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7:10 AM ET, May 20, 2008


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John P. Falcone / CNET
Look out, Apple TV: The $100 Netflix Player has arrived  —  The Netflix box is finally a reality.  —  The Netflix Player by Roku is the first product that allows subscribers to have movies and TV shows from the service's Instant Viewing feature (aka “Watch Now") to be streamed directly to their TV screen.
Danny Dumas / Gadget Lab:
Review: Roku Netflix Set Top Box is Just Shy of Totally Amazing  —  Netflix Player by Roku  —  Yeah, yeah, yeah, we've heard this all before, right?  For years now, everyone from computer companies like Apple to OS companies like Microsoft to content providers like NBC have been trying …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Netflix to Sell a Device for Instantly Watching Movies on TV Sets  —  Netflix, which pioneered the business of offering DVD movie rentals by mail, is now offering its 8.2 million subscribers an option to watch movies easily on their televisions without involving the post office.
Stephen Shankland / CNET
Google execs stew over Microsoft response  —  Google's top brass are meeting Monday to figure out a response to how Microsoft's new overtures toward Yahoo affect Google's potential ad deal with Yahoo.  —  Google Chief Executive Eric Schmidt, speaking to reporters at a Google Zeitgeist event in the U.K. …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Moving Towards Checkmate
Jasmine France / CNET
Now at Napster: 6 million DRM-free MP3s  —  Probably the biggest piece of digital music news to come out of CES 2008 was that Napster was planning to offer its complete catalog of more than 6 million tracks in the unprotected MP3 format.  —  On Tuesday, with the launch of version 4.5 …
Napster Launches World's Largest MP3 Store Featuring 6 Million Tracks  —  Songs Purchased at Napster Now Compatible With iPod and iPhone  —  Napster (Nasdaq:NAPS), the pioneer of digital music, today announced the launch of the world's largest and most comprehensive MP3 store at
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and Coolfer
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Google Health launches; Read the terms of service  —  Google Health has launched for the masses, but watch those terms of usage closely.  —  Google Health, which is expected to officially launch at a Google event today (see Google Webcast, Techmeme and Google Blogoscoped coverage), is now available to the average bear.
Marissa Mayer / Official Google Blog:
A peek into our search factory  —  Today we hosted an informal gathering — a factory tour of sorts — to offer a glimpse into what we think is most exciting about search, and where innovation is most likely to come from.  We also gave an update on Google Health.
Matt Asay / CNET
Steve Ballmer egged at Hungarian University  —  Wow.  It's tough to be CEO of a multi-billion dollar software company these days, what with it being so difficult to extend desktop monopoly to the web and getting egged during speeches....  Yes, egged.  —  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was egged …
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
A Gamble, but What if He Wins?  —  About a month and a half ago, Carl Icahn and I went to dinner at Tse Yang, an upscale Chinese restaurant in Midtown Manhattan.  Mr. Icahn, the corporate raider turned activist investor, came blustering through the dimly lit restaurant about 20 minutes late …
Joseph Weisenthal /
Carl Icahn Files Preliminary Yahoo Proxy: Share Purchases Started …
LIEBERMAN CALLS ON GOOGLE TO TAKE DOWN TERRORIST CONTENT  —  YouTube Videos Are Produced by Al Qaeda and Other Terror Organizations; Videos Show Attacks on U.S. Soldiers, Civilians  —  WASHINGTON - Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn. …
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Dialogue with Sen. Lieberman on terrorism videos
Discussion: WebProNews and Mashable!
Simson Garfinkel / Technology Review:
Alarming Open-Source Security Holes  —  How a programming error introduced profound security vulnerabilities in millions of computer systems.  —  Back in May 2006, a few programmers working on an open-source security project made a whopper of a mistake.  Last week, the full impact …
Discussion: Schneier on Security
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Google Backers Back Aster Data Systems.  It's All About The Clusters.  —  Clusters are the way to go.  Google and Yahoo run their Websites on distributed databases spread across vast clusters of servers.  Now Aster Data Systems, a startup that is coming out of stealth mode today …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yet Another Microsoft Memo.  Satya Nadella, VP of Search Writes:  —  Well, like you I am finding that Microsoft memos are better at telling the story (or lack there off) than other people's voices.  Today, we got our grubby paws on Microsoft VO of Search Satya Nadella's memo sent out to the troops.
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
And the Winner of the Game Console Wars Is....  According to Microsoft, the Xbox 360 just hit a major milestone: it has become the first of the new generation of video game consoles to sell more than 10 million units in the United States (It's up to 10.09 million, according to figures from NPD Group).
Mark Ward / BBC:
Business Barbarian  —  Technology Correspondent, BBC News website  —  The talking is over and the time has come for action.  —  After a long build up, including an eight-week delay to apply the final polish, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures (AoC) has been launched.
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Lilly Peel / Times of London:
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Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
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Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
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Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows Vista Not Popular In Big Corporations, Symantec Says
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
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Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
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