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3:23 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.
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.
Discussion: WebGuild
Scott Moritz / Techland:
Sprint and Clearwire cleared for WiMax launch
Discussion: Techdirt, CrunchGear and Electronista
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 …
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 …
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  —  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.
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?
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.
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Interview with Neil Young on Music Piracy, MP3 Hell and Finding Freaks on the Web
Discussion: mathewingram.com/work
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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Emil Protalinski / One Microsoft Way:
XP SP3 now on Windows Update and Microsoft Download Center
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 …
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
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
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:
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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InfoWorld:
ISPs, Web sites must tackle piracy, says CBS, Viacom chief
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Spot Runner raises $51 million to expand global media business
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Archbishop Desmond Tutu a fan of free music
Amanda Fehd / Associated Press:
UMG confirms deal with Qtrax to allow free music downloads
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Courts Should Reject Blizzard's Assault on the First Sale Doctrine
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Synchronoss: Unlocked iPhones Are Killing Us
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
Eric Eldon / VentureBeat:
LinkedIn may — and should — use its new funding to go after the …
Discussion: paidContent.org
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
Chris Messina / FactoryCity:
When location is everywhere