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Russell Shaw / IP Telephony, VoIP, Broadband:
Prediction- Google-powered Star Office suite for Dell  —  CNBC reports that Google is in negotiation with Dell on a $1 billion deal that would let Google install some of its software on all new Dell computers.  —  Fellow blogger Rich Tehrani writes that for that amount of money, we should expect something "radically" new.
VoIP Blog:   Google and Dell Billion Dollar Deal
Damon Darlin / New York Times:
2 Web Sites Push Further Into Services Real Estate Agents Offer  —  Two real estate Web sites are starting to offer services that could change the way real estate is bought and sold online.  —  One site,, which will be introduced today, will help consumers obtain …
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.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
Google hires Amazon's search chief  —  Move deals setback to online rival's ambitions  —  In a blow to Inc.'s efforts to make a name for itself in search, the head of its online search effort is jumping ship to work for Google Inc.  —  Udi Manber, who has been chief executive …
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
Discussion: TechBeat and Silicon Valley Sleuth
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.
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
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 …
Chris Coulter's Demo 2006 report  —  The bloggers at Demo 2006 are all guzzling the new-product Kool-Aid.  But un-blogger Chris Coulter has this habit of sending kick-ass, monomaniacal e-mails to just a handful of people.  Why he's not monetizing his own eyeballs or cross-platforming his paradigm shift …
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 _ …
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
Jcorbett / EirePreneur:
How Feed Grazing fits into Web 3.0  —  Danny Ayers is really grokking the idea of Feed Grazing and I love the mashup he's done to produce a dynamic OPML Reading List.  The next step is to produce dynamic OPML hierarchies and we'll be well on our way to Web 3.0 (Ok, ok, maybe just 2.5 ;-)
Discussion: Anne 2.0 and Darwinian Web
Danny / Raw: Reading Lists
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.
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 …
Google Talk Privacy Notice  —  The Google Privacy Policy describes how we treat personal information when you use Google's products and Google services, including information provided when you use Google Talk.  In addition, the following describes our privacy practices that are specific to Google Talk.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Sun's next goal: A Linux ecosystem  —  Sun Microsystems' ambitions have grown another size larger.  —  The server and software company launched its servers based on its own UltraSparc T1 "Niagara" chips in December, a major part of a drive to restore its lost luster and financial strength.
Discussion: TechSpot
Poynter Online:
Geocoding Photos: The Future Is Now  —  Here's an interesting advance in the field of geotagging photos.  Merkitys is free, open-source software that gives your cell phone the capability of uploading photos to Flickr and automatically tagging them with location-specific metadata.
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.
Apple's in the eye of flaw finders  —  Robert Lemos, SecurityFocus 2006-02-07  —  At the recent ShmooCon hacking conference, one security researcher found out the hard way that such venues can be hostile, when an unknown hacker took control of the researcher's computer, disabling the firewall and starting up a file server.

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