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4:25 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 …
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Don Dodge / Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing:
Riya tries again as
Rob Hof / Tech Beat: Visual Shopping Search
Q&A: Microsoft Windows Vista Released to Manufacturing  —  As Windows Vista hits the Release to Manufacturing milestone, Microsoft looks back at what it took to build the most heavily tested, highest quality and most secure operating system in the company's history.
Discussion: Pocket PC Thoughts and TechBlog
Nick White / Windows Vista Team Blog:
Windows Vista releases to manufacturing  —  Great news!  Today we're announcing the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Vista.  —  Yes, you read it right — development of Windows Vista is complete.  —  Want proof?  Watch this video and hear it from Jim Allchin himself.
Discussion: Microsoft 10 and MSDN Blogs
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
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 …
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:   Mobile 2.0, Will it Ever Rival Web 2.0?
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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Microsoft Launches Virtual Earth with Billboards
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Anne Broache / CNET
FTC: Policing online ads is 'daunting task'
'Enemies of the internet' named
Susan Decker / Bloomberg:
Lawsuit against Palm makes patent-infringement claims
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