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11:25 AM ET, November 8, 2006

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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Riya's Like.com 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 …
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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 Like.com, 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 Like.com, a visual search engine that, for the first time ever …
Discussion: VentureBeat and Google Blogoscoped
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Riya launches Like.com 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 Like.com 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: PodTech.net
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:
Like.com: Visual Shopping Search  —  Anyone who uses search engines to look for products knows the process can be an exercise in frustration.  Whether it be Google or shopping comparison sites like Shopping.com, it's often tough to find not only just the product you want—especially for more aesthetic items like apparel and jewelry.
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: Frank Barnako
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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 …
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Valleywag:   Web 2.0 Con: Liveblogging the "Conversation with Eric Schmidt"
saunderslog.com:
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 …
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Skype 3.0 Coming Soon
Discussion: Download Squad and 21talks
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 …
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Brady Forrest / O'Reilly Radar:
Spaceland, 3-D Maps in the Browser
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.
BBC:
'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: Valleywag and digg
Frank Barnako:
Election-night guide to the Net  —  ABC, CBS, and NBC will be doing brief drop-in reports until they offer extended coverage, with ABC beginning at 9:30pm and CBS and NBC at 10pm.  Before then, the real stuff will be available on the cable news channels and the Web sites of MSNBC, CNN and Fox.
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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 News.com:
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.
BBC:
Zune problems for MSN customers  —  People who have bought music from Microsoft's MSN Music store could face problems if they decide to buy the firm's new Zune portable player.  —  Microsoft has said it will stop selling music from MSN music from 14 November, when Zune goes on sale in the US.
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 …
Microsoft:
Microsoft Rallies Developers to Build Next-Generation Applications  —  Microsoft releases the .NET Framework 3.0, Visual Studio 2005 Tools for Office for the 2007 Microsoft Office system, ASP.NET AJAX and Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Compact Edition.  —  Microsoft Corp. today unveiled …
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Richardt / MSDN Blogs:
It's here! .NET Framework 3.0 RTM
Discussion: MSDN Blogs and digg
 
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Mobile 2.0 - Didn't Quite Do It
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DrewTech rolls out Linux-powered DashDAQ data acquisition system
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Web 2.0 Summit Launchpad
Jay Greene / Business Week:
Showtime for the Xbox 360  —  Microsoft hopes a new video …
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Gannett To Change Its Papers' Approach
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Intel "SuiteTwo" Product Suite Launches
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