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6:05 AM ET, November 20, 2006

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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.
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Fred / A VC:
Maturity  —  I was talking to my friend Mark about Yahoo! recently and he said something like "as long as they maintain their audience, I think they'll be in good shape".  —  The same point was made by Randy Befumo of Legg Mason, in today's New York Times in the piece about Yahoo! being a "value stock":
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Ben Edelman / BenEdelman.org:
Bad Practices Continue at Zango, Notwithstanding Proposed FTC Settlement and Zango's Claims  —  Earlier this month, the FTC announced the proposed settlement of its investigation into Zango, makers of advertising software widely installed onto users' computers without their consent or without …
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Suzi Turner / Spyware Confidential:
Zango's continued bad practices in light of FTC's proposed settlement terms  —  Just over two weeks ago, the FTC announced a proposed settlement with Zango for the complaint filed earlier this year.  Under terms of the settlement, Zango is required to give up $3 million in ill-gotten gains …
Antonio / The Tabblo Blog:
Screw all of this Yahoo bashing  —  Before everyone declares Yahoo dead and irrelevant, we at Tabblo figured we'd throw a little support behind the company that has given us a whole bunch of help in getting this whole thing going.  —  I'm referring of course to the recent pile-on regarding the …
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Brad Garlinghouse Makes His Power Move
Randall Stross / New York Times:
Cellphone as Tracker: X Marks Your Doubts  —  THE diminutive cellphone is turning out to be the most clever of devices.  As it connects to more networks, stores more kinds of data, delivers more kinds of entertainment — wherever we happen to be — it effectively becomes the most personal computer we own.
New York Times:
176 Newspapers to Form a Partnership With Yahoo  —  John Marshall Mantel for The New York Times, left; George Frey for The New York Times  —  Terry S. Semel, left, chief of Yahoo, which is trying to regain its luster.  Dean Singleton, the chief of MediaNews, said the deal would help newspapers earn money online.
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Wii FAQ: answers to your Wii questions  —  We've had our Wii kicking around the office for a little while now, but we had to hold off on answering your many questions about it until last night when they rolled out their launch update.  Trust us, it definitely changed some answers, so let's get to the FAQ.
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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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
AGLOCO launches — will pay you to surf the Web  —  AGLOCO is a controversial new Stanford-based start-up that wants to pay you to surf the Web, in return for access to your online surfing information.  It launches tonight.  —  It was discovered two weeks ago by Gigaom, which blasted it as a pyramid scheme.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Popsci / Popular Science Blog:
Wii Broke It  —  It is with a heavy heart that we bring you this special weekend report.  When PopSci's Wii arrived last week, it didn't spend too much time in the box.  Ripped open without any hesitation, our little Wii gave us a long Friday's worth of furious Wii Sports and Excite Truck action at PopSci HQ.
Discussion: Engadget, 4 color rebellion and digg
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] …
Discussion: Joystiq, Neowin.net and digg
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.
CarstenCumbrowski / Search Engine Journal:
Europe's Xing.com - The LinkedIn.com Killer?!  —  It was not too long ago when the European Business-Networking Service OpenBC.com announced their planned name change to Xing.com.  —  OpenBC.com is no longer and all links to OpenBC.com, including the links to profile pages, are being redirected to Xing.com.
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RIAA Defendant Claims Settlement With Kazaa Should Cover Kazaa Users As Well
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