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10:35 AM ET, February 6, 2007

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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Wal-Mart and Studios in Film Deal  —  Wal-Mart Stores may have lost the online DVD rental battle, but it has no plans to lose the higher-stakes video downloading war.  —  Today the company will introduce a partnership with all of the six major Hollywood studios — Walt Disney, Warner Brothers …
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Gizmodo:
Breaking!  Wal-Mart First to Offer Digital Movies From All "Big Six" Studios  —  Interrupting my sleep and scoring a major coup in digital distribution—one not even his Jobsness has pulled off (yet)—Wal-Mart has become the first (and thus far, only) digital distributor to go into business …
Gary Gentile / Business Week:
Wal-Mart to sell movies, TV shows online  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching its long-awaited online movie download store, entering a market that has yet to catch on with consumers but is expected to grow rapidly.  —  A "beta" version of the online video store, set to debut Tuesday …
Discussion: NewTeeVee
USA Today:
Wal-Mart to launch video downloads  —  NEW YORK — Hollywood's love affair with DVDs will face its biggest test beginning Tuesday as Wal-Mart unveils a movie and TV-show download service with participation by all major studios.  —  The retailer that accounts for 40% of all U.S. DVD sales …
Discussion: Valleywag and PaidContent
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Walmart Officially Enters Movie Download War  —  After dabbling in movie download tests, Walmart is now jumping into the movie and television download business head first, and will launch their new site later today at walmart.com/videodownloads.  —  This is an extremely crowded market already …
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Wal-Mart signs big 6 studios for movie downloads
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Peeyush / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
Discover your links  —  You asked, and we listened: We've extended our support for querying links to your site to much beyond the link: operator you might have used in the past.  Now you can use webmaster tools to view a much larger sample of links to pages on your site that we found on the web.
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Ian Kallen / The Technorati Weblog:
Breaking the Chains  —  We all have an old friend from high school or a cousin who sends us obnoxious chain e-mails (you know, the ones that end with "Please tell everyone you know, so that people can be aware ..." or some such).  Perhaps you find these to be a nuisance but of limited harm.
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Zoli Erdos / Zoli's Blog:
2000 Bloggers Gaming Technorati and Google  —  There's a crazy meme going on which has the potential of turning Technorati ranks upside-down.  Now, that may sometimes be good, giving fresh views more visibility, like Seth Godin or Steve Rubel's recent initiatives.
Discussion: E L S U A and Webomatica
Krista Wierzbicki / TiVo:
User Generated Commercials for Doritos Break into the Top 10, According to TiVo  —  Bud Light Reclaims Throne with Top Two Commercial Spots  —  TiVo Subscribers Able to Download The Big Game's Most Popular Commercials Immediately Following The Game  —  TiVo (NASDAQ: TIVO) …
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Gizmodo
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Jackson West / NewTeeVee:   Bud.tv Tastes Stale, Flat
Staci D. Kramer / PaidContent:
First Look: Bud.TV Not Quite Ready For Prime Time
Discussion: Reel Pop, Beet.TV and Mashable!
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Brilliant New Startup: Useless Account  —  The trick to any good humor or hoax site is an attention to detail and a seriousness about your work.  Useless Account is the best recent example I've seen.  It's clear, for example, that more work has gone into this joke than many of the startups we see every day.
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The need for a measurement summit  —  Comscore and Federated Media (which sells some ads on this blog) have teamed up to try to improve measurement in the long tail of social and niche media online.  And that's good.  —  Except I argue that the panel means of measurement is doomed to miserable failure in the mass of niches.
Discussion: Chip Griffin, 901am and PaidContent
USA Today:
Kodak plans to sell inkjet printers with cheaper ink  —  Struggling photo giant Eastman Kodak is launching a new line of inkjet printers aimed at luring digital shutterbugs back to Kodak paper.  The pitch: cheap ink.  —  Kodak's ink will sell for about $25 when the printers hit stores in March.
Discussion: Techdirt and Business Filter
Mike / Techdirt:
Destroying The MPAA's Claims On The Canadian Camcording Epidemic  —  from the let's-try-that-again dept  —  Over the last few weeks, we've noted that the MPAA is on a new publicity campaign to make Canadian laws stricter when it comes to people caught videotaping movies in the theater with camcorders.
Roger Ehrenberg / Information Arbitrage:
Microsoft Revisited: Vista, Apple and the Sony/Nintendo Phenomenon  —  Overview  —  Microsoft on stage.  Bill on The Daily Show.  It's Vista time, baby.  Survey says - thud.  It is a hard thing to watch.  A cranky, defensive and inarticulate Bill.  Trends in the data …
Kristopher Kubicki / DailyTech:
New AMD Opterons, Price Cuts Tomorrow  —  More high end server components on the way  —  Tomorrow AMD is expected to release its new x220-series and x218 HE-series Opteron processors.  Both series are 90nm revision "F3" stepping dual-core processors.  —  Like other Opteron families …
Stace / Unwired View:
Asus Aura -iPhone like concept  —  While not widely acknowledged, introduction of Apple iPhone seems to have sent a shockwave throughout cellphone industry and left major vendors scrambling to produce their own answer to it.  —  Only LG seems to have had something at least a little bit similar …
Discussion: Engadget and Tech Digest
Tropical SEO:
Andy Hagans' Ultimate Guide to Linkbaiting and Social Media Marketing  —  Is anyone else sick of link baiting yet?  I sure am.  It's dominating talk on all the SEO forums and conferences; it's gumming up the works of all of my favorite social bookmarking sites; and it's forcing me get off of my lazy rear and make good content.
Charlie Brooker / Guardian:
I hate Macs  —  Unless you have been walking around with your eyes closed, and your head encased in a block of concrete, with a blindfold tied round it, in the dark - unless you have been doing that, you surely can't have failed to notice the current Apple Macintosh campaign starring David Mitchell …
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
What We Really Sell to Our Customers is Control  —  Back in the early days of Red Hat, Bob Young, one of the founders and the first CEO, used to say, "What we really sell to our customers is control."  His argument was that one of the benefits of open source software is freedom from vendor lock-in.
Discussion: All Points Blog
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Ken Grobe / The Ask.com Blog:
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Russian BitTorrent Trackers Shut Down
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Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Helio hits 70,000, 100K by next quarter
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Ryan Stewart / TechCrunch:
Social Music Overview
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Felix / blog.plazes.com:
Plazes secures A-Round
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where's the Beef: TV Meets Online Video
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Polymer Vision unveils "Cellular-Book" with rollable display
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Legend of Bridezilla: You Can't Own a YouTube Hit
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Announcing: The Compete Attention 200™
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GOOGLE APPS FOR YOUR DOMAIN ABOUT TO BE PAID-FOR SERVICE
Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft declines to intercede in Russian software piracy case
Discussion: M-Dollar
Joel Durham Jr / ExtremeTech:
Vista Performance Shootout: Upgrade Vs. Clean Installation
Discussion: digg
Ben Ames / InfoWorld:
Update: FTC forces Rambus to license memory chips
Gizmodo:
Oh The Hubris: Microsoft's Xbox 360 Asks Asians What's Wrong With Them
Oatmeal / SEOmoz Daily SEO Blog:
Web Developers: 13 Command Line Tricks You Might Not Know
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Are Social Networks Just a Feature?
 

 
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