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9:40 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.
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, IntoMobile and iLounge
Saul Hansell / Bits:   The $199 iPhone? Something's Missing from the Picture
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: The Tech Report
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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Ashley Phillips / ABCNEWS:
The Revolution Will Be Twittered  —  From Bloggers to Corporations, Everyone Is ‘Tweeting’
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
Discussion: Between the Lines
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Mark Hendrickson / TechCrunch:
We Now Know 8 of Microsoft's 12 Proposed Yahoo Board Members
Discussion: CNET News.com, BoomTown and PC World
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Hey! Ho! Time for Ballmer to Go?
Discussion: Bits, Coop's Corner and MacDailyNews
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: How to Talk Without Moving Your Lips
Discussion: Tech Beat and Digital Daily
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
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
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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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
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.
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Record labels fund music discovery site MOG [Updated]  —  Some of the early music discovery startups, like Imeem, Pandora, Last.fm and iLike, now have many millions of people using their services every month.  MOG, a standalone desktop music player and music fan site perhaps most similar …
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Hilary Lewis / Silicon Alley Insider:
Everyone In The Music Business Hates Project Playlist - Except For Sony BMG
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
‘GTA IV’ poised to break entertainment sales record  —  ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ could break the all-time entertainment industry record for first-day sales.  That record is currently held by ‘Halo 3,’ which earned $170 million in its first day last September.  —  If you're an executive …
Discussion: LAist and New York Times
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John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Grand Theft Auto: Rave Review City
Discussion: Bits, PC World and Slate
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
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louisgray.com:
More Noise About Twitter Noise  —  My Friday post on trying …
Discussion: Twitterholics and sarahintampa
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Oh. My. God. Marvel Moves To Shut Down Our Iron Man Screening
Josh Catone / ReadWriteWeb:
Twistori: A Twitter Zeitgeist Social Experiment
Discussion: Compiler and MediaFlect
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
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
EFF: Microsoft betrayed MSN Music customers
Aidan Malley / AppleInsider:
BlackBerry maker in “confidential” hunt for iPhone developers
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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
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Even if Twitter is Just a Geek Haven, It's Still Very Influential
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Metacafe Founders Ditch, Reportedly Cash Out Their Shares For $5 Million
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Wigix wants to kill eBay