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Retrevo tackles consumer electronics search

Retrevo introduced a vertical search site at DemoFall 2006 focused on consumer electronics content.The company applies semantic analysis and clustering and classification technology to more precisely deliver query results.

September 27, 2006 by Dan Farber


AOL CEO Miller: The long tail is real, but only a handful are cashing in

Speaking here, today, during the MIT Emerging Technology Conference's second presentation, AOL Chairman and CEO John Miller referred to the current period as the Golden Age of Entertainment and talked at length about the revolutions that are currently under way in terms of media consumption, distribution, and monetization.

September 27, 2006 by David Berlind


Amazon's Bezos: We make muck so you don't have to

Here at MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos kicked things off with a discussion of something he calls muck. It's a dicussion that very much resonates with how I've been talking about why small and medium businesses are better off outsourcing as much of their non-differentiating initiatives as possible.

September 26, 2006 by David Berlind


Have you received any "traceable" PattyMail recently?

If you've been following the HP privacy debacle at all, then you'd know that one of the techniques that investigators tried on CNET's Dawn Kawamoto (in order to figure out who her source inside HP was) was to send her a traceable e-mail.

September 26, 2006 by David Berlind


Social networks in transition

DemoFall 2006 has its share of social networking startups this year, as it has in years past. One difference from past convocations of the digerati is that the realm of social networking is dominated by MySpace and Facebook--at least for the 15-to-25-year-old crowd.

September 26, 2006 by Dan Farber

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VaporStream offers recordless messaging

At DemoFall 2006, Void Communications introduced VaporStream, a Web-based, recordless communications platform. In other words, it's for people and organizations who want real privacy and confidentiality.

September 26, 2006 by Dan Farber


DemoFall 2006: Parsing podcasts, car navigation and mojo

I am at the DemoFall 2006 conference, along with fellow ZDNet (Marc Orchant and Mitch Ratcliffe) and CNET blogger (Rafe Needleman) who are covering the 70 products featured over the two-day event. One of the highlights of the morning session was Pluggd’s HearHere software that combines semantic/topic analysis and speech recognition to allow searching of audio files for specific content.

September 26, 2006 by Dan Farber