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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.
Scobleizer / Microsoft Geek Blogger:
Microsoft takes down Chinese blogger (my opinions on that)  —  OK, this one is depressing to me.  It's one thing to pull a list of words out of blogs using an algorithm.  It's another thing to become an agent of a government and censor an entire blogger's work.  Yes, I know the consequences.
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 …
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 …
Kevin Allison / Financial Times:
Windows PCs face 'huge' virus threat  —  Computer security experts were grappling with the threat of a new weakness in Microsoft's Windows operating system that could put hundreds of millions of PCs at risk of infection by spyware or viruses.  —  The news marks the latest security setback for Microsoft …
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 …
The Year That Was  —  Welcome back dear readers, for another fun-filled year of private equity news, analysis and non-sequiturs (I know dozens of better basketball coaches than Doc Rivers, and some of them coach 8-year-olds).  Before charging into 2006, however, let's look back at 2005 with our first-ever PE Week Wire Awards.
Discussion: SiliconBeat and
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.
Brian Krebs / Security Fix:
Security Hole Claimed for BlackBerrys  —  New research released over the weekend indicated that BlackBerrys — the ubiquitous handheld devices favored by on-the-go types — are vulnerable to a security hole that could let attackers break in to the gadgets by convincing users to open a specially crafted image file attached to an e-mail.
Discussion: Digital Common Sense

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