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You’re reading it here first … After a year of mostly veiled references and speculation fueled by the involvement of Jeff Jarvis as an adviser and Craig Newmark as an investor, Daylife, the distributed news platform founded by Upendra Shardanand, is about to see the light of day — funded by roughly twice as many investors as it has employees. The New York Times Company is leading the round of more than two dozen investors and is putting up nearly half the amount; the company isn’t planning to release a number when the formal announcement is made in the next few days but it’s likely in the low-mid millions range.
Other investors include Doug Chertok and Rich LeFurgy through Archer Martin; Ken Lerer, the Huffington Post; Azeem Azhar; Andy Sack, Judy’s Book; Mike Yavonditte, Quigo; and Scott Heiferman, co-founder, Meetup. Several investors — among them Craig Newmark, Mike Arrington, Dave Winer, John Borthwick — have made their involvement public in recent months. A number of first-round participants also were angel investors including Newmark, Borthwick and Mika Salmi, CEO, Atom Entertainment.
I saw an early demo of Daylife last month but a number of changes have been made since then so I’m not sure what made the final cut. The mission is to gather and organize news in ways that are most relevant to the user. That could be by event, topic, author, geography or other factors. Source pages that show what a journalist writes about or who is quoted are part of the mix. RSS plays an important role. In an interview, Shardanand said the distributed platform — designed for use across multiple sites — will be open “to a degree” with options for revenue sharing and licensing for those doing a heavy volume. “Anyone can take what we’re building and add it to their own site

7 Responses to “News Start-up Daylife Raises First Round; NYTCO Leads Investors”

    • Aleksandar Skocajic

      Hi Frank,

                     I am Aleksandar Skocajic, author of this article above. Thank you for your opinion you have posted more than a year ago. I am on the court now vs. FOX and UNIVERSAL, but jurisdiction is awful / disaster. You can contact me directly if you have anything more.

                 Sincerely,                  Aleksandar Skocajic

  1. Naca Blumenthal

    After I have read above presented letter sent of Aleksandar Skocajic from Serbia, I am simply in shock. How is it possible : such a open theft which made FOX and UNIVERSAL PICTURES, their writers and producers. Such a thievs, the law needs to be punish, and send them into the jail for the many years and also to give honest reimbursement to that man for open stealing, his pains for more than 10 years about. Shame on them and for FOX and UNIVERSAL PICTURES. They disgraced all American Film Industry and its Film Companies, thousands film workers and the USA too. I invite all honest people and Institutions worldwide to help that man in his importunate fight against FOX and UNIVERSAL and HarperCollins.

    Cordially, Naca Blumenthal

  2. Vasil Ijas

    This is really one extraordinary situation. I found that some finance company from the USA could gives the support that man and provide him with suitable condition and possibility that he could fight against FOX and UNIVERSAL and HarperCollins, like companies who worth over $30 billion for sure, and opposite them is he, alone with no sources. I invite such a companies to help him, and possible get significant amounts when he got the case by the proper US court in the close future.

    Regards, Vasil Ijas

  3. Aleksandar Skocajic

    Dear Mr. ,

    From the reason of pure copyright infringement and plagiarism,I
    have sued FOX, UNIVERSAL and 7 film companies more, by the District Court here in my country.

    I was approaching to the start of the trial at December 26,
    2002, by the court here, where I have filed both lawsuit at Spring 2000.
    The Court have sent the summons for the trial to all nine defendants :
    in the begining of December 2001 over Foreign Offices of Yugoslavia,
    who have sent the official back letter to the court here in August 2002,
    reporting that Yugoslav Embassy in the USA, in Washington, was informed them, that Embassy have officially delivered all nine summons and lawsuits v. all nine defendants to the US State Department for handling all those material to all defendants. Eight defendants, all from the USA didn't approaching to the court in the date of trial, – December 26,2002, and State Department didn't send any back information, did they and when they have handled the summons to the defendants. Only distribution film company UIP from London, England, was approaching to the court through their represented attorney.

    Because those 8 defendants from the USA
    didn't appear in the court and didn't send any answer, I assume that
    they try to avoid their appearance to the court and I want to offer to
    you your possible representation v. all 8 defendants by appropriate US
    Federal court, and moving the case from here to the USA. For your
    information I have finally found 242 identical or similar scenes from my
    screenpaly MAGMA TOWN with FOX's film VOLCANO and about 80 scenes with UNIVERSAL's film DANTE'S PEAK.

    I put in the lawsuits my request of $28 million for recovery sum to me from all 9 defendants for total gross of both
    movies in the wide world for the year 1997. I have intention to give to
    handling additional request to the court for about additional $20
    million more for their earning from 1997 till 2002 for DVD and video sales.

    Also, I have recently discovered that HarperCollins Publishers Inc. from New York published two books VOLCANO using also my screenplay MAGMA TOWN.

    Here, regarding both paperbacks, I give to you the next notices :

    – V O L C A N O – L.A. erupts in 1997
    (writen from Jerome Armstrong and story by)
    Novelization by Richard Woodley, published
    through HarperPaperbacks in May 1997,
    ISBN :0-06-101165-7 and,

    web site :

    – V O L C A N O – The Coast Is Toast !
    (writen from Jerome Armstrong and story by)
    Novelization by Cathy East Dubowski,
    published through HarperTrophy in 1997,
    ISBN :0-06-440690-3

    web site :

    Also, publishing company W H Smith from London, United Kingdom,
    also has published book VOLCANO.

    I have found new information about 3 books VOLCANO printed in
    England :

    ISBN : 0708940676
    ISBN : 0006510485
    ISBN : 0061011657

    You can also find it if you go on web site
    and open it with ENTER.

    Trully, both books are little different written
    than film VOLCANO, and also they are in some way different, regarding
    each other.I have found that in film VOLCANO are about 140 identical
    or very similar scenes with my script and that is the base of my
    lawsuit v. FOX. In both your paperbacks it is less identical scenes with my screenplay than it is in film VOLCANO (probably J.Armstrong and both novelizators : R. Woodley and C.E. Dubowski have changed parts of plots and some scenes), but it stayed pretty much.

    If you are interested about possible legal representation of this law case, please let me know.

    I look forward to hearing from you !

    Very truly yours,

    Aleksandar Skocajic

    My address :

    11O5O B E O G R A D 22
    S E R B I A

    PHONE NUMBER : 011- 381 -11- 2836 – 304

    Best calling about 1,00 PM.

    E-mail address : [email protected]