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2:00 AM 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 …
Paul Kedrosky's Infectious Greed:
Yahoo's "Peanut Butter" Memo Calls for Big Headcount Cuts  —  This critical, internal Yahoo memo was being forwarded all over the place late yesterday, and made the WSJ this morning.  The author is allegedly Brad Garlinghouse, a Yahoo senior V.P.  —  I'm guessing this was written …
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 …
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
Yahoo's Internal Alarms Go Off; Loud Wake-up Call From SVP Splashes Onto WSJ Front Page  —  If I didn't already believe a major re-thinking of Yahoo's kludgy structure to be in place, I'd be sure one was on the way after reading the front page of today's WSJ —a stark picture of a company that has to reinvent itself.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Can a 'Peanut Butter manifesto' save Yahoo?  —  Some companies just spread themselves to thin and Yahoo increasingly looks like one of them.  It's targeting too many markets and that needs to change, reports The Wall Street Journal.  That's the gist of a memo by Brad Garlinghouse …
Jeff Leeds / New York Times:
Universal Music Sues MySpace for Copyright Infringement  —  The Universal Music Group, the world's largest music company, filed a copyright infringement lawsuit yesterday against MySpace, the popular social networking Web site, for allowing users to upload and download songs and music videos.
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Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
A Lot of User-Generated Content Is Really User-Appropriated Content  —  The widely-used and much reviled term "user-generated content" implies that somebody is making something.  But the dirty little secret of "user-generated" sites like YouTube and MySpace is that much of the content …
Discussion: Open Sources
Business Wire:
MySpace to Launch Enhanced Copyright Protection Tool
Discussion: Rough Type and Guardian Unlimited
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 …
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.
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Gates praises iPod, labels Zune a "modest" competitor  —  When we report on the sayings and sound bites of higher ups at technology companies, we tend to cover them from a negative angle because, as you well know, execs are pretty fond of belittling their opponent's products.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Add Snap Previews to Any Site For Free  —  One thing people really like about the Snap search engine is that it gives a large preview screen of every search result.  The idea is that users can save time by seeing the site before they click to it.  That can be an advantage …
Jim Allchin / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Updating a Brand-New Product  —  Now that Windows Vista has released to manufacturing, you might think that there is no opportunity for the product to get better before you get to use it.  Pre-Internet and before Windows Update, that was generally the case.  But things are different today.
Mike Musgrove / Washington Post:
Video Game Console's Debut Sparks Violence  —  First-Day Sales of PlayStation 3 Met With Shooting, Pepper Spray  —  Armed thugs yesterday robbed a line of people waiting to buy the PlayStation 3 in Putnam, Conn., and a man who refused to hand over his money was shot in the chest.
 
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Mike / Techdirt:
MPAA Sues Firm For Loading Legally Owned DVDs Onto iPods
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Polite Hackers Kick It in Korea
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