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4:55 PM ET, April 12, 2007

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PR Newswire:
Vonage Holdings Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steps Down  —  HOLMDEL, N.J., April 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Vonage Holdings Corp. (NYSE: VG - News), a leading provider of broadband telephone services, today announced that Michael Snyder stepped down from his position as Chief Executive Officer …
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Jeffry Bartash / MarketWatch:
Founder takes over Vonage in big shift  —  Under pressure over Verizon suit, company to restructure  —  WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Jeffrey Citron, the controversial founder of Vonage Holdings Corp., reassumed leadership of the embattled Internet-phone company on Thursday and unveiled steep cost cuts …
Joe / Techdirt:   Sinking Vonage Ship Throws Captain Overboard
Om Malik / GigaOM:
First a lawsuit, now Vonage loses CEO
Discussion: Smith On VoIP
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Vonage Speaks - Want to be Their CEO?
Discussion: VoIP & Gadgets Blog
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Can PhotoBucket Survive Without MySpace?  —  There was a lot of fingerpointing, denials, and "he said, she said" going on today as everyone digested the news that MySpace had blocked PhotoBucket's 40 million members from embedding videos into their MySpace pages.
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Paula Lehman / Business Week:
MySpace Plays Chicken with Users  —  The popular social network is showing third-party widget makers—and its users—who really decides what content gets added to pages  —  Late on Apr. 10, photo-sharing site Photobucket began receiving complaints from users that slide shows and videos …
Discussion: Rough Type
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Photobucket CEO: Our videos don't have ads
Discussion: Adweek and Deep Jive Interests
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google's acquisition strategy should think small (and mobile)  —  When it comes to Google's acquisition strategy the search giant may be better off playing small ball.  —  Sure Google's purchase of dMarc and YouTube are significant deals that get a lot of attention-lately as potential busts in the making.
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Frank Taylor / Google Earth Blog:
New Google Maps Feature - 2.5D Buildings  —  Google is yet again adding features to Google Maps which bring it closer to Google Earth.  In February Google added building outlines to major cities when you zoom in close.  Now Google has added 2.5D buildings to some of those cities for Google Maps.
Ogle Earth:
Google Maps repurposes Google Earth's 3D content  —  Convergence between Google Earth and Maps continues: Highest zoom levels in Google Maps for 38 US cities now sport 2.5D buildings, repurposed from Google Earth's default 3D layer, like so:  —  It's not Microsoft's Bird's Eye view …
Discussion: The Map Room
Angus Kidman / APC:
Windows XP to be phased out by year's end despite customer demand  —  Computer makers have been told they'll no longer be able to get Windows XP OEM by the end of this year, despite consumer resistance to Vista and its compatibility problems.  —  By early 2008, Microsoft's contracts …
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Tony / Deep Jive Interests:   Bill, Sweet Jesus Say it Ain't So!
Kate Holton / Reuters:
EMI and Beatles settle royalty dispute  —  The company representing The Beatles has settled a 30 million-pound ($59 million) royalty dispute with EMI Group (EMI.L: Quote, Profile , Research), in a deal that could finally pave the way for the Liverpool band's music to go online.
Discussion: MacUser and Gizmodo
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Robert Andrews / paidContent.org:
Beatles Settle With EMI, iTunes Back Catalogue Soon?
Discussion: Crave
David Kaplan / paidContent.org:
CBS To Announce Deals With AOL, MSN, Joost; In Talks With NBC U-News Corp: Report  —  CBS could announce as early as today deals to distribute its TV shows and other video programming via MSN, AOL and Joost, WSJ reports.  CBS would be the first major network to have such an arrangement with Joost.
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Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Joost scores first deal with major broadcaster, CBS
Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
Yahoo Close To Acquiring Rivals.com; Price Could Reach Nine Figures  —  You're reading it here first: Yahoo is close to making its biggest sports acquisition after, well, the Broadcast.com deal: the college sports network Rivals.com, paidContent.org has learned.
Business Wire:
Akamai Acquires Red Swoosh  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) announced today that it has acquired Red Swoosh, Inc. in an all-stock merger transaction.  The acquisition of Red Swoosh is valued at approximately $15 million, net of cash acquired.
Discussion: Valleywag and GigaOM
Victor Keegan / Guardian:
To the average Joe, blogs aren't cutting it  —  This month's state of the blogosphere survey by Technorati, the monitoring service, was greeted as if it were the online equivalent of the President's State of the Union address.  It undoubtedly reveals a fascinating array of statistics …
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
Y Combinator's WriteWith Launches - Collaborative Blogging  —  We mentioned WriteWith in a roundup post last month on new Y Combinator startups.  They've created a group writing platform that falls somewhere between a blogging platform, a wiki, and an online Word clone.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Preview of Pageflakes "Flurry" Release  —  Personalized home page startup Pageflakes is under new management.  The Benchmark-funded startup opened an office in Silicon Valley and brought on Dan Cohen, who previously led the teams working on Google IG and then My Yahoo, as CEO.
Discussion: Techscape
 
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Sony: 1,000,000:1 OLED TV on sale in 2007
Discussion: Digital World and digg
Burtonator / Kevin Burton's Feed Blog:
The Ethics of Valleywag  —  Tonight at STIRR I left my cell phone …
Discussion: Valleywag and Epicenter
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
DRM, lock-ins, and piracy: all red herrings for a music industry in trouble
Discussion: TeleRead and Listening Post
Nick Starr / The Boy Genius Report:
Samsung SCH-i760 gets FCC Nod
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BBC:
Chips stack up in third dimension
Discussion: Engadget
First Coast News:
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Andrew Shebanow / Shebanation:
The Death of UI Consistency
Samsung:
SAMSUNG Launches New Mobile WiMAX Devices in Korea
Joyce Wadler / New York Times:
The Drive-In Without the Drive
Discussion: Gizmodo and CinemaTech
Mike / Techdirt:
Cingular, Qwest Shocked That People Don't Like It When They …
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Stace / Unwired View:
TRUE APPLE MEDIA CENTER IN THE WORKS
Discussion: Gizmodo, Engadget and CrunchGear
Geoff Adams-Spink / BBC:
Braille converter eases web use
Discussion: Neowin.net
David Lenehan / Read/WriteWeb:
The World Of Wikis  —  WetPaint, a popular hosted Wiki solution …
Discussion: digg
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