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6:45 AM ET, December 8, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Yahoo's Semel Says No Layoffs, Sort Of  —  Yahoo CEO Terry Semel blasts some of the rumors out there about Yahoo, including reports (by us) of layoffs, that he was leaving and that Dan Rosensweig and Susan Decker were taking a joint role to lead the company until a replacement was found.
Discussion: Valleywag and Mathew Ingram
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StraussBlog:
Amen, Terry!  —  So, I'm probably breaking a ton of rules by doing this.  But, f@$k it!  Here is the transcript, verbatim (I rewound the webcast several times just to get it right), of Terry's closing comments at today's re-org all-hands:  —  "At the next all-hands.  Just as a reminder.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yahoo Reorg, The Inside Story  —  The widespread criticism of the Yahoo reorganization announced on Tuesday has been a one sided affair - outsiders looking in.  Much of the criticism while warranted, has become to personal.  Was getting rid of CEO Terry Semel, the quick fix the erstwhile Internet leader needs?
Discussion: NewTeeVee and StraussBlog
Joe / Techdirt:
Our Advice To Yahoo: First, Avoid Bad Advice
Discussion: Alan Meckler
Mark Wallace / Wired News:
Firefly Reborn as Online Universe  —  Like Capt. Mal Reynolds stumbling in after a bar fight, the short-lived but much beloved sci-fi series Firefly will soon make an unexpected return, not as a TV show, but as a massively multiplayer online game.  —  Now that's shiny.
Reuters:
McCartney cries 'Help!' on song copyrights  —  Music copyrights in the UK last only 50 years, so early Beatles songs could be up for grabs by 2012.  —  LONDON (Reuters) — Paul McCartney and Robbie Williams joined thousands of other performers on Thursday in an appeal for an extension to British copyright on their recordings.
Discussion: Techdirt and digg
Eli Shimoni / Ynetnews:
Exclusive: Metacafe to be sold for USD 200 million  —  Owners of Metacafe, from Tel Aviv, in advanced stages of negotiations for selling company.  Estimated price tag: USD 200 million.  Company runs one of largest video-sharing sites on Web, directly competes with YouTube
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Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:   Metacafe Acquisition: $200 Million is a Steal
Business Wire:
BitTorrent Acquires uTorrent  —  SAN FRANCISCO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—BitTorrent, Inc., home to the world's leading peer-assisted digital content delivery platform, today announced it has acquired uTorrent, a lightweight and efficient implementation of the BitTorrent protocol.
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Scott Gilbertson / Monkey Bites:
BitTorrent Inc. Acquires µTorrent
microsoft.com:
Microsoft Security Bulletin Advance Notification  —  As part of the monthly security bulletin release cycle, Microsoft provides advance notification to our customers on the number of new security updates being released, the products affected, the aggregate maximum severity and information about detection tools relevant to the update.
Ina Fried / CNET News.com:
HP settles with California in spy scandal  —  update The California Attorney General's Office said Thursday that Hewlett-Packard will pay $14.5 million to settle civil charges related to the company's now infamous spy scandal.  —  As part of the settlement, which was first reported …
Discussion: internetnews.com and Slashdot
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Mike / Techdirt:   HP Pays California $14.5 Million For Pretexting... But Will Use …
BBC:
Concern over mobile music-sharing  —  Children are increasingly swapping music via mobile phones, often without realising they can be breaking the law.  —  A survey of almost 1,500 eight to 13-year-olds found almost a third shared music via their mobiles.  —  Children are using the built …
Discussion: Techdirt
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Washington uses new spyware law, gets $1 million settlement  —  The Washington State Attorney General's office has announced a $1 million settlement in the state's first anti-spyware case.  Using a new spyware law, Attorney General Rob McKenna went after Secure Computer earlier this year …
Discussion: Slashdot
Tony / Deep Jive Interests:
Diggers Are Getting Paid — But Not By Kevin Rose  —  It seems like there is a long running meme in the blogosphere about gaming Digg, and it even made it as an article on CNet the other day (despite a few inaccuracies).  Despite the controversy, there is one thing that Kevin Rose has always maintained …
Discussion: Mathew Ingram
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Google Begins Limited Testing Of Radio Ads  —  Google has begun testing radio ads in the U.S. with a small group of its online keyword-search advertisers, following its acquisition earlier this year of dMarc Broadcasting.  The ads can by played on "hundreds" of radio stations across the country, Google said.
Discussion: CNET News.com
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BBC:
1200-year-old problem 'easy'  —  Schoolchildren in Caversham have become the first in the country to learn about a new number - 'nullity' - which solves maths problems neither Newton nor Pythagoras could conquer.  —  Dr James Anderson, from the University of Reading's computer science department …
Discussion: Evolving Trends, digg and Slashdot
The Smoking Gun:
Tom Brady Blitzes Yahoo!  —  NFL star sues over use of image in firm's fantasy football promos  —  Along with a sweeping management reorganization and shrinking stock price, Yahoo! also has to contend with a lawsuit filed against it by the gridiron's golden boy, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady …
Luca Filigheddu / Thoughts on VoIP, technology:
Enhanced SightSpeed 5.0  —  As reported yesterday, SightSpeed is going to launch an upgrade of their 5.0 version.  —  Here's a summary of the changes available with Enhanced SightSpeed 5.0: />  — SightSpeed Pro plan subscribers (i.e., small-business and power users) …
 
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Kristen Nicole / Mashable!:
uPlayMe - Social Music Matching
Chris / slight paranoia:
An Early Christmas Gift from TSA
Discussion: 27B Stroke 6 and Security Fix
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
Download-To-Burn Standards Approved; Launching Early '07
Mike / Techdirt:
Sued By The RIAA? Blame Kazaa!
Gizmodo:
Which Vista is Right For You  —  When you upgrade your computer …
Meredith Carroll / Official Google Blog:
The Google 2007 Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Jon Arnold / Jon Arnold's Blog:
Cisco TelePresence - Up Close and Personal
Jay Meattle / Compete Blog:
Top 20 Websites: Who's In, Who's Out
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb and rev2.org
 Earlier Items: 
Larry Magid / New York Times:
Vista Is Ready.  Are You?  —  WINDOWS VISTA, the latest iteration …
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhoto2Gmail  —  You know that handy feature in iPhoto …
Discussion: digg
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
WildCharge Makes Tesla Proud
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and digg
Stephen Wildstrom / Tech Beat:
Brown Is Not the new White  —  A story by my colleague Jay …
Discussion: Message
Rick Broida / Lifehacker:
Use Adobe Reader 8 as an RSS reader
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Testing DRM-free waters: EMI selling a few MP3s through Yahoo Music
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google to Invest in Chinese P2P Startup Xunlei?
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PE HUB and digg
Bertrand Benoit / MSNBC:
Germany plans crackdown on violent online games