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10:30 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 …
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
Discussion: BBC NEWS
Margaret Kane / CNET News.com:
Time Warner to split off cable service  —  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 an AOL partnership with Yahoo.
Discussion: paidContent.org and DSLreports
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Tim Arango / New York Times:
Time Warner Spinning Off Cable Unit  —  Jeffrey L. Bewkes, the chief executive of Time Warner Inc., continued to trim what has for years been the world's largest media company by announcing Wednesday that it would completely spin off its cable company.  —  The news — which was not unexpected …
Discussion: Engadget
Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports First-Quarter 2008 Results
Discussion: IP Democracy
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's ad revenue growth stalls
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Microsoft Helps Law Enforcement Get Around Encryption  —  The growing use of encryption software — like Microsoft's own BitLocker — by cyber criminals has led Microsoft to develop a set of tools that law enforcement agents can use to get around the software, executives at the company said.
Discussion: TechSpot and ZDNet Government
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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.
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 …
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
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
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.
InfoWorld:
Tibco backing Microsoft Silverlight  —  Tibco Software is throwing its support behind Microsoft's new Silverlight browser plug-in technology for rich Internet applications and also is offering users of Microsoft Web services technology an alternative message platform.
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.
 
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Nancy Gohring / IDG News Service:
Sony Ericsson Combines Java and Flash
Discussion: Phone Scoop
Cade Metz / The Register:
US Department of Justice banned from Wikipedia
VELOCIX:
Velocix Announces the World's First Free Content Delivery Network
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Earnings: IAC Q1 Revs Up 8 Percent; ‘New IAC’ …
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
United Online To Acquire Floral Company FTD For $800 Million; Guides Up For Q1s
Richard Wray / Guardian:
BBC iPlayer launched on Virgin Media
Discussion: paidContent
David Chartier / Ars Technica:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Strike Two: DataPortability Workgroup Logo Challenged, Again
Discussion: FaceReviews
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Mint Moves Into Investment Tracking
Discussion: alarm:clock
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
If they mated: Intel and Cray to conceive x86 Linux monster
Discussion: hpcwire.com and Slashdot
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
The Boy Genius Report:
T-Mobile flipping the 3G power switch May 1st in NYC?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
End Of Speculation: The Real Twitter Usage Numbers