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9:25 PM ET, November 19, 2006


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Robert D. Hershey Jr / New York Times:
Sunny and Gloomy Signs at a Web Crossroads  —  IN mid-October, Yahoo, the world's biggest Internet portal, reported a sharp profit skid and warned of a further growth slowdown in two major lines of business — a performance that its unusually contrite chief executive said had failed to fully exploit the company's strengths.
Discussion: Newsome.Org and Screenwerk
Wall Street Journal:
The 'Peanut Butter Manifesto'  —  An internal document by Brad Garlinghouse, a Yahoo senior vice president, says Yahoo is spreading its resources too thinly, like peanut butter on a slice of bread.  Full text of the document is below.  —  Three and half years ago, I enthusiastically joined Yahoo! …
Fred / A VC:
Maturity  —  I was talking to my friend Mark about Yahoo! recently and he said something like "as long as they maintain their audience, I think they'll be in good shape".  —  The same point was made by Randy Befumo of Legg Mason, in today's New York Times in the piece about Yahoo! being a "value stock":
Eric Jackson / Breakout Performance:
An Open Letter to Jerry Yang and David Filo  —  Dear Jerry and David:  — I am writing this letter to you as a loyal Yahoo! user since 1996.  Who could have imagined that, what started out as an experiment in the Stanford computer lab in 1994, would grow to become what is today a media titan?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Brad Garlinghouse Makes His Power Move  —  Brad Garlinghouse, the Yahoo SVP who owns massive pieces of the overall organization (front page, mail, IM, etc.) wrote an email memo to senior staff about his views on the state of Yahoo.  The entire email, including typos …
Fred / A VC:
The Truth From Inside Yahoo!  —  Brad Garlinghouse's memo is worth reading if you do business with Yahoo!, work for them, own their stock, or care about competition at the top of the Internet pyramid.  —  Having sold a few companies to Yahoo! and watched another sell out before we could invest …
Discussion: Labnotes
Allenjs / Better Living through Software:
Yahoo! Peanut Butter?
Discussion: Scripting News
Yahoo! This peanut butter is
Discussion: Valleywag
Paul Miller / Engadget:
Live from Nintendo's Wii launch in New York  —  We're hanging out at Toys "R" Us Times Square this evening, getting all ready for a bazillion people to get their respective Wii on.  As of 9PM the line is already mind boggling, but the word is Toys "R" Us is stocked with [5,000] …
John Chow / John Chow dot Com:
The World's Most High-Tech Urinal  —  In an effort to handle its nighttime public urination problem, Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is considering installing urinals that disappear below street level during the day.  Unlike the automated, self-cleaning toilets planned for Toronto and Vancouver …
Discussion: Uber-Review, Gizmodo and Engadget
GamePolitics /
Bill O'Reilly Slams PS3 Launch, Gamers, iPods, Digital Tech (not in that order)  —  Apparently sparked by the PlayStation 3 launch, conservative pundit Bill O'Reilly took off after video game culture and digital technology generally in yesterday's Radio Factor.
Peter D. Csathy / Digital Media Update:
"Click-to-Call" Video for E-Commerce & E-Services  —  In my last post, I discussed one of SightSpeed's least known, but most compelling, features — "click-to-call" video (and mostly discussed compelling applications for so-called social networking sites).  I also touched upon e-commerce uses of "click-to-call" video, but only briefly.
Discussion: VoIP Lowdown and VoIP Watch
CarstenCumbrowski / Search Engine Journal:
Europes - The Killer?!  —  It was not too long ago when the European Business-Networking Service announced their planned name change to  — is no longer and all links to, including the links to profile pages, are being redirected to
Discussion: ReveNews and The Silent Penguin
Prof. Andrew McAfee / Andrew McAfee:
Now THAT's What I'm Talking About!  —  I put out a call for case studies a while back.  I was looking for examples of deep Enterprise 2.0 penetration — where freeform social software platforms had become so widely and deeply used that they were no-longer-exceptional parts of the company's technology infrastucture, and its culture.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Fedora Linux up and running on PlayStation 3 (with video)  —  Ok, so we're admittedly jealous that not only does this engineering user have a PlayStation 3 in his possession, but has the time to load up Fedora Linux on it while we yearn to just sneak in a few minutes of long-awaited gameplay.
Question of the Week: Are Games Industry Professionals Buying PlayStation 3 or Wii?  —  Gamasutra's latest Question of the Week asked our esteemed audience of game industry professionals, educators and students for feedback on which next-gen hardware is actually being bought by game professionals at the end of next week, and why.
Paul Miller / Engadget:
How to bump your Zune to 40GB  —  Despite our personal reservations on the topic, if you're rocking a Zune, we say more power to you, and we thought we'd let you know about this simple method to upgrade that little player of yours to 40GB.  Ironically, iPodMods did the honors …
Tantek Çelik / The Technorati Weblog:
Introducing the Technorati Link Count Widget  —  For a long time, many of you have added Technorati links next to your post permalinks, comments, and trackbacks, that let your readers click to see the number of links and read bloggers' reactions to your blog posts.
Discussion: and What's That Noise?!
Justin Murray / Joystiq:
PS3 is following in 360's footsteps  —  We're all familiar with the Ring of Death on the 360.  If you see it, you know it is time to pull out the extended warranty slip — or shell out another $400 — because you're going to need it.  Sony couldn't have any of that and are countering with their own: the Red Button and Beep of Death.
Discussion: digg
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I4U News:
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Discussion: TechBlog and digg
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 Earlier Items: 
Mike / Techdirt:
RIAA Defendant Claims Settlement With Kazaa Should Cover Kazaa Users As Well
Discussion: Slashdot
Conrad Quilty-Harper / Engadget:
Gates praises iPod, labels Zune a "modest" competitor
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Add Snap Previews to Any Site For Free
Discussion: Widgets Lab
New York Times:
Not Always Full Speed Ahead