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5:35 AM ET, April 29, 2008

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Alec Saunders SquawkBox:
Interview with JAJAH's Daniel Mattes on the eve of their deal with Yahoo!  —  Thought JAJAH was old news?  Think again.  Having attracted a whopping 10 million users in the last two years, up from 2 million just last year, they're now expanding their business in dramatically new directions with the launch of JAJAH Managed Services.
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
Jajah Telephony Lands Yahoo as First Client
Michael Learmonth / Silicon Alley Insider:
Cox Buys Ad Network Adify For $300M  —  Heard through the electronic grapevine and haven't been able to confirm: Cox Enterprises, the privately-held parent of Cox Newspapers and Cox Communications, is buying Adify, one of few remaining online ad networks of significant scale.  Supposed Purchase price: $300 million.
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Online Ad Network Adify Sold To Cox For $300 Million Plus Earnout  —  Adify, the white-label online ad network, has been sold to an unlikely buyer, Cox [Communications] Enterprises, for about $300 million and earn out, we have learned and confirmed from sources.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Ad Platform Adify Sold To Cox Enterprises For $300 Million (Updated: Confirmation)
Discussion: Washington Post and RyanSpoon.com
Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
What Twitter brings to the party  —  To this point, I have avoided getting into the conversations weighing the value and future of Twitter, FriendFeed, and the latest generation of community communications services.  They clearly represent an evolution of instant messaging and the triumph of the feed.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:   Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name - Yet ?
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking  —  Putting a value on private companies is hard enough for insiders and venture capitalists who have full access to the company's financial statements.  When outsiders try to do it, even well-informed ones, it is nothing more than a guessing game.
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Tom Foremski / IMHO:
Where's the next new thing in Silicon Valley?  —  Excellent article by Jeff Nolan, an ex-VC, writing in SandHill.com on venture capital investments and locating the next big thing.  —  Incrementalism and “The New New Thing” - With all the venture capital moving around in the Silicon Valley, where is the real innovation?
Discussion: broadstuff and bub.blicio.us
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Pixar Backdating Scandal Reverberates At Google (GOOG)  —  Remember the big backdating scandal of, um, 2005 and 2006?  It hasn't gone away.  And it's touching companies that have so far remained unscathed: Today Google disclosed that board member Ann Mather is about to face civil charges …
David Kravets / Threat Level:
Hans Reiser Guilty of First Degree Murder  —  OAKLAND, California — Jurors found Linux programmer Hans Reiser guilty of first degree murder on Monday, concluding he killed his estranged wife in 2006.  The verdict followed a nearly six-month trial and nearly three days of deliberation
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Yelp Lets Businesses Fight Back  —  Local businesses have a love/hate relationship with review site Yelp: The site sends new customer leads to the businesses reviewed.  But businesses can also be reviewed (and trashed) without even knowing Yelp exists.  —  Businesses like Oakland coffee …
Discussion: SarahLacy.com
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
RIAA files copyright suit against Project Playlist  —  The recording industry has filed a lawsuit alleging that Project Playlist, the company that provides an embeddable music player most often used at MySpace and Facebook, has violated its copyright.  —  According to a copy of the complaint obtained …
BBC:
Drowning in data  —  There is no doubt that video is big on the net.  But is it getting too big?  —  Ask AT&T and it will answer - yes.  —  Speaking in London in late April, Jim Cicconi, AT&T's vide president of legal affairs, said the burgeoning amount of video would consume all the net's bandwidth in two years.
Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
Yahoo to outsource Messenger phone calls to Jajah  —  NEW YORK - Yahoo Inc. is outsourcing the Internet telephone functions of its instant messaging program to the startup Jajah.  —  Jajah will connect the calls to and from users of Yahoo Messenger and handle billing and customer care, the startup said Tuesday.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
Jim Puzzanghera / Los Angeles Times:
Hollywood taking sides in network neutrality debate  —  Studios and artists split over its effects on digital distribution.  —  WASHINGTON — Hollywood believes the Internet is the key to its future.  But its constituents are again squabbling over how to get there.
Steven Musil / CNET News.com:
‘Grand Theft’ reviews give Take-Two a boost  —  Shares of game publisher Take-Two were up Monday on the heels of positive reviews of the forthcoming video game Grand Theft Auto IV, which is being released to the public at midnight Tuesday.  —  Shares of the game publisher traded as high as $27.10 …
Brian Steinberg / AdAge:
The End of Network News as We Know It?  —  Decreases in Ads and Viewers Mean Change Is in the Air for Big Three  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — The big three TV network newscasts lost about 1.2 million viewers last year, and advertising on their three big morning news shows fell to an estimated $1.03 billion.
Mukund Mohan / Best Engaging Communities:
The new barriers to adoption for your startup  —  If you have a Internet / Web / Software startup and are looking to either a) raise money or b) hire people or c) sell to your customers or pretty much do anything “normal” any other startup would do you've heard this question before …
 
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Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Bing Gordon leaves Electronic Arts to join Kleiner Perkins
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Voxel Takes Aim at CDNs, Amazon S3 Service
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Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Adventurers Unite on National Geographic's TOPO Explorer
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Chris Kanaracus / IDG News Service:
Ribbit Launches Phone Service for Salesforce
Michael Masnick / Techdirt:
Judge Dismisses DMCA-Abuse Lawsuit Over Video Of Baby Dancing To Prince
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Two Years Later, MySpace Karaoke Launches
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Nathan McFeters / Zero Day:
Developers at fault? …
Discussion: TG Daily
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Lenovo's 11-inch IdeaPad now available
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