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5:35 PM ET, December 15, 2006

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David Light / dpad.gotfrag.com:
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) …
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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.
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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.
BBC:
Gates: Digital locks too complex  —  Microsoft boss Bill Gates has told a group of influential bloggers that copy protection for digital music and video is too complex for consumers.  —  Mr Gates was speaking to an invited party of bloggers and web developers at Microsoft's Seattle headquarters.
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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 …
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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, paidContent.org 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 …
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Mike / Techdirt:   Tip: When Leaving Your Job At An ISP, Don't Cancel All Its Customer Accounts
Marguerite Reardon / CNET News.com:
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 …
Lifehacker:
Picasa Web Albums adds features  —  Upload videos, order prints and more with the latest additions to Picasa Web Albums, the online element of Google's popular Picasa photo organizer.  —  The service now allows you to upload videos to your albums; add tags to your photos …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
The "FF class" of stock, for founders who want cash early  —  A form venture capital funding in Silicon Valley is getting increased interest from founders of start-ups.  —  It is called the "FF class" of stock, for founders who want to cash out a small percentage of their stake in a company …
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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 …
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.
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Amazon says IBM WebSphere infringes patents  —  Amazon countersues IBM, seeks to invalidate some IBM patents  —  In a strongly worded rebuttal, Amazon.com on Thursday countersued IBM.  The companies have charged each other with patent infringement.  —  The countersuit, filed …
Discussion: Techdirt
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Renkoo launches, just in time to schedule holiday cocktails  —  Renkoo, a Redwood City start-up that has worked in secrecy for a year on a more interactive version of Evite's event service, has launched.  —  Evite is the big player in this industry.  Renkoo pitches itself as "Evite done right …
Discussion: Mashable!
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
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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.
 
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Third MS Word Code Execution Exploit Posted
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Orange to offer DSL and a MacBook for two euros per day
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Changing the Game
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