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12:15 PM 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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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: GigaOM and NewTeeVee
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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Walmart Officially Enters Movie Download War
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Wal-Mart signs big 6 studios for movie downloads
Discussion: PSFK Trend: PSFK
Reuters:
Gorbachev to Gates: Show software 'pirate' mercy … MOSCOW, Russia (Reuters) — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Monday asked Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to intercede on behalf of a Russian teacher accused of using pirated software in his classroom.
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
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.
InterActiveCorp:
IAC Reports Q4 Results  —  IAC (Nasdaq: IACI) released fourth quarter 2006 results today, reporting $1.8 billion in revenue, an 8% rate of growth over the prior year, and $268 million in Operating Income Before Amortization, reflecting slight growth.  Adjusted EPS was $0.67, compared to $0.50 in the year ago period.
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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.
VoIP News:
Hacking Skype: 25 Tips to Improve Your Skype Experience  —  How versatile is your Skype?  Ours can podcast, translate French, take conference calls from 15 people, and tutor calculus.  —  HACKING SKYPE: 25 TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR SKYPE EXPERIENCE  —  How versatile is your Skype?
Discussion: IP Democracy, VoIP Now and VoIP Lowdown
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.
Mike Boland / Search Engine Watch Blog:
Krillion Joins the Online Shopping Space  —  The local online shopping space is quickly crowding up.  Given the vast majority of online product research that ends in offline purchases (about 75 percent according to comScore), we've seen a few companies develop over the last 18 months in order to lead and track offline conversions.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Greenplum, and the Web 2.0 server  —  Greenplum, a San Mateo company offering businesses an affordable way to sort though hundreds of terabytes of data to become more intelligent about their customers' habits, has raised $19 million in financing.  —  Greenplum is significant because it says it provides …
 
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Amit Agarwal / Digital Inspiration:
Google Apps for Your Domain: The Honeymoon May Soon Be Over
Discussion: JasonKolb.com and Rough Type
BBC:
Windows 'fails' active virus test
Darren Murph / Engadget:
Dish Network eying deal with Microsoft for HTPC TV cards
Discussion: eHomeUpgrade
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
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
The need for a measurement summit
Krista Wierzbicki / TiVo:
User Generated Commercials for Doritos Break into the Top 10, According to TiVo
Discussion: Zatz Not Funny! and Gizmodo
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Plazes secures A-Round
Stace / Unwired View:
Asus Aura -iPhone like concept
Discussion: Tech Digest and Engadget
Donald Melanson / Engadget:
Polymer Vision unveils "Cellular-Book" with rollable display
TJMahony / Compete Blog:
Announcing: The Compete Attention 200™
Jackson West / NewTeeVee:
Bud.tv Tastes Stale, Flat
Peeyush / Official Google Webmaster Central Blog:
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Charlie Brooker / Guardian:
I hate Macs  —  Unless you have been walking around …
 

 
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