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11:40 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 …
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 …
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
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
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
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
Discussion: E L S U A, Webomatica and Tino
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dish Network eying deal with Microsoft for HTPC TV cards  —  We figured they'd come around, and sure enough, it looks like Dish Network is now the one in talks with Microsoft to bring satellite programming to the media PC.  After DirecTV began this same journey, finally inked a deal with Gates and Co. …
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
Jason Cross / ExtremeTech:
Will Vista Run Your Games: The Final Word  —  It seems as though we have been writing about Windows Vista in the future tense forever.  Nobody will deny that Microsoft has taken an unusually long time to build its latest OS and that some features had to be cut along the way.
Discussion: Kotaku and TechBlog
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: Tech Digest and Engadget
 
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Paul Miller / Engadget:
Xbox 360 finally quiets down with brand new internal DVD drive
Discussion: Joystiq, Gizmodo and DigitalBattle
Thomas W. Hazlett / Financial Times:
The global village and the madness of e-crowds
Discussion: Rough Type
Mike / Techdirt:
Now The RIAA Wants You To Believe That You Should Be Paying Much, Much More For CDs
Katie Fehrenbacher / GigaOM:
Helio hits 70,000, 100K by next quarter
Discussion: Phone Scoop and jkOnTheRun
Krista Wierzbicki / TiVo:
User Generated Commercials for Doritos Break into the Top 10, According to TiVo
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Gizmodo
Ryan Stewart / TechCrunch:
Social Music Overview
Discussion: The Universal Desktop and digg
Felix / blog.plazes.com:
Plazes secures A-Round
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Where's the Beef: TV Meets Online Video
 Earlier Items: 
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Polymer Vision unveils "Cellular-Book" with rollable display
Liz Gannes / NewTeeVee:
Legend of Bridezilla: You Can't Own a YouTube Hit
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TJMahony / Compete Blog:
Announcing: The Compete Attention 200™
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Bud.tv Tastes Stale, Flat
Thomas Crampton / International Herald Tribune:
Microsoft declines to intercede in Russian software piracy case
Discussion: Techdirt and M-Dollar
Joel Durham Jr / ExtremeTech:
Vista Performance Shootout: Upgrade Vs. Clean Installation
Discussion: digg
Tim O'Reilly / O'Reilly Radar:
What We Really Sell to Our Customers is Control
Discussion: All Points Blog
Charlie Brooker / Guardian:
I hate Macs  —  Unless you have been walking around …
 

 
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