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5:50 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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
First a lawsuit, now Vonage loses CEO  —  Michael Synder, chief executive officer of Vonage, came, saw and scurried away.  Vonage chief executive resigned this morning, in what seems to be an un-ending string of bad news for the Holmdel, NJ-based VOIP service provider.  Snyder was the CEO of Vonage for less than a year.
Discussion: Epicenter and Smith On VoIP
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 …
Joe / Techdirt:   Sinking Vonage Ship Throws Captain Overboard
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.
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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 …
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Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   Bill, Sweet Jesus Say it Ain't So!
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
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.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Joost scores first deal with major broadcaster, CBS
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.
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Paula Lehman / Business Week:
MySpace Plays Chicken with Users  —  The popular social network is showing third-party widget makers—and its users—who really decides what content gets added to pages  —  Late on Apr. 10, photo-sharing site Photobucket began receiving complaints from users that slide shows and videos …
Discussion: Rough Type
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Close To Acquiring Rivals.com; Price Could Reach Nine Figures  —  You're reading it here first: Yahoo is close to making its biggest sports acquisition after, well, the Broadcast.com deal: the college sports network Rivals.com, paidContent.org has learned.
PR Newswire:
Apple Statement  —  CUPERTINO, Calif., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Apple today released the following statement:  —  iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned.  We can't wait until customers get their hands …
Kotaku:
Isle of Rhodes Site: Unlock GoW 2 HD Mode!  New Countdown!  —  Leave it to those pokey little puppies at GameFAQs to figure out that IsleofRhodes.org wasn't the suckfest we first thought it to be.  On the story page of the website, after hitting proceed to bypass the video, there are hidden Greek letters.
Discussion: PSP Fanboy, Game | Life and digg
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
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Beatles Settle With EMI, iTunes Back Catalogue Soon?
Discussion: Crave
Tina Wood / Channel 10:
Sprung: First (official) look at the Xbox 360 Spring Dashboard Update!  —  You might have heard some buzz ;) about a little thing called the spring dashboard update for Xbox 360!  You know I had to run right over to see what we'll be getting the week of May 7th.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Andrew Yoon / Joystiq:
Major Nelson talks Guitar Hero downloads, Halo 3
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 …
Business Wire:
Akamai Acquires Red Swoosh  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) announced today that it has acquired Red Swoosh, Inc. in an all-stock merger transaction.  The acquisition of Red Swoosh is valued at approximately $15 million, net of cash acquired.
Discussion: Valleywag and GigaOM
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DRM, lock-ins, and piracy: all red herrings for a music industry in trouble  —  A British media research company has peered into the music industry's crystal ball, and the outlook for the next couple of years isn't so hot.  Global music sales will drop to $23 billion in 2009 …
Stace / Unwired View:
TRUE APPLE MEDIA CENTER IN THE WORKS  —  Apple is working on a true Media Center.  Yes, I know, you've probably heard that before and it never really came true.  Yes Front Row is not a true media center and other interfaces provided by third parties are not true MCs too.  I fully agree with that.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CrunchGear
Federal Trade Commission:
FTC Issues Report on Marketing Violent Entertainment to Children  —  The Federal Trade Commission gave a mixed review of the movie, music, and video-game industries' self-regulatory programs and their marketing of violent entertainment products to children in its latest report to Congress.
 
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