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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.
Wall Street Journal:
Winning Loyalty at Set-Up 'A Magic Time for End Users'  —  It takes only about five minutes to set up a new personal computer by clicking through a series of introductory screens.  In that time, however, many consumers choose software and services they will often use for the life of their machine.
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.
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
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google hires Amazon's search chief
Discussion: SEO by the SEA and Traffick
John Cook / Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Zillow unveils home values  —  Online startup's tool will estimate worth of properties  —  The mystery is over.  —  After more than a year of keeping tight wraps on his heavily funded startup, former Expedia Chief Executive Rich Barton today will disclose how his 75-person company …
Discussion: Techdirt and Paul Kedrosky's …
Michael Bazeley / SiliconBeat:
Zillow newest addition to booming real estate space  —  If you're a homeowner in the crazed Bay Area real estate market, chances you're at least a little obsessed with the value of your home.  Which means you might find it hard to resist, at least once anyway.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Welcome Back To Google, BMW — Missed You These Past Three Days  —  I said BMW would be back soon after they got banned on Saturday.  Matt Cutts over at Google lets everyone know they are now back in.  So, they got a three day slap on the wrist.  It demonstrates once again how public spam reports …
Vonage Holdings Corp.  —  Common Stock  —  This is the initial public offering of shares of our common stock.  All of the shares of common stock are being sold by us.  —  Prior to this offering, there has been no public market for our common stock.
Discussion: VoIP Watch and Joseph Laszlo
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing:
Songbird, the "open source iTunes killer," flies today  —  Xeni Jardin: Update: The Songbird site is overloaded right now, but here's a download mirror, and another.  Some discussion on this digg thread.  —  A team led by ex-Winamp-er Rob Lord today released a preview edition of Songbird …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Songbird to Launch Tonight
Discussion: SiliconBeat
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
Motorola Unveils Latest RAZR Slim Phone Z  —  Motorola, the world's second-largest cell phone vendor, Wednesday took the wraps off a slim slider phone, which it claims is the ultimate evolution of its hot seller RAZR.  —  The 14.8-millimeter-thick model, codenamed Z to show its concept _ …
Martin Geddes / Telepocalypse:
OPINION://NEUTRALITY, SCHMOOTRALITY: A HERETIC SPEAKS  —  The calls for a US "network neutrality" rule get louder and louder and louder.  —  I've covered this topic at length before.  But here's the real issue in a nutshell.  —  Would you want to make it illegal for at&t to offer …
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 …
Business Wire:
Alfresco Closes $8 Million Investment Round; Top-Tier Venture Capital Firms Mayfield Fund and Accel Invest in Series B Round  —  LONDON—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 8, 2006—Alfresco Software, Inc., the first provider of an open source enterprise content management solution, today announced the closing …
Vulnerability in Internet Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution  —  What is the scope of the advisory?  —  Microsoft is aware of a new vulnerability report that affects Internet Explorer, which is a component of Microsoft Windows.  The vulnerability affects the software that is listed in the "Overview" section.
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.
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.
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 …
Bill Campbell / Skype Journal:
Ten-way Skype Conference Calling in 2.0  —  A joint announcement by Skype and Intel.  —  Ten-way conference calling is nice.  The limit of 5 was imposed by Skype because after 4 people were added to a conference you would run out of CPU cycles.  So it is no surprise that as new technology emerges Skype would remove this limit.
Clive Akass /
Apple to take bite at Palm?  —  Speculation rife as investors call for sale of handheld vendors  —  Speculation that Apple plans to buy handheld maker Palm has been revived by a call from two leading Palm investors for the company to be put up for sale, according to the local paper of both companies.
Discussion: Gizmodo, TeleRead and technology filter
Thomas K. Arnold / Reuters:
Sony sets price for Blu-ray discs  —  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Sony Pictures on Tuesday became the first major studio to put a price tag on Blu-ray discs when they become available in U.S. stores this year.  —  At the same time, the studio unveiled what many observers believe …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade and I4U News

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