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3:20 PM ET, December 6, 2006

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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 …
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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) …
Elise Ackerman / Mercury News:
Big shakeup at Yahoo  —  COO TO LEAVE; CFO TO TAKE ON BIGGER ROLE  —  Yahoo announced a major reorganization this evening, addressing critics who for months have questioned the search giant's ability to effectively compete with other Internet companies.  —  In an announcement sent late this evening …
Discussion: VentureBeat
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
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
Discussion: Buzzworthy and digg
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, I4U News and digg
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AppleInsider:
Apple smart phone project rests on Mac OS X tie-ins  —  For several years now, an elite squad of engineers at Apple Computer have been working diligently to perfect an intuitive smart phone concept that would both conform to the company's integrated model and oblige chief executive Steve Jobs.
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
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," …
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.
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 …
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
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.
 
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
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Microsoft Issues Word Zero-Day Attack Alert
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MySpace to Apple: Fix that worm
LC Angell / iLounge:
DLO offers HomeDock Pro
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IEEE sets sights on 100G Ethernet
 

 
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