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10:00 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
Discussion: TechCrunch and Susan Mernit's Blog
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.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
iPhone coming to Canada  —  Updated: Rogers Communications said Tuesday that it has a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada.  —  In a terse announcement, Rogers, the largest wireless provider in Canada, made the announcement and said little else.  Here's the full-text:
Discussion: Mark Evans
Canada NewsWire Group:
Rogers Issues Statement on the Apple iPhone  —  TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - Ted Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications Inc. today issued the following statement:  —  We're thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year.
Discussion: DSLreports and Gizmodo
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 …
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.
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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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 …
Matt Buchanan / Gizmodo:
Blackberry 9000 Already for Sale, Sorta Kinda  —  The Blackberry 9000 isn't due out till July or August, but a pair of distributor pre-release models have already hit eBay and been purchased by two anonymous buyers.  Remarkable not only for the legit-looking set of new pics confirming HSDPA and the 4.X OS …
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Joshua Fruhlinger / Engadget:
Unlocked Blackberry 9000 spotted on eBay with new pics
Discussion: PHONE Magazine and SMS Text News
Chris Morrison / VentureBeat:
Wigix wants to kill eBay  —  Ever gone to eBay in search of something — an iPod, say — and had to comb through an endless array of half-literate, confusing and possibly inaccurate listings?  —  Or perhaps you're a seller on eBay, and angry at its policies?
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.
Brandon Hill / DailyTech:
Windows XP Service Pack 3 Now Available  —  SP3 is finally available for download.  —  Last week, DailyTech reported that Service Pack 3 (SP3) for Windows XP was released to manufacturing (RTM).  At the time, Microsoft's Chris Keroack noted that consumers should expect to get their hands on the update April 29.
Discussion: Engadget
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BBC:
Loopholes keep Windows XP alive
Discussion: TechSpot
Scott M. Fulton, III / BetaNews:
Record labels take aim at a clever playlist ‘sharing’ operation  —  In what could be a precedent-setting case, recording companies are alleging that the Project Playlist Web site is guilty of infringement by enabling its own members to give other users access to unlicensed music files hosted by other sites.
Discussion: The Register and p2pnet
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