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5:55 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
Benjamin J. Romano / The Seattle Times:
Microsoft device helps police pluck evidence from cyberscene of crime  —  Microsoft has developed a small plug-in device that investigators can use to quickly extract forensic data from computers that may have been used in crimes.  —  The COFEE, which stands for Computer Online Forensic Evidence Extractor …
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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 …
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:   Microsoft Gives Vista Backdoor Keys To The Police
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.
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 …
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).
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 …
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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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
MicroHoo: How to Talk Without Moving Your Lips
Discussion: TechCrunch, Tech Beat, Epicenter and Bits
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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
End Of Speculation: The Real Twitter Usage Numbers  —  Speculation about Twitter's new round of financing is leading everyone to speculate on Twitter's actual penetration into the “mainstream,” or lack thereof.  —  Hitwise says web visits have increased 8x in the last year, albeit from a minuscule base.
The Jeff Pulver Blog:
What I look for in Startups  —  During the past ten years, what I look for in a startup has changed.  —  These days I no longer actively look for an opportunity to participate in the “A” round or “B” round of a startup, although I still do that from time to time.
Discussion: STARTUP CHATTER
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
Electronic Arts / EA-Land Blog:
EA-Land Drawing To A Close  —  It is with mixed emotions that today we are announcing the EA-Land experiment will soon draw to a close.  Since 2002, EA-Land / TSO has attracted a very special group of players (of which you are one) and we certainly appreciate your participation in the EA-Land community.
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Daniel Terdiman / Geek Gestalt:
‘EA Land’ closing just weeks after debut
Discussion: EA-Land Blog
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Strike Two: DataPortability Workgroup Logo Challenged, Again
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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Social media focus groups
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Tony Smith / The Register:
BT bundles MS Office with Linux laptop
Discussion: CrunchGear
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New Skype For Windows Released, Fixes Video Bugs
Carol Mangis / Gearlog:
Disney Enters Robotic Toy Market
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
If they mated: Intel and Cray to conceive x86 Linux monster
Discussion: hpcwire.com and Slashdot
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
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Yep It's Coming... AdSense in RSS Feeds
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
Derrik J. Lang / Associated Press:
‘Secret’ of ‘Scarlet’ is revealed
Discussion: WatchingTV Online and Engadget
Henry Blodget / Silicon Alley Insider:
Up For Grabs: $42 Billion of Newspaper Ad Revenue
Discussion: Glass House and WebGuild