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Photos: Cruise, Degeneres save Yahoo demo

When a tech demo goes awry, Yahoo's CEO calls on a Hollywood star to dazzle the audience.
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Terry Semel

Yahoo CEO Terry Semel delivers his keynote address at CES 2006 on Friday morning.

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Tom Cruise

Gremlins did in the Yahoo Go TV demo during Semel's keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show on Friday, putting the Yahoo CEO and fellow executives in a bind. Semel put an end to the ad libbing by calling Hollywood star Tom Cruise on stage to entertain the crowd. "I guess if you're going to have a demo glitch (there is no) better way to follow it up than with Tom Cruise," Semel said.

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DeGeneres with photos

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres shows some of her personal photos, including shots of her with Microsoft's Bill Gates, Oracle's Larry Ellison, Motorola's Ed Zander, Otellini and Semel.

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Paul Otellini

Intel CEO Paul Otellini shows off a "concept" handheld PC he called "Slide."

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Tom Cruise and Terry Semel

Semel chats with actor Cruise on stage at CES.

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Ellen DeGeneres

During Semel's keynote, DeGeneres cracks jokes and talks about her technology challenges.

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Tom Cruise and Ellen Degeneres

Semel's other celebrity keynote guest was comedian Ellen Degeneres, seen here offstage with Cruise and his girlfriend, actress Katie Holmes.

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