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8:30 AM ET, December 6, 2006


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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) …
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.
Discussion: Internet Outsider and Lost Remote
Back story on Yahoo reorganization...  The timing of Yahoo's reorganization announcement signaled something else is going on.  The time on the Businesswire release was 5.34pm Tuesday West Coast time.  Usually such events are announced early the next day before the stock markets open …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Reorg or Retread  —  If you have walked the streets of Manhattan, you have seen an all familiar scene: a street hustler playing three card monte, with a gaggle of unsuspecting tourists around him, betting that they can outwit and out-hustle him.  They often lose, and go home disappointed.
Elinor Mills / CNET   Two top Yahoo execs to leave in reorg
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
YHOO news analysis: GOOG is setting the pace as Yahoo faces identity …
Discussion: Tom Foremski: IMHO
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Major Reorganization at Yahoo, COO Rosensweig To Leave
Discussion: Valleywag and Chuqui 3.0
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog:   Dissecting Yahoo's reorg
Candace Lombardi / CNET
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 …
Discussion: TeleRead and Dan Blank
PR Newswire:
Comcast Takes Gaming National With  —  Comcast, Major League Gaming and Ubisoft to offer exclusive gaming content  —  PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ — Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA - News, CMCSK - News), the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products …
Karl / Techdirt:
Telecom Giants Terrified of Being Dumb Plumbers
Discussion: VARBusiness News
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 …
Leslie Katz / CNET
Searchers think they are nearing missing CNET editor  —  Authorities searching the southwest Oregon wilderness for CNET editor James Kim said they believe they are close to finding the missing man, who has been stranded in a remote area for 10 days.  —  "This is frustrating; I mean we are so close …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Boing Boing and apophenia
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Blockbuster Inviting Netflix Customers to Rent Movies From Stores for Free
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Poll: Will Larry let go of NetSuite?
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Entrepreneur Idol competition shows digital media is hot — perhaps too hot
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Gerry Block / IGN:
Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Review
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Peter Cohen / Macworld:
Macworld's 2006 Game Hall of Fame
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Converters Coming! Free and (Fairly) Fast.
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Mark Hachman / ExtremeTech:
AMD: New Chips Consume Half the Power of Core 2 Duo