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11:05 AM ET, January 16, 2007


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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 …
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 …
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 Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix offers instant access  —  LOS GATOS, Calif. — Netflix will start showing movies and TV episodes over the Internet this week, providing its subscribers with more instant gratification as the DVD-by-mail service prepares for a looming technology shift.  —  The company plans to unveil its Watch Now feature Tuesday.
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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 TechnoLlama
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:
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."
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.
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.
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
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
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
Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macwelt gets more iPhone details out of Apple  —  Macwelt, Macworld's German Mac-loving cousins, spent some time talking to Apple Germany and managed to get some new details about the implementation of the iPhone and about what you will and will not be able to do with the iPhone.
Discussion: The Apple Core and digg
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 …
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
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
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Discussion: The Talkr blog and 21talks
Richard Mitchell / Xbox 360 Fanboy:
Specialized 360 for IPTV in the works?
Discussion: Joystiq and digg
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TechStars Launches
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Allison Randal / O'Reilly Radar:
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Garett Rogers / Googling Google:
Wow, more Google XSS problems
Ross McKillop / Download Squad:
WordPress: The Complete Post-Install Checklist
Discussion: digg
User generated online video: consumer usage exploded in 2006 …
Alex Mindlin / New York Times:
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