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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.
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 …
Elinor Mills / CNET
How much is your house worth?  Zillow knows  —  A Seattle start-up is launching a Web site this week designed to help people get estimates on home valuations and gather all sorts of detailed information in their quest to sell or buy property.  —, a beta-test version of which will hit …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
GOOGLE SHARES SLAMMED ON BILLION-DOLLAR DELL DEAL  —  Google shares slipped $17 on reports that Google was thinking of paying a billion dollars to Dell to bundle its software.  Under the plan, Dell would preinstall Google's Toolbar and Desktop suite on 100 million computers …
Discussion: Paul Mooney
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 …
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 …
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
What's Wrong With Amazon A9 Search Engine
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 …
Jason McCabe Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
Dealing with Dummies, For Dummies***  —  As you can imagine I've gotten a lot of legal letters over the past 10 years, but this one might take the cake.  —  It turns out the dummies at Wiley don't want bloggers using "For Dummies" in their blog post titles—and they are searching …
Discussion: The Trademark Blog
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.
Kim Tae-gyu / KoreaTimes:
Korea Plans to Build `Mobile Paradise'  —  South Korea plans to construct a ``mobile paradise,'' a special district next year, where people will be able to enjoy a seamless service from the world's latest wireless technologies.  —  The Ministry of Information and Communication (MIC) …
Discussion: Smart Mobs
Google Blogoscoped:
Gmail's Chat Feature  —  As you may know, Gmail is currently rolling out a new chat feature.  It's like Google Talk, except that it's browser-based, and integrated right into Gmail.  Which makes sense, because Gmail often-times already feels like chat due to its "conversations" view (if the other person has Gmail too, that is).
Discussion: A View from the Isle and Coolz0r
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
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 _ …
Phil Sim / Squash:
AtariBoy and Digg leads the Y-List revolt  —  This is not your father's blogosphere.  —  For the last three days now, Robert Scoble has been dethroned, at least momentarily, as the king of by 'AtariBoy'.  It's not for the first time, either.
Chris Garrett / Helping Bloggers Succeed:
Tracking Conversations  —  One of the frustrating things about blogs as "distributed conversation" is keeping track of places where you have commented.  People often reply but you never see their answers because you forget or lose where you have commented.  There are a couple of low-tech ways …
Discussion: BuzzMachine and NevOn
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

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