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7:05 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.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Netflix Splits DVD And Streaming Businesses; Creates Qwikster For DVDs  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings just dropped a bombshell.  In the wake of a rapid decline in Netflix's stock price last week, Hastings is taking a bold step by separating the DVD and video streaming services.
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).
Discussion:, Thanks:msuster
Ryan Lawler / GigaOM:
Netflix's DVD business: Does Qwikster have a future?  —  Netflix announced in a blog post Sunday evening that its DVD-by-mail operations would soon be rebranded “Qwikster,” and that the service would be separated from the streaming service that the company has been pushing for the last several years.
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Netflix renames DVD-by-mail service ‘Qwikster,’ will add video games  —  Netflix is dead; long live Netflix.  That's the message from CEO Reed Hastings, who announced in a blog post tonight that Netflix's DVD-by-mail business will be split off and renamed “Qwikster” in “a few weeks,” while Netflix will focus on streaming video.
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 …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
OS turning circles: Questioning Windows' maneuverability  —  I'm glad Windows 8 is named the way it is.  With Windows 7 Microsoft went to a numbering system which is much more rational than the mixed naming of the past.  The number 8 actually corresponds to the actual sequential number of major versions of Windows released to date.
Discussion: Technologizer
Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Windows 8: BFD — Big Forking Decision
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.
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
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt Urges Support for Jobs Bill, Stimulus  —  Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt said lawmakers should approve more government stimulus to prompt companies to hire, and called the political focus on cutting spending “ludicrous.”
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
The $99 TouchPad Returns To HP's Employee Purchasing Program On Sept 28th  —  It's not very often I get to write that it's a good day to be an HP employee.  But it's also not everyday that HP employees are offered some of the last TouchPads.  —  The company is set to release a final batch …
Tomio Geron / Forbes:
How One Start-up Plans To Use eBay's X.commerce Platform  —  Earlier this year, eBay announced that a new commerce platform called X.commerce that aims to connect a wide variety of online and offline services for merchants, from sales and payments to back-office inventory and financial management tools.
Discussion: GigaOM
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
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