by Brian Solis

I first met Natalie at Demo when she was covering tech for PC Magazine. Shortly after Demo, she left Ziff Davis to join TechCrunch, replacing Marshall Kirkpatrick when he departed to join SplashCast.

After staying with TechCrunch for only a short while, Michael Arrington announced her departure through Crunchnotes, attributing the move to “brutal user comments.”

Well, their loss is Adam Curry’s (former MTV VJ) gain. Natalie Del Conte is alive and well over at PodShow and her new show, TeXtra is very

TeXtra is about real technology and how it affects real culture and real people. TeXtra has the news as it happens, and has an opinion about it. I have to say, I really enjoy it. Natalie not only covers the news, but also offers refreshing perspective and commentary at the end of each story.

I found Natalie’s new show because she recently attended Adriana’s Gascoigne’s (fellow reporter) Girls in Tech party in San Francisco recently and covered it on TeXtra – and even gave a shoutout to as well! Thanks Natalie!

TeXtra is not a chick-reads-tech-news show. It’s not a gadget show. And it’s not a gossip show. Host Natali Del Conte is an accomplished technology journalist, having written for PC Magazine , Variety Magazine , MarketWatch, TechCrunch, The San Francisco Examiner , The Oakland Tribune , among others.

She follows consumer and small business technology closely shooting several episodes per week. For more about Natali, please visit her producer page here . For more pictures, visit her gallery page here.


by Lorna Li

Through fast and simple online polls, Vizu Answers can deliver instant insights on practically anything.

In a recent poll of public attitudes towards Valentine’s Day, newly funded Vizu Answers revealed that sex is both the best and worst gift you can give to your loved one.

While cleaning supplies topped the list of unromantic, undesirable Valentine’s Day gifts, a quarter of the respondents believe that sex is the worst gift ever. For many, auto parts, are, indeed, a better gift than sex.

Fortunately, the majority of people poll still believe sex to be their all-time favorite gift.

Last week, Vizu unveiled the results of a blog readership survey they conducted accross 40 English language blogs and 12 Spanish language blogs at the end of 2006.

by Lorna Li
The Flickr 333 Party was, regrettably, not

Flickr celebrated their 3rd birthday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on Saturday. As part of the party, they hosted a auction of 20 framed photographs, and raised $5,480 for Kids with Cameras. See the Flickr 333 contest winners here.

As a photography enthusiast I had high hopes for a party hosted by “the best online photo management and sharing application in the world”…but I was disappointed. Maybe it was the bright lights, corporate atmosphere, and minimal photography. Or perhaps it was the throngs of photographers milling aimlessly around, voyeuristically looking for subjects to photograph.

Hats off to Myles Weissleder for showing us that there’s more to Web 2.0 than hype. For over one year he has grown the SF Newtech Meetup up to a regional phenomenon with over 1,100 active members.

The event last night, held at CNET HQ, had to be the biggest yet. And if he wasn’t busy enough hosting the event, he jumped in as host of tv for an onsite report from the event.

Interviews include:

- Jonathan Crow, ThinkFree
- Karim Tahawi, My-Currency
- Franco Dal Molin, Collanos (See Webware‘s coverage.)

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Eons, a media company that targets the flipside of 50, today announced $22 million in Series B financing led by Charles River Ventures, with participation from new investors Intel Capital and Humana Inc., as well as existing investors General Catalyst Partners and Sequoia Capital.

“Eons has experienced very strong market interest since its launch just seven months ago,” said Austin Westerling, partner, Charles River Ventures. “We are excited about the prospects for Eons as it engages this new generation of spirited 50-plus adults who possess historical levels of purchasing power. Additionally, Eons has assembled a world-class team in a space that is virtually unaddressed by other social networking sites.”

The rapid adoption of reflects the unmet demand among 50-plus online adults for a destination created by and for them. Eons continues to develop intelligence on the hearts and minds of its members through a robust social networking platform and exclusive, database-driven products. Nearly 75 percent of all members, for example, have taken The Eons Longevity Calculator — a 40-question quiz that predicts longevity and provides personalized health advice. LifeDreams™, which allows members to create and tackle a personalized list of life goals, enables Eons to aggregate a master index of intent as Eons matches users’ dreams with relevant providers.

Founded in 1970, Charles River Ventures (CRV) is one of the oldest and most successful early-stage venture capital firms, with nearly $2B under management.  CRV’s record includes leading companies such as Cascade, Chipcom, CIENA, iBasis, Sybase, Sonus Networks, SpeechWorks International and Vignette.

General Catalyst Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs who are building the technology-based companies that will lead innovation and transform industries.

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health benefits companies, with more than 11 million medical members.

Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology startups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet and semiconductor manufacturing.