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5:50 PM ET, April 25, 2008


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Dawn Kawamoto / CNET
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 …
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 installation for this site, which has worked out well for us, and the start-up also hosts
Josh Lowensohn /
WordPress founder talks traffic, new features to Web 2.0 crowd  —  You have to hand it to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.  At his talk at today's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, he managed to be the first conference speaker to put up a picture of a LOLcat while actually tying it into what his company is all about.
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.
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: PC World and AppScout
Villu Arak / About Skype:
Skype Tests Software for Mass-Market Mobile Phones
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 …
Staci D. Kramer /
Starbucks, AT&T National Rollout Begins; Free WiFi Access Begins
Discussion: Engadget, Mobility Site and Gadget Lab
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Fake Steve Jobs lights up Web 2.0 Expo  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If there's one person in the world of Web 2.0 technology—or tech in general—who hasn't yet been skewered by the infamous blogger Fake Steve Jobs, get ready: He's coming for you.  —  In a frenetic keynote address Friday morning …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The second-gen iPhone: 3G, GPS, only slightly thicker  —  So we've got it on authority that the second-gen iPhone is already well into testing, and numerous units are floating around in super secret pockets.  A trusted source got a chance to check one out, here's what we've heard.
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.
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
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).
Discussion: AppScout and CyberNet
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft's Vista Problem
Discussion: Electronista
Kurt Kleiner / New Scientist:
Happy spamiversary!  Spam reaches 30  —  Thirty years ago next week, Gary Thuerk, a marketer at the now-defunct computer firm Digital Equipment Corporation, sent an email to 393 users of Arpanet, the US government-run computer network that eventually became the internet.  It was the first spam email ever.
Discussion: TechSpot and Slashdot
Hackers warn high street chains  —  High street chains will be the next victims of cyber terrorism, some of the world's elite hackers have warned.  —  They claim it is only a “matter of time” before the likes of Tesco and Marks & Spencer are targeted.  —  Criminals could use the kind …
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'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 …
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
Motorcycle Mojo Magazine:
Ultra Modern Meets Ultra Custom  —  The Uno and its inventor, 18-year-old Ben J. Poss Gulak, hung out in a booth neighbouring the show's special guest, Russell Mitchell of Exile Cycles and was the ultimate in contrast of custom creations.  In fact, heavily tattooed Mitchell was seen riding the Uno around the show on Saturday evening.
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