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12:10 PM ET, April 30, 2008

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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.
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Business Wire:
Time Warner Inc. Reports First-Quarter 2008 Results  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - News) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2008.  —  Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes said: “Our results this quarter, particularly …
Discussion: IP Democracy
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
AOL's ad revenue growth stalls
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Time Warner Begins Death by 1,000 Cuts
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Time Warner (TWX): AOL's Ad Revenue In Line (Phew), But Still Lousy
Discussion: Valleywag
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft's Next Move on Yahoo Is Imminent  —  One Possibility  —  Is a Proxy Slate  —  To Replace Board  —  Microsoft Corp. is expected to make its next move in the three-month-old takeover standoff with Yahoo Inc. as early as Wednesday, as the two sides have failed to reach any negotiated acquisition deal.
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Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:   Microsoft To Make Non-Move Today?
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
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 …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Artsy side of search: Designers, pop stars create iGoogle themes  —  This is Google's video introducing its work with artists worldwide to create  —  beautiful, funky, and visually enticing iGoogle pages for the masses.  —  (Credit: Google)  —  If you thought Google's capacity for high design …
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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.
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
Court rejects RIAA's ‘making available’ piracy argument  —  The recording industry's music piracy fight was dealt a setback Tuesday when a federal judge rejected the RIAA's “making available” argument in a lawsuit against a husband and wife accused of copyright infringement.
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Chris Williams / The Register:
US beak pecks at RIAA's ‘making available’ filesharing attack
Discussion: p2pnet, Ars Technica and Bit Player
Timothy B. Lee / Ars Technica:
An elephant never forgets?  George W. Bush's lost e-mails  —  The case of the missing e-mail  —  A federal magistrate judge on Thursday chastised the Bush administration for failing to fully answer questions related to a long-running dispute over missing White House emails.
Discussion: CREW and Slashdot
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.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
United Online To Acquire Floral Company FTD For $800 Million; Guides Up For Q1  —  A dialup-access business, a social network... why not add a flower business?  United Online (NSDQ: UNTD), the ISP and parent of Classmates.com has announced the acquisition of FTD, the floral products company, for $800 million.
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Business Wire:   United Online Announces Preliminary Financial Results for Q1 2008
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.
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Report: Microsoft earmarks $1.5 billion to keep Yahoo employees  —  Microsoft plans to set aside $1.5 billion for employee retention at Yahoo, should it succeed in its unsolicited buyout bid for the Internet search pioneer, according to court documents in a shareholder lawsuit cited by the Wall Street Journal.
Igor Gajic / pcplay.hr:
PC PLAY - Magazine For The Next Level Generation  —  Crytek president Cevat Yerli: “Crysis as we have seen it is impossible.  Our internal focus is not linked to bring Crysis to consoles”  —  PC Play magazine had a chance to have a brief chat with Mr Cevat Yerli, a president of well-known German studio Crytek.
3Com Corporation:
3Com Announces Senior Leadership Changes to Accelerate Global Business Plan  —  Names Robert Mao New Chief Executive Officer and Ronald Sege New President and Chief Operating Officer; Sege Appointed to Board of Directors  —  3Com Corporation (NASDAQ: COMS) today announced that the company's Board …
Discussion: The Register, Computerworld and Xconomy
 
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Skype 3.8 for Windows goes public with audio improvements, other tweaks
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Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
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Max Goldbart / Deadline:
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