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10:00 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 …
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
$3.2 Billion WiMax Deal Goes Through.  Take Cover.  —  The deal to combine Sprint Nextel's and Clearwire's fledgling WiMax businesses that was rumored last March is finally expected to go through.  Comcast and Intel are supposed to put in $1 billion each; Time Warner, $550 million; Google …
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.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
WiMax saved: Sprint, Clearwire form joint venture; Google, Intel among backers  —  Sprint and Clearwire have combined their WiMax businesses to form a new venture that will be focused on next generation broadband services.  The company will be backed by $3.2 billion from the likes of Intel …
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A $500 Million Week for Grand Theft Auto  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Grand Theft Auto IV, the latest iteration of the hit video game franchise, racked up first-week sales of $500 million, Take-Two Interactive, the game's publisher, plans to announce on Wednesday.  The report exceeded the sales expectations of analysts.
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Bill Gates says Microsoft going ‘independent’ way  —  TOKYO - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday the company isn't pursuing other deals following the withdrawal of its $47.5 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.  —  He said in Tokyo that the company put “a lot of effort” …
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
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 …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Rumors of Jerry Yang's Dethroning Are Greatly Exaggerated
Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast Considering 250GB Cap, Overage Fees  —  Insider provides details of new ‘protocol agnostic’ solution  —  A Comcast insider tells me the company is considering implementing very clear monthly caps, and may begin charging overage fees for customers who cross them.
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Brightkite: A bright future for mobile social networking?  —  “Do you have a Brightkite invite yet?”  —  I was asked that question at least three times at last month's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, one of those gatherings where an invitation to the latest private-beta social network is a coveted status symbol.
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Facebook Can Be Fun, But It's Also Useful  —  Mathew Ingram argues that Facebook is about fun, and that it's not that hard to turn a profit on a platform that's oriented around fun and games.  He's certainly right that fun and business aren't incompatible, but I think it's a mistake to discount how useful it can be.
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 …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Mozilla's Tower of Babel, Powered by Mindtouch  —  Mindtouch's Deki Wiki is among the most used for enterprise solutions because of its ability to provide highly customized options that meet variant business needs.  The result is a consumer-facing page that often bears little resemblance to a wiki at all.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CenterNetworks
Microsoft, DAISY Make Reading Easier for People With Print Disabilities  —  Using Office Open XML files, users of Microsoft Office Word can now produce content in the world's most widely used assistive technology format.  —  Microsoft Corp. today joined with industry and advocacy group leaders worldwide …
John Oates / The Register:
Peter Gabriel's website is back  —  Womad is safe...  Peter Gabriel's website and the website and ticket buying site for Womad, the world music festival he founded, are back online today after their servers and routers were stolen at the weekend.  —  Opal Telecom, which hosts the servers in High Wycombe …
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