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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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Daniel Terdiman / CNET
Why companies monitor blogs  —  In May 2003, the consumer advocacy group Ban Trans Fat sued Kraft Foods, demanding that the comestibles giant stop selling its Oreo cookies in California.  —  In the suit, the organization claimed that the popular snacks were plugging Californians' arteries …
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 …
Larry Seltzer / Security Blog:
Major Revision In Vulnerable System List  —  I have been testing a lot tonight and it appears to me that iDEFENSE is right: In a practical sense, only Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (in all their service pack levels) are vulnerable to the WMF flaw.  Here's why.
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.
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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.
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 …
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
Larry Angell /
EyeBud wearable display for video iPod revealed  —  eMagin, which makes video display products for military and industrial uses, has unveiled the EyeBud headset, a new wearable display for video iPods.  —  The EyeBud, which displays video in front of one eye, can provide the feeling …
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.
Fred / A VC:
Wifi Should Be A Public Utility (continued)  —  There's the free and ubiquitious approach, which I favor, and then there's the greedy bastards approach which apparently Boston's Logan Airport favors.  —  I have no issue with Logan's interest in offering a paid wifi offering in its terminals …
Peter Howe / Boston Globe:
Sides chosen in Logan WiFi battle

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