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4:40 PM ET, December 7, 2006

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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.
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Reuters:
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  —  Google is looking to move into television advertising through a tie-up with BSkyB, announced yesterday, that will see the broadcaster use the company's technology for a suite of new broadband services.  —  In the first such deal for Google …
Nick / Rough Type:
Google's big private-label move
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
Discussion: Mashable! and VC Ratings
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Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Metacafe May Be Sold For $200 Million
Discussion: GigaOM, Monkey Bites and Fred Destin
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
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.
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Eliot Van Buskirk / Wired News:
Remembering James Kim
Joe Garofoli / San Francisco Chronicle:
GRIPPING STORY: It was tracked by millions
Discussion: Buzzworthy, Lost Remote and digg
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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.
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 $1.65 million from Intel and angel investors to help it start distributing its technology.  —  If you haven't played with Pluggd, you should.
Drivl.com | Front page:
What code DOESN'T do in real life (that it does in the movies)  —  Following up our article: Top 20 Hackers in Film History and Vibrant's Top 10 Servers in the movies, I felt obligated to dispel some of the notions about programming that these movies endorse.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth, engtech and digg
StraussBlog:
Amen, Terry!  —  So, I'm probably breaking a ton of rules by doing this.  But, f@$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
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
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 …
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?
aving.net:
MITS-challenging 'HDPC(Hybrid Dual Portable Computer)'  —  SEOUL, Korea (AVING Special Report on 'Seoul International Invention Fair 2006') — <Visual News> MIU presented 'M*free', its new wireless IP-based hybrid portable device equipped with dual OS, dubbed 'HDPC (Hybrid Dual Portable Computer)'.
Discussion: MobileWhack.com
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Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
MIU's M*Free: all in one never looked so bad
Discussion: jkOnTheRun
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 …
Michael Kanellos / CNET News.com:
Your entree to Web ad fame: Just $300  —  Everyone's got a story.  Now, for $300, you can turn it into a video ad for the Web.  —  Hoping to capitalize on the booming popularity of Internet video and online advertising, TurnHere, an Emeryville, Calif.-based start-up, has come up with a formula …
 
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Glenn Fleishman / New York Times:
Radio Stations Add Personalities, Digitally
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[opensuse-announce] Release of openSUSE 10.2
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
Discussion: GamePolitics.com and Joystiq
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MICROSOFT: Zune abandons hostile blogosphere
Gizmodo:
The Loop: Motion Controlled Remote Hands-On
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Hollywoodreporter / Reel Pop:
The Return of Sponsored Reality
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EDELMAN INTRODUCES WEB-BASED TOOL FOR PUBLISHING SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS RELEASES
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iSoundCap offers iPod-ready Ski Cap
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