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9:45 AM ET, September 16, 2008


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Rafat Ali /
Amazon Does the Obvious, Finally: Adds Video on IMDb  —  Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) has finally done what many have been asking it since the time the company bought IMDB: it has enabled video on the film and TV database/info site.  The company says users can now watch 6,000 full-length feature films …
Chuck / Business Wire:
Users Can Now Watch Full-Length Movies and TV Shows for Free on  —  Beta feature debuts with over 6,000 TV episodes and movies  —  The Internet Movie Database (, the authoritative source of information on movies, TV and celebrities, and a subsidiary of …
Discussion: Profy, Pulse 2.0 and Podcasting News
Zune Brings Powerful New Entertainment Features to Every Zune Portable Media Player With Software Release  —  Internet access provider Wayport enables wireless music downloads for Zune customers in Wi-Fi hot spots at more than 9,800 McDonald's restaurants.  —  Zune, Microsoft Corp.'s end …
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Zune Owners Get Free Wi-Fi at McDonald's  —  Microsoft signs three-year deal with Wayport for old and new Zune owners alike: This is a nice win for Zune users, Wayport, and McDonald's, each in their own way, and it's something Microsoft can simply write off as useful marketing …
About the Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update  —  The Mac OS X 10.5.5 Update is recommended for Mac OS X Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4.  It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Drudge Report: News Site That Sends Readers Away With Links Has Highest Engagement  —  There are two main reasons why news sites are reluctant to send readers away by linking to third-party content.  First, you shouldn't send people away or else they won't come back to your site.
Belinda Goldsmith / Reuters:
Porn passed over as Web users become social: author  —  CANBERRA (Reuters) - Social networking sites are the hottest attraction on the Internet, dethroning pornography and highlighting a major change in how people communicate, according to a web guru.  —  Bill Tancer, a self-described …
Discussion: broadstuff
Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Hardware 2.0:
DECE - Lipstick on the DRM pig  —  Over the past few hours there's been a lot of chatter about the Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE) consortium that everyone is a member of, except Apple.  Is DECE a genuine move to make digital content easier to handle for the end user …
Allen Stern / CenterNetworks:
Flixwagon Offers White Label Mobile Video Broadcasting  —  Last week in California, one of the most popular discussions I engaged in was comparing mobile video broadcasting services Flixwagon and Qik.  In my opinion, Qik appears to be going for the consumer market while Flixwagon is going after media and entertainment.
Discussion: Beet.TV
Wall Street Journal:
T-Mobile's Google-Based Phone Nears  —  T-Mobile USA plans to begin selling the first smart phone powered by Google Inc.'s new mobile software late next month, according to people familiar with the matter, facing off against Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Research In Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerry with a device that blends aspects of both.
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Backblaze makes it dead simple to backup your files online  —  Whenever I try to backup my computer files online, I get tripped up somehow.  It's inexplicably complicated, with most products unable to backup all my files simply — and to keep on doing that over time.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Om Malik / GigaOM:
GigaOM Interview: Bill Hambrecht, Legendary Silicon Valley Banker  —  Last night I watched with morbid fascination as a group of talking heads on CNBC discussed the fall (and subsequent bankruptcy) of Lehman Brothers, the 158-year-old firm that survived the Great Depression, two world wars …
Discussion: metarand
Kevin Michaluk / blogs:
Verizon BlackBerry Storm 9530 Announcement Video!!  —  Update: We now have the actual .pdf files that went out to VZW employees.  Check them out after the jump.  In addition to the Talking Points document (widely seen already), there's also a Q&A .pdf.  Not much new here, but it does have a table comparing the Storm to the iPhone 3G.
Jon Stokes / Ars Technica:
Twilight of the GPU: an epic interview with Tim Sweeney  —  Inflection points  —  “Inflection point” is a much abused word these days, but if it's appropriate anywhere, then it's appropriate for describing the moment in the history of computing that we're rapidly approaching.
Discussion: Blue's News, Slashdot and Digg
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Georgina Prodhan / Reuters:
Sony Ericsson Xperia phones may not use Windows
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Big Blue claims virtualization breakthrough
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Justin Smith / Inside Facebook:
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Joanna Stern / LAPTOP Magazine:
Sony Planning to Enter Netbook Market
Robert McMillan / PC World:
With ThinkServer, a New Market for Lenovo
Discussion: Between the Lines and eWeek
Maths / Music 2.0:
The Dark Truth About China's Baidu
Discussion: ONE TWO MUSIC and p2pnet
Ritsuko Ando / Reuters:
AT&T to link iPhone to U-verse video, Internet
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Bleeds Purple.  And You Thought Microsoft's Marketing Campaign Was Weird
Times of London:
Google search finds seafaring solution