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12:40 AM ET, December 16, 2006

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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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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.
Bloomberg:
Facebook, Courted By Yahoo, Won't Sell, Director Says (Update3)  —  Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — Facebook, the social-networking Web site courted by Yahoo! Inc., isn't for sale, board member Peter Thiel said.  —  ``It's going to remain an independent company,'' Thiel said in an interview last week.
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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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heise Security:
The hole trick  —  How Skype & Co. get round firewalls  —  Peer-to-peer software applications are a network administrator's nightmare.  In order to be able to exchange packets with their counterpart as directly as possible they use subtle tricks to punch holes in firewalls …
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Adobe hitches long-term wagon to Flash, Apollo  —  While Adobe's 2007 financial standing is likely to improve courtesy of the latest Creative Suite product cycle and its new version of Photoshop, management is looking to Flash and its Apollo platform to keep the momentum going in 2008.
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Frank Shaw / Glass House:
End of the Embargo?  —  Fascinating post via Valleywag on the future of the embargo.  Using the Google charity stock news as an example, Valleywag posits that we are about to see the end of the embargo.  Googlewatch got the scoop and it sort of embarrassed the whole group by showing how they followed the rules.
Discussion: Valleywag and Google Watch
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 …
Discussion: The Gong Show
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.
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 …
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.
Mike / Techdirt:
Tip: When Leaving Your Job At An ISP, Don't Cancel All Its Customer Accounts  —  from the just-a-suggestion dept  —  It's no surprise that people who are leaving their jobs (especially to go work for a competitor) may have a certain dislike for their ex-employer — but it's still amazing …
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Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
Man gets time in jail for disrupting wireless Internet services
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Robert Scoble / ScobleShow:
Mark Lucovsky adds Google bling to your blog  —  Mark Lucovsky runs the Ajax Search service at Google and sits down for both an in-depth interview about what he's been working on, but then pulls out some cool demos of ways you can add ...
Discussion: Scobleizer
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!
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 …
 
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Iand / Internet Alchemy:
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Nancy Gohring / InfoWorld:
Amazon says IBM WebSphere infringes patents
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
MIT launches iFIND app for stalking your friends
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Karl / Techdirt:
DRM-Free Music Sells, Major Labels Keep Pretending The Jury Is Still Out
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