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9:40 AM ET, January 16, 2007


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Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Netflix to Deliver Movies to the PC  —  Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, lists more than five dozen personalities whose obituaries were published prematurely.  Someone may want to add Netflix to that list.  —  The impending death of the company, with its online system for renting DVDs delivered by mail …
NETFLIX OFFERS SUBSCRIBERS THE OPTION  —  OF INSTANTLY WATCHING MOVIES ON THEIR PCs … Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service, today introduced a new feature that allows people to immediately watch movies and television series on their personal computers …
Discussion: PVR Wire, jkOnTheRun and TiVo Lovers
Breaking: Netflix Internet TV/Film Delivery Starts This Week  —  Netflix will begin IP rental of films and television this week.  Those with better plans get more hours, from 6 to 48 hours a month.  Over time, they plan to expand the service to the livingroom, and beyond.
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netflix, I Was Just Kidding About Breaking Up With You  —  Last month I wrote a post called "Why I Am Breaking Up With Netflix" that outlined the reasons I was switching to BlockBuster's Total Access after years as a loyal Netflix customer.  BlockBuster's new offering, which basically turns every mailed movie …
Discussion: Gadgetell and
Greg Sandoval / CNET
Skype founders name new video start-up Joost  —  Janus Friis and Niklas Zennstrom, the duo that brought the world Skype and Kazaa, have chosen a name for their new online-video start-up.  —  The two Danes want people hungry for Internet entertainment to roost at Joost.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Venice Project Launch Name: Joost  —  The Venice Project, the new online television startup led by Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, has always been a working name for the company.  Until today, no one outside the company knew name the company would eventually launch as.
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
New Venice Project Name: 'Joost'
Discussion: OhGizmo!, 21talks, Profy.Com and Gadgetell
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Wikipedia Search Engine WikiSeek Launches  —  Palo Alto based startup SearchMe has kept a low profile since being founded in March 2005.  The company, which has 17 employees and raised $5 million from Sequoia Capital over two rounds, will launch a number of what founder Randy Adams calls "long tail search engines."
Neil McAllister / InfoWorld:
Soft sell for open source apps  —  When vendors aren't counting licenses, they're free to concentrate on quality code  —  Enterprise software vendors that use open source business models may be few and far between, but they are out there.  I recently spoke to Peter Schroer …
Discussion: Changing Way
Peter Galli /   Aras Move Puts New Spin on Open Source
Martin LaMonica / CNET
Taking the plunge into open source
Mark Jaquith /
WordPress 2.0.7  —  Recently a bug in certain versions of PHP came to our attention that could cause a security vulnerability in your blog.  We're able to work around it fairly easily, so we've decided to release 2.0.7 to fix the PHP security problem and the Feedburner issue that was in 2.0.6.
Jason Snell / Macworld:
Expo Audio: Daring Fireball Live  —  Following up our week of Macworld Expo coverage with other sessions recording in Macworld's booth on the Moscone Center show floor, here's Daring Fireball Live, featuring John Gruber of the blog Daring Fireball and his guest, Cabel Sasser of Panic.
More Google security failures  —  Google Base arrived recently, sharing the same domain as gmail, so cross site security holes in Google Base will allow access to all the gmail emails, as well as XSS phishing attacks using the google brand.  Of course as you would expect for a new product …
Mobile firm 3 scraps roaming fees  —  Mobile phone network 3 has abolished roaming charges for its UK customers in seven nations including Italy, Australia and the Republic of Ireland.  —  Its users will no longer be charged extra for making or receiving calls or texts when visiting the countries.
Discussion: Open Gardens and MSMobileNews.Com
Tom Orry / Pro-G - All Updates:
Blizzard hints at new StarCraft by 2008  —  At a WoW: The Burning Crusade launch event, Blizzard's VP of Business Development hints at the next instalment in the StarCraft series.  —  Blizzard fans were out in force in London tonight, celebrating the launch of the much anticipated World of Warcraft …
Richard MacManus / Read/WriteWeb:
Yahoo's Acquisition Pattern: Smart and Cheap  —  Written by Emre Sokullu and edited by Richard MacManus  —  Yahoo has had its problems lately.  Bad financial results in the 3rd quarter of 2006 and the peanut butter manifesto of senior vice president Brad Garlinghouse resulted in doubt …
Discussion: Profy.Com
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Already sexy, TiVo brings fast forward ads back  —  There's nothing that DVR owners like more than a good commercial, so TiVo subscribers will be overjoyed to learn that the company has once again begun overlaying advertisements to entertain viewers during those interminable seconds it takes …
Discussion: Consumerist and PVR Wire
Apple to impose 802.11n unlocking fee on Intel Mac owners  —  Core 2 Duo-based Mac owners who want to unlock next-generation 802.11n wireless technologies hidden inside their computers will first have to fork a few bucks over to Apple, AppleInsider has confirmed.
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
Boys and Girls Use Social Sites Differently  —  Older teenage girls are far more likely than younger girls, or boys of any age, to use social-networking sites like MySpace or Facebook, according to a recent study by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.  —  The study found that …
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Can HP fool Moore's Law?  —  How do you make chips more powerful?  Take stuff out, according to a new proposal from Hewlett-Packard.  —  Researchers from HP Labs plan to publish a paper this month that outlines how it may become possible to substantially increase the performance of certain types of chips …
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
CNET Tests Pay-for-Performance Journalism
Discussion: Chip Griffin
Talkr Up For Sale - More Web 2.0 Fallout
Discussion: The Talkr blog and 21talks
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Specialized 360 for IPTV in the works?
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
Feld Thoughts:
TechStars Launches
SeeEye2Eye Fixes The Webcam Stare
Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
Spamonomics 101  —  The biggest thing I've wondered about spam is …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Sharp's 1,000,000:1 Mega-Contrast Premium LCD vs regular LCD
Jeremy Reimer / Ars Technica:
First pirated HD DVD movie hits BitTorrent
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Robert Scoble / Scobleizer:
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Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
The Pirate Bay hopes to buy its own country: Sealand
Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Wow, more Google XSS problems
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
DMCA complaint with YouTube dropped
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Privately, Hollywood admits DRM isn't about piracy
Discussion: digg and Slashdot
Ross McKillop / Download Squad:
WordPress: The Complete Post-Install Checklist
Discussion: digg
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
WeatherBill Launches, Announces All Star Investors
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