Xobni Co-founder Adam Smith Leaves

Adam Smith, co-founder of San Francisco-based Xobni is hanging his hat and leaving the company. He is giving up his position as the chief technology officer to Peter Monaco, formerly of TellMe. The company has raised $30 million in funding from Khosla Ventures and others.

Xobni Hits the BlackBerry

Xobni is one of those email utilities that when you try it you wonder how you lived without it. It integrates into Outlook and turns your email into a personal assistant. Xobni Mobile for BlackBerry is now available and brings the program’s power to the phone.

Yahoo Plans to Launch a Mail App Platform

Yahoo, I’ve learned, is planning to launch a new program that essentially turns its email offering into a platform on which to run applications — much in the same way Facebook does. Users’ address books would act as a social graph, essentially turning Yahoo Mail into the basis of a whole new social networking experience. Leveraging email infrastructure, as I’ve noted before, is the best hope a company like Yahoo has to challenge the social networking incumbents.

Southern Virginia goes all fiber

LENOWISCO Planning District Commission, a central planning agency for the Lee, Wise and Scott Counties and the City of Norton, Virginia has…