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Disney buys Pixar  —  update Walt Disney announced Tuesday that it's paying $7.4 billion in stock to acquire Pixar Animation Studios—a deal that puts Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs on Disney's board of directors.  —  For the venerable animation giant, the move is a significant bet …
Paul R. La Monica / CNN:
Disney buys Pixar  —  House of Mouse is teaming up with Pixar in a $7.4 billion deal.  Steve Jobs to become board member at Disney.  —  NEW YORK ( - Mickey Mouse and Nemo are now corporate cousins.  Walt Disney has announced that it is buying Pixar, the animated studio led …
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
iDisney: Jobs With Mouse Ears
Rafat /   Disney-Pixar: Some Digital Media Possibilities : I gave an interview …
Fred / A VC:   Now That's A Venture Return
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Yahoo! Giving Up on Search?  Hey, Wait Just A Gosh Darn Minute!  —  So every morning one of the first sites that I visit is Memeorandum.  I won't try to over-hype Memeorandum here, as we're all pretty familar with it at this point, but for those of you who have been hiding in the desert under …
Blathering in the Blogosphere  —  I've been watching all the blathering about Yahoo! giving up search dominance to Google, which, I might add, is bulls**t*.  Quotes taken out of context by company executives do not an overarching business strategy make.  This is exactly the kind of thing …
Ars Technica:
Yahoo throws in the search towel  —  The Internet became less interesting today as Yahoo showed signs that it has given up in its battle with Google for best search engine.  The company, while not abandoning its search, isn't expecting to make great inroads with it, either.
Eric Bangeman / Ars Technica:
MPAA admits to unauthorized movie copying  —  What happens when an organization that is best known for inveighing against the unauthorized copying of movies gets caught doing exactly that?  The Motion Picture Association of America was caught with its pants down, admitting to making unauthorized copies …
Mikek / Hacking NetFlix:
Netflix Q4 2005 Results & Webcast Notes  —  Netflix has announced Q4 2005 financial results (click here to view the release).  —  In Q4 2005: … For 2005: … Davis Freeberg at Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection has written an excellent analysis of the news.  —  Follow the link to see my notes from the investor webcast:
Justin Mann /
Netflix to support HD-DVD and BluRay concurrently
Associated Press:
Hacker guilty of taking over PCs for attacks  —  A 20-year-old Southern California hacker admitted Monday to surreptitiously seizing control of hundreds of thousands of Internet-connected computers, using the zombie network to serve pop-up ads and renting it to people who mounted attacks on Web sites and sent out spam.
American owns up to hijacking PCs
Discussion: Moore's Lore
Mark Evans:
Dan Gillmore's Start-Up Lessons  —  Dan Gillmore has a fascinating open letter about why Bayosphere, his citizen media start-up, has stopped spending VC money.  It's a frank and insightful piece on the emerging citizen journalism trend and the trials and tribulations of running a start-up.
Joe Strupp / Editor and Publisher:
TimesSelect Draws About 156,000 Web-Only Subs in First 4 Months  —  NEW YORK About 156,000 people have signed up and paid a special online fee to read The New York Times' columnists since the paper launched its TimesSelect service four months ago, the paper reported Tuesday.
David Shenk / New York Times:
A Growing Web of Watchers Builds a Surveillance Society  —  IT is strangely fitting that President Bush's no-warrant wiretapping came to light during the season of holiday gift buying, much of which took place online.  —  As Washington huffed and puffed over a new erosion of privacy …
Eliot Phillips / Engadget:
How-To: Build a practical HTPC  —  We've seen a lot of home theater PCs latelyand being in need of a new workstation, we decide to build one of our own.  We started planning by looking around to seewhat others had done.  It would be fun to own a HD capable 2TB box , but we're notgoing to drop $7,400.
Discussion: PVRblog and HD Beat
Carlo / Techdirt:
Oh Look, Even More Astroturf  —  Verizon's no stranger to astroturfing, the practice of faking grassroots opinion to further its causes, with a group it supports handing out iPods to people that complain about their cable company, presumably in an effort to support its entrance into the TV business.
Backlash as Google shores up great firewall of China  —  · US search engine agrees to government restrictions  —  · Firm admits inconsistency with its corporate ethics  —  Jonathan Watts in Jinan  —  Google, the world's biggest search engine, will team up with the world's biggest censor …
Tim Wu / Slate:
Keeping Secrets  —  A simple prescription for keeping Google's records out of government hands.  —  In Google's Mountain View, Calif., campus, there's an LCD showing what's being searched for at any moment.  A passing glance may reveal that information on "Depression" "marital counseling …
Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Publisher Network Expanding This Spring  —  Yahoo Publisher Network Expanding This Spring  —  Yahoo is preparing its answer to Google AdSense, the Yahoo Publisher Network, and has been going about the launch of their contextual advertising offering in a slow and careful fashion.

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