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12:05 AM ET, May 7, 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 …
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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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Rumor: AT&T Says No Employee Vacations Between June 15 and July 12 For the 3G iPhone
Discussion: CellPassion
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.
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 …
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?
Sarah Lacy:
Why Andreessen Solves Facebook's Board Problem  —  Facebook has a board problem.  Only it's a problem that any control-freak entrepreneur [ok, that's redundant] would love to have.  As Kara and others have reported, the sum total of Facebook's board is Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel and Jim Breyer.
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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 …
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Interview with Neil Young on Music Piracy, MP3 Hell and Finding Freaks on the Web
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
XP SP3 now on Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center  —  While Microsoft was supposed to release Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) on April 29, 2008, the service pack only became unofficially available on the download.windowsupdate.com domain.  Today, XP SP3 has officially hit the Release to Web (RTW) milestone.
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Craig Schmugar / McAfee Avert Labs:
Fake MP3s Running Rampant  —  Detection of a trojan named Downloader-UA.h was added to the McAfee DAT files several days ago.  Since that time more than 360,000 McAfee VirusScan Online users have reported detections, a whopping 32% of those reporting in the past 24 hours alone.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
New features, NBC shows still leave Zune playing catchup  —  If Microsoft can't take the Yahoo! shortcut to online success, maybe the underwhelming Zune player can fill the gap.  The latest round of Zune updates positions the player as a social networking tool and adds popular TV shows to its video store component.
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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
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Synchronoss: Unlocked iPhones Are Killing Us  —  A lousy Q1 and scary message from Synchronoss (SNCR), which handles gadget activations for companies like AT&T (T) and Time Warner Cable (TWC): The company has “materially lowered” its growth expectations for 2008 “due in large part …
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Turn Your Point-and-Shoot into a Super-Camera  —  If you're using a consumer grade point-and-shoot Canon digital camera, you've got hardware in hand that can support advanced features way beyond what shipped in the box.  With the help of a free, open source project called CHDK …
Discussion: Ubergizmo
 
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu a fan of free music
Greg Sandoval / Washington Post:
Washingtonpost.com wants identities of readers who post comments
Discussion: Slashdot
Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:
UMG confirms deal with Qtrax to allow free music downloads
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Q&A: Kontiki's Eric Armstrong
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP strokes web 2.0 with immense NAS
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola's cellphone business needs a new leader: okay, I'm in.
Discussion: Valleywag
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Courts Should Reject Blizzard's Assault on the First Sale Doctrine
Darren Waters / BBC:
Europe PS3 sales ‘overtake 360’
Discussion: Ubergizmo and BBC NEWS
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
RIAA: Piracy fight more important than net neutrality bill
Discussion: CNET News.com and Slyck
JR Minkel / sciam.com:
Hard Drive Recovered from Columbia Shuttle Solves Physics Problem
Discussion: Engadget, GMSV and Switched
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:
Live Search's New Design Goes Live
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn may — and should — use its new funding to go after the …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Global Telcos Plotting a Skype Rival?
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
More unofficial Mac clones up for sale on eBay
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
When location is everywhere
Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Have We Crossed The Chasm?  —  Geoffrey Moore wrote Crossing …