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Terry Semel / Yodel Anecdotal:
Taking Yahoo! forward  —  When I joined Yahoo! five years ago, I found a company with incredible assets (huge audience, strong brand, healthy balance sheet), great potential, and a team filled with determination and a fighting spirit.  But the company faced challenging economic conditions …
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Execs Meet To Discuss Major Shakeup  —  Update - 6:15 pm: Yahoo released an official statement about the reorganization at approximately 5:45 p.m. The news confirms the resignation of COO Dan Rosensweig and elaborates on the company's new business focus.  Get more details from our update.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Reorg or Retread
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Major Reorganization at Yahoo, COO Rosensweig To Leave
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Sherjo / Mac Mojo:
Converters Coming!  Free and (Fairly) Fast.  —  There's been some pretty alarmist news stories this morning (apcstart.com; CrunchGear) about file format converters and Office for Mac.  Because some of these stories seem designed more to inflame than inform, I want to reiterate …
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Tim Gaden / APC:
The lock-out begins for Office Mac users  —  Microsoft hsa officially launched Office 2007, but that's bad news for Mac users.  —  Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 now all use different file formats: docx, xlsx and pptx.  —  Microsoft is calling these "Microsoft Office Open XML Formats" …
Macworld UK:
New Office 2007 file format to vex Mac users  —  Microsoft's Office 2007 for Windows software saves documents in a Mac-incompatible format  —  Microsoft's Office 2007 for Windows saves documents in a format that's incompatible the company's Mac Office application.
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Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
Windows Office 2007 files not compatible with Mac Office 2004
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Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:   Mac Office compatibility: When 'no comment' just isn't good enough
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:   Web Office APIs - Embracing and Extending Microsoft Office
Frank Barnako:
Calacanis joins VC firm  —  Jason Calacanis, the former General Manager of AOL's Netscape (TWX) division, announced he's joining Sequoia Capital, a west coast venture investment firm.  Calacanis's Weblogs Inc. was purchased by AOL about a year ago.  In an appearance at a trade show Tuesday morning …
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Prince McLean / AppleInsider:
Apple rumored to be eyeing video game market  —  A recent series of checks by Prudential analyst Jesse Tortora indicate that Apple Computer has hired video game designers and may have aspirations of entering the video game market in long-term.  —  "We think the video game market represents …
Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
AMD: New Chips Consume Half the Power of Core 2 Duo  —  AMD announced its entry into the 65-nm manufacturing generation Tuesday with a new line of 65-watt "energy-efficient" processors that the company claimed already consumes just under 50 percent less power than the Intel Core 2 Duo.
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
AMD breaks out the cigars for its very first 65nm chips
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Hirolog:
DarwiinRemote is released!  —  What is DarwiinRemote?  — DarwiinRemote is a tiny software which reads data from and sends data to Nintendo Wii Remote  — Inputs  — 3-axis acceleration sensors  — all buttons except power button on/off  — Output  — 4 LEDs  — Force Feedback
Microsoft:
Microsoft Security Advisory (929433)  —  Vulnerability in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  Microsoft is investigating new public reports of limited "zero-day" attacks using a vulnerability in Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Office Word 2003 …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Hands-on with Belkin's Cable-Free USB Hub  —  So we snagged our lucky selves a Belkin Cable-Free USB Hub, one of the first ever wireless USB devices, as well as one of the first consumer Ultrawideband products.  Luckily for us there wasn't a lot to test, but we can tell you this: the hub is small …
Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Macworld's 2006 Game Hall of Fame  —  10 of the year's best Mac games and coolest accessories  —  If you're a pessimist, 2006 might have looked like a bleak year for Mac gaming.  There were few major releases, even before the transition to Intel processors added more items to game developers' to-do lists.
Ben Elgin / Business Week:
The Vanishing Click-Fraud Case  —  Why was a seemingly slam-dunk case against an alleged click-fraudster who attempted to extort Google quietly dismissed?  —  A detective novelist might call it The Mystery of the Vanishing Click-Fraud Case.  —  It began on Mar. 10, 2004 …
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PR Newswire:
Comcast Takes Gaming National With GameInvasion.net(TM)  —  Comcast, Major League Gaming and Ubisoft to offer exclusive gaming content  —  PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA - News, CMCSK - News), the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products …
 
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Bob Caswell / Computers.net:
Blockbuster Inviting Netflix Customers to Rent Movies From Stores for Free
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Poll: Will Larry let go of NetSuite?
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Gerry Block / IGN:
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Review
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John Biggs / CrunchGear:
CrunchGear's Best of 2006  —  CrunchGear's editors searched far …
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Aggressive MySpace Worm Attacks via QuickTime
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Microsoft looking to run Windows on OLPC
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