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12:25 PM ET, May 10, 2007

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Joost Closes $45 Million in Financing  —  Leading Venture Capital Firms and Content Owners Support Joost's Global Expansion  —  Index Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Li Ka Shing Foundation, CBS Corporation and Viacom Participate in Round  —  NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Joost&trade …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Joost Announces $45 million Funding From Sequoia, Index, CBS & Viacom  —  Internet TV startup Joost raised $45 million in a venture round of financing, the company will announce this evening.  Investors include Sequoia Capital, Index Ventures, CBS Corporation, Viacom and Chinese billionaire Li Ka-shing.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Skype founders raise $45m in Joost funding  —  Joost, the online video site established by the founders of Skype, has raised $45m in funding from four venture capital and media groups, just a week after launching the service.  —  Sequioa Capital, which backed Yahoo, Google and YouTube …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Internet TV company, Joost, raises $45M
Discussion: Social Media Club and Lost Remote
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:   Joost Gets Juiced
Sam Sethi / Vecosys:
Joost raises $45m
Discussion: Fred Destin
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Kevin 'Digg' Rose goes for 3rd startup  —  First Digg, then the online video network, Revision 3 and now another start-up!  —  Business Week poster boy Kevin Rose is rumored to have teamed up with Daniel Burka also of Digg, and first time entrepreneur Leah Culver and has started a new company.
PC World:
Editor in Chief Harry McCracken Returns to PC World  —  Had resigned in dispute with CEO Colin Crawford over editorial independence.  Crawford to return to prior IDG post.  —  Ramon G. McLeod, Editor, PCWorld.com  —  In a surprise announcement, Robert Carrigan, president of IDG Communications …
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Dylan Tweney / Epicenter:
PC World Brings Editor Back, Removes CEO
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
World Wide Web of Widgets  —  The web has seen an explosion in the use of widgets over the past year or so.  So let's explore what a widget is and its uses.  Note that in this post, we're discussing Web-based widgets only, rather than desktop widgets such as those provided by Yahoo Widgets or Microsoft's Vista widgets.
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Widget mania run amok?
Discussion: Online Media Cultist
Molly Graham / Google LatLong:
A new world unfolding  —  Posted by John Hanke, Director, Google Earth & Maps  —  Welcome to the Google "geo" blog.  As web mapping (dare I say "the geoweb"?) matures, we're finding that we have a lot more to communicate about new developments in Earth, Maps, Local, and our APIs.
Nokia:
Nokia becomes the first phone maker to add energy saving alerts to mobiles  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has launched the first mobile phones to include alerts encouraging people to unplug the charger once the battery is full, a move that could save enough electricity to power 85,000 homes a year.
Dale Nardozzi / previews.teamxbox.com:
First Look at Crackdown Downloadables (Xbox 360)  —  Crackdown began its life as an open sandbox game from former Grand Theft Auto gurus, spent its mid-life as a marketing experiment for Halo 3, and is kicking back as one of the best Xbox 360 games to date.  But this critically-acclaimed sci …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Zune to get wireless downloads, version 2 hardware, flash player  —  Sometimes you can never know for sure, but we've got some pretty convincing material from a Zune source which shows a beta build of firmware v1.4 (shown as 2.1.4, perhaps as an internal designation).
BBC:
Sounds bring Google Earth to life  —  As well as homing in on visual feasts around the globe, users of Google Earth may soon be able to listen to the sounds that accompany them.  —  A Californian company has created software that can layer relevant recorded sounds over locations in Google Earth, New Scientist reports.
Discussion: CrunchGear
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories:
Solid freeform fabrication: DIY, on the cheap, and made of pure sugar  —  In February we gave a sneak preview of our project to construct a home-built three dimensional fabricator.  Our design goals were (1) a low cost design leveraging recycled components (2) large printable volume emphasized …
Discussion: Engadget, MAKE Magazine, Neatorama and digg
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Yahoo hires economics, sociology researchers  —  Yahoo is hiring two scientists in the areas of economics and sociology to head up its research in online markets and social networks, the company is expected to announce Thursday.  —  R. Preston McAfee, the J. Stanley Johnson professor of business …
Stace / Unwired View:
NEXT GEN IPOD AND IPHONE NANO: FULL SCREEN WITH TOUCHPANEL AT THE BOTTOM  —  With introduction of an iPhone, Apple opened our eyes to the possibilities of full screen touch interfaces.  But such interfaces have one drawback - there's a limit how small you can make it.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Odeo Acquired By SonicMountain  —  Details are just coming out, but New York based SonicMountain, a new startup, has acquired Evan Williams' Odeo.  The announcement will come sometime tomorrow.  The price is not being disclosed but is in excess of $1 million, and the deal was all cash.
 
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