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12:30 AM ET, January 3, 2008


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Jason Calacanis / The Jason Calacanis Weblog:
The three business models that make Twitter a billion-dollar business in 12-24 months.  —  Allen wrote a blog post today about Twitter focusing on a business model.  Allen, my friend, you're thinking small.  Get out of Brooklyn and spend more time in the Valley.  Business models!?!?!
Fred / A VC:   Twitter's Business Model
Mathew /
Calacanis: You have to be a “player”
Discussion: Howard Lindzon and TechCrunch
Dave Winer / Scripting News:
Twitter's business model
Brad Stone / New York Times:
Netflix Partners with LG to Bring Movies Straight to TV  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Netflix, the DVD-by-mail company with more than seven million customers, has a new strategy that may one day make those red envelopes obsolete.  —  The company wants to strike deals with electronics companies …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:
Netflix-LG Movie Deal: Picking Winners And Losers  —  Netflix and LG will team up to make gadgets that stream NFLX online movies to your hi-def TV.  The devices won't go on sale for months, so it's far too early to call the partnership a success.  But if they take off, here's an idea of who scores and who gets stepped on.
Rafat Ali /
Netflix Goes TVflix; Ties Up With LG for Direct-To-TV Movie Box; Kills Own Branded Box  —  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) is launching a direct-to-TV movie service, through a dedicated box, as a much-needed progression beyond its mail-by-DVD service: it has tied up with South Korean manufacturer LG Electronics …
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix to stream movies directly to TVs
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
Sears: Come see the softer side of spyware  —  Sears and Kmart are places you might go when you need a new air conditioner filter or a lawnmower; they're not generally thought of as havens for spyware.  But that's what the two stores have become, at least online, where their websites were found …
Dan Goodin / The Register:
Sears admits to joining spyware biz
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Plaxo's For Sale  —  Plaxo, the Sequoia-backed start that transformed itself from a hated spam monster into a mild mannered and interesting business social network, has started a sale process according to a source.  They've hired an investment bank, Revolution Partners, who are spearheading the sale effort.
The Boy Genius Report:
Jay-Z launching record label with Apple  —  This one's been floating around like a hot air balloon, but we've just about confirmed it.  For those that don't know, Jay-Z left Def Jam as President last month, and everyone's been talking about where he's heading.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
The Next Google Search Challenger: Blekko  —  Rich Skrenta, who created the first computer virus (Elk Cloner), co-founded the Open Directory Project, and co-founded online news site Topix, may have bitten off the biggest challenge of his career - taking on Google.  In search.  —  Skrenta left Topix last June.
Joseph Weisenthal /
Free Would Need 12x Traffic To Offset Loss; DJ Buy To Shave A Penny From NWS: Analyst  —  Turning into a free site would require a 12x increase in traffic growth to offset the lost revenue, according to a new report from Bear Stearns analyst Spencer Wang.
Discussion: Mashable! and Clickety Clack
Megan McCarthy / Epicenter:
Facebook Ads Make You the Star — And You May Not Know It  —  Have you used Facebook to give a shout-out to businesses you like?  Best make sure your profile picture catches your best side, because you might be an unwitting star in those businesses' next Facebook ad campaigns.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
JPMorgan Predicts 2008 Will Be “Nothing But Net”  —  JPMorgan's Internet analyst Imran Khan and his team released a massive 312-page report this morning titled Nothing But Net that paints a bullish picture for the major Internet stocks (Google, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, Expedia, …
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
New Apple notebook spotted, we told you so  —  The above photo may be the work of a PS junkie or it may just be the real thing.  In any case, the rumor mill is abuzz surrounding Macworld.  This time around it's all coming back to the purported multi-touch trackpad we told you about during the summer.
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
Naked IT: Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur  —  The Naked IT interview series talks with innovators about the evolving relationship between IT and business.  In this segment, French serial entrepreneur, Loic Le Meur, discusses Seesmic, his fifth startup, which is building a community of personal videographers.
Michael Kanellos / CNET
Coming soon: A notebook with a terabyte  —  It's the notebook for neurotics.  —  Asus, the Taiwanese computer maker, will come out with a notebook that sports two 500GB hard drives from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.  Combined, this will give a fully configured Asus M70 notebook a terabyte of storage.
Discussion: Computerworld
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 1.1.3 to Include Copy/Paste?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephen Shankland / CNET
A reverse engineer finds Kindle's hidden features
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
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Discussion: Gizmodo
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
What's Next on the Web: a ReadWriteWeb Toolkit for 2008
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