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3:35 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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
LG, Netflix to Offer Downloads on TV
Discussion: Silicon Alley Insider and Reel Pop
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.
Why Search?  —  I've gone and founded a search startup... you can read it about it in this write-up in TechCrunch.  But I get asked - why do search?  —  Simple - the idea that the current state-of-the-art in search is what we'll all be using, essentially unchanged, in 5 or 10 years, is absurd to me.
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!?!?!
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.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:   Social Net Site Is Said to Be for Sale
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
John P. Falcone / CNET
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: Gizmodo and Engadget
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP MediaSmart Server getting security, media streaming updates
Discussion: CNET
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.
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
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, …
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Darren Murph / Engadget:
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Discussion: Ubergizmo
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Download Squad and Digg
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Discussion: 43 Folders
Nate Anderson / Ars Technica:
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Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
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Discussion: Voices