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11:20 AM ET, April 25, 2008

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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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL Buys Fantasy Football Site Fleaflicker  —  AOL has acquired Fantasy Football site Fleaflicker for an undisclosed amount, Mediapost reported.  The site will be added to AOL Sports, whose existing fantasy football offerings were described as “modest” by Bill Wilson, VP for programming at AOL (NYSE: TWX).
Discussion: CNET News.com and TechCrunch
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 …
IDG News Service:
3G IPhone Due on June 9, Analysts Say  —  The 3G iPhone will be announced June 9, the likely date of Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference, analysts said in research notes on Thursday.  —  The 3G iPhone will be the “first of an impressive wave of new products” …
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Analyst: Apple's iPhone a ‘bandwidth hog’
Discussion: 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
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.
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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eWeek:
Microsoft Issues Final Threat to Yahoo
Discussion: DailyTech and Beyond Binary
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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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” …
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.
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
The Open Source Model Is About Organization, Not Who Signs Your Paycheck  —  Nick Carr points out a report from the Linux Foundation that finds that most contributions to the Linux kernel come from people who work at companies.  Nick Carr says this is a sign of a “shift from the volunteer …
Discussion: Ars Technica
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 …
Larry Dignan / Zero Day:
Opera boosts its anti-phishing defenses  —  Opera 9.5 Beta 2 has stepped up its security game.  The browser has added fraud protection and support for EV SSL (Extended Validation Secure Sockets Layer) certificates to help prevent identity theft.  —  Opera's move to join the EV SSL crowd leaves Safari …
Discussion: eWeek, Opera and Between the Lines
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 …
Discussion: Portfolio.com and Mashable!
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Sun confirms it's buying Montalvo
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
Fighting Storm with smog: researchers pollute botnet
Open source diary:
ProInfo and Linux Educacional - KDE in Public Schools in Brazil
Discussion: Linux-Watch.com and Slashdot
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Tripit: Email is the new interface!
Pocket-lint.co.uk:
Carphone Warehouse says iPhone “out of stock”
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
Discussion: Mashable! and The Blog Herald
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Milstein / O'Reilly Radar:
A Successful Experiment  —  During Web2Open yesterday …
Discussion: BoomTown and Spark Minute
Zach Behrens / LAist:
An iPod Disco Makeout Closet: Welcome to the Porta-Party
Enigmax / TorrentFreak:
The Pirate Bay Smashes 12,000,000 BitTorrent Users
Discussion: TG Daily and Digg
Mike Dano / RCR Wireless News:
Report: AT&T Mobility to sell $100 femtocells
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Qwest finally jumps on the fiber bandwagon with 20Mbps DSL
Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:
Study: Teens say e-text isn't writing
Discussion: Techdirt
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Marc Andreessen: Bill Gates Ain't So Bad
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Delay seen for RIM's new BlackBerry
 

 
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Israel Censor Wants To Pre-Approve New York Times Coverage Of Soldier

Andrew Flanagan / Billboard:
Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs

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Should news get personal? Emotion and objectivity in the face of suffering

 
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