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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.
Henry Blodget / Internet Outsider:
Google-Dell Deal is Not Good News  —  According to the WSJ, Google is considering paying Dell up to $1 billion over three years to install Google software (presumably Google Pack) on new Dell PCs.  At first glance, this seems like good news: World domination!  In fact, it's likely bad news, at least over the intermediate term.
Wall Street Journal:
Winning Loyalty at Set-Up 'A Magic Time for End Users'
VoIP Blog:
Google and Dell Billion Dollar Deal
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
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 …
Jeff Clavier / Jeff Clavier's Software Only:
DEMO 2006: Day One - Morning  —  Since the WIFI network …
Discussion: Alec Saunders .LOG, B2Day and Techdirt
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The comment sphere  —  First, there was the centralized content sphere: big publications that created and controlled content.  That lasted, oh, six centuries or so.  Then came the distributed content sphere: blogs and the internet, control at the edges but still under individual addresses and brands.
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 …
Jaime Schopflin /
Apple Unveils New 1GB iPod nano at $149
Discussion: The Apple Core
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Microsoft Announces Pricing and Licensing Details for Windows OneCare Live  —  Promotional price offered to early testers of all-in-one PC care service slated for June 2006 release.  —  REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 7, 2006 — Microsoft Corp. today announced final licensing and pricing information …
Wired News:
PLAY  —  Nicolas Collins wants to tear apart your CD player.  The avant-garde composer, who teaches hardware hacking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is an expert at ripping parts from old gadgets like stereos and toys to make weird musical instruments.
Discussion: Joystiq

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