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11:55 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 …
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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 …
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
AOL Buys Fantasy Football Site Fleaflicker
Discussion: 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 …
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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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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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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.
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 …
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.
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” …
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 …
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: Opera, eWeek and Between the Lines
Associated Press:
BTW, teen writing may cause teachers to :(  —  NEW YORK (AP) — It's nothing to LOL about: Despite the best efforts to keep school writing assignments formal, two-thirds of teens admit in a survey that emoticons and other informal styles have crept in.  —  The Pew Internet and American Life Project …
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Stefanie Olsen / CNET News.com:   Study: Teens say e-text isn't writing
Jonathan Skillings / CNET News.com:
‘Spore Creature Creator’ to see light of day in June  —  Attention gamers: If you're looking forward to the taking a hands-on role with the forthcoming Spore, you've got work to do starting June 17.  —  That's when Electronic Arts and Maxis plan to release the Spore Creature Creator …
Discussion: Joystiq
Ars Technica:
Five important security apps for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows  —  Introduction  —  No matter what OS you use, you need to think about security.  But what happens when you don't have time to think?  Turn to Ars!  —  We've got you covered with five freeware or shareware security tools for Linux boxes …
Discussion: WinBeta
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten / The Next Web:
Tripit: Email is the new interface!  —  Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial internet entrepreneur  —  Andy Denmark is one of the founders of TripIt and their VP Engineering.  Tripit, The online travel assistant that received $5.1M in funding earlier this week, is a service that helps you manage your trips.
 
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Sarah Milstein / O'Reilly Radar:
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