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11:35 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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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 is spread too thin, CEO Semel is revamping operations and putting more on Sue Decker's plate  —  Growing strife inside Yahoo! (YHOO) at last has erupted into a sweeping management and organizational shakeup.
Discussion: Slashdot
Kevin Newcomb / ClickZ:   Yahoo Announces Major Reorganization
Los Angeles Times:
Yahoo's CEO makes big changes at the top
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Valleywag:
DRAFT OBIT: Terry Semel
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Elinor Mills / CNET News.com:
Two top Yahoo execs to leave in reorg
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Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Yahoo Doing In Voice?
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Big shakeup at Yahoo, Decker being groomed for CEO?
Discussion: Mercury News
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
YHOO news analysis: GOOG is setting the pace as Yahoo faces identity …
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
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.
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Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
Turning cell phones into lifelines
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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
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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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
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Gavin Chan / Official Google Checkout Blog:
New features make Checkout even easier for online merchants
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.
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 …
 
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