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Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Provider of TV Movie Channels Looks to Expand to PC's and Video Players  —  Starz Entertainment Group is introducing a $9.95-a-month subscription service that will allow people to download movies from the Internet and watch them on their computers, portable video players and television sets.
Associated Press:
Starz to offer movie download service for PDAs  —  Subscription 'Vondo' described as 'kind of iTunes for movies'  —  LOS ANGELES - Starz Entertainment Group is launching a movie download service that allows consumers to view full-length studio films, concerts and TV shows on portable devices powered by Microsoft Corp. software.
Kenneth Li / Reuters:
Starz to launch movie downloads service  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cable network Starz Entertainment Group LLC said it plans to launch an Internet movie download service on Tuesday, backed by partnerships with Microsoft and Sony, amid a race to offer more videos over high-speed Internet connections.
Zachary Rodgers / ClickZ:
No Ads in Wikipedia Says Wales  —  Contrary to a news report that circulated in the blogosphere last week, Wikipedia has no plans to implement advertising on its burgeoning consumer generated encyclopedia.  —  That's according to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, who told ClickZ News …
Motorola unveils iRadio, new home products  —  NEW YORK, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Motorola Inc. (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , the world's No. 2 cell-phone maker, on Tuesday revealed details of its plans for iRadio, a subscription music service that will go on sale this year.
Jesper / Jesper's Blog:
Conscientious Risk Management and WMF  —  This past week there have been a lot of questions about the WMF vulnerability, what Microsoft is doing, and what the community should do to protect against it.  For many reasons, Microsoft's response to the problem is best left to those who do this for a living.
Seán Captain / Wired News:
Will Digital Cinema Can Pirates?  —  Switching from film-based to digital projectors in movie houses promises better quality for theatergoers.  But it could also help Hollywood studios nab bootleggers.  —  Digital projectors can't stop people from recording movies, but they can allow studios …
Lora / What Is New:
CES: You are invited to Tablet PC Gathering #4, plus Blogger Meetup  —  Where: Cheese Burger at the Oasis  —  From the convention center, take the CES Shuttle Bus #4.  (Mid-day service from LVCC to hotels is every 30 minutes.)  Get off at Paris and walk to the Aladdin's Desert Passage.
Discussion: Scobleizer and jkOnTheRun
USA Today:
Schools ask parents to pay up before kids log on  —  FULLERTON, Calif. — Heather Sutherland was excited to learn her public school system was using laptop computers to teach elementary students such as her daughter.  Until, that is, she found out parents were expected to pay the nearly $1,500 cost.
Discussion: Techdirt
Mark Russinovich / Mark's Sysinternals Blog:
The Antispyware Consipiracy  —  Since the release of the first antivirus products many people have believed in a conspiracy theory where antivirus companies generate their own market by paying virus writers to develop and release viruses.  I don't subscribe to that theory and trust …
Discussion: The PC Doctor
Mark Cuban / Blog Maverick:
My Investment advice for 2006  —  Every year at this time, everyone and anyone who has a vested interest in selling stocks comes out and talks about how great a year its going to be in the stockmarket.  Of course its all nonsense and bulls**t.  NO ONE knows what the market is going to do.
Discussion: Things That
RSS Feed (Really Simple Syndication)  —  Help?  —  What is RSS?  —  How can I use RSS?  —  How do I get a News Reader?  —  Can I use these feeds on my site?  —  Are there any feeds from other BBC websites?  —  What is RSS?  —  In a world heaving under the weight of billions of web pages …
Discussion: Scobleizer
Elizabeth Montalbano /
Google sued over Talk  —  A firm that holds patents for technology used in Internet voice calling is suing search giant Google for US$5 billion over its Google Talk instant-messaging client.  —  Rates Technology (RTI), a small, New York company that holds patents to telecommunications technologies …
Alex Veiga / Associated Press:
File-Sharing Barons Face Day of Reckoning  —  LOS ANGELES - Weeks before the original Napster shut down for good in 2001, Internet users were flocking to alternative song-swapping programs.  Nearly 20 million people used Morpheus in its first four months, for example, to trade music and other files for free online.

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