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7:30 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 …
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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Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
UPDATED - XP SP3 available for download from Microsoft
Discussion: Bink.nu
Scott Gilbertson / Compiler:   Windows XP Update Adds Features From Vista
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Vista SP1 auto updates also halted
Discussion: CrunchGear
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.
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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’  —  Before traveling to Egypt to work on his graduate school thesis, James Buck, a 29-year-old American student at the University of California Berkeley, had never heard of the social blogging site Twitter.
Discussion: Valleywag
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.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Google map directions get Street View
Discussion: Download Squad
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.
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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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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 …
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.
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Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:   FeedBurner Moves to Google Accounts
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.
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 …
 
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Cliff Edwards / Tech Beat:
The Tipster Hotline  —  In another sign that the cell phone …
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Twistori: A Twitter Zeitgeist Social Experiment
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McKinsey surveys the new software landscape
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
EFF: Microsoft betrayed MSN Music customers
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We Now Know 8 of Microsoft's 12 Proposed Yahoo Board Members
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Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
Record labels fund music discovery site MOG [Updated]
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