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12:35 PM ET, November 8, 2006


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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Riya's Is First True Visual Image Search  —  Silicon Valley startup Riya, currently a photo search company focusing on facial recognition, is making a significant strategic and product shift this morning.  Riya will continue as is, but the company is leveraging the core technology …
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya launches visual similarity shopping  —  Riya's facial search service was one of the first darlings of the Web 2.0 world.  The company garnered more than $15 million in venture capital to make facial and object search as easy as text search.  It turned out that searching …
Liz Gannes / GigaOM:
Riya Finds Business Model in Fashion  —  Photo recognition startup Riya has dramatically changed course, and is setting up shop today at as a visual search engine for jewelry, handbags, watches, and shoes.  The land of women's fashion is a bit of a leap for most any Silicon Valley company …
Discussion: Geeking with Greg and
Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
Riya reborn is really cool way to search  —  OK, so, what's the 250 machines for?  —  A better way to find stuff.  A way better way.  —  Just don't tell Maryam, OK?  —  Why not?  —  Well, it's the first time you can search for "red strappy shoes" and have every type of shoe show up VISUALLY.
PR Newswire:
Riya Launches, The First True  —  Visual Search Engine  —  Millions of Products Searchable by Appearance and Via a Vast Collection of Celebrity Fashion Photos  —  Riya, a world leader in visual computing, today launched, a visual search engine that, for the first time ever …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Google Blogoscoped
Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:   Riya tries again as
Rob Hof / Tech Beat: Visual Shopping Search
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Google CEO Eric Schmidt: We would never trap user data  —  John Battelle and Tim O'Reilly kicked off the industry heavyweight portion of the Web 2.0 Summit with a few remarks about Web 2.0 and the theme of the event, disruption and opportunity.  —  "Web 2.0 is about harnessing the network effect …
Web 2.0 Con: Liveblogging the "Conversation with Eric Schmidt"
Discussion: IP Democracy and Geeking with Greg
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:   @ Web 2.0: Day One Highlights: Ad 2.0; Google CEO; Skype Content
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Eric Schmidt At Web 2.0 On YouTube & Other Issues
Discussion: Digital Micro-Markets
Skype 3.0: Transfer or no?  —  The jungle drums are beatin'... softly softly... but they're beatin'.  —  See, rumour has it that tomorrow at 8 AM EDT, the much anticipated Skype 3.0 will be released into beta.  Wonder what's in it?  So do I. And I can't find nary a detail anywhere on the web …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype 3.0 Coming Soon
Discussion: Download Squad and 21talks
'Enemies of the internet' named  —  A list of 13 "enemies of the internet" has been released by human rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF).  —  For the first time, Egypt has been added to the list while Nepal, Libya and the Maldives have all been removed.
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Lawsuit against Palm makes patent-infringement claims  —  Patent holder NTP has sued Palm, maker of the Treo e-mail phone, for infringement eight months after winning $612.5 million from BlackBerry creator Research In Motion (RIM) on a similar claim.  —  The suit, filed in Virginia on Monday, seeks cash compensation.
Dan Fost / The Technology Chronicles:
Hacking the Web 2.0 Conference  —  There's an interesting little detail that's not readily apparent about the Web 2.0 Conference — I mean the Web 2.0 Summit!  I keep forgetting that it's a Summit!  —  Even though the conference is fairly exclusive — invitation only, and a high price of admission …
Discussion: Global Nerdy and Frank Barnako
Google positioning for move into U.S. radio  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — Web search leader Google is hiring scores of radio sales people and is spending heavily in a bid to expand its position in the $20 billion radio industry.  —  Google spokesman Michael Mayzel said this week that the company …
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
Column: What are online RSS feeds?  —  Q. I keep hearing about RSS feeds on Web sites.  What are they and how can I use them?  —  A. RSS feeds are a very simple and convenient way to receive updated items from Web sites that you like, so you don't have to go trolling around to each site to see what's new.
Anne Broache / CNET
FTC: Policing online ads is 'daunting task'  —  WASHINGTON—As ads and marketing messages spread to a growing number of devices and with increased personalization, challenges lie ahead for authorities charged with policing deceptive schemes, a Federal Trade Commission official said Tuesday.
Zephoria / apophenia:
what i mean when i say "email is dead" in reference to teens  —  When i was a child, i used to get super excited when the postman came.  Although i almost never got anything, those handful of letters from penpals were such joyous gifts.  Email was the same at first - even the pyramid schemes …
Ilya Vedrashko / MIT Advertising Lab:
Microsoft Launches Virtual Earth with Billboards  —  Microsoft launched Virtual Earth, an online 3D application that's part of the company's mapping site, and the first 15 cities shown in their full three-dimensional glory are peppered with billboards.  The maps are displayed in the browser unlike …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Verizon in talks to bring YouTube to V CAST, television  —  Verizon seems to be throwing as many trendy extras as humanly possible into its (oftentimes overpriced) monthly add-on pool, and may now be nearing a deal with the video clip-broadcasting extraordinaire, YouTube.
Discussion: IPNetworked
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Frank Barnako:
Election-night guide to the Net
Miker / Mike Rowehl:
Mobile 2.0 - Didn't Quite Do It
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FIC Linux Cellphone - can it capture the imagination of the open-source community?
 Earlier Items:
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Discussion: GigaOM and Deep Jive Interests
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Web 2.0 Summit Launchpad
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Showtime for the Xbox 360  —  Microsoft hopes a new video …
Frank Ahrens / Washington Post:
Gannett To Change Its Papers' Approach
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Intel "SuiteTwo" Product Suite Launches
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
With Vista, what does 'done' really mean?
Discussion: Blog Talk and
Microsoft Rallies Developers to Build Next-Generation Applications