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11:05 PM ET, April 25, 2008

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Ryan Block / Engadget:
The second-gen iPhone: 3G, GPS, only slightly thicker  —  So we've got it on authority that the second-gen iPhone is already well into testing, and numerous units are floating around in super secret pockets.  A trusted source got a chance to check one out, here's what we've heard.
Brian Caulfield / Forbes:
A Hostile Bid Could Be Over Fast  —  Microsoft Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell promised Thursday that the software giant will provide an update on its bid for struggling portal Yahoo! next week.  —  Translation: Microsoft (nasdaq: MSFT - news - people ) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer …
Discussion: Between the Lines and Epicenter
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Scott Moritz / Techland:
Yang's power play  —  There may be more than money to consider in the Microsoft-Yahoo standoff.  —  Microsoft (MSFT) has given Yahoo a deadline of Saturday to accept its buyout offer (or, presumably, at least at start serious talks) or risk triggering a hostile takeover battle.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Steve Lohr / Bits:
Microsoft's Vista Problem  —  Microsoft keeps insisting that Windows Vista is a winner, but the questions keep mounting — and Thursday's quarterly report only added to the doubts.  —  Revenue from the company's so-called client division — PC operating systems mainly — came in at a bit under $4.03 billion.
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Lenovo To Make Windows XP Available Until 2009  —  Hewlett-Packard will also provide Windows XP to business customers that want to downgrade from Windows Vista after June 30.  —  In the latest sign that computer makers are bucking Microsoft's decision to retire Windows XP at the end of June …
Discussion: Business Technology
Michael Horowitz / CNET News.com:
Dell: We'll install XP for you, even after the deadline
Discussion: Compiler, BetaNews and CyberNet
Ionut Alex Chitu / Google Operating System:
New in Google Docs: Insert Videos, Edit CSS  —  There are so many updates at Google Docs, that you'll need many hours to explore them and start to use them.  —  You can now access your browser's contextual menu by pressing Shift while right-clicking.  This might be useful if you want to search …
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped
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Andrew Chang / Official Google Docs Blog:
View your presentations and spreadsheets offline, too
Dave Young / Official Google Docs Blog:   Introducing Speaker notes and YouTube videos
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
A post-redesign AOL hits new Web site traffic records  —  AOL announced on Friday that it posted double-digit growth in March, posting new traffic records for the former high-flying Internet darling.  —  Page views on AOL's programming sites jumped 35 percent in March, compared to a year ago …
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MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Is AOL heading for a comeback?
Discussion: Contentinople
AOL Press Releases:
AOL Sites Break Traffic Records in March
Discussion: DygiScape and TechCrunch
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:   Spin patrol: Curious timing on AOL's 'we're growing like gangbusters' announcement
Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
Fake Steve Jobs lights up Web 2.0 Expo  —  SAN FRANCISCO—If there's one person in the world of Web 2.0 technology—or tech in general—who hasn't yet been skewered by the infamous blogger Fake Steve Jobs, get ready: He's coming for you.  —  In a frenetic keynote address Friday morning …
Discussion: VentureBeat, Webware.com and broadstuff
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Department of Homeland Security website hacked!  —  The sophisticated mass infection that's injecting attack code into hundreds of thousands of reputable web pages is growing and has even infiltrated the website of the Department of Homeland Security.  —  While so-called SQL injections are nothing new …
Discussion: hackademix.net
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0x000000 Security:   Massive SQL Injection Attack 600.000++
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Twitter Raising Money: How Much Is It Worth?  —  Twitter isn't just dealing with its well-documented tech problems (both with the service and its personnel).  It's raising a Series C round.  So what's the valuation?  —  Last summer, Twitter raised about $5 million at a $20 million valuation.
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
Nvidia declares the CPU dead  —  Gutterwatch Fare thee well, Intella, for we did love thee  —  A MISSIVE from a guy called Roy Taylor dropped into our paws, and we were intrigued by its contents.  —  Nvidian boy Roy basically declares that the CPU is dead, and Nvidia's chips do all the real work in a PC.
Kevin Purdy / Lifehacker:
Hardy Heron Makes Linux Worth Another Look  —  If you've flirted with the idea of switching your desktop operating system to Linux but never took the leap, the time is now.  This week's release of Hardy Heron, an Ubuntu release that will be supported until 2011, offers a freer, more productive space for work and play than ever before.
Stephen Shankland / Webware.com:
Jonathan Schwartz: A top blogger sees end to blogging  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Sun Chief Executive Jonathan Schwartz rightly gets credit for pioneering the corporate blog as a tool to reach customers, employees, and others.  But pretty soon the novelty of his methods will wear off, he predicted.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Presdo, The Magical Online Scheduler  —  I want you to stop what you are doing right now and go try Presdo.  It is a deceptively simple online scheduling assistant that is a prime example of what a modern Web app should be.  It only shows you what you need to see at the moment that you need to see it.
Discussion: CPM Advisors
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Apple to the Core  —  Apple this week bought a fabless chip company called PA Semiconductor and pundits far and wide are trying to explain the deal with broadly varying ideas, some of which are close but none seem to really understand what the deal is about.  In the short term this acquisition means precisely nothing to Apple users.
Josh Lowensohn / Webware.com:
WordPress founder talks traffic, new features to Web 2.0 crowd  —  You have to hand it to WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.  At his talk at today's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, he managed to be the first conference speaker to put up a picture of a LOLcat while actually tying it into what his company is all about.
 
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MacDailyNews:
RUMOR: Salesforce.com dumping Windows PCs, moving all 4000+ employees to Apple Macs
Sydney Morning Herald:
Spelling skillz optional 4 Lolcat job
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Josh Quittner / Time:
The Photoshop Guys Revealed!
Discussion: Netly News and Valleywag
 Earlier Items: 
Kurt Kleiner / New Scientist:
Happy spamiversary! Spam reaches 30
Mallory Simon / CNN:
Student ‘Twitters’ his way out of Egyptian jail
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Google's pointers on countering Web spam
BBC:
Hackers warn high street chains
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Facebook's Insatiable Hunger for Hardware
Linda Bustos / Get Elastic Ecommerce Blog:
Google Shaking Up URLs in Search Ads?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Keyword Search About To Hit Its Breaking Point?
Discussion: Hacking Cough and broadstuff
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
AT&T Wi-Fi Finally Hits Starbucks (in San Antonio)