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5:30 PM ET, November 19, 2006

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Wall Street Journal:
The 'Peanut Butter Manifesto'  —  An internal document by Brad Garlinghouse, a Yahoo senior vice president, says Yahoo is spreading its resources too thinly, like peanut butter on a slice of bread.  Full text of the document is below.  —  Three and half years ago, I enthusiastically joined Yahoo! …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Brad Garlinghouse Makes His Power Move  —  Brad Garlinghouse, the Yahoo SVP who owns massive pieces of the overall organization (front page, mail, IM, etc.) wrote an email memo to senior staff about his views on the state of Yahoo.  The entire email, including typos …
Fred / A VC:
The Truth From Inside Yahoo!  —  Brad Garlinghouse's memo is worth reading if you do business with Yahoo!, work for them, own their stock, or care about competition at the top of the Internet pyramid.  —  Having sold a few companies to Yahoo! and watched another sell out before we could invest …
Discussion: Labnotes
Allenjs / Better Living through Software:
Yahoo! Peanut Butter?  —  Everyone is chattering about the Yahoo! Peanut Butter Manifesto.  Every BigCo has problems of overlap, lack of accountability, and people who think those problems are worse or better than they really are.  —  In this case, though, I'm a bit confused by the memo.
Discussion: Scripting News
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
YAHOUCH!  —  For the past few quarters, many of us have sensed something of a malaise brewing inside Yahoo.  (My first question to David Filo at Web 2, for example, was centered on Yahoo's sliding image as an innovator, and how it's languished compared to Google in terms of search and monetization).
mathewingram.com/work:
Yahoo! This peanut butter is del.icio.us
Discussion: Valleywag
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Yahoo's Internal Alarms Go Off; Loud Wake-up Call From SVP Splashes …
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Live from Nintendo's Wii launch in New York  —  We're hanging out at Toys "R" Us Times Square this evening, getting all ready for a bazillion people to get their respective Wii on.  As of 9PM the line is already mind boggling, but the word is Toys "R" Us is stocked with [5,000] …
Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Sunny and Gloomy Signs at a Web Crossroads  —  IN mid-October, Yahoo, the world's biggest Internet portal, reported a sharp profit skid and warned of a further growth slowdown in two major lines of business — a performance that its unusually contrite chief executive said had failed to fully exploit the company's strengths.
Discussion: A VC and Screenwerk
GamePolitics / GamePolitics.com:
Bill O'Reilly Slams PS3 Launch, Gamers, iPods, Digital Tech (not in that order)  —  Apparently sparked by the PlayStation 3 launch, conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly took off after video game culture and digital technology generally in yesterday's Radio Factor.
Prof. Andrew McAfee / Andrew McAfee:
Now THAT's What I'm Talking About!  —  I put out a call for case studies a while back.  I was looking for examples of deep Enterprise 2.0 penetration — where freeform social software platforms had become so widely and deeply used that they were no-longer-exceptional parts of the company's technology infrastucture, and its culture.
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
The World's Most High Tech Urinal  —  In an effort to handle its nighttime public urination problem, Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is considering installing urinals that disappear below street level during the day.  Unlike the automated, self-cleaning toilets planned for Toronto and Vancouver …
Discussion: Uber-Review, Engadget and Gizmodo
Gamasutra:
Question of the Week: Are Games Industry Professionals Buying PlayStation 3 or Wii?  —  Gamasutra's latest Question of the Week asked our esteemed audience of game industry professionals, educators and students for feedback on which next-gen hardware is actually being bought by game professionals at the end of next week, and why.
Tantek Çelik / The Technorati Weblog:
Introducing the Technorati Link Count Widget  —  For a long time, many of you have added Technorati links next to your post permalinks, comments, and trackbacks, that let your readers click to see the number of links and read bloggers' reactions to your blog posts.
Discussion: figby.com and What's That Noise?!
Justin Murray / Joystiq:
PS3 is following in 360's footsteps  —  We're all familiar with the Ring of Death on the 360.  If you see it, you know it is time to pull out the extended warranty slip — or shell out another $400 — because you're going to need it.  Sony couldn't have any of that and are countering with their own: the Red Button and Beep of Death.
Discussion: digg
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Defendant Claims Settlement With Kazaa Should Cover Kazaa Users As Well  —  from the interesting-legal-tactic dept  —  Lawyer Ray Beckerman is pointing to the defense used by someone in Texas accused by the RIAA of sharing unauthorized music files.  While the defendant is making …
Discussion: Slashdot
New York Times:
Not Always Full Speed Ahead  —  What is a megabit worth?  And what the heck is a megabit anyway?  These questions are hard to avoid for consumers trying to make sense of the fast-growing menu of options for high-speed Internet access.  —  More than ever, the nation's phone and cable companies …
Cyrus Farivar / Engadget:
My Voice Remote gives your fingers a break  —  So if you got that One Voice Media Center Communicator when it came out last year, either you fell in love and remained parked in front of your media center all the time, or you gave up on it because you found that sitting so close to your flatscreen was killing your eyes.
 
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