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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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Regina Lynn Regina Lynn / Wired News:
Play Together, Stay Together  —  Every once in a while, a sex-tech innovation comes along that is so up my alley, it's hard to write a column about it because I'm too excited.  —  I fidget in my chair and can't think of any words to describe my thoughts without sounding like a marketing copywriter.
Discussion: Kotaku
Paul Mason / BBC:
Do avatars dream of electric racoons?  —  As part of Newsnight's Geek Week, business correspondent Paul Mason and presenter Jeremy Paxman broadcast TV's first ever face-to-face studio session from inside the computer game Second Life.  —  Here, Paul comes face to face with the designer who made it happen.
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 …
Gaming Steve:
Sega Genesis Lives!  Beggar Prince To Be Released Spring 2006  —  Sure a new game hasn't been released for the Sega Genesis in America since 1998, but that hasn't stopped San Diego developer Super Fighting Team from releasing a brand new game for Sega's beloved system.
Discussion: Igniq - Gaming News and Joystiq
Paul Stamatiou /
HOW TO: Make a Torrent with Azureus  —  This guide is a follow up to my series of Azureus articles that dealt with configuring and setting up the popular BitTorrent client.  Now, I will discuss how you can share any file by creating and seeding a torrent.  There are a number of reasons …
Discussion: Lifehacker

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