MyBlogLog hCard & vCard: More Microformats, More Portable Data
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
The Open Source Model Is About Organization, Not Who Signs Your Paycheck
Discussion: Ars Technica
Mike Dano / RCR Wireless News:
Report: AT&T Mobility to sell $100 femtocells