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1:00 AM ET, December 8, 2006


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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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Semel Says No Layoffs, Sort Of  —  Yahoo CEO Terry Semel blasts some of the rumors out there about Yahoo, including reports (by us) of layoffs, that he was leaving and that Dan Rosensweig and Susan Decker were taking a joint role to lead the company until a replacement was found.
Discussion: Valleywag and Seeking Alpha
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: StraussBlog and i-boy
Jonathan Thaw / Bloomberg:
Yahoo Shakeup Promotes Decker to Lead Advertising (Update4)
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
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Metacafe Acquisition: $200 Million is a Steal
Mark Wallace / Wired News:
Firefly Reborn as Online Universe  —  Like Capt. Mal Reynolds stumbling in after a bar fight, the short-lived but much beloved sci-fi series Firefly will soon make an unexpected return, not as a TV show, but as a massively multiplayer online game.  —  Now that's shiny.
The Smoking Gun:
Tom Brady Blitzes Yahoo!  —  NFL star sues over use of image in firm's fantasy football promos  —  Along with a sweeping management reorganization and shrinking stock price, Yahoo! also has to contend with a lawsuit filed against it by the gridiron's golden boy, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google to Invest in Chinese P2P Startup Xunlei?  —  There's a rumor going around that Google is investing a major stake in a Chinese P2P startup called Xunlei (or Thunder).  Xunlei is reported to have between 75 million to 100 million downloads of its software, and has raised previous funding from Morningside and IDG Ventures.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PE HUB and digg
Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites:
BitTorrent Inc. Acquires µTorrent  —  BitTorrent, Inc., will announce later today that it has acquired µTorrent, a lightweight and efficient implementation of the BitTorrent protocol.  The official announcement will come this afternoon, but there are already some posts from Bram Cohen …
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.
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Enhanced SightSpeed 5.0  —  As reported yesterday, SightSpeed is going to launch an upgrade of their 5.0 version.  —  Here's a summary of the changes available with Enhanced SightSpeed 5.0: />  — SightSpeed Pro plan subscribers (i.e., small-business and power users) …
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).
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
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhoto2Gmail  —  You know that handy feature in iPhoto where you click the Email button and it launches your default email client and attaches a perfectly-sized pic for you to share with whomever you wish?  If you use or Entourage or Eudora or even AOL that feature works great.
Discussion: digg
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
WildCharge Makes Tesla Proud  —  Chargers are one of the banes of being a tech dork.  It's a necessary evil, but they're a pain in the ass to keep track of.  That goes doubly if you travel a lot.  I really can't even begin to express how many chargers I've left in anonymous hotel rooms, never to be seen again.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and digg
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Larry Magid / New York Times:
Vista Is Ready.  Are You?  —  WINDOWS VISTA, the latest iteration …
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
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Tina Wood / Microsoft 10:
Extreme WPF Makeover!
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