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7:05 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
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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.
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Metacafe Acquisition: $200 Million is a Steal
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 $1.65bn in October.
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Reuters:
Google, BSkyB get connected
Richard Wray / Guardian:
Google moves into TV ads with BSkyB deal
StraussBlog:
Amen, Terry!  —  So, I'm probably breaking a ton of rules by doing this.  But, f@$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.
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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 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.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Semel Says No Layoffs  —  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
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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 …
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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.
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?
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
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 …
Discussion: PaidContent and Slashdot
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: cheezhead and digg
 
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Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Brown Is Not the new White  —  A story by my colleague Jay …
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google to Invest in Chinese P2P Startup Xunlei?
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Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
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Glenn Fleishman / New York Times:
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[opensuse-announce] Release of openSUSE 10.2
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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
Discussion: GamePolitics.com and Joystiq
Tina Wood / Microsoft 10:
Extreme WPF Makeover!
Discussion: Incremental Blogger and iPlot
Ryan / PalmInfocenter.com:
Palm Licenses Palm OS Garnet Source Code
Gizmodo:
The Loop: Motion Controlled Remote Hands-On
Discussion: PVR Wire
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