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Wall Street Journal:
Google to Offer Video Downloads, Software That Rivals Microsoft's  —  Google Inc. plans to announce Friday that it will begin allowing consumers to buy videos from major content partners through the Google site and will also roll out a new downloadable bundle of software for consumers …
Ars Technica:
Google to sell video, take on Apple; announces Google Pack  —  Tomorrow Google will announce a new commercial video download service, according to multiple sources.  The service, which will be an addition to Google's Video Search, will allow users to buy video content for pre-determined prices …
Mike / Techdirt:
Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss: Google Building Content Locks?  —  We're a bit hesitant to take seriously any reports concerning what Google is really announcing this week after all of the ridiculous rumors from earlier this week.  However, the Wall Street Journal …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Google and Yahoo Aim at Another Screen  —  Two ascending Internet giants, Google and Yahoo, are to make plain today that they intend to move aggressively beyond the Internet browser and onto the television screen.  —  The two companies, already the most popular services for searching …
Elinor Mills / ZDNet:
Yahoo goes mobile … Yahoo was set to announce on Friday that its e-mail, instant messenger, photo and other services will be available on mobile phones and PC-connected TVs, as well as on personal computers without using a browser.  —  Yahoo Go Mobile, to become available on Friday …
Nathan Weinberg / InsideGoogle:
TELL ME ITS NOT A SOFTWARE BUNDLE!  —  ThreadWatch writes that the Wall Street Journal has the scoop on Google's CES announcement, and its a video download rental service... and a software bundle? … The download service has been expected for a while, although I think most of us …
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
Yet Another DRM? The Google DRM
Discussion: IP Democracy and HorsePigCow
TiVo shows Series3 HDTV Cable Card unit at CES  —  06:29 pm - TiVo shows Series3 HDTV Cable Card unit at CES  —  Sorry for the delay, I got a later start today than I'd hoped, my bad.  I went straight to TiVo's booth and I've been here for a while now, looking around and taking photos.
Discussion: Engadget and Gizmodo
07:04 pm - More from TiVo - Desktop 2.3, TiVo Central Online goes AJAX, Viiv, and HME wormholes!  —  So, the Series3 box is the big news everyone has been waiting for, but it is hardly the only thing TiVo is showing at CES.  —  As I posted yesterday, TiVo put the sign-up for the 2.3 Desktop beta …
George Hotelling / PVRblog:   HD TiVo Series 3 @ CES
Ian Johnston / Scotsman:
Welcome to Mars express: only a three hour trip  —  AN EXTRAORDINARY "hyperspace" engine that could make interstellar space travel a reality by flying into other dimensions is being investigated by the United States government.  —  The hypothetical device, which has been outlined in principle …
John Consoli /
DirecTV to Offer "First Look" VOD for FX Shows  —  DirecTV and Fox Entertainment Group have reached an agreement in which DirecTV will offer "first look" airings of hit shows from FX Network on a video on demand basis for $2.99 each, and post-air access to Fox Network's series for 99 cents per show.
Fox to sell TV episodes on DirecTV
Discussion: Things That and Techdirt
Ina Fried / CNET
Gates shows off Vista in CES keynote  —  update LAS VEGAS—After months of touting Vista's geekier side, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on Wednesday highlighted features of the new version of Windows designed to appeal to the average consumer.  —  During his keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show …
Discussion: Andre
Walter S. Mossberg / Wall Street Journal:
A New Palm Treo Uses Microsoft's Software, But It Doesn't Beat 650  —  Palm's Treo smart phones have been the best high-end cellphones on the market, with the finest combination of voice, email and Web-browsing capabilities in a hand-held device.  —  But many corporate information-technology departments have refused to buy the phone.
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
A Monster deal for Google?  —  As Google bulks up in the online classifieds biz, some say a buyout of Monster could make sense.  —  NEW YORK ( - Should Google start looking for a Monster under its corporate bed?  —  The top search engine is preparing to formally roll out Google Base …
Glenn Fleishman / Wi-Fi Networking News:
Municipalities Forced into Broadband Business  —  Robert McChesney and John Podesta explain the historical underpinnings of why towns and cities are being forced to build their own networks: The authors explode the myth of existing competitive services for broadband in the places where municipal wireless is taking hold.
Discussion: Techdirt and IP Democracy
Paul Kapustka / TechWeb:
Verizon Says Google, Microsoft Should Pay For Internet Apps  —  LAS VEGAS, Nev. — There's no such thing as a free lunch on the Internet, according to Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, who said Thursday that providers of bandwith-intensive Internet applications, including Google and Microsoft …

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