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Harry McCracken / PC World's Techlog:
Riya's Amazing Face-Recognition Photo Search  —  DEMO is less than half over, so it's too early to talk about my own unofficial Best of Show award...but so far, I haven't seen anything that impressed me more than Riya.  This photo sharing/search site does something quite remarkable …
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
DEMO 06: Morning Report  —  Quickie notes from DEMO 06...more detailed reporting can be found at Conferenza...  The theme for this year's conference is:  —  Simplify Simplify - Thoreau  —  Nice.  Simple is good...  Presenter #1 - MooBella  —  Ice Cream vending machine.  Linux based.
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day:
Slurping Up the Buzz at Demo
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
A Taste of DEMO 2006  —  DEMO 2006: 70 companies gather …
Discussion: Rex Hammock's Weblog
Business Wire: Names David Tennenhouse Chief Executive Officer  —  PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 7, 2006—, Inc., a subsidiary of, Inc. (Nasdaq:AMZN - News), today named Dr. David Tennenhouse the company's new Chief Executive Officer.  —  Tennenhouse is a renowned technologist and seasoned executive.
Discussion: InsideGoogle
Allison Linn / Associated Press: Unit Exec Takes Post at Google  —  Udi Manber Leaves Post at Subsidiary to Become Google's Vice President of Engineering  —  SEATTLE (AP) — The head of Inc.'s online search effort is leaving to join Google Inc., the latest in a series of high-profile hires for the search engine leader.
Discussion: Silicon Valley Sleuth
John Battelle / John Battelle's Searchblog:
UPDATED: UDI MANBER TO LEAVE AMAZON'S A9 FOR GOOGLE  —  A reader tipped me to this over the weekend, but I could not confirm it till just this afternoon, and out of respect for the folks who worked with and for Udi, I decided not to post without confirmation.  I pinged five other sources since, and Udi confirmed this afternoon.
Eric Auchard / Reuters:
Dell testing preinstalled Google software package  —  SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dell Inc. and Google Inc. confirmed on Tuesday they are testing a pre-installed package of Google software on Dell computers, in a potential blow to Microsoft Corp.'s dominance of desktop software.
Discussion: Guardian Unlimited and Rough Type
Wall Street Journal:
Winning Loyalty at Set-Up 'A Magic Time for End Users'
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
CableCARD: a primer  —  Introduction  —  We know that you'd like nothing better than to get rid of that set-top box sitting on your DVD player.  It's ugly, it's clunky, and it has its own remote.  Extra cables snake about the back of your entertainment center, providing ideal conditions …
Discussion: HD Beat and eHomeUpgrade
Ryan Block / Engadget:
The winners of the 2005 Engadget Awards!  —  Ah yes, the Engadget Awards!  All the glitzand glamor of the Oscars, but without all that Best Acting stuff — only technical achievements here, people — themost interesting, innovative, feature-rich gadgets 2005 had to offer.
Google takes aim at chat rivals  —  Google is to integrate its popular e-mail service with instant messaging, allowing users to chat and send e-mails from the same web browser window.  —  The company hopes the new feature, known as Gmail Chat, will attract users by offering instant messaging without having to use a separate program.
Steve Friess / Wired News:
Podfading Takes Its Toll  —  Ryan and Jen Ozawa were riding high on the iTunes charts, enjoying a much-envied following of more than 15,000 listeners for their weekly Lost-themed podcast, The Transmission.  —  Then, in a plot twist worthy of the hit TV show itself, the Hawaii-based couple suddenly marooned …
Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures:
Why We Invested in FeedBurner  —  Last October, I wrote a post called "The Lady Doth Protest Too Much" in which I told the following story: … The company in that story is FeedBurner, a company that I have been a customer of, a fan of, and a believer in for over two years.
May Wong / Associated Press:
Apple Expands IPod Line, Cuts Some Prices  —  Apple Computer Adds to IPod Products With New 1-Gigabyte Version of Nano, Lower-Priced Shuffles  —  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As competitors continue leaving the portable audio player market, Apple Computer Inc. beefed up its iPod product mix Tuesday …
Tim Wu / Slate:
Weapons of Business Destruction  —  How a tiny little "patent troll" got BlackBerry in a headlock.  —  What would happen if a rogue actor managed to get hold of a powerful patent and threatened to detonate it and destroy e-mail as we know it?  You'd have the BlackBerry NTP v. RIM case—the tech world's very own Dr. Strangelove.
Carlo / Techdirt:
All Hail Lord Murdoch Of The Internet  —  Newsweek is hailing Rupert Murdoch as "a leader in digital media after some smart bets" — while undoubtedly News Corporation's size and sway make it somebody to pay attention to in the space, just because they can throw some money around doesn't make them a company to follow.
Harold /
STOP THE WIFI TAX RUMOR  —  Freaking trade press should know better, or at least learn to read more carefully.  There is a steady drum beat of reports, starting I think with this one at RCR Wireless News that the President wants a "wifi tax."  This is, bluntly, a misreading of the plain language of the President's budget proposal.
Opera 9 Technology Preview 2  —  We've released a technology preview of Opera 9, codenamed Merlin, on Opera Labs.  There are some very cool features we want you to try:  —  Opera Widgets - Widgets are small AJAX applications that provide specific functionality - like getting your favorite news, converting currency and so on.

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