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10:05 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
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 …
Discussion: Rough Type and rexblog.com
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited:
Web still in its infancy at 15, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee  —  The BBC has done a couple of new items about the World Wide Web reaching its 15th birthday.  In the first, Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the Web is “still in its infancy”.  The story also quotes Robert Cailliau, who worked …
Discussion: BBC NEWS
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 and DSLreports
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Warner Spinning Off Cable Unit
Discussion: Engadget
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.
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 …
Villu Arak / Skype Blogs:
Skype 3.8 for Windows goes public with audio improvements, other tweaks  —  Beta-friendly users have been running Skype 3.8 for Windows since April 2.  But with the usual beta imperfections now sanded off, this audio-focused iteration of Skype is ready for public release.
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and Download Squad
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Skype For Windows Released, Fixes Video Bugs
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
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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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Google diving into 3D mapping of oceans  —  We've got Google Earth and Google Sky.  Next up will be a map of the world below sea level—Google Ocean.  —  The company has assembled an advisory group of oceanography experts, and in December invited researchers from institutions around the world to the Mountain View, Calif., Googleplex.
Discussion: Search Engine Land and Compiler
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.
Caroline McCarthy / Webware.com:
The artsy side of Google: Designers and innovators create iGoogle themes  —  If you thought Google's capacity for high design didn't go far beyond its primary-colored logo, think again.  The iGoogle personalized homepage has gotten some new flair thanks to the introduction of iGoogle Artist Themes …
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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Julian Sanchez / Ars Technica:
Is Lessig's Free Culture just a modern Das Kopyright?  —  April appears to be shaping up as National Slag Lawrence Lessig Month.  Last week, there was RedState's ill-starred effort to turn the Stanford legal scholar (and Barack Obama supporter) into the next Jeremiah Wright.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: IAC Q1 Revs Up 8 Percent; ‘New IAC’ Revs Up 22 Percent; Income Down 13 Percent  —  In its first report since a Delaware court win affirming chairman and CEO Barry Diller's authority, IAC (NSDQ: IACI) announced Q1 revenue of $1.6 billion an 8 percent increase from $1.49 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
 
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
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Richard Wray / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer launched on Virgin Media
Discussion: paidContent
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
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Disney Enters Robotic Toy Market
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
If they mated: Intel and Cray to conceive x86 Linux monster
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Nonprofit social networks reach escape velocity
Bill O'Brien / Computerworld:
Performance showdown: Flash drives versus hard disk drives
Hugh D'Andrade / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
MSN Music Pulls the Plug on Customers
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