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5:40 PM ET, December 7, 2006


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Eli Shimoni / Ynetnews:
Exclusive: Metacafe to be sold for USD 200 million  —  Owners of Metacafe, from Tel Aviv, in advanced stages of negotiations for selling company.  Estimated price tag: USD 200 million.  Company runs one of largest video-sharing sites on Web, directly competes with YouTube
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Metacafe May Be Sold For $200 Million  —  Metacafe, the video sharing site, is reportedly being sold for between $200-300 million.  The buyer is currently unknown but there is speculation that it may be Yahoo.  —  In July, Metacafe recieved $15 million in funding from Benchmark Capital and Accel Partners.
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
BSkyB in Google link-up  —  The partnership will at first see Google provide its user-generated video, e-mail, search and targeted advertising tools to customers of BSkyB's five-month-old broadband internet service - the first licensing of the video tools Google bought when it acquired YouTube for $1.65bn in October.
Google, BSkyB get connected  —  First of its kind global partnership will give British satellite broadcaster use of Google's search, video and ad functions.  —  LONDON (Reuters) — Satellite broadcaster BSkyB said Wednesday it would tie up with Google Inc. to deploy the leading Internet …
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google moves into TV ads with BSkyB deal
Nick / Rough Type:
Google's big private-label move
Amen, Terry!  —  So, I'm probably breaking a ton of rules by doing this.  But, f@$k it!  Here is the transcript, verbatim (I rewound the webcast several times just to get it right), of Terry's closing comments at today's re-org all-hands:  —  "At the next all-hands.  Just as a reminder.
Discussion: Between the Lines and Valleywag
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Reorg, The Inside Story  —  The widespread criticism of the Yahoo reorganization announced on Tuesday has been a one sided affair - outsiders looking in.  Much of the criticism while warranted, has become to personal.  Was getting rid of CEO Terry Semel, the quick fix the erstwhile Internet leader needs?
Discussion: i-boy
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Perspective: The Apple phone flop  —  perspective I just looked at the calendar and realized that:  —  (a) It's only a few weeks to Macworld, where Apple Computer is expected to release a smart phone similar to the BlackBerry, and:  —  (b) I haven't antagonized Apple fans in a while.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Testing DRM-free waters: EMI selling a few MP3s through Yahoo Music  —  Yahoo Music is selling the latest single from piano-playing songstress Norah Jones, along with a pair of tracks from Christian rockers Reliant K, in the MP3 format.  Priced at 99¢ like the rest of the songs available …
Digital Music News:
Resnikoff's Parting Shot: Is MP3 the Answer?
Discussion: Coolfer
Greg Sandoval / CNET
James Kim—family man, technologist  —  James Kim was a respected expert on bleeding-edge digital devices, an owner of a trendy clothing store, and a lover of the futuristic-sounding music known as electronica.  —  Yet most of Kim's life revolved around traditional values, according to friends: sacrifice, friendship and family.
Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Remembering James Kim | Front page:
What code DOESN'T do in real life (that it does in the movies)  —  Following up our article: Top 20 Hackers in Film History and Vibrant's Top 10 Servers in the movies, I felt obligated to dispel some of the notions about programming that these movies endorse.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth, engtech and digg
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Pluggd "perfects" audio and video search, raises $1.65M  —  Declaring it has "perfected the user experience" for audio and visual search, Seattle start-up Pluggd has raised $1.65 million from Intel and angel investors to help it start distributing its technology.  —  If you haven't played with Pluggd, you should.
Andres Guadamuz / TechnoLlama:
Spanish café loses case on "free music"  —  A Spanish court in Pontevedra has ruled in favour of the Sociedad General de Autores y Editores (SGAE) against a café named Direccion000.  SGAE initiated action against the cafe to claim royalties for de public performance of music in the locale …
Discussion: Techdirt and Michael Geist's Blog
Charlie Demerjian / Inquirer:
iPhone runs into trademark problems  —  Those pesky Canucks  —  APPLE MIGHT have some serious problems with the iPhone.  No, not the product, I am sure it will be reassuringly expensive and the fashion equivalent of what Paris Hilton wore last night, but who really cares?
Richard Siklos / New York Times:
News Corp. to Buy Out Malone's Shares  —  Rupert Murdoch and John C. Malone have settled their long-running corporate feud, as Mr. Murdoch's News Corporation agreed to buy out Mr. Malone's big stake in the company in exchange for a controlling stake in DirecTV, cash and other assets valued at $11 billion …
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
Use Adobe Reader 8 as an RSS reader  —  Adobe Reader 8 is barely a day old, and already savvy Lifehacker readers have started hacking it.  Turns out you can use the PDF viewer as a fairly capable RSS reader.  —  To do so, click the View menu and then choose Review Tracker (a tool intended for managing document reviews).
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Hakia - First Meaning-based Search Engine  —  Written by Alex Iskold and edited by Richard MacManus.  —  There has been a lot of talk lately about 2007 being the year when we will see companies roll out Semantic Web technologies.  The wave started with John Markoff's article in NY Times …
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Google to Invest in Chinese P2P Startup Xunlei?
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Ray Beckerman / Recording Industry vs The People:
Class Action Filed Against Kazaa on Behalf of Customers Sued …
Discussion: Techdirt and Slashdot
Bertrand Benoit / MSNBC:
Germany plans crackdown on violent online games
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Extreme WPF Makeover!
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