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3:00 PM ET, December 15, 2006

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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.
BBC:
Nintendo respond to Wii breakages  —  Games firm Nintendo has said it will replace all broken straps for its Wii console, following customer complaints.  —  The strap is connected to a motion sensitive remote which is used to control the on-screen action.  —  The announcement follows reports …
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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.
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Todd asks "why no hard questions for BillG?"  —  Over at Geek News Central Todd Cochrane asks an interesting question about yesterday's Bill Gates Blogger Meetup.  "It pisses me off that none of them could ask a hard question" he says, while asking what hard questions would you ask?
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Jim Dalrymple / Macworld:
Adobe to release Intel-native Photoshop CS3 beta  —  Photoshop users who've been waiting for a version of the image-editing program that runs natively on Intel-based Macs are about to be rewarded for their patience.  Adobe will release a beta of Photoshop CS3 on Friday, December 15, that's available as a Universal Binary.
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Robert Niles / Online Journalism Review:
Top mistakes made by new online publishers  —  Commentary: Don't fall into the traps that have left too many other journalists muttering that 'no one can make money online.'  —  Perhaps you've heard the horror stories: You can't make any money publishing online.  No one does any original reporting on the Web.
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I, Cringely . The Pulpit | PBS:
Changing the Game  —  There was a time in Silicon Valley when starting a company meant building something that you wanted to have, then other people came asking to buy one and you were in business.  Companies in those days absorbed little venture capital and had the quaint notion that prior …
Vanessa Fox / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
SES Chicago - Using Images  —  We all had a great time at SES Chicago last week, answering questions and getting feedback.  —  One of the sessions I participated in was Images and Search Engines, and the panelists had great information about using images on your site, as well as on optimizing for Google Image search.
Google:
Adding the "D" to Google Apps for Your Domain  —  Getting powerful communication and collaboration tools up and running for your organization just got a little easier.  That's because we've added domain registration services to Google Apps for Your Domain, a platform that allows organizations …
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Joni Morse / RCR Wireless News:
Modeo hopes ride on NYC launch  —  Launch delayed to first quarter  —  With a new leader in place, Crown Castle International Corp.'s mobile TV subsidiary Modeo L.L.C. says with confidence that its upcoming New York City trial will attract partners, enabling the company to carry …
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
19 Ways To Make Social Sites Pay  —  With the top YouTube users becoming paid shills for Coke, and the top Diggers being accused of taking 'cash for Diggs', it seems that the users of social sites are looking to be rewarded for their efforts.  In fact, there are already plenty of services that will pay you for your participation.
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Nick Gonzalez / TechCrunch:
JamGlue Launches "Remixing for the Masses"  —  JamGlue, one of the YCombinator companies, publicly launched today.  JamGlue is an online community, similar to SpliceMusic, where you can listen to or mix music from a library of tracks and other mixes.  JamGlue was originally in private beta …
Discussion: Technically Speaking
Ryan Naraine / eWEEK.com:
Third MS Word Code Execution Exploit Posted  —  Exploit code for a third, unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word has been posted on the Internet, adding to the software maker's struggles to keep up with gaping holes in its popular word processing program.
Discussion: Slashdot
Mercury News:
DISK DRIVE PIONEER LED SEAGATE  —  SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS PIONEER LED SEAGATE  —  On his office desk, Alan ``Al'' Shugart kept a small, wooden triangle with a straightforward message: ``Keep it simple.''  —  But the life of the disk drive pioneer, who died Tuesday at 76 …
Discussion: Venture Chronicles and VentureBeat
Blake Robinson / CrunchGear:
Zune to Record from Radio?  —  There is currently a bit of fuss brewing at the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies (like the RIAA, but not) about the Zune's ability to record from FM.  It claims that recordings should be taxed because the Zune is capable of sharing music amongst other Zunes …
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Zune-Online.com:   Zune recording of the radio?
 
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Google wins patent for search results page design
Grant Gross / InfoWorld:
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Martin LaMonica / CNET News.com:
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Tom Espiner / CNET News.com:
U.K. considers wiki to ease patent bottleneck
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Alan Sipress / Washington Post:
Stalemate Keeps AT& T-BellSouth Merger Off of FCC's Agenda
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MySpace and WordPress happenings
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
Orange to offer DSL and a MacBook for two euros per day
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Huh? No DSL in Palo Alto??
Matt McAlister:
Valleywag is becoming essential
Pete Cashmore / Mashable!:
Mixi Video Coming
Discussion: Reel Pop
Mike / Techdirt:
But What Are Software Patents Good For?
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
ZCubes: Trying to "Do It All" on the Web