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12:45 AM ET, April 30, 2008

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Scott Moritz / Techland:
AT&T to cut the price of Apple's new iPhone  —  AT&T (T) is planning to put some extra shine on the even sleeker new Apple (AAPL) iPhone.  —  When the 3G iPhone is introduced this summer, AT&T, the exclusive U.S. iPhone sales partner with Apple, will cut the price by as much as $200, according to a person familiar with the strategy.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The $199 iPhone?  Something's Missing from the Picture  —  Fortune reports that AT&T is preparing to offer a $200 subsidy for buyers of the next-generation iPhone, widely expected to be introduced this summer.  It writes that since the new, presumably faster models will start …
Discussion: The Apple Core and 24/7 Wall St.
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boom!  3G iPhone.  One more thing: $199  —  Apple chief executive Steve Jobs likes to wow the crowd during his keynote addresses with his “boom!” moments and then saves the best for the end with: “One more thing...” This summer, potentially at the WWDC conference, he may have two perfect candidates.
Ken Liu / CENS.com:
Hon Hai Reported to Make New-Version iPhones for Apple
Discussion: IntoMobile, Infinite Loop and iLounge
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
XP SP3 not generally available yet, after all  —  Microsoft has decided not to release Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 to Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center as planned on April 29.  The reason?  A last-minute compatibility issue with a Microsoft application — Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS).
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Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:
Windows XP Update Adds Features From Vista
Discussion: Lifehacker and The Tech Report
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from cyberscene of crime  —  Microsoft has developed a small plug-in device that investigators can use to quickly extract forensic data from computers that may have been used in crimes.  —  The COFEE, which stands for Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor …
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New Microsoft law enforcement tool bypasses PC security
Discussion: Capitol Valley
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Microsoft Gives Vista Backdoor Keys To The Police
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
End Of Speculation: The Real Twitter Usage Numbers  —  Speculation about Twitter's new round of financing is leading everyone to speculate on Twitter's actual penetration into the “mainstream,” or lack thereof.  —  Hitwise says web visits have increased 8x in the last year, albeit from a minuscule base.
Discussion: WinExtra and Simon's Blog
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Oh.  My.  God.  Marvel Moves To Shut Down Our Iron Man Screening  —  Marvel has sent us a cease and desist letter demanding that we cancel the Iron Man event tomorrow in San Francisco.  We are not canceling the event yet - stay tuned as our lawyers work this out.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ready To Rumble: Here's Who Microsoft Will Bring To a Hostile Fight Over Yahoo  —  Microsoft does not like to be rushed.  Everyone is waiting for its next move, now that the deadline it set for Yahoo to accept its takeover bid expired last Saturday.  And everyone can keep waiting.
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Hey! Ho! Time for Ballmer to Go?
Discussion: Coop's Corner, Bits and MacDailyNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: How to Talk Without Moving Your Lips
Discussion: Tech Beat, TechCrunch and Digital Daily
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge deals another blow to RIAA's making available theory  —  One of the pillars of the RIAA's legal campaign has been its assertion that making a file available for download equates to copyright infringement under the copyright act.  There have only been a couple of decisions addressing the question so far.
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The Jeff Pulver Blog:
What I look for in Startups  —  During the past ten years, what I look for in a startup has changed.  —  These days I no longer actively look for an opportunity to participate in the “A” round or “B” round of a startup, although I still do that from time to time.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
Apple:
Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 1 adds support for Java SE 6  —  This update provides Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_05.  —  This release does not change the default version of Java.  This release is only for Mac OS X v10.5.2 and later, and should not be installed on earlier versions of Mac OS X …
Electronic Arts / EA-Land Blog:
EA-Land Drawing To A Close  —  It is with mixed emotions that today we are announcing the EA-Land experiment will soon draw to a close.  Since 2002, EA-Land / TSO has attracted a very special group of players (of which you are one) and we certainly appreciate your participation in the EA-Land community.
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:   ‘EA Land’ closing just weeks after debut
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
EFF: Microsoft betrayed MSN Music customers  —  The Electronic Frontier Foundation says that Microsoft has “betrayed” MSN Music customers and wants the company to make things right by issuing an apology, refunds, and eliminate digital rights management technology from the Zune music player.
Discussion: The Register
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Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
MSN Music Pulls the Plug on Customers
Discussion: DailyTech and Bit Player
Om Malik / GigaOM:
As Broadband Growth Slows, Expect Speed Boosts  —  The demand for broadband in the U.S., after growing at an explosive rate for almost two years, has started to slow, largely due to high market penetration rates and a struggling economy.  UBS Research forecasts that the number …
Discussion: Darren Herman and DSLreports
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Yep It's Coming... AdSense in RSS Feeds  —  Late last week, Steve from FeedBurner (owned by Google) posted an entry explaining that you will soon be able to login to your FeedBurner account using your Google account.  This isn't really that exciting but it does mean that Google can now tie even more together.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Lenovo Parodies MacBook Air Ad For X300  —  Most parody videos are lame in the sense that they take one joke and stretch it to 60 seconds, but Lenovo's one joke actually works when properly executed.  Not to spoil anything, but it's a send-up of the MacBook Air in favor of Lenovo's own X300.
Darren Waters / BBC:
Web in infancy, says Berners-Lee  —  The world wide web is “still in its infancy”, the web's inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told BBC News.  —  He was speaking ahead of the 15th anniversary of the day the web's code was put into the public domain by Cern, the lab where the web was developed.
 
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
“Negative keyword” ruling may have big impact on search ads
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
‘GTA IV’ poised to break entertainment sales record
Discussion: Digital Daily and LAist
Thomas J. Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Special Committee's Statement
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The Smear Campaign Against Larry Lessig And Free Culture
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McKinsey surveys the new software landscape
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Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
‘Secret’ of ‘Scarlet’ is revealed
Discussion: WatchingTV Online and Engadget
Microsoft:
Microsoft Expands Datacenter Management Offerings With Advanced …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google issues warning about phishing e-mails
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Can Web Apps Get Too Drunk on Aggregation?
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Up For Grabs: $42 Billion of Newspaper Ad Revenue
Discussion: Glass House and WebGuild
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Street Views To Step-By-Step Driving Directions
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Mac Messenger still trying to find its voice
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