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5:40 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: Los Angeles Times
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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:   $3.2 Billion WiMax Deal Goes Through. Take Cover.
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 …
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Rumors of Jerry Yang's Dethroning Are Greatly Exaggerated  —  Off with the Yahoo CEO's head!  —  Okay, maybe not so much, at least today.  —  Indeed, according to many sources, Jerry Yang's head still sits squarely on his neck.  —  And, moreover, his job as CEO has not been usurped …
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
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 …
Sarah Lacy:
Why Andreessen Solves Facebook's Board Problem  —  Facebook has a board problem.  Only it's a problem that any control-freak entrepreneur [ok, that's redundant] would love to have.  As Kara and others have reported, the sum total of Facebook's board is Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel and Jim Breyer.
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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?
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Ina Fried / Beyond Binary:
Microsoft resumes XP, Vista updates  —  Microsoft on Tuesday said it is resuming two major Windows updates that had been halted because of a conflict with one of its own software products.  —  A week ago, Microsoft delayed the release of Windows XP Service Pack 3 because of a problem …
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Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Synchronoss: Unlocked iPhones Are Killing Us  —  A lousy Q1 and scary message from Synchronoss (SNCR), which handles gadget activations for companies like AT&T (T) and Time Warner Cable (TWC): The company has “materially lowered” its growth expectations for 2008 “due in large part …
Discussion: Gizmodo and Tech Trader Daily
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phoenix.corporate-ir.net:   Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2008 Financial Results
APC:
eBay boss: “not offering PayPal is like buying heroin” … It took only took four minutes before the booing and hissing began, and not much longer before eBay vice president Simon Smith was comparing people who didn't want to use PayPal to drug addicts.  APC was there to give you a blow …
Discussion: Techdirt
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:
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Spot Runner raises $51 million to expand global media business  —  Spot Runner said it has raised $51 million in funding to expand its self-serve Internet advertising business.  —  The move confirms our earlier report that Spot Runner was in the midst of a big raise with a high valuation.
Discussion: BoomTown, CNET News.com and Mashable!
 
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Google Custom Search:
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Andy Kessler:
WSJ: The War for the Web
Discussion: Voices and O'Reilly Radar
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
Tam Hanna / TamsPPC:
Palm Zeppelin and Skywriter enter launch process
Craig Schmugar / McAfee Avert Labs:
Fake MP3s Running Rampant
Discussion: CNET News.com
Mason Inman / New Scientist:
Delaying data could cut net's carbon footprint
Discussion: CNET News.com
 Earlier Items: 
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
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Courts Should Reject Blizzard's Assault on the First Sale Doctrine
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Use TwitterFone For Easy Voice-To-Text On Twitter
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?
Marc Andreessen / blog.pmarca.com:
In praise of dual-class stock structures for public companies