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10:20 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.
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.
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Valleywag:
DRAFT OBIT: Terry Semel  —  Terry Semel never won much respect from Silicon Valley insiders.  —  He was a consummate Hollywood power politician, schooled in Time-Warner power games when he ran the group's Warner Brother studio.  And he is, by all accounts, relatively unflappable, a low-pulse guy, says one confidante.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hey Terry, ever hear the one about the CEO and the three envelopes?
Discussion: Bloomberg and MarketWatch
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," …
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 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
Matt Haughey / PVRblog:
Wild rumor: Apple & TiVo partner for iTV  —  I'm going to disclaim this upfront as a wild rumor that just landed in my inbox.  I'd wager it's got about a 25% chance of being true but hey, I'd love to be wrong on it and see what launches next month at Macworld SF.  Here's the rumor:
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Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
Will TiVo Be Apple's Little Secret At This Year's Macworld?
Discussion: Medialoper and Things That
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.
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 …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Slashdot
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.
Inside AdWords:
Advertise online - even if you don't have a website  —  AdWords advertisers know that online advertising is an effective way to promote their businesses.  What do you do, however, if you want to advertise online, but you don't have a website?  Does this sound familiar?  Now we can help.
Discussion: Google Blogoscoped and Googlified
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.
BBC:
Copyright pirates face crackdown  —  Copyright criminals must face far tougher regulation to protect the entertainment industry, a report says.  —  The Gowers Report was commissioned by the government to look at modernising UK copyright laws for the digital age.
Discussion: Techdirt, Weatherall's Law and Slashdot
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
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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Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
Microsoft: Zune sales to top 1 million by June
Discussion: Techdirt and Computers.net
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Holiday Decorations Can Create Major Wi-Fi Disturbances
Discussion: Engadget and Techdirt
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Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Is Google too smart for its own good?
Discussion: Slashdot
Rebecca Lieb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Moving Forward with Search Engine Watch
Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Consumer Use Of Ad-Blocking Technology Doubles
Steve Snell:
Adobe Reader 8  —  Welcome.  My name is Steve Snell and I am …
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PACKAGED GOODS MEDIA VS. CONVERSATIONAL MEDIA, PART ONE
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets and A VC
Business 2.0:
A toy story, YouTube-style
Discussion: I4U News and digg
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Prudential: iPhone to sport click wheel; video iPod by Q2
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
MySpace to Apple: Fix that worm
 

 
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