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September 25, 2006

RealNetworks' latest product: RealTime

Posted by Kim Peterson at 5:50 PM

RealNetworks today announced a free service called RealTime that installs a desktop toolbar and screensaver onto your computer. It uses that space to display news feeds chosen by the user, including news headlines and stock price information. The screensaver shows photos along with the headlines.

Clicking on a headline sends you to the RealTime.com site. RealNetworks is hoping to sell advertising on that site and turn it in to a customized user portal. If you go to that site, you'll see that the big "breaking news" is RealNetworks' own announcement. Let's hope the company has a better idea about breaking news moving forward.

RealNetworks has paid to be a sponsor of the Demo emerging technologies conference taking place in San Diego this week. It will be showing off RealTime in a kiosk at the conference, but will not be demonstrating in front of the audience like other participants.

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