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1:40 PM 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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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 …
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.
Robert Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Shakeup  —  In the wake of criticism that the Internet portal …
Discussion: Slashdot
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:   Yahoo Announces Major Reorganization
Valleywag:
DRAFT OBIT: Terry Semel
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and Seeking Alpha
Los Angeles Times:
Yahoo's CEO makes big changes at the top
Discussion: PaidContent, Valleywag and CNNMoney.com
Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Two top Yahoo execs to leave in reorg
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Yahoo Doing In Voice?
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG
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 …
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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.
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
Satellite to be rerouted in James Kim search  —  A commercial satellite-imagery company said Tuesday it is rerouting one of its satellites to fly over the Oregon wilderness where rescue crews search for CNET editor James Kim.  —  GeoEye's Ikonos satellite will fly over the Western seaboard …
Discussion: Joe Duck, Tech_Space and Gizmodo
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Turning cell phones into lifelines  —  Cellular phone networks have become key tools used by search and rescue teams as they try to locate people who've become lost in remote areas.  —  As has been reported in recent days, CNET Reviews editor James Kim and his family disappeared in Oregon during a Thanksgiving road trip.
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.
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Prudential: iPhone to sport click wheel; video iPod by Q2  —  Apple Computer's much anticipated iPod cell phone will look like an iPod with a small screen and a click-wheel interface, according to one Wall Street analyst.  —  In an extensive research note released to clients earlier this week …
Discussion: CrunchGear, Apple Gazette and digg
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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.
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Business Wire:
Amazon Invests in Wikia Series B Financing: Amazon's Value-Added …
Discussion: GigaOM
PC World:
Toshiba Develops 1.8-Inch 100GB Hard Drive  —  Higher-capacity MP3 players and notebooks could be coming next year.  —  Higher capacity music players and laptop computers could be on the way thanks to a new hard drive from Toshiba that manages a 25 percent jump in storage space over current models.
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Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
Does new hard drive foreshadow 100GB iPod?
Discussion: Kevin Maney
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
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USA Today:
Google offer takes on PayPal  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google is offering merchants free use of its online payment service as it squares off against eBay's market-leading PayPal.  —  The Internet search giant introduced Google Checkout in June, with sweeteners such as free ad credits for merchants.
Discussion: Search Engine Journal
Donna Bogatin / Digital Micro-Markets:
Crovitz on WSJ: 80-20 editorial rule in 2007  —  ALSO: PAIDCONTENT NYC BASH: NO BUBBBLE, GOOD NEW MEDIA BUSINESS!  —  Gordon Crovitz, Publisher, The Wall Street Journal, and President, Consumer Media Group, Dow Jones, took to the stage this evening with Rafat Ali for a Q & A at paidContent's "Mixer" in NYC.
Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
Valley's 'Mr. Web 2.0' seeks next big thing  —  TechCrunch blog ruffles feathers on the Internet beat  —  Michael Arrington's influential blog TechCrunch — where startups get pimped and big news sometimes breaks first — has vaulted him into the post of "Mr. Web 2.0," …
Discussion: Valleywag
Phil Hochmuth / Network World:
IEEE sets sights on 100G Ethernet  —  Standards body votes to pursue 100G Ethernet over single and multi-mode fiber links  —  The next Ethernet speed will be 100Gbps, the IEEE voted recently.  Now the standards body just has to go build something never done before.
Discussion: Engadget, SCI FI Tech, TechSpot and Slashdot
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 …
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 …
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.
 
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