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4:25 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.
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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  —  from the hail-mary dept  —  Everybody knows that Yahoo is under a lot of pressure right now, and a lot of people in the media are playing the "what should Yahoo do now?" game.  A lot talk has focused on management changes, some of which were announced earlier this week.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Alan Meckler
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
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.
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  —  BitTorrent, Inc., will announce later today that it has acquired µTorrent, a lightweight and efficient implementation of the BitTorrent protocol.  The official announcement will come this afternoon, but there are already some posts from Bram Cohen …
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 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Google to Invest in Chinese P2P Startup Xunlei?  —  There's a rumor going around that Google is investing a major stake in a Chinese P2P startup called Xunlei (or Thunder).  Xunlei is reported to have between 75 million to 100 million downloads of its software, and has raised previous funding from Morningside and IDG Ventures.
Discussion: NewTeeVee, PE HUB and digg
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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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) …
Laurie A. Duncan / The Unofficial Apple Weblog:
iPhoto2Gmail  —  You know that handy feature in iPhoto where you click the Email button and it launches your default email client and attaches a perfectly-sized pic for you to share with whomever you wish?  If you use Mail.app or Entourage or Eudora or even AOL that feature works great.
Discussion: digg
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
WildCharge Makes Tesla Proud  —  Chargers are one of the banes of being a tech dork.  It's a necessary evil, but they're a pain in the ass to keep track of.  That goes doubly if you travel a lot.  I really can't even begin to express how many chargers I've left in anonymous hotel rooms, never to be seen again.
Discussion: Gizmodo, Ubergizmo and digg
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
Testing DRM-free waters: EMI selling a few MP3s through Yahoo Music  —  Yahoo Music is selling the latest single from piano-playing songstress Norah Jones, along with a pair of tracks from Christian rockers Reliant K, in the MP3 format.  Priced at 99¢ like the rest of the songs available …
 
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