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9:45 PM ET, May 6, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Nears Deal With Clearwire  —  $12 Billion Joint Venture Secures Backing From Intel, Google and Cable Operators  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp. are close to announcing a $12 billion joint venture that plans to roll out ultra fast wireless Internet access for cellphones …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. WiMAX Saved by $3.2 Billion Infusion  —  You can all Xohm now — and call it Clearwire.  The much talked about WiMAX joint venture between Clearwire and Sprint Nextel is going to happen and the news is going to come as soon as tomorrow.  The combined company is going to be worth $12 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Sprint and Clearwire cleared for WiMax launch  —  WiMax is facing a now-or-never moment as Sprint (S) and Clearwire (CLWR) try to finalize terms of a multi-player joint venture.  —  Nearly five months into his job as Sprint chief, Dan Hesse has a chance to set Sprint free …
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:   Sprint-ClearWire WiMax venture sees daylight
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple and AT&T to launch iPhone 3G a lot sooner than we think?  —  Well, here's the story.  Let's start this off by saying that we think this might be a little bit too early, but you never know with Apple.  Anyways, we told y'all last year before the first iPhone launched that AT&T employees …
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Nicholas Carlson / Valleywag:
New iPhone will hit stores June 12, feature improved speakers and camera  —  A source tells us that “someone who designed part of the iPhone UI, who generally has access to new hardware locked down in a room to play with, ” told him that the new iPhone will run on faster 3G networks …
Discussion: Byte of the Apple
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumor: AT&T Says No Employee Vacations Between June 15 and July 12 For the 3G iPhone
Discussion: CellPassion and PalmAddicts
Jesse / 20bits:
The State of the Facebook Platform  —  Something is wrong in the Facebook developer community.  Starting in March I began noticing that the level of activity in the Facebook developers forum was dropping sharply.  —  But it's numbers that matter, not vague impressions, so does the data back me up?
Discussion: VentureBeat and All Facebook
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Andrew Chen / Futuristic Play:   Has the Facebook platform hit its peak?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Yang Still In Control At Yahoo?  —  Here's the latest Yahoo rumor that we're chasing: The Yahoo board of directors met earlier today and authorized chairman Roy Bostock, not CEO Jerry Yang, to call Ballmer about re-starting negotiations.  In fact, this rumor may have been behind the small rally …
Adam Pasick / MediaFile:
Breaking news, Twitter style  —  News of a possible explosion rippled through the popular online service Twitter on Tuesday, in a preview of what's to come in the realm of breaking news and citizen journalism.  Twitter is a so-called microblogging site that allows users to send and receive short messages.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Interview with Neil Young on Music Piracy, MP3 Hell and Finding Freaks on the Web
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Andreessen to Facebook Board?  —  Silicon Valley luminary Marc Andreessen (pictured here) has been asked to join the board of Facebook, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  While the arrangement is not completed yet, sources said the longtime entrepreneur …
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft resumes XP, Vista updates  —  Microsoft on Tuesday said it is resuming two major Windows updates that had been halted because of a conflict with one of its own software products.  —  A week ago, Microsoft delayed the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 because of a problem …
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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
XP SP3 now on Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center
Microsoft:
Zune Expands Beyond Music to Deliver Integrated All-in-One Entertainment Experience  —  New software updates bring popular television shows to online store, enhancements to online music community and subscription service.  —  Microsoft Corp. today announced that Zune, the company's …
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Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
In praise of dual-class stock structures for public companies  —  A dual-class stock structure means that a company has two different classes of common stock.  Each class of stock has the same economic ownership of the company, yet different voting rights.  —  In a typical scenario …
Mason Inman / New Scientist:
Delaying data could cut net's carbon footprint  —  As energy prices soar, and governments and organisations start to sweat over their carbon footprint, the energy consumption of the internet is coming under scrutiny.  —  US academics and researchers from companies Intel and Microsoft …
Discussion: CNET News.com
San Francisco Chronicle:
JON CARROLL  —  My pagemate, the lovely and talented Leah Garchik, and I went down to the Googleplex the other day to speak to the assembled tens - plus no doubt thousands more via the Internet - about whatever came into our heads.  It was sort of a joint interview.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Global Telcos Plotting a Skype Rival?  —  AT&T, in conjunction with some 10-15 incumbent telecom carriers — British Telecom, Deutsche Telecom and NTT among them — is plotting to launch a Skype competitor, according to a research report issued this morning by ThinkEquity analyst Anton Wahlman.
Royal Pingdom:
Social network downtime Jan-Apr 2008  —  This survey shows how much 16 of the largest and most popular social network sites have been unavailable during the first four months of 2008.  How much has MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, Twitter, LiveJournal and many others been offline?  Read on to find out.
 
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Motorola's cellphone business needs a new leader: okay, I'm in.
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LinkedIn may — and should — use its new funding to go after the …
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