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1:25 PM 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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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?
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."
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 …
Google Blogoscoped:
On Google Security  —  A couple of security vulnerabilities with Google lately illustrated how serious HTML injection, cross-site scripting and cookie theft can be... when the cookie is the Google cookie.  This got some of us thinking.  —  Let me start out by saying that I think Google's security, past and present, is very good.
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.
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.
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 …
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
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
comScore: Google Wins Again & IE7 Doesn't Stop Microsoft's Slide  —  It's that time again — search popular stats for last month are coming out.  Actually, Hitwise sent me their figures earlier this month but I'm diving in with the comScore figures that just came out.
dive into mark:
A history of DVD copy protection  —  While I was out, I wrote many things.  I'm still trying to find them all, truth be told, to cobble them together and weave them into some sort of Magnus Opus Lifework.  I'll let you know how that works out.  In the meantime, here's a history …
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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Clint Ecker / Infinite Loop:
Macwelt gets more iPhone details out of Apple
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Jason Snell / Macworld:
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Steve Rubel / Micro Persuasion:
CNET Tests Pay-for-Performance Journalism
Discussion: Rough Type and Chip Griffin
Mobile firm 3 scraps roaming fees
Tom Orry / Pro-G - All Updates:
Blizzard hints at new StarCraft by 2008
SeeEye2Eye Fixes The Webcam Stare
Discussion: The Raw Feed
Evan Blass / Engadget:
Already sexy, TiVo brings fast forward ads back
Discussion: Consumerist and PVR Wire
Greg Sandoval / CNET
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