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9:35 AM ET, May 20, 2008

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John P. Falcone / CNET News.com:
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.
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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 …
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Netflix Roku: Free Is Such A Beautiful Word  —  Netflix made a big splash today with their announcement of a $100 set top box, built by a California startup called Roku, that streams free movies (for Netflix subscribers) to the living room.  —  Good for them.
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Netflix to Sell a Device for Instantly Watching Movies on TV Sets
Discussion: MediaFile and BloggingStocks
Jasmine France / CNET News.com:
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 …
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Mike Butcher / TechCrunch UK:
BBC's Sound Index is good, but we won't get the data  —  The BBC's SoundIndex, currently in beta, lists the top 1,000 artists based on discussions crawled from Bebo, Last.fm, Google Groups, iTunes, MySpace and YouTube.  The top five bands according to SoundIndex right now are Coldplay …
Discussion: BBC NEWS and PSFK
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:   Who's The Hottest Band On The Internet?  Coldplay, Says BBC SoundIndex
Richard Ford / Times of London:
‘Big Brother’ database for phones and e-mails  —  A massive government database holding details of every phone call, e-mail and time spent on the internet by the public is being planned as part of the fight against crime and terrorism.  Internet service providers (ISPs) …
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
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 …
Sid Yadav / Rev2.org:
Userplane Media Player: White Label Video Hosting  —  Disclosure: Userplane has been a longtime sponsor of Rev2.  —  With video already tipped in the real world, web publishers have been playing catch up to the demands of today's consumers.  Text is old, pictures can only go far …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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
Reuters:
T-Mobile to keep iPhone exclusivity in Germany  —  PARIS (Reuters) - T-Mobile TMOG.UL expects to remain the only seller of Apple's (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) coveted iPhone in Germany, T-Mobile Chief Executive Hamid Akhavan said on Tuesday.  —  “We have a very good relationship with Apple …
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Tim Leberecht / CNET News.com:
SMS on the rise in the U.S., but mobile IM is expected to be the next killer app  —  A recent Gartner study estimates that 189 billion mobile messages have been sent by U.S. mobile-phone subscribers in 2007.  It forecasts 301 billion mobile messages sent in 2008.
Discussion: iPlot and The Pondering Primate
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.
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Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Don't Look For BFFs When Pitching For VC Dollars  —  TheFunded started publishing a list of top rated venture capitalists today.  The ratings are based on reviews (either anonymous or not) written by entrepreneurs who've pitched those VCs.  —  Should you pitch VCs that have higher ratings?
Stephen Shankland / CNET News.com:
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. …
Nwahs / TmoNews:
T-mobile to release 16 new phones by August?  —  Well this is one that you may have to take with a grain of salt, but lets hope for the best!  Between June 16th, and August 1st, T-mobile has 16 phones slated for release, or should we say 16 device launches.
 
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Jesusdiaz / Gizmodo:
iPhone 3G Launch Date Confirmed
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Apple 2.0:
Report: iPhone headed for joint launch in Japan and Korea
Discussion: 9 to 5 Mac and BloggingStocks
David Gonzales / Unwired View:
Mobiado unveils Professional 105 ZAF, world's thinnest luxury phone
Patrick Klepek / MTV Multiplayer:
‘Metal Gear’ Series To Continue After 'Metal Gear Solid 4&prime …
Ben Lorica / O'Reilly Radar:
Myspace/Facebook App Platforms & Total Installs
Discussion: CNET News.com
Motorola:
On Demand Is in Demand by Millennials, Motorola Study Shows
Discussion: Engadget HD and NewTeeVee
Courtney Chin / Inside AdSense:
Introducing third-party ads on the Google content network
Mark Ward / BBC:
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Lilly Peel / Times of London:
The phone for six-year-olds  —  Mobile phones branded …
Discussion: textually.org
Joshua Topolsky / Engadget:
3G iPhone revealed in third-party case render?
Paul McDougall / InformationWeek:
Windows Vista Not Popular In Big Corporations, Symantec Says
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Cisco File Raises Censorship Concerns
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Yet Another Microsoft Memo. Satya Nadella, VP of Search Writes:
Discussion: paidContent.org
Eric A. Taub / Bits:
And the Winner of the Game Console Wars Is....
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Moving Towards Checkmate
Matt Asay / CNET News.com:
Steve Ballmer egged at Hungarian University
 

 
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