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8:30 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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
$3.2 Billion WiMax Deal Goes Through.  Take Cover.  —  The deal to combine Sprint Nextel's and Clearwire's fledgling WiMax businesses that was rumored last March is finally expected to go through.  Comcast and Intel are supposed to put in $1 billion each; Time Warner, $550 million; Google …
Discussion: Official Google Blog
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.
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 …
Yuri Kageyama / Associated Press:
Bill Gates says Microsoft going ‘independent’ way  —  TOKYO - Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said Wednesday the company isn't pursuing other deals following the withdrawal of its $47.5 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.  —  He said in Tokyo that the company put “a lot of effort” …
Discussion: Mashable!
Microsoft:
Microsoft, DAISY Make Reading Easier for People With Print Disabilities  —  Using Office Open XML files, users of Microsoft Office Word can now produce content in the world's most widely used assistive technology format.  —  Microsoft Corp. today joined with industry and advocacy group leaders worldwide …
Karl / DSLreports:
Comcast Considering 250GB Cap, Overage Fees  —  Insider provides details of new ‘protocol agnostic’ solution  —  A Comcast insider tells me the company is considering implementing very clear monthly caps, and may begin charging overage fees for customers who cross them.
Marc Canter / Marc's Voice:
My Words are my Sword  —  So since Kara Swisher did an open conversation with me - last year - and Marc Andreessen has chosen not to respond to my requests for public discourse on Ning's #'s (and I've left Brooke alone) and now that Marc is joining my favorite CEO's board - this is gonna get fun.
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Sarah Lacy:
Why Andreessen Solves Facebook's Board Problem
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 …
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 …
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Facebook Can Be Fun, But It's Also Useful  —  Mathew Ingram argues that Facebook is about fun, and that it's not that hard to turn a profit on a platform that's oriented around fun and games.  He's certainly right that fun and business aren't incompatible, but I think it's a mistake to discount how useful it can be.
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.
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 …
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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Bill Ray / The Register:
Ofcom plays precog on tomorrow's wireless world
Discussion: Guardian
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?
APC:
eBay boss: “not offering PayPal is like buying heroin”
Discussion: Techdirt
Kaj Arnö:
MySQL Server is Open Source, even Backup extensions
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Spot Runner raises $51 million to expand global media business
Tam Hanna / TamsPPC:
Palm Zeppelin and Skywriter enter launch process
 Earlier Items: 
Craig Schmugar / McAfee Avert Labs:
Fake MP3s Running Rampant
Mason Inman / New Scientist:
Delaying data could cut net's carbon footprint
Discussion: CNET News.com
Anders Bylund / Ars Technica:
New features, NBC shows still leave Zune playing catchup
Austin Modine / The Register:
HP strokes web 2.0 with immense NAS
Adam Pasick / MediaFile:
Breaking news, Twitter style
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
Jesse / 20bits:
The State of the Facebook Platform