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3:50 AM ET, May 7, 2008

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Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Nears Deal With Clearwire  —  $12 Billion Joint Venture Secures Backing From Intel, Google and Cable Operators  —  Sprint Nextel Corp. and Clearwire Corp. are close to announcing a $12 billion joint venture that plans to roll out ultra fast wireless Internet access for cellphones …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
U.S. WiMAX Saved by $3.2 Billion Infusion  —  You can all Xohm now — and call it Clearwire.  The much talked about WiMAX joint venture between Clearwire and Sprint Nextel is going to happen and the news is going to come as soon as tomorrow.  The combined company is going to be worth $12 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A Technology Consortium Plans a Wireless Network  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A who's who of technology and telecommunications companies plans to announce on Wednesday that it intends to build the first of a new generation of nationwide wireless data networks, according to several people briefed on the deal.
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:   Sprint-ClearWire WiMax venture sees daylight
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Is Yang Still In Control At Yahoo?  —  Here's the latest Yahoo rumor that we're chasing: The Yahoo board of directors met earlier today and authorized chairman Roy Bostock, not CEO Jerry Yang, to call Ballmer about re-starting negotiations.  In fact, this rumor may have been behind the small rally …
The Boy Genius Report:
Apple and AT&T to launch iPhone 3G a lot sooner than we think?  —  Well, here's the story.  Let's start this off by saying that we think this might be a little bit too early, but you never know with Apple.  Anyways, we told y'all last year before the first iPhone launched that AT&T employees …
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Andreessen to Facebook Board?  —  Silicon Valley luminary Marc Andreessen (pictured here) has been asked to join the board of Facebook, according to several sources with knowledge of the situation.  —  While the arrangement is not completed yet, sources said the longtime entrepreneur …
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Sarah Lacy:   Why Andreessen Solves Facebook's Board Problem
Jesse / 20bits:
The State of the Facebook Platform  —  Something is wrong in the Facebook developer community.  Starting in March I began noticing that the level of activity in the Facebook developers forum was dropping sharply.  —  But it's numbers that matter, not vague impressions, so does the data back me up?
Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
XP SP3 now on Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center  —  While Microsoft was supposed to release Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) on April 29, 2008, the service pack only became unofficially available on the download.windowsupdate.com domain.  Today, XP SP3 has officially hit the Release to Web (RTW) milestone.
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Live Search:
More than a pretty face  —  Along with the release of our new search experience, we'd like to give some background into the design team and process that went into all the changes you see.  You might not immediately think of design as being a critical part of a search product, but we think it is …
Discussion: LiveSide and WebProNews
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Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Land:   Live Search's New Design Goes Live
Adam Pasick / MediaFile:
Breaking news, Twitter style  —  News of a possible explosion rippled through the popular online service Twitter on Tuesday, in a preview of what's to come in the realm of breaking news and citizen journalism.  Twitter is a so-called microblogging site that allows users to send and receive short messages.
Greg Sandoval / Washington Post:
Washingtonpost.com wants identities of readers who post comments  —  LOS ANGELES—If Jim Brady had his way, there would be no guaranteed anonymity for those who post comments to Washingtonpost.com.  —  Brady, executive editor of The Washington Post Brady has a notable history with this issue and I'll get to that.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
A $500 Million Week for Grand Theft Auto  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Grand Theft Auto IV, the latest iteration of the hit video game franchise, racked up first-week sales of $500 million, Take-Two Interactive, the game's publisher, plans to announce on Wednesday.  The report exceeded the sales expectations of analysts.
Discussion: CNET News.com and RyanSpoon.com
Kaj Arnö:
MySQL Server is Open Source, even Backup extensions  —  As reported yesterday from CommunityOne:  — MySQL Server is and will always remain fully functional and open source,  — so will the MySQL Connectors, and  — so will the main storage engines we ship.  —  In addition:
Craig Schmugar / McAfee Avert Labs:
Fake MP3s Running Rampant  —  Detection of a trojan named Downloader-UA.h was added to the McAfee DAT files several days ago.  Since that time more than 360,000 McAfee VirusScan Online users have reported detections, a whopping 32% of those reporting in the past 24 hours alone.
Discussion: CNET News.com
Nathan Willis / Linux.com:
What can you do with a second Ethernet port?  —  Purchase a new PC or motherboard soon, and the chances are good that it will come with two built-in network interfaces — either two Ethernet jacks or one Ethernet and one Wi-Fi.  Tossing in a second adapter is an inexpensive way for the manufacturer …
Tam Hanna / TamsPPC:
Palm Zeppelin and Skywriter enter launch process  —  A Palm insider has given us access to information that definitely and finally confirms the existance of two Palm devices currently codenamed Zeppelin and Skywriter.  —  The document that we are looking at covers a developer program …
 
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Addy Dugdale / Gizmodo:
HTC Launches the Diamond—Small and Very iPhone-esque
David Gonzales / Unwired View:
Nokia E71 coming on May 8?
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Hollywood producers suspend talks with Screen Actors Guild
Discussion: paidContent.org and Reuters
APC:
eBay boss: “not offering PayPal is like buying heroin”
Discussion: Techdirt
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Spot Runner raises $51 million to expand global media business
Mason Inman / New Scientist:
Delaying data could cut net's carbon footprint
Discussion: CNET News.com
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP strokes web 2.0 with immense NAS
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Motorola's cellphone business needs a new leader: okay, I'm in.
Discussion: Valleywag and Engadget Mobile
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Courts Should Reject Blizzard's Assault on the First Sale Doctrine
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Turn Your Point-and-Shoot into a Super-Camera
Discussion: Ubergizmo and Slashdot
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Global Telcos Plotting a Skype Rival?
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
More unofficial Mac clones up for sale on eBay
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
In praise of dual-class stock structures for public companies