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2:20 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 …
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.
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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.
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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Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Liddell's Ultimatum  —  During yesterday's Microsoft fiscal third quarter earnings call, Chris Liddell made absolutely clear his company's position on CEO Steve Ballmer's three-week deadline.  He issued a clear reminder that time is up this weekend.  —  Liddell could have been one of those …
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Microsoft Shows Gains, but Also Weaknesses
Discussion: Ars Technica
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
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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Michael Horowitz / CNET News.com:
Dell: We'll install XP for you, even after the deadline
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Keyword Search About To Hit Its Breaking Point?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
A rarity: Click fraud declines
Andrew Wallenstein / Hollywood Reporter:
Lionsgate taps Curt Marvis
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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:
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Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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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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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Tripit: Email is the new interface!
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Eric Goldman / Technology & Marketing Law Blog:
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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
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