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10:00 PM ET, December 6, 2006

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Leslie Katz / CNET News.com:
James Kim found deceased  —  just in The body of missing CNET editor James Kim has been located, authorities announced Wednesday.  —  Arrangements are being made to transport Kim to an undisclosed location, according to police.  Kim had been missing in the remote southwestern Oregon wilderness for 11 days.
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CNN:
Trail of clothing led searchers to lost father's body … MERLIN, Oregon (CNN) — The body of a man who had walked into the Oregon wilderness Saturday to summon help for his stranded family was found Wednesday in a steep ravine.  —  Officials confirmed that James Kim, 35, an editor at the Web site CNET, had been found dead.
Valleywag:
DRAFT OBIT: Terry Semel  —  Terry Semel never won much respect from Silicon Valley insiders.  —  He was a consummate Hollywood power politician, schooled in Time-Warner power games when he ran the group's Warner Brother studio.  And he is, by all accounts, relatively unflappable, a low-pulse guy, says one confidante.
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Robert Hof / Business Week:
Yahoo's Shakeup  —  In the wake of criticism that the Internet portal is spread too thin, CEO Semel is revamping operations and putting more on Sue Decker's plate  —  Growing strife inside Yahoo! (YHOO) at last has erupted into a sweeping management and organizational shakeup.
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley:
Hey Terry, ever hear the one about the CEO and the three envelopes?
Discussion: Bloomberg and MarketWatch
Dan Fost / San Francisco Chronicle:
Valley's 'Mr. Web 2.0' seeks next big thing  —  TechCrunch blog ruffles feathers on the Internet beat  —  Michael Arrington's influential blog TechCrunch — where startups get pimped and big news sometimes breaks first — has vaulted him into the post of "Mr. Web 2.0," …
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Amazon takes major stake in Wikia  —  Wikia, a San Mateo company that allows groups to share information about their interests with wiki technology, has raised a second round of funding — all of it coming from Amazon.com.  —  It is not clear how much traction Wikia company has gained.
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Business Wire:
Amazon Invests in Wikia Series B Financing: Amazon's Value-Added Capital Key to Wikia's Expanding Product Plans  —  SAN MATEO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Wikia, Inc., the leading wiki site for information on thousands of topics written by a community of contributors, today announced …
Discussion: GigaOM and PE HUB
Matt Haughey / PVRblog:
Wild rumor: Apple & TiVo partner for iTV  —  I'm going to disclaim this upfront as a wild rumor that just landed in my inbox.  I'd wager it's got about a 25% chance of being true but hey, I'd love to be wrong on it and see what launches next month at Macworld SF.  Here's the rumor:
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Davis / Davis Freeberg's Digital Connection:
Will TiVo Be Apple's Little Secret At This Year's Macworld?
Discussion: Medialoper and Things That
Michele Gershberg / Reuters:
Oz to bring social networking to mobile phones  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Privately-held Oz Communications, a maker of wireless messaging technologies, will announce on Wednesday a new product allowing people to access social network sites over their cellphones.
blog.centraldesktop.com:
Google's Silent Monopoly (Or How Much Does Google Pay For It's Own AdWords?)  —  What does the future of start-ups look like when they spend a majority of their advertising budget with one company - and its your competitor? … - Right?  —  The history of business is filled with examples …
Discussion: Zoli's Blog and Slashdot
Ryan / CyberNet Technology News:
CyberNotes: 200 Firefox Extensions Installed At One Time!  —  Web Browser Wednesday  —  Earlier this year a guy installed 100 Firefox extensions without any problems.  Well...I decided to try and top that.  I picked the nice round number of 200 for a few different reasons.
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Spam Doubles, Finding New Ways to Deliver Itself  —  Hearing from a lot of new friends lately?  You know, the ones that write "It's me, Esmeralda," and tip you off to an obscure stock that is "poised to explode" or a great deal on prescription drugs.  —  You're not the only one.
Joris Evers / CNET News.com:
MySpace to Apple: Fix that worm  —  MySpace.com wants Apple Computer to update its QuickTime media player software so it can't be used in attacks on the social-networking site.  —  The request comes after a worm in the form of a rigged QuickTime movie crawled onto MySpace.com over the weekend, changing people's MySpace profiles.
BBC:
Copyright pirates face crackdown  —  Copyright criminals must face far tougher regulation to protect the entertainment industry, a report says.  —  The Gowers Report was commissioned by the government to look at modernising UK copyright laws for the digital age.
Discussion: Techdirt, Weatherall's Law and Slashdot
Glyn / The Open Rights Group:
Gowers Review  —  The Gowers Review, commissioned by the government to look at intellectual property law in the United Kingdom, published its final report today.  It was commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown MP so it is expected that the report will hold a lot of weight …
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
IBM plans Power6 blades for next year  —  Beginning with its Power6 dual-core chip, IBM will build its high-end Power processors into blade servers for the first time in 2007, marking a significant expansion of blade abilities.  —  Today, IBM's blade servers are available with the company's PowerPC 970 processors.
Discussion: TechSpot
Jeffrey M. O'Brien / Fortune:
Is Google too smart for its own good?  —  Google's famous for hiring the best and the brightest, but when they get bored, they're bound to create the son-of-Google, warns Fortune's Jeffrey O'Brien.  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Fortune) — A roomful of 300-odd flaks gathered over rubber chicken on Friday …
Discussion: Slashdot
 
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Tom Simonite / NewScientistTech:
Basketball stats shown live on players' shirts
Discussion: Kevin Maney and Engadget
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
Panel changes course, approves e-voting checks
airmagnet.com:
Holiday Decorations Can Create Major Wi-Fi Disturbances
Discussion: Engadget and Techdirt
Sony Ericsson:
The powerful handsfree Internet calling solution
Discussion: Engadget, CrunchGear and Crave RSS
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Intel Breakthrough: Demonstrates Its First Mobile WiMAX Baseband Chip
Discussion: Business Wire
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Eric Case on Blogger Beta
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
Virtual News at Seven
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Rebecca Lieb / Search Engine Watch Blog:
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Thomas Claburn / InformationWeek:
Consumer Use Of Ad-Blocking Technology Doubles
Steve Snell:
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John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
PACKAGED GOODS MEDIA VS. CONVERSATIONAL MEDIA, PART ONE
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets and A VC
Tom Foremski / Silicon Valley Watcher:
Dan Farber's Experimental Blogger Army...
Business 2.0:
A toy story, YouTube-style
Discussion: I4U News and digg
Slash Lane / AppleInsider:
Prudential: iPhone to sport click wheel; video iPod by Q2
firstmonday.org:
The Meaning of Friendship