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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
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google hires Amazon's search chief
Discussion: Traffick
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 _ …
Discussion: Engadget, Phone Scoop and I4U News
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 …
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.
Frequently Asked Questions  —  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.
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
Miss Rogue / HorsePigCow:
DEMO 06: Tuesday Afternoon  —  The Disruptors  —  Shifting power away from content distributors to content owners.  Users vote on relevancy of links.  Consumer empowering.  Community-driven search.  Index creating.  —  Collaboration  —  Polyvision  —  Thunder.  Collaboration.
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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