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4:50 PM ET, December 15, 2006


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NINTENDO WII: WII FOR $200?  MORE COLORS?  —  What's Nintendo's gameplan post-launch?  A local Toys-R-Us may have let slip some yet-to-be-confirmed details for the Wii come Spring '07.  —  Upon looking for a Wii at a regional Toys-R-Us store (which has been a constant effort) …
Discussion: Engadget, Gizmodo, CrunchGear and digg
Nintendo respond to Wii breakages  —  Games firm Nintendo has said it will replace all broken straps for its Wii console, following customer complaints.  —  The strap is connected to a motion sensitive remote which is used to control the on-screen action.  —  The announcement follows reports …
About Skype:
SKYPE ANNOUNCES SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES  —  Skype today announced two key personnel changes.  Alex Kazim, Skype's President, will be leaving Skype in January to return to eBay.  Kazim, an 8-year eBay veteran, joined Skype immediately following eBay's acquisition of the company 14 months ago.
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Who's Skype's Daddy?  Niklas Of Course  —  We reported about yet-another-tremor at Skype, as Henry Gomez replaced Alex Kazim.  (Official press release is here.)  I had pointed out that there was more to the story than meets the eye.  —  Despite all the happy shiny talk, there has been a lot of tension between eBay and Skype-people.
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
BREAKING: More AOL Changes: EVPs Jim Bankoff, Joe Redling and John Buckley Leaving; Also CTO  —  More upheaval at AOL, as the company goes through a transition period under a new leadership: three of the top EVPs at the company are leaving, has learned.
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Man gets time in jail for disrupting wireless Internet services  —  Utah man gets two years' jail, three years' probation for intentionally damaging a protected computer  —  A Utah man who brought down the wireless Internet services offered by a former employer has been sentenced to two years in prison …
Mike / Techdirt:   Tip: When Leaving Your Job At An ISP, Don't Cancel All Its Customer Accounts
Associated Press:
Google gets into Web site registration  —  MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Google Inc. on Friday will join the crowded field of services registering Web site addresses in a move aimed at encouraging more usage of the online search leader's free software products.  —  The Mountain View-based company …
Discussion: Screenwerk
Joni Morse / RCR Wireless News:
Modeo hopes ride on NYC launch  —  Launch delayed to first quarter  —  With a new leader in place, Crown Castle International Corp.'s mobile TV subsidiary Modeo L.L.C. says with confidence that its upcoming New York City trial will attract partners, enabling the company to carry …
Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Amazon says IBM WebSphere infringes patents  —  Amazon countersues IBM, seeks to invalidate some IBM patents  —  In a strongly worded rebuttal, on Thursday countersued IBM.  The companies have charged each other with patent infringement.  —  The countersuit, filed …
Discussion: Techdirt
Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Top mistakes made by new online publishers  —  Commentary: Don't fall into the traps that have left too many other journalists muttering that 'no one can make money online.'  —  Perhaps you've heard the horror stories: You can't make any money publishing online.  No one does any original reporting on the Web.
Discussion: SYNTAGMA and Guardian Unlimited
Marguerite Reardon / CNET
Cingular turns cell phones into wallets in N.Y. trial  —  Some Cingular Wireless cardholders in New York City will be testing a new service that allows them to make purchases with their cell phones.  —  The mobile operator said Thursday that it's teaming with cell phone maker Nokia …
Discussion: Engadget and Phone Scoop
Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Adobe to release Intel-native Photoshop CS3 beta  —  Photoshop users who've been waiting for a version of the image-editing program that runs natively on Intel-based Macs are about to be rewarded for their patience.  Adobe will release a beta of Photoshop CS3 on Friday, December 15, that's available as a Universal Binary.
Christopher Breen / Macworld:
Macworld Video: Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta
I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Changing the Game  —  There was a time in Silicon Valley when starting a company meant building something that you wanted to have, then other people came asking to buy one and you were in business.  Companies in those days absorbed little venture capital and had the quaint notion that prior …
Discussion: Technology Evangelist
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
SES Chicago - Using Images  —  We all had a great time at SES Chicago last week, answering questions and getting feedback.  —  One of the sessions I participated in was Images and Search Engines, and the panelists had great information about using images on your site, as well as on optimizing for Google Image search.
Iand / Internet Alchemy:
Set the Controls for the Heart of the Web  —  Jim Hendler continues his exploration of the dark side of the semantic web with a must-read editorial for IEEE Intelligent Systems, the well-respected AI journal: … Too right!  I paraphrase this in my RDF tutorial
Discussion: Mad Techie Woman
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
19 Ways To Make Social Sites Pay  —  With the top YouTube users becoming paid shills for Coke, and the top Diggers being accused of taking 'cash for Diggs', it seems that the users of social sites are looking to be rewarded for their efforts.  In fact, there are already plenty of services that will pay you for your participation.
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