Google-Dell Deal is Not Good News
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.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog: Google Testing Software Distribution With Dell, Plus Details On IE7 Search Battle
Jack Schofield / Guardian Unlimited: Dell could ship PCs with Google software installed
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.
Joseph Weisenthal / The Stalwart: If You Can't Beat 'em... ...get the Justice Department to break them up.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google-Dell Deal is Not Good News
Evelyn Rubin / The Software Stock Blog: If You Can't Beat 'em, Get the DOJ to Beat Them Up (MSFT, GOOG, DELL)
A9.com Names David Tennenhouse Chief Executive Officer — PALO ALTO, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Feb. 7, 2006—A9.com, Inc., a subsidiary of Amazon.com, 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:
Amazon.com Unit Exec Takes Post at Google — Udi Manber Leaves Post at Amazon.com Subsidiary to Become Google's Vice President of Engineering — SEATTLE (AP) — The head of Amazon.com 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 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 …
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 Zillow.com, at least once anyway.
Dorrian Porter / Silicon Valley Himalayan Expedition: What is happening? — So Zillow.com launched today …
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 …
Garrett French / Search Engine Lowdown: BMW Back In Google — Outer-Court broke the news to me:
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.
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 …
Todd / Geek News Central Revealing Technical News …: SongBird — Had one of our alert readers submit the link …
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 …
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 …
Evelyn Rubin / The Consumer Electronics Stock Blog: Are Standalone MP3 Players' Days Numbered? (AAPL, DELL)
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 / pcw.co.uk:
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.
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 …
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