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12:05 PM ET, May 7, 2008

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Larry Alder / Official Google Blog:
Investing in the future of the open Internet  —  As you may have read, Google, Comcast, Intel Capital, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Trilogy Equity Partners have entered into an agreement to invest $3.2 billion in a new wireless broadband company.
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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: eWeek
Clearwire News Room:
Sprint and Clearwire to combine WIMAX businesses, creating a new mobile broadband company  —  Intel, Google, Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to Invest  —  $3.2 Billion in Combined Company, at Target Price of $20.00 per Share  —  Formation of New Company Brings Together …
Michelle Chapman / Associated Press:
Clearwire, Sprint Nextel to form $14.55B wireless company
Discussion: The Tech Report
Wall Street Journal:
Sprint Nears Deal With Clearwire
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!, BetaNews and SarahLacy.com
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft's Corporate Development Strategy Changing Daily  —  Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates told the press in Tokyo yesterday that the company “isn't pursuing other deals following the withdrawal of its $47.5 billion takeover bid for Yahoo.”  Their experience dealing with Yahoo, apparently, has put them off acquisitions altogether.
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.
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John Timmer / Ars Technica:
Comcast mulling metered access, 250GB monthly bandwidth caps
Discussion: DSLreports
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.
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Steven Musil / CNET News.com:   ‘Grand Theft Auto IV’ makes a killing in first week
Arik Hesseldahl / Business Week:
Apple's Board: Still Room for Schmidt?  —  The Google CEO's spot on Apple's board could go from awkward to untenable as the search giant's mobile push brushes up against the iPhone  —  Until now, having Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt sit on Apple's (AAPL) board of directors has made a lot of sense.
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
Discussion: Voices
CNN:
Viacom Chairman: Won't Tolerate Piracy By Video Sharing Web Sites  —  SEOUL -(Dow Jones)- Sumner Redstone, executive chairman of Viacom Inc. (VIA, VIAB) and CBS Corp. (CBS), Tuesday called on Internet operators to step up protection of content providers' copyrights and reiterated …
Caroline McCarthy / The Social:
Brightkite: A bright future for mobile social networking?  —  “Do you have a Brightkite invite yet?”  —  I was asked that question at least three times at last month's Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco, one of those gatherings where an invitation to the latest private-beta social network is a coveted status symbol.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft Live Mesh to get more competition — from Sun  —  At the opening day of JavaOne on May 6, Sun officials began laying out their vision for a future cloud-computing platform, code-named Hydrazine, that Sun plans to field against competitive offerings from Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others.
Discussion: Wide Awake Developers and eWeek
Bill Ray / The Register:
BT Fusion rises again  —  Son of Fusion is here - BT has launched what it's calling “Total Broadband Anywhere”, with Windows Mobile handsets from HTC and membership of BT's FON network.  —  Last time we discussed Fusion with BT they told us it was far from dead, and while this new offering might lack …
Discussion: Electronista
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Ban ‘Second Life’ in schools and libraries, Republican congressman says  —  Some politicos in the U.S. Congress may be embracing Second Life (pictured here is California Democrat George Miller's press conference in the virtual world last year).  But Illinois Republican Mark Kirk says it's …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Test: Does Your ISP Slow Down BitTorrent Traffic?  —  A while back we posted about the plugin Azureus had developed, which allowed people to check whether their ISP is interfering with their traffic.  The results showed that indeed quite a few ISPs were, but the plugin didn't provide the user with direct feedback.
Discussion: DSLreports
 
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Chris Foresman / Infinite Loop:
Apple rolls out 5th beta of iPhone SDK, UIKit still in flux
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Spot Runner Adds to War Chest, May Move Into Print
Matthew Moskovciak / CNET News.com:
Pioneer offers up 2 new Blu-ray players
Discussion: Engadget and Electronista
Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
AMD: Intel's misdeeds killing our long-term sustainability
Scott Ferguson / eWeek:
Dell Expands Virtualization Offerings
Discussion: The Register
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Senator to ISPs: “Think twice” about 'Net neutrality... or else
Discussion: CNET News.com and Digg
Michael Perry / Reuters:
Pope goes digital to better connect with youth
Jim Gerace / Verizon:
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
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Discussion: VentureBeat and CenterNetworks
John Oates / The Register:
Peter Gabriel's website is back
Timothy Lee / Techdirt:
Facebook Can Be Fun, But It's Also Useful
Microsoft:
Microsoft, DAISY Make Reading Easier for People With Print Disabilities
Andy Kessler:
WSJ: The War for the Web
Discussion: O'Reilly Radar and Voices
APC:
eBay boss: “not offering PayPal is like buying heroin”
Discussion: Techdirt
Nathan Willis / Linux.com:
What can you do with a second Ethernet port?
Discussion: Digg
Greg Sandoval / Washington Post:
Washingtonpost.com wants identities of readers who post comments