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3:12 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 …
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.
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Skrentablog:   Why Search?  —  I've gone and founded a search startup …
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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Fred / A VC:
Twitter's Business Model
Discussion: innonate
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 and Social Media
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
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.
Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 1.1.3 to Include Copy/Paste?  —  According to MacScoop, the recent iPhone 1.1.3 firmware leak is an incomplete and unpolished version of the upcoming iPhone update which may still contain a few surprises when it is finally released.  —  According to the rumor site …
Discussion: MacScoop
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Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
It's Back: iPhone 1.1.3 Copy Paste Rumor
Discussion: Gadgets on the Go
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:
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.
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: DailyTech, Gizmodo and Engadget
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.
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 …
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
Kelly Sasso / Crucial.com:
Lexar Media Announces Crucial Solid State Drive (SSD) Product Line  —  Industry-leading native SATA 3.0Gb/s interface and unique customer tools differentiate Crucial SSDs  —  US Contact:  —  Crucial Technology  —  208-363-5654  —  ksasso@micron.com  —  UK Contact:  —  Gill Kelso
Discussion: The Tech Report and CrunchGear
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Netscape: AOL Buries the Dead … AOL will end support for the Netscape browser on February 1.  AOL will no longer offer Netscape security patches or other updates.  —  Gone will be:  — The browser that literally popularized the World Wide Web  — The progenitor of AJAX, JavaScript …
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
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!
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Discussion: TechCrunch and Tech_Space
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
Pointui Skins Windows Mobile, Makes it Usable (Best WM Skin App Ever)
Discussion: jkOnTheRun and IntoMobile
George Ou:
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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: AppleInsider and Gizmodo
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks [Lifehacker Top 10]
Bryn Nelson / MSNBC:
Scientists look to sperm to power nanobots
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Freemusiczilla: Best Music Downloader I've Tested
Discussion: Download Squad and Digg
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
Radiohead: Artists often screwed by digital downloads
Discussion: BBC, mathewingram.com/work and Digg
Peter Kafka / Silicon Alley Insider:
Tumblr's David Karp: “Norbum” Isn't Me
Peter Ha / CrunchGear:
New Apple notebook spotted, we told you so
 

 
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