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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.
VoIP Blog:   Google and Dell Billion Dollar Deal
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: Joseph Laszlo
Andy Abramson / VoIP Watch:
Report—VONAGE FILES 250 Million IPO  —  According to a Dow Jones report, Vonage has filed their IPO and S-1.  —  Here's the filing via the SEC.  —  This is for a lot less than the money people were originally expecting VONAGE to raise, and given their last two rounds, one has to wonder what the valuation is for the entire company.
Discussion: michael parekh on IT
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Open Resource
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 …
Discussion: AtariBoy, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and Slashdot
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 _ …
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 …
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.
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Tablet PC Actually Works  —  All my Mac friends are going to have an heart attack, because I an about to say something even I did not expect myself to say: I like Tablet PC!  (Whew... that took some effort!)  I just received a Lenovo X41 ThinkPad and have been playing around with it for about two days.
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.
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 …
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.

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