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January 06, 2006

Yahoo keynote picture by picture

Yahoo CEO Terry Semel got to kick of the final day of CES keynotes - later today Google founder Larry Page gets to wrap up the final keynote of the show after which the show floor will remain open for another two days.

Semel starts off by boasting about the reach of his internet portal, reaching 400 million unique users per month.


He then brings on Elen Degeneres on stage, a former stand-up comedienne and sitcom actor (from the 'Elen' show) who currently hosts a daytime talk show. She jokes around about the pains of owning an managing several gadgets in today's world, which turns out to be a way for Yahoo to set the stage for the unveiling of their Yahoo! Go service.


Chief operating officer Dan Rosensweig and Marco Boerries, Senior vice president for Yahoo's connected life group are then brought for a live demonstration of the new service.


They start off however by demonstrating Yahoo Widgets, a service that is anything but new. Widgets, as any Apple user will tell you, are small applications that display information from the internet or from a local system. The two widgets on this photo  show upcoming appointments (top) and an address book entry (bottom).


Yahoo Go Mobile however is somewhat new.Img_0618

The application will allow users of select Motorola and Nokia mobile phones to access Yahoo services including Local Search...


... including a map and driving directions from their current location...


...Yahoo! Messenger...


... and email from both Yahoo and outside email accounts.


For those users who are rich brave enough to pay $900 and up for the ponied up DVR that is called Viiv, Yahoo will also be available on a television. There they will also have access to features including movie trailers.

A demo of the movie trailer however fails, which Rosensweig conveniently blames on the Microsoft software that is running the Viiv device.


It turns out however that the "failure" is merely an excuse to bring in Tom Cruise, the devoted followed of the Scientology cult. He shows off the trailer of his upcoming Mission Impossible III movie.


Since Semel started talking about Viiv, Intel chief Paul Otellini uses the occasion to drop by and talk up the entertainment platform that he announced in his keynote presentation on Thursday.


Otellini also shows off a "Slide" concept design that looks an awful lot like the "Carry Everywhere PC" that Bill Gates unveiled earlier last April at WinHEC in Seattle.


Slide comes with a keyboard that slides out, Otellini demonstrates.

By this time, Semel is pretty much done. He brings back Elen Degeneres who gets to show some photoshoped pictures of herself with high tech executives. For those of you who want to guess, I'll save the answers for the bottom of this post.




1: Bill Gates, Chief Software Architect, Microsoft
2: Ed Zander, CEO, Motorola. Picture taken in Egypt.
3: Paul Otellini, CEO, Intel
4: Terry Semel, CEO, Yahoo! Picture taken in San Francisco.

Tags: paul otellini, yahoo, yahoo go, terry semel, bill gates, tom cruise, elen degeneres, ces

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