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4:10 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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LG, Netflix to Offer Downloads on TV
Sue Zeidler / Reuters:
Netflix, LG to offer movie set-top box
Discussion: MacNN and Engadget
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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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.
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.
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Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Social Net Site Is Said to Be for Sale  —  Plaxo, an early social networking site that helps people keep their address books updated, is up for auction, people briefed on the offering said Wednesday night.  The company, which has not made a profit, is seeking as much as $100 million, these people said.
Discussion: Valleywag
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
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
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: Gizmodo and Engadget
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Darren Murph / Engadget:   HP MediaSmart Server getting security, media streaming updates
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.
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.
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: Mobilewhack and Gadgets on the Go
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 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.
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, DailyTech and Engadget
Glenn Derene / Popular Mechanics:
Macworld 2008 Prediction: Apple's MacBook Plus Tablet Laptop  —  In his biweekly trends column, PM's senior tech editor forecasts what he thinks Steve Jobs will show the computer world at this year's Apple developers conference: a touchscreen “MacBook Plus” to enter the growing tablet market.
Darren Murph / Engadget:
HP intros Pavilion tx2000 tablet, revamps monolithic HDX  —  Survived the barrage of new HP desktops?  We certainly hope so, as now the firm is hitting us up with a bit of news on the laptop front.  Up to bat first is the 12.1-inch tx2000 convertible tablet (pictured) …
Discussion: Gizmodo
 
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Seth Borenstein / Associated Press:
Study: Drivers on Cells Clogging Traffic
Discussion: Engadget and Techdirt
Electronista:
HP unveils two BrightView LCDs for CES
Discussion: CNET News.com and Ubergizmo
Carnet / ChipIn News:
ChipIn Sells Versus Apps to Buddy Media
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
Chain Said to Seek Bids for Weather Channel
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
Dan Kaplan / VentureBeat:
Bang Ventures: the American Idol of tech
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George Ou:
A comparison of quad-core server CPUs
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
A reverse engineer finds Kindle's hidden features
Discussion: Ubergizmo
Gina Trapani / Lifehacker:
Top 10 Obscure Google Search Tricks [Lifehacker Top 10]
Philipp Lenssen / Google Blogoscoped:
Google AdSense Tips
Discussion: 43 Folders
Betsy Schiffman / Epicenter:
Who on Earth Would Want to Buy Yahoo?
Discussion: Voices
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