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SlingPlayer on a Motorola Q

I need to get a Motorola Q!

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Google Trends

The new Google Trends tool is pretty cool. You can use it to compare the relative popularity of competing services, products, teams, etc. Similar to Google Finance, the graphs include related news stories as reference points. Here are some examples:

Yankees versus Red Sox

Pepsi versus Coke

iTunes versus Napster

Yahoo versus Google

XM versus Sirius

Flickr vs Shutterfly vs Ofoto vs Snapfish

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Sirius crosses 4 million subscriber mark

Sirius Satellite Radio announced yesterday that they crossed the 4 million subscriber mark. It took them a little over 3 months to grow from 2 million (September 15th, 2005) to 3 million (December 27th, 2005). It took less than 3 months for Sirius to go from 3 million to 4 million (March 20th, 2006). If they keep up this growth rate, Sirius would end the year with over 7 million subscribers. Sirius’ stock is up significantly over the last week on this news. XM reached 6 million on January 4th, so they will need to announce something about passing 7 million in the next week or so to keep pace with Sirius. I’ll be updating my XM vs Sirius total subscribers graph when I get the latest numbers from XM.

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Introducing the iPod Macro

The iPod Macro, spotted in the window at Papenhausen Hardware in the West Portal neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s hard to tell in the photo but the screen is a small TV set.

Introducing the new iPod Macro

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Web 2.0 Innovation Map

I came across this cool Web 2.0 Innovation Map on Google Maps Mania. Zoom into your part of the country to find Web 2.0 sites/services in your area. A couple of weeks ago, I created something similar to this on a much, much smaller scale (SF Bay Area only) on Wayfaring.

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eBay reports Skype revenue

In their earnings announement yesterday, eBay provided some very interesting revenue figures for their recently acquired Skype division. eBay acquired Skype on October 14, 2005 and since that time, the Skype unit has had $24.9 million in revenues. At the end of Q4 2005, they reported 74.7 million registered Skype users.This really is tremendous growth. I did some digging around and came up
with these data points for registered Skype users:

Date Registered Users (millions)




(History section)
3/11/2005 29 Wikipedia
(History section)
8/14/2005 50 Skype
9/12/2005 54 Skype
10/25/2005 61 Skype
12/31/2005 75 eBay
(1/18/06 earnings report)

Since August 2005 (5 months), that averages out to 178,000 new Skype users per
! Below is a chart showing the growth since the first public beta
in August 2003:

Check out Om Malik’s blog and VoIPWiki for some interesting analysis on the Skype numbers.

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