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6:50 PM ET, December 6, 2006

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Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
James Kim found deceased  —  just in The body of missing CNET editor James Kim has been located, authorities announced Wednesday.  —  Arrangements are being made to transport Kim to an undisclosed location, according to police.  Kim had been missing in the remote southwestern Oregon wilderness for 11 days.
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CNN:
Trail of clothing led searchers to lost father's body … MERLIN, Oregon (CNN) — The body of a man who had walked into the Oregon wilderness Saturday to summon help for his stranded family was found Wednesday in a steep ravine.  —  Officials confirmed that James Kim, 35, an editor at the Web site CNET, had been found dead.
Discussion: CrunchGear and Podcasting News
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:
Yahoo Announces Major Reorganization  —  Yahoo announced a sweeping reorganization Tuesday night, creating three operating groups and shuffling top execs.  —  As of January 1, the company will realign its operations into two customer-facing groups, one for audiences, and one for advertisers and publishers.
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Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Big shakeup at Yahoo
Valleywag:
THE POWER LIST: The definitive guide to Yahoo's players
Discussion: Paul Kedrosky's … and Mark Evans
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hey Terry, ever hear the one about the CEO and the three envelopes?
Discussion: The Next Net
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," …
Business Wire:
Amazon Invests in Wikia Series B Financing: Amazon's Value-Added Capital Key to Wikia's Expanding Product Plans  —  SAN MATEO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Wikia, Inc., the leading wiki site for information on thousands of topics written by a community of contributors, today announced …
Discussion: GigaOM and PE HUB
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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.
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.
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 …
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Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
CyberNotes: 200 Firefox Extensions Installed At One Time!  —  Web Browser Wednesday  —  Earlier this year a guy installed 100 Firefox extensions without any problems.  Well...I decided to try and top that.  I picked the nice round number of 200 for a few different reasons.
blog.centraldesktop.com:
Google's Silent Monopoly (Or How Much Does Google Pay For It's Own AdWords?)  —  What does the future of start-ups look like when they spend a majority of their advertising budget with one company - and its your competitor? … - Right?  —  The history of business is filled with examples …
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Dan Farber's Experimental Blogger Army...  ZDNet Unveils the Next-Generation of Business Tech Publishing, Weaving Voice of Bloggers Around News, Product Reviews, Vendor and User Content … I'm proud to be part of Dan Farber's blogger corp over on CNET's ZDNet IT news site where I publish IMHO (in my humble opinion).
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
IBM plans Power6 blades for next year  —  Beginning with its Power6 dual-core chip, IBM will build its high-end Power processors into blade servers for the first time in 2007, marking a significant expansion of blade abilities.  —  Today, IBM's blade servers are available with the company's PowerPC 970 processors.
Discussion: TechSpot
Steve Snell / blogs.adobe.com:
Adobe Reader 8  —  Welcome.  My name is Steve Snell and I am a Group Product Manager for Adobe Reader® .  I can't think of a better time to launch a blog than now when we announce the general availability of Adobe Reader 8 in English, French, German and Japanese for Macintosh and Windows.
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Is Google too smart for its own good?  —  Google's famous for hiring the best and the brightest, but when they get bored, they're bound to create the son-of-Google, warns Fortune's Jeffrey O'Brien.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — A roomful of 300-odd flaks gathered over rubber chicken on Friday …
Discussion: Slashdot
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Oz to bring social networking to mobile phones  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Privately-held Oz Communications, a maker of wireless messaging technologies, will announce on Wednesday a new product allowing people to access social network sites over their cellphones.
Discussion: Mashable!, CrunchGear and Phone Scoop
 
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Sony Ericsson:
The powerful handsfree Internet calling solution
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BBC:
Copyright pirates face crackdown
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Glyn / The Open Rights Group:
Gowers Review  —  The Gowers Review, commissioned by the government …
Ryanne / Ryan Is Hungry:
Eric Case on Blogger Beta
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Virtual News at Seven
Rebecca Lieb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Moving Forward with Search Engine Watch
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Consumer Use Of Ad-Blocking Technology Doubles
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
How and why Microsoft is breathing new life into MSN
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Matt Haughey / PVRblog:
Wild rumor: Apple & TiVo partner for iTV
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PACKAGED GOODS MEDIA VS. CONVERSATIONAL MEDIA, PART ONE
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets and A VC
PC World:
Toshiba Develops 1.8-Inch 100GB Hard Drive
USA Today:
Google offer takes on PayPal
Business 2.0:
A toy story, YouTube-style
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The Meaning of Friendship
Wall Street Journal:
In a Turnabout, Record Industry Releases MP3s
 

 
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