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9:40 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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Mozilla's Tower of Babel, Powered by Mindtouch  —  Mindtouch's Deki Wiki is among the most used for enterprise solutions because of its ability to provide highly customized options that meet variant business needs.  The result is a consumer-facing page that often bears little resemblance to a wiki at all.
Discussion: VentureBeat and CenterNetworks
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.
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Cisco's half-full outlook  —  Cisco (CSCO) eased slowdown anxieties slightly by setting its sales target below its long-range forecast, but in line with expectations.  —  The San Jose networking gearmaker posted better than expected adjusted earnings of 38 cents a share up from 34 cents in the year-ago period.
Discussion: eWeek and Fortune
Jemima Kiss / PDA:
@ Magazines2008: Search, and why Ronseal headlines matter  —  Today's thread of digital seminars at Magazines 2008 seems rather sparsely attended and that's a bit unfair, given the decent panel.  We kick off with a session on search optimisation - and that's a little more interesting than it sounds.
Discussion: paidContent.org
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 …
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.
 
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Jim Gerace / Verizon:
Open Development and 700MHz
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WSJ: The War for the Web
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APC:
eBay boss: “not offering PayPal is like buying heroin”
Discussion: Techdirt
Kaj Arnö:
MySQL Server is Open Source, even Backup extensions
Tam Hanna / TamsPPC:
Palm Zeppelin and Skywriter enter launch process
Greg Sandoval / Washington Post:
Washingtonpost.com wants identities of readers who post comments
Adam Pasick / MediaFile:
Breaking news, Twitter style
Adam Pash / Lifehacker:
Turn Your Point-and-Shoot into a Super-Camera
Discussion: CrunchGear, Ubergizmo and Slashdot
Jesse / 20bits:
The State of the Facebook Platform