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2:00 AM ET, January 3, 2008

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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 …
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Rafat Ali / paidContent.org:
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 …
Dan Frommer / Silicon Alley Insider:   Netflix-LG Movie Deal: Picking Winners And Losers
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!?!?!
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Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Is Twitter F'ed?  —  The question of business model timing seems …
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.
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
Lenovo lets loose three IdeaPads  —  Ever since my conversion into the Apple race, I tend to shake my head at other notebook manufacturers and think their hardware isn't as nice or pretty or whatever.  I obviously come to my senses shortly after and take another look at it from an objective standpoint.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Lenovo recommends Windows Vista® Home Premium.
Discussion: DailyTech
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 …
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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.
Joseph Weisenthal / paidContent.org:
Free WSJ.com Would Need 12x Traffic To Offset Loss; DJ Buy To Shave A Penny From NWS: Analyst  —  Turning WSJ.com 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.
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.
Discussion: Consumer Passion
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
How Many Journalists Would Go All Digital If They Could?  —  Kara Swisher, a veteran Wall Street Journal reporter, who has covered the Silicon Valley boom and bust for the print WSJ newspaper, has announced that she's gone all digital, i.e. she will be writing exclusively for the All Things Digital web site.
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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Learned to Love the Blog: Goodbye Dead Trees!
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 Kanellos / CNET News.com:
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Chain Said to Seek Bids for Weather Channel  —  The Weather Channel, one of the last privately owned cable channels, is being put up for sale and could fetch more than $5 billion, according to people briefed on the auction.  The channel and its rapidly growing Web site, weather.com …
Discussion: paidContent.org and Lost Remote
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, Salesforce.com …
John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
HP bows updated MediaSmart TVs  —  New MediaSmart TVs will sport full MCE functionality  —  HP has updated its MediaSmart TVs for the new year.  On the surface, the new SL4282N (42-inch) and SL4782N (47-inch) are very similar to their 2007 counterparts: full 1080p resolution LCD flat-panels …
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
 
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Tom Simonite / New Scientist:
Cyclists' cellphones help monitor air pollution
Discussion: dailywireless.org
Kelly Sasso / Crucial.com:
Lexar Media Announces Crucial Solid State Drive (SSD) Product Line
Discussion: The Tech Report and CrunchGear
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP's Pavilion Slimline s3330f PC does Blu-ray and HD DVD
Discussion: Electronista and Gizmodo
Anne Zelenka / GigaOM:
ChaCha Dances with Mobile Search
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Bang Ventures: the American Idol of tech
Discussion: Mashable!
Michael Krigsman / IT Project Failures:
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech_Space
George Ou:
A comparison of quad-core server CPUs
 Earlier Items: 
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 1.1.3 to Include Copy/Paste?
Discussion: Gizmodo
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
A reverse engineer finds Kindle's hidden features
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Matt Hickey / CrunchGear:
Rumor: Red's Redcode coming to Final Cut Studio as native at Macworld
Discussion: Gizmodo
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks [Lifehacker Top 10]
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Freemusiczilla: Best Music Downloader I've Tested
Discussion: Download Squad and Digg
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tumblr's David Karp: “Norbum” Isn't Me
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Who on Earth Would Want to Buy Yahoo?
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
New Apple notebook spotted, we told you so
 

 
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