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3:05 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 …
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Google CEO denies rumor of YouTube legal reserve  —  SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Google Inc. (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief Executive Eric Schmidt on Tuesday denied a widely circulated rumor that his company had set aside $500 million to settle copyright claims by media companies …
Rafat Ali / PaidContent:
@ Web 2.0: Day One Highlights: Ad 2.0; Google CEO; Skype Content
Discussion: Geeking with Greg
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Eric Schmidt At Web 2.0 On YouTube & Other Issues
Elinor Mills / CNET
'Skypecasts' coming to your blog soon  —  SAN FRANCISCO—Internet telephony provider Skype plans to offer bloggers and others the ability to hold audio chats in the next version of its Net telephone product, co-founder Niklas Zennström said Tuesday night at the Web 2.0 Summit here.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype 3.0 Coming Soon
Discussion: Download Squad
Apple Unveils New MacBook With Intel Core 2 Duo Processors  —  Apple® today unveiled its new line of MacBook™ consumer notebooks that now include Intel Core 2 Duo processors.  Just one-inch thin, the new MacBooks are up to 25 percent faster than the previous generation and feature …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Apple's MacBook goes Core 2 Duo, too
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and The Tech Report
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
Nathan Weinberg / Blog Talk:
Vista Ultimate Extras  —  One of the major unanswered questions about Windows Vista is what exactly Vista's Ultimate Extras will be.  —  Ultimate Extras is supposed to be this worth addition to Windows Vista Ultimate that gives buyers of the big edition some bonuses that justify the more expensive product …
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 …
William Patry / The Patry Copyright Blog:
What the Election May Mean for Copyright  —  With the fate of the Senate still unknown, a full picture of the election remains to be drawn.  On the House side, there is no uncertainty as to the majority, but we may not know for awhile who becomes chair of the IP subcommittee.
'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.
Discussion: J. LeRoy's Evolving Web and digg
Ross Mayfield / Ross Mayfield's Weblog:
SuiteTwo Launched: Enterprise 2.0 in a Box  —  A small dream of mine came true today.  We've been preaching an ecosystem of tools for some time now.  We've helped customers stitch them together in interesting ways.  In fact, Andrew McAfee's original article on Enterprise 2. was borne …
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 …
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RealNetworks Q3 2006 Earnings Call Transcript
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Carlo / Techdirt:
Is It That Time Of Year Again? Phantom Announces Another 'Delay'
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It's here! .NET Framework 3.0 RTM
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Election-night guide to the Net
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 Earlier Items: 
Miker / Mike Rowehl:
Mobile 2.0 - Didn't Quite Do It
Ilya Vedrashko / MIT Advertising Lab:
Microsoft Launches Virtual Earth with Billboards
Zune problems for MSN customers
Anne Broache / CNET
FTC: Policing online ads is 'daunting task'
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Lawsuit against Palm makes patent-infringement claims
Sony Ericsson to acquire UIQ Technology AB
Seth Sutel / Associated Press:
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