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9:40 AM ET, September 19, 2011


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Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
An Explanation and Some Reflections  —  I messed up.  I owe everyone an explanation.  —  It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming, and the price changes.
Mark Suster / Both Sides of the Table:
Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split  —  By now you probably know that Netflix is splitting its business into two parts: its digital streaming business (retains the name Netflix) and its DVD mailing business, which was its original business (to be called Qwikster).
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:   Netflix's DVD business: Does Qwikster have a future?
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Netflix renames DVD-by-mail service ‘Qwikster,’ will add video games
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wallet Likely Launching Tomorrow  —  Last week, Google posted an awesome teaser video for Google Wallet featuring George Costanza.  The implication: Google Wallet would finally be launching soon.  Now we think we know when: tomorrow.  —  As you can see in the above image …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Google Wallet, Confirmed  —  M.G. Siegler reports that Google might be launching its somewhat delayed Google Wallet service sometime today.  From the looks of it, it might actually be out in the wild.  Our own Ian Kennedy snapped this photo at a Peet's Coffee shop near our offices in downtown San Francisco.
Discussion: 9to5Google
Greg Sterling / Search Engine Land:
Google Wallet Launch Largely Symbolic But Important
Josh Ong / AppleInsider:
Samsung planning legal offensive against Apple's unreleased iPhone 5  —  Samsung has already planned out an aggressive legal strategy to block sales of Apple's unannounced iPhone 5 when it arrives in Korea, a new report claims.  —  Insiders at the South Korean electronics giant indicated …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Facebook Is Expected to Unveil Media-Sharing Service  —  For cloud-based digital music services like Spotify and Rhapsody, which stream millions of songs but have struggled to sign up large numbers of paying users, being friended by Facebook could prove to be a mixed blessing.
Juliette Garside / Guardian:
Mobile phone bonanza ‘over’, despite demand in developing markets  —  Mobile phone connections expected to rise 30% in five years but developing markets will not match western revenues  —  The 20-year bonanza enjoyed by mobile phone carriers is nearing its end, with revenues failing …
Discussion: PhoneArena and
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
Ahead of Possible iPhone Launch, Sprint Tightens Upgrade and Return Policies  —  Sprint plans to do away with a program that gave longtime customers the ability to upgrade their phones as often as every year.  —  The company last week said it plans to kill off the Sprint Premier program …
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Windows 8: BFD — Big Forking Decision  —  Whether we're living in a post-PC world, as many think today when they look at growth rates and profits, or it's PC-Plus, For Ever, as Microsoft's very literate chief ideologue staunchly maintains, it doesn't really matter.
Horace Dediu / asymco:
OS turning circles: Questioning Windows' maneuverability
Discussion: Technologizer
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google buys European Groupon clone, snaps up German website DailyDeal  —  With reports that Google's Groupon competitor Google Offers has gotten off to a slow start, the company has announced another acquisition in the Daily Deals space, snapping up German deal site DailyDeal.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Associated Press Teams With 40 Newspapers On Mobile Coupons  —  With newspapers having suffered through 20 straight quarters of decline—and no end in sight—a collaborative effort on the part of the Associated Press and 40 newspapers is designed to play on two of the industry's last advertising strengths …
Discussion: Poynter
Chris Dixon / cdixon's posterous:
bitcasa and convergent encryption  —  People have speculated how the new startup bitcasa can both encrypt files client side and dedupe files server side.  The CEO says they use a method called “convergent encryption.”  This encryption method uses the file being encrypted to generate the encryption key.
Discussion: TechCrunch
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