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8:05 PM ET, April 29, 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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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.
Discussion: iLounge
Ken Liu / CENS.com:
Hon Hai Reported to Make New-Version iPhones for Apple  —  Foreign institutional investors believed Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd. had won orders to make 25 million units of Apple's latest iPhone and would begin to ship the phones in June this year.  —  The newest version …
Discussion: 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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Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
XP update delayed over glitch
Discussion: TechSpot, CrunchGear and GottaBeMobile
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: Simon's Blog
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Hitwise: Twitter traffic is, in fact, going up (but still not big) [Updated]  —  Updated with Twitter's “real” traffic numbers, below the original post.  —  Web analytics service Hitwise has just released more data on web traffic to group messaging service Twitter, confirming what many blogs have anecdotally observed.
Ashley Phillips / ABCNEWS:
The Revolution Will Be Twittered  —  From Bloggers to Corporations, Everyone Is ‘Tweeting’
Discussion: Valleywag
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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Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Microsoft Gives Vista Backdoor Keys To The Police
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
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Google Adds Street Views To Step-By-Step Driving Directions  —  The Google LatLong Blog announced that you can now see street views turn-by-turn (when available) when you are seeking out driving directions via Google Maps.  —  For example, when driving from the Empire State Building to Times Square …
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Andy Szybalski / Google LatLong:
Getting from A to B with Street View  —  Street View lets you virtually behold amazing sights like Yosemite's El Capitan and The World's Largest Rocking Chair without ever leaving your computer.  But if you're like me, occasionally you need to go somewhere in real life.
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Court Rejects RIAA's ‘Making Available’ Theory In Infamous Howell Case  —  The lawsuit of Atlantic v. Howell got a ton of attention late last year when some folks, including the Washington Post, misinterpreted an RIAA filing to suggest that the RIAA had claimed that merely ripping your CD to your computer was file sharing.
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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.
Hilary Lewis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Everyone In The Music Business Hates Project Playlist - Except For Sony BMG  —  Most of the music business, led by trade group RIAA, sued music search engine/player Project Playlist for copyright infringement on Monday.  One big exception: Sony BMG, the joint venture between Sony (SNE) and Bertelsmann.
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The Boy Genius Report:
BlackBerry 9000: Internal Spec Sheet Answers Your Questions  —  Enough with the speculation, the rumors, the spokespersons commenting on our blogging abilities — we're setting it all straight right here with this internal RIM doc we just got a hold of.  You might be thinking that cover page above …
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 …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Mac Messenger still trying to find its voice  —  Updated at 10:35 a.m. to note that the product has been released.  —  Microsoft released the latest version of its instant-messaging program for the Mac on Tuesday, though it still continues to trail its Windows counterpart when it comes to features.
Thomas J. Bray / Wall Street Journal:
Special Committee's Statement  —  The Special Committee, established to oversee and enforce compliance with the terms of an agreement between News Corp. and Dow Jones & Co., has had numerous queries in the wake of the resignation of Marcus Brauchli as managing editor of The Wall Street Journal.
 
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Grand Theft Auto: Rave Review City
Discussion: Bits, PC World and Geek Gestalt
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Yep It's Coming... AdSense in RSS Feeds
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Smear Campaign Against Larry Lessig And Free Culture
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air hacked with internal EV-DO — finally lives up to its name
Nick / Rough Type:
McKinsey surveys the new software landscape
Discussion: Open Sources and broadstuff
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
EFF: Microsoft betrayed MSN Music customers
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
BlackBerry maker in “confidential” hunt for iPhone developers
Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
‘Secret’ of ‘Scarlet’ is revealed
Discussion: WatchingTV Online and Engadget
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Google issues warning about phishing e-mails
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Can Web Apps Get Too Drunk on Aggregation?
Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
We Now Know 8 of Microsoft's 12 Proposed Yahoo Board Members
Discussion: CNET News.com and PC World
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Up For Grabs: $42 Billion of Newspaper Ad Revenue
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Metacafe Founders Ditch, Reportedly Cash Out Their Shares For $5 Million
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Hey! Ho! Time for Ballmer to Go?
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Hans Reiser is fscked: jury delivers guilty verdict
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