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3:15 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
Paul Thurrott / WindowsITPro:
Zunestory: Microsoft Talks Zune Expectations  —  Stung by recent criticism of the marketing and functionality of its Zune portable media player, Microsoft this week revealed its plans for the device and, in a rare disclosure, its expectations for sales during Zune's first holiday season.
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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
Discussion: Mashable! and VC Ratings
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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.
Discussion: GigaOM and Monkey Bites
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
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.
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.
Natali Del Conte / TechCrunch:
Zillow Knows That Everyone Has A Price  —  Home listing site Zillow is making it possible to shop for homes that are not necessarily for sale with their new Make Me Move function, which launches on Thursday.  Home owners who may have no intention of moving, but certainly would for the right price …
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Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Zillow Shows More of Its Cards
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
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 …
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?
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 …
 
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Bertrand Benoit / MSNBC:
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