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3:25 AM ET, April 29, 2008

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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
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name  —  So I was in Washington, D.C., this past weekend for a lovely wedding, traveling back to a city where I started my career and worked for 15 years after college.  —  And I conducted a little experiment among the more than 100 folks gathered for the wedding …
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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:   What Twitter brings to the party
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:   Twitter: Where Nobody Knows Your Name - Yet ?
Dan Farber / CNET News.com:
Silicon Alley Insider creates start-up valuation index  —  How much is Facebook, Wikipedia, or Twitter worth?  Silicon Alley Insider is attempting to crack the mysterious code on the valuations of the major Web start-ups with its SAI 25 Live!  It tracks the valuation of the private companies …
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Blodget Says Facebook Is Only Worth $9 Billion, Hypothetically Speaking
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.
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
Wendy Tanaka / Forbes:
Microsoft's Hostile Play  —  The silence is deafening.  The deadline for Yahoo! to accept Microsoft's buyout offer expired last Saturday without a word from either company.  —  The software giant, which has been officially pursuing the struggling Internet portal for nearly three months, has several options.
Discussion: TECH.BLORGE.com
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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: bub.blicio.us
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 …
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 …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
MySpace wins suit against ‘spam king’  —  Sanford Wallace, the so-called spam king, has often been accused of sending annoying messages that are typically ignored by the recipient.  Perhaps he considered a series of court orders as something he could blow off.  —  If he did he was wrong.
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
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.
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Exclusive Video: Psystar in the Wild  —  It's alive.  Reader Patrick (Whiskeyfrown) is lucky enough to be using one of the few Psystar Open Computing machines that have made it into the wild, and he was generous enough to make a video showing the machine (including the connections in the back to the monitor to show that it's legit).
Nathan McFeters / Zero Day:
Developers at fault?  SQL Injection attacks lead to wide-spread compromise of IIS servers  —  There's been a lot of noise and violent thrashing over the last couple days regarding a flaw that was originally believed to be a flaw in Microsoft's IIS (Internet Information Server) …
Discussion: TG Daily
Erica Ogg / CNET News.com:
Lenovo's 11-inch IdeaPad now available  —  Lenovo first introduced its new consumer notebook line, IdeaPad, back at CES in January.  Now, the smallest—and arguably best-looking—of the bunch is set to ship to consumers very soon.  —  The U110, Lenovo's foray into consumer-oriented ultraportable notebooks …
Discussion: Gizmodo and TechSpot
 
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Joel Hruska / Ars Technica:
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