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3:20 PM ET, January 16, 2007


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NETFLIX OFFERS SUBSCRIBERS THE OPTION OF INSTANTLY WATCHING MOVIES ON THEIR PCs  —  New Feature Will be Included in Subscribers' Monthly Membership  —  at no Extra Charge and Will Have a Phased Roll-Out Over Next Six Months  —  Netflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), the world's largest online movie rental service …
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 …
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Breaking: Netflix Launches "Watch Now" Downloads  —  Netflix has launched a new feature called Watch Now that will enable subscribers, at no additional cost, to watch movies immediately on  The new service does not limit the number of movies a customer can watch …
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 …
John Boudreau / Mercury News:
Mail too slow?  Netflix to roll out online video  —  Netflix, the Los Gatos DVDs-by-mail company, will offer a sneak preview beginning today of its new online service that lets viewers access and watch select movies and TV episodes through the Internet.  —  The trial ``Watch Now'' program …
Discussion: PVR Wire
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Demo: Netflix "Watch Now" Movie Downloads  —  I put together a video demo of the new Netflix Watch Now movie download feature:  —  I used the excellent Camtasia Studio software to record the screencast.
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix offers instant access
Breaking: Netflix Internet TV/Film Delivery Starts This Week
Discussion: digg
Dave Winer / Scripting News:   I told you so  —  Scoble was wrong, I was right.  —  Neener neener!
John Markoff / New York Times:
H.P. to Report an Advance in Adaptable Circuitry  —  Hewlett-Packard researchers have developed a novel way to create flexible electronic circuits that could make it routine by the end of the decade to modify and upgrade the circuitry in computer-based consumer products even after they have been sold.
Discussion: Dan Gillmor's Blog and Kevin Maney
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Can HP fool Moore's Law?
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google No Longer Linking To Yahoo, MapQuest Maps  —  Search Engine Land got an email this morning from Another Blogger alerting us to the apparent fact that Google had removed links to Yahoo and MapQuest maps.  —  Previously, a search for "541 Lexington Avenue New York" (W Hotel), for example …
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."
Nick / Rough Type:
Pay-per-view journalism  —  Steve Rubel yesterday "revealed" that CNET is "testing" paying some of its ZDNet tech bloggers based on the page views they generate.  If this is just a test (rather than an established policy), it's quite an exhaustive one, as it's been going on for well over a year and has been pretty well documented.
Discussion: Digital Markets
Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
CNET Tests Pay-for-Performance Journalism
Discussion: Chip Griffin
Hypergene MediaBlog:
5 lessons learned from Footnote  —  After doing my fair share of preaching on this blog for the last five years, I (Chris) now have firsthand knowledge of at least one thing a few days after's launch:  —  On the web you don't control your message, but you're welcome participate in the conversation you've started.
EMI, Baidu to launch Chinese music service  —  Chinese Internet search service on Tuesday said it is launching an advertising-supported online music service in mainland China with Britain's EMI Music Publishing.  —  The service will provide a stream of free online music …
Discussion: Techdirt
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
EMI, Baidu To Launch Ad-Supported Streaming Music Service In China; EMI Drops Suit
Discussion: Bloomberg
Symantec Reports Preliminary Fiscal Third Quarter 2007 Results  —  Updates Fiscal Year Guidance  —  Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ:SYMC - News) today announced preliminary financial results for the fiscal third quarter, ended Dec. 29, 2006.  Symantec will release actual results for the fiscal third quarter …
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.
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
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Nimbuzz Talk Goes Live!  —  Nimbuzz, the mobile application funded by Mangrove Capital Partners(the same smart guys that provided the initial funding for Skype) has just launched their new "talk" application into beta.  I'd previously profiled Nimbuzz last August and in the post had suggested …
Discussion: VoIP Watch and StartupSquad
Eric Sylvers / New York Times:
At Some Airports, Cellphones Can Check In Passengers  —  Cellphone users anticipating the arrival of in-flight chatting and text messaging can also use their phones to expedite check-in at some airports in Japan and Europe.  —  A few airlines are experimenting with systems that let passengers check …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Discussion: The Talkr blog and 21talks
Mobile firm 3 scraps roaming fees
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Blizzard hints at new StarCraft by 2008
Neil McAllister / InfoWorld:
Soft sell for open source apps