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3:25 PM ET, April 12, 2007


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PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steps Down  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone services, today announced that Michael Snyder stepped down from his position as Chief Executive Officer …
Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
Founder takes over Vonage in big shift  —  Under pressure over Verizon suit, company to restructure  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Jeffrey Citron, the controversial founder of Vonage Holdings Corp., reassumed leadership of the embattled Internet-phone company on Thursday and unveiled steep cost cuts …
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Vonage Speaks - Want to be Their CEO?
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Vonage shakeup: CEO resigns, cost-cutting announced
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?  —  There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and "he said, she said" going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket's 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Photobucket CEO: Our videos don't have ads
Discussion: Deep Jive Interests and Adweek
Nick / Rough Type:
You ain't going nowhere
Discussion: Associated Press
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's acquisition strategy should think small (and mobile)  —  When it comes to Google's acquisition strategy the search giant may be better off playing small ball.  —  Sure Google's purchase of dMarc and YouTube are significant deals that get a lot of attention-lately as potential busts in the making.
Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
New Google Maps Feature - 2.5D Buildings  —  Google is yet again adding features to Google Maps which bring it closer to Google Earth.  In February Google added building outlines to major cities when you zoom in close.  Now Google has added 2.5D buildings to some of those cities for Google Maps.
Ogle Earth:
Google Maps repurposes Google Earth's 3D content  —  Convergence between Google Earth and Maps continues: Highest zoom levels in Google Maps for 38 US cities now sport 2.5D buildings, repurposed from Google Earth's default 3D layer, like so:  —  It's not Microsoft's Bird's Eye view …
Discussion: The Map Room
Angus Kidman / APC:
Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand  —  Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance to Vista and its compatibility problems.  —  By early 2008, Microsoft's contracts …
Paul R. La Monica / Media Biz:
Apple changes its iTune?  —  Since Apple (AAPL) launched its wildly successful iTunes music store back in 2003, CEO Steve Jobs has adamantly refused to offer a monthly subscription service.  If you want to buy music from iTunes, you do it either by the single or the album, that's it.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DRM, lock-ins, and piracy: all red herrings for a music industry in trouble
Discussion: TeleRead and Listening Post
Kate Holton / Reuters:
EMI and Beatles settle royalty dispute  —  The company representing The Beatles has settled a 30 million-pound ($59 million) royalty dispute with EMI Group (EMI.L: Quote, Profile , Research), in a deal that could finally pave the way for the Liverpool band's music to go online.
Discussion: MacUser and Gizmodo
Robert Andrews /
Beatles Settle With EMI, iTunes Back Catalogue Soon?
Discussion: Crave
David Kaplan /
CBS To Announce Deals With AOL, MSN, Joost; In Talks With NBC U-News Corp: Report  —  CBS could announce as early as today deals to distribute its TV shows and other video programming via MSN, AOL and Joost, WSJ reports.  CBS would be the first major network to have such an arrangement with Joost.
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Joost scores first deal with major broadcaster, CBS
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
To the average Joe, blogs aren't cutting it  —  This month's state of the blogosphere survey by Technorati, the monitoring service, was greeted as if it were the online equivalent of the President's State of the Union address.  It undoubtedly reveals a fascinating array of statistics …
Rafat Ali /
Yahoo Close To Acquiring; Price Could Reach Nine Figures  —  You're reading it here first: Yahoo is close to making its biggest sports acquisition after, well, the deal: the college sports network, has learned.
Discussion: and
Nick Starr / The Boy Genius Report:
Samsung SCH-i760 gets FCC Nod  —  The Samsung SCH-i760 has been approved by the FCC, meaning we will be seeing it hit shelves of a certain CDMA carrier soon.  It will provide the Windows Mobile 6 experience, intergrating with your Office programs with ease.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Crave, CrunchGear and Gadgetell
Andrew Shebanow / Shebanation:
The Death of UI Consistency  —  Yesterday, John Gruber posted a gripe about the new CS3 panels and palettes and how horrible it is that Adobe put the close box on the right side.  To John, this seemed horribly un-Mac-like, and in trademark style he concludes his gripe with an elitist …
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
How To Make Your Nokia N95 100 Percent  —  It seems some of the global mobile carriers in some parts of the world just can't let a great phone stay great.  I'm referring to the Nokia N95 that has more bells and whistles than just about any mobile phone on the planet.
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The World Of Wikis  —  WetPaint, a popular hosted Wiki solution …
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Discussion: Nivi
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