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5:05 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 …
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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 …
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 …
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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
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Horowitz / CNET News.com:
Dell: We'll install XP for you, even after the deadline  —  It seems that Michael Dell is breathing new life into his company.  —  A year ago, Dell was brave enough to backtrack on its Vista-only policy for consumer machines (Dell brings back XP on home systems).
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Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft's Vista Problem
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Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
The Web 2.0 economy hangs in limbo  —  This post was updated at 10:11 AM on Friday with comment from Chi.mp's Myles Weissleder.  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Wednesday night was a wild one.  —  As part of this week's Web 2. Expo, the ubiquitous digital-media blog Mashable enlisted a brand …
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
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
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.
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google's pointers on countering Web spam  —  SAN FRANCISCO—It's no secret that spam now pollutes Web sites as well as e-mail in-boxes.  But Web site operators can take actions to combat it, a Google expert in the area said Friday.  —  Matt Cutts, head of Google's Webspam team and an engineer who's …
 
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