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I was watching the TODAY Show recently and saw Marilu Henner of Taxi fame talk about a rare condition she has called “superior autobiographical memory,” which was first diagnosed by neurobiologist James McGaugh in 2006.

“I can rattle off almost every time I’ve seen you… It’s like putting in a DVD and it queues up to a certain place. I’m there again, so I’m looking out from my eyes and seeing things visually as I would have that day,” said Marilu.

Sometimes I forget where I parked, so I certainly am not afflicted with this condition…

Given that I suffer from “unsuperior autobiographical memory,” I’m very glad to see Viewdle is coming to my rescue.  Viewdle already has a private beta version of its software available which instantly tags the photos and videos in my computer with the right names, and can also upload them directly to Facebook.

This week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the company demonstrated their facial recognition system for mobile phones, whereby the phone’s camera can pick out faces and tag them with names in real-time.  You will then be able to associate the faces with people in your social networks.

“We are giving smartphones human eyes,” Viewdle co-founder and chief executive Laurent Gil told AFP.

Viewdle received $10 million in funding from mobile device makers Qualcomm and Blackberry, as well as  US electronics retail chain Best Buy, and Anthem Venture Partners, in October 2010, and hopes their  software will start showing up in products by mid 2011.

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We’re off to a sprint as the year gets started with the debut of a new client, PerfectStream, which has backing from MP3 co-inventor Professor KarlHeinz Brandenburg.

“When I first met these guys it sounded crazy to me,” Brandenburg told AFP while courting partners for PerfectStream at the Consumer Electronics Show that ended Sunday in Las Vegas.

“But I have a fondness for crazy ideas because when we started MP3 it seemed crazy to everyone as well.”

PerfectStream is set to change the way we consume audio and video content over the Internet, as the technology allows all IP-enabled devices from mobile phones, to TVs to “dumb” devices like digital picture frames to stream personalized content from a variety of sources.

We’re also excited to be working with Kosmix‘s RightHealth health site, which pulls together information about various health subjects and consolidates the data into a comprehensive package, ideal for patients, caregivers, and those concerned about particular health matters (aren’t we all).

Today also marks the first exit in 2010 from pan-European VC, Wellington Partners.  This proves that Wellington’s strategy is paying off as they have sold their stake in eCircle, one of the leading email marketing service providers worldwide, to TA Associates, Boston, as part of a majority investment of over €60 million of the Boston-based growth private equity firm.

There are a couple of other big new developments on our side which we’ll reveal soon, but we’re very excited and happy with the way 2010 is going.  Onwards and upwards!