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11:20 AM ET, April 30, 2008


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Margaret Kane / CNET
Time Warner to split off cable service  —  Time Warner is splitting off its cable services division, the company said Wednesday.  —  Time Warner currently owns around 84 percent of Time Warner Cable.  The media giant, which has been struggling of late, has been rumored to be discussing an AOL partnership with Yahoo.
Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports First-Quarter 2008 Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - News) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said: “Our results this quarter, particularly …
Discussion: NewTeeVee, IP Democracy and GigaOM
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Warner Spinning Off Cable Unit  —  Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner Inc., continued to trim what has for years been the world's largest media company by announcing Wednesday that it would completely spin off its cable company.  —  The news — which was not unexpected …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's ad revenue growth stalls
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
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.
Professor Nigel Shadbolt / BBC:
Future web  —  Exactly 15 years ago the directors at the lab where the web was first developed signed a document which said the technology could be used by anyone free of charge.  —  That decision was instrumental in making the web truly world wide.  BBC News talks to some of the leading figures …
Discussion: Rough Type and
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Web still in its infancy at 15, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Next Move on Yahoo Is Imminent  —  One Possibility  —  Is a Proxy Slate  —  To Replace Board  —  Microsoft Corp. is expected to make its next move in the three-month-old takeover standoff with Yahoo Inc. as early as Wednesday, as the two sides have failed to reach any negotiated acquisition deal.
Business Wire:
United Online Announces Preliminary Financial Results for Q1 2008  —  WOODLAND HILLS, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—United Online, Inc. (Nasdaq:UNTD - News), a leading provider of consumer Internet and media services, today announced preliminary financial results for its first quarter ended March 31 …
Joseph Weisenthal /
United Online To Acquire Floral Company FTD For $800 Million; Guides Up For Q1
Elinor Mills / CNET
Google diving into 3D mapping of oceans  —  We've got Google Earth and Google Sky.  Next up will be a map of the world below sea level—Google Ocean.  —  The company has assembled an advisory group of oceanography experts, and in December invited researchers from institutions around the world to the Mountain View, Calif., Googleplex.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Relaunching Measure Map  —  Those of you who remember MeasureMap are long time readers of this blog.  It was a blog-centered analytics service that first surfaced in August 2005.  The service was created by San Francisco based Adaptive Path.  The first details emerged in October 2005.
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Helps Law Enforcement Get Around Encryption  —  The growing use of encryption software — like Microsoft's own BitLocker — by cyber criminals has led Microsoft to develop a set of tools that law enforcement agents can use to get around the software, executives at the company said.
Discussion: TechSpot and ZDNet Government
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Artsy side of search: Designers, pop stars create iGoogle themes  —  This is Google's video introducing its work with artists worldwide to create  —  beautiful, funky, and visually enticing iGoogle pages for the masses.  —  (Credit: Google)  —  If you thought Google's capacity for high design …
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 VoIP Watch
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social media focus groups  —  People have told me over the past year that I'm obsessed with Twitter and that my obsession should be on Mahalo.  Of course, I see Twitter as akin to breathing and talking for business—essential.  What's the point of having over 20,000 followers on Twitter folks have asked me.
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Jane Wakefield / BBC:
Microsoft UK develops ‘senior PC’
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Sony Ericsson Combines Java and Flash
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Cade Metz / The Register:
US Department of Justice banned from Wikipedia
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Strike Two: DataPortability Workgroup Logo Challenged, Again
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mint Moves Into Investment Tracking
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