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8:15 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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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.
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:
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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Dan Farber / Outside the Lines:
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 …
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
For Gamers, the Craving Won't Quit  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The troubled economy and rising prices for food and gas won't keep fast-twitch video gamers from splurging on their latest must-have diversion, Grand Theft Auto IV.  —  During the next two weeks, some five million couch jockeys …
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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 …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Video: OQO hacked to run Leopard, now world's smallest Mac  —  While greeted with heaps of initial skepticism, forum jockeys over at OQO Talk now seem convinced that a junior member by the name of TRF has successfully hacked the OQO to run OS X Leopard.  Adding a video filmed by Mr. Blurry Cam didn't hurt the cause.
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
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.
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?
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
New way to save energy: Disappearing ink  —  Think of it as the future of today's paper.  —  The Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and parent company Xerox are experimenting with a type of paper and a complimentary printer that would produce documents that fade away after 16 to 24 hours.
Discussion: VentureBeat
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 …
 
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