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9:00 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.
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.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Media co. Cox eyes online ad growth, buys startup for $300M
Discussion: Adify Blog
John Leyden / The Register:
Spyware targets frustrated GTA IV gamers  —  Drive-by spam attacks blight carjack game launch  —  Gamers desperate to get their mitts on Grand Theft Auto IV are being targeted in an opportunistic spyware scam.  Spam emails offer prospective marks free entry to a draw offering a PlayStation 3 loaded …
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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 …
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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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.
Michelle Labrosse / New York Times:
When Your Laptop's Flight Is More Interesting Than Yours  —  I RUN my global project management business virtually.  So my backpack contains everything I need for work: my iPhone, G.P.S. locator, emergency snacks and, of course, my laptop, my link to the world and my business.
Discussion: GottaBeMobile
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 …
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.
Andy Space / 9 to 5 Mac:
Rogers Telecom confirms it will offer iPhone in Canada  —  Apple will introduce the iPhone in Canada later this year, working with Rogers Telecom to bring the device to the country.  —  This news has been confirmed this morning in a short statement from the Canadian network operator.
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?
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.
 
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