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10:45 AM ET, December 6, 2006

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Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Re-Aligns Organization to More Effectively Focus on Key Customer Segments and Capture Future Growth Opportunities  —  New Structure to Focus on Serving More Sophisticated Demands of Audiences, Advertisers and Publishers Worldwide  —  SUNNYVALE, Calif., Dec 05, 2006 (BUSINESS WIRE) …
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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo, Aiming for Agility, Shuffles Executives  —  Yahoo said Tuesday that it was restructuring its operations and shuffling its management ranks amid growing criticism in and outside the company that it had become too bureaucratic to compete effectively against nimbler rivals.
Discussion: Paul Mooney and Lost Remote
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Two top Yahoo execs to leave in reorg
Discussion: Charlene Li's Blog
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:   Big shakeup at Yahoo, Decker being groomed for CEO?
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
YHOO news analysis: GOOG is setting the pace as Yahoo faces identity …
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Yahoo Shake-Up Good News; Decker Can Handle It
Discussion: Frank Barnako
Candace Lombardi / CNET News.com:
Microsoft releasing book search in beta  —  Microsoft is releasing Live Search Books, its competitor to Google Book Search, in beta on Wednesday.  —  The book search engine performs keyword searches for books that have been scanned as part of Microsoft's book scanning project …
Discussion: ResourceShelf, TeleRead and Dan Blank
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Live Search's WebLog:
Live Search Books Beta Release  —  Several new enhancements of note from the Search team: Tomorrow we're releasing the beta version of Live Search Books (http://books.live.com).  Check out the user experience: very clean!  With this initial release we've focused on making the reading experience as natural as possible.
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Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:   Satellite to be rerouted in James Kim search
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Turning cell phones into lifelines
Discussion: Buzzworthy and digg
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself  —  Hearing from a lot of new friends lately?  You know, the ones that write "It's me, Esmeralda," and tip you off to an obscure stock that is "poised to explode" or a great deal on prescription drugs.  —  You're not the only one.
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 …
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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 …
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Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Microsoft Issues Word Zero-Day Attack Alert  —  Microsoft on Dec. 5 warned that an unpatched vulnerability in its Word software program is being used in targeted, zero-day attacks.  —  A security advisory from the Redmond, Wash., company said the flaw can be exploited if a user simply opens a rigged Word document.
Discussion: TechBlog and Slashdot
firstmonday.org:
The Meaning of Friendship  —  What constitutes a friend?  In everyday vernacular, a friend is a relationship that involves some degree of mutual love or admiration.  Some people exclude sexual partners and family members from this category while others talk about how such an individual …
Wall Street Journal:
In a Turnabout, Record Industry Releases MP3s  —  The music industry has long resisted selling music in the MP3 format, which lacks the copy protections that prevent songs from being duplicated endlessly.  But now, Blue Note Records and its marquee artist, jazz-pop singer Norah Jones …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amazon takes major stake in Wikia  —  Wikia, a San Mateo company that allows groups to share information about their interests with wiki technology, has raised a second round of funding — all of it coming from Amazon.com.  —  It is not clear how much traction Wikia company has gained.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
MySpace to Apple: Fix that worm  —  MySpace.com wants Apple Computer to update its QuickTime media player software so it can't be used in attacks on the social-networking site.  —  The request comes after a worm in the form of a rigged QuickTime movie crawled onto MySpace.com over the weekend, changing people's MySpace profiles.
Discussion: Security Fix and TechSpot
 
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Gavin Chan / Official Google Checkout Blog:
New features make Checkout even easier for online merchants
Discussion: Payments News
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Why interactive websites can create false memories
Business 2.0:
A toy story, YouTube-style
Discussion: I4U News and digg
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Tools of Change Conference
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DLO offers HomeDock Pro
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Groklaw:
SCO's Memo in Support of Motion for SJ: We Did Not Breach the GPL
Discussion: Slashdot
Kelvin / Mashable!:
ZingFu Growth Explodes Into MySpace Comments
Phil Hochmuth / Network World:
IEEE sets sights on 100G Ethernet
Discussion: Engadget, TechSpot and Slashdot
PR Newswire:
Comcast Takes Gaming National With GameInvasion.net(TM)
Gerry Block / IGN:
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Review
Discussion: Gizmodo and digg
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