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1:10 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 …
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 …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Technology Consortium Plans a Wireless Network
Discussion: WebGuild
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: BoomTown
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Andreessen to Facebook Board?
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?
Greg Sandoval / Washington Post: wants identities of readers who post comments  —  LOS ANGELES—If Jim Brady had his way, there would be no guaranteed anonymity for those who post comments to  —  Brady, executive editor of The Washington Post Brady has a notable history with this issue and I'll get to that.
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Interview with Neil Young on Music Piracy, MP3 Hell and Finding Freaks on the Web
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 …
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
XP SP3 now on Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center
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
Marc Andreessen /
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
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.
Nathan Willis /
What can you do with a second Ethernet port?  —  Purchase a new PC or motherboard soon, and the chances are good that it will come with two built-in network interfaces — either two Ethernet jacks or one Ethernet and one Wi-Fi.  Tossing in a second adapter is an inexpensive way for the manufacturer …
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Palm Zeppelin and Skywriter enter launch process
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Archbishop Desmond Tutu a fan of free music
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HP strokes web 2.0 with immense NAS
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Courts Should Reject Blizzard's Assault on the First Sale Doctrine
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
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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 and Slyck
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Hard Drive Recovered from Columbia Shuttle Solves Physics Problem
Discussion: GMSV, Engadget and Switched
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Turn Your Point-and-Shoot into a Super-Camera
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Slashdot
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Live Search's New Design Goes Live
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn may — and should — use its new funding to go after the …
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
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Leigh / Leigh's Blitherings:
Have We Crossed The Chasm?  —  Geoffrey Moore wrote Crossing …