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8:25 AM ET, April 30, 2008

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Scott Moritz / Techland:
AT&T to cut the price of Apple's new iPhone  —  AT&T (T) is planning to put some extra shine on the even sleeker new Apple (AAPL) iPhone.  —  When the 3G iPhone is introduced this summer, AT&T, the exclusive U.S. iPhone sales partner with Apple, will cut the price by as much as $200, according to a person familiar with the strategy.
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Saul Hansell / Bits:
The $199 iPhone?  Something's Missing from the Picture  —  Fortune reports that AT&T is preparing to offer a $200 subsidy for buyers of the next-generation iPhone, widely expected to be introduced this summer.  It writes that since the new, presumably faster models will start …
Discussion: Techlog, Gadget Lab and The Apple Core
MG Siegler / VentureBeat:
Boom! 3G iPhone. One more thing: $199
Discussion: Apple a Day
Darren Waters / BBC:
Web in infancy, says Berners-Lee  —  The world wide web is “still in its infancy”, the web's inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee has told BBC News.  —  He was speaking ahead of the 15th anniversary of the day the web's code was put into the public domain by Cern, the lab where the web was developed.
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Professor Nigel Shadbolt / BBC:
Future web  —  Exactly 15 years ago the directors at the lab where the web was first developed signed a document which said the technology could be used by anyone free of charge.  —  That decision was instrumental in making the web truly world wide.  BBC News talks to some of the leading figures …
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
New Microsoft law enforcement tool bypasses PC security  —  Microsoft revealed its development of a digital forensic analysis toolkit at a security conference yesterday as part of a wider discussion of how technology can be used to fight crime.  The Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Oh.  My.  God.  Marvel Moves To Shut Down Our Iron Man Screening  —  Marvel has sent us a cease and desist letter demanding that we cancel the Iron Man event tomorrow at the AMC Metreon in San Francisco.  We are not canceling the event yet - stay tuned as our lawyers work this out.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
As Broadband Growth Slows, Expect Speed Boosts  —  The demand for broadband in the U.S., after growing at an explosive rate for almost two years, has started to slow, largely due to high market penetration rates and a struggling economy.  UBS Research forecasts that the number …
Discussion: Darren Herman and VoIP Watch
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ready To Rumble: Here's Who Microsoft Will Bring To a Hostile Fight Over Yahoo  —  Microsoft does not like to be rushed.  Everyone is waiting for its next move, now that the deadline it set for Yahoo to accept its takeover bid expired last Saturday.  And everyone can keep waiting.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Relaunching Measure Map  —  Those of you who remember MeasureMap are long time readers of this blog.  It was a blog-centered analytics service that first surfaced in August 2005.  The service was created by San Francisco based Adaptive Path.  The first details emerged in October 2005.
Apple:
Java for Mac OS X 10.5 Update 1 adds support for Java SE 6  —  This update provides Java SE 6 version 1.6.0_05.  —  This release does not change the default version of Java.  This release is only for Mac OS X v10.5.2 and later, and should not be installed on earlier versions of Mac OS X …
Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social media focus groups  —  People have told me over the past year that I'm obsessed with Twitter and that my obsession should be on Mahalo.  Of course, I see Twitter as akin to breathing and talking for business—essential.  What's the point of having over 20,000 followers on Twitter folks have asked me.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mint Moves Into Investment Tracking  —  Silicon Valley-based startup Mint, which provides a service that lets users manage their checking, savings and credit card accounts online, will launch a new product on May 6 that let's users track virtually any type of investment account as well.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
XP SP3 not generally available yet, after all  —  Microsoft has decided not to release Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 to Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center as planned on April 29.  The reason?  A last-minute compatibility issue with a Microsoft application — Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System (RMS).
John Markoff / New York Times:
Race Is on to Advance Software for Chips  —  PALO ALTO, Calif. — In the computer world's equivalent of “The Amazing Race,” three rival teams of computer researchers are working on new types of software needed to better use computer chips that can process many tasks at the same time.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Time Warner to split off cable services  —  Time Warner is splitting off its cable services division, the company said Wednesday.  —  Time Warner currently owns around 84 percent of Time Warner Cable.  The media giant, which has been struggling of late, has been rumored to be discussing merging the AOL division with Yahoo.
Discussion: paidContent.org
Sam Ramji / Port 25:
Managing Towards Open  —  I have the exciting—and humbling—privilege of interacting almost every day with technical and business experts who are creating the future of software—including both core engineering teams at Microsoft and thought leaders across the full spectrum of diverse open source communities.
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
‘EA Land’ closing just weeks after debut  —  Earlier this month, I wrote that Electronic Arts had made an announcement to members of its long-running but poorly received virtual world, The Sims Online, that it was re-branding the service as EA Land.  —  On Tuesday, however …
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David Chartier / Ars Technica:
First look: Wigix puts eBay in online marketplace crosshairs
Discussion: Rev2.org
Microsoft:
Madonna April 30 U.S. Performance at New York City's Roseland …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Strike Two: DataPortability Workgroup Logo Challenged, Again
Discussion: FaceReviews
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Skype For Windows Released, Fixes Video Bugs
Carol Mangis / Gearlog:
Disney Enters Robotic Toy Market
Discussion: VentureBeat, Engadget and Gizmodo
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
If they mated: Intel and Cray to conceive x86 Linux monster
Discussion: hpcwire.com
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nonprofit social networks reach escape velocity
Bill O'Brien / Computerworld:
Performance showdown: Flash drives versus hard disk drives
 Earlier Items: 
Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
MSN Music Pulls the Plug on Customers
The Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile flipping the 3G power switch May 1st in NYC?
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
The Smear Campaign Against Larry Lessig And Free Culture
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MacBook Air hacked with internal EV-DO — finally lives up to its name
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Judge deals another blow to RIAA's making available theory
Nick / Rough Type:
McKinsey surveys the new software landscape
Discussion: Open Sources
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
End Of Speculation: The Real Twitter Usage Numbers
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
What I look for in Startups  —  During the past ten years …
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER