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Yahoo! Search blog:
Are you kidding?!  —  There's been a lot of conjecture and confusion today about Yahoo!'s commitment to being the world's best search engine-talk which anyone who's been following the evolution of Yahoo! Search would have realized is... just plain wrong.  —  While some people immediately realized this …
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.
Blathering in the Blogosphere
Thomas Hawk / Thomas Hawk's Digital Connection:
Netflix Continues Online DVD Dominance  —  Davis Freeberg is both a current shareholder and customer of Netflix.  This post should not be construed as financial advice.  —  Netflix reported strong Q4 2005 earnings today and continued to show impressive subscriber growth for their DVD by mail business.
Discussion: HD Beat
Conf Call Transcripts / The Internet Stock Blog:
Netflix Q4 2005 Earnings Conference Call Transcript (NFLX)  —  January 24th 2006, 5:00PM.  —  Executives:  —  Deborah Crawford, Director, Investor Relations  —  Reed Hastings, President and Chief Executive Officer  —  Barry McCarthy, Chief Financial Officer  —  Analysts:
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.
Justin Mann /
Netflix to support HD-DVD and BluRay concurrently
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
Om Malik / Om Malik on Broadband:
iDisney: Jobs With Mouse Ears
Discussion: B2Day
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
David Barboza / New York Times:
Version of Google in China Won't Offer E-Mail or Blogs  —  SHANGHAI, Jan. 24 - Google is bringing a special version of its powerful search engine to China, leaving behind two of its most popular features in the United States.  —  In an effort to cope with China's increasingly pervasive Internet controls …
Guardian:   Backlash as Google shores up great firewall of China
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 …
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
As Gadgets Get It Together, Media Makers Fall Behind  —  AMID the cacophony of the sprawling Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, the main action had little to do with electronics.  Sure, booth after booth claimed to have the biggest TV screen, the smallest music player and the niftiest wireless gizmo.
Discussion: Techdirt and Ramesh Jain's Blog
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.
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 …
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, Download Squad and HD Beat
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Tello - Good Product, Dumb Strategy?  —  Tello has been all over the news since last night.  It hasn't launched yet, but the promise is to allow people within your company and at trusted other companies to see your "presence".  —  This means you can tell if they are using a landline, cell phone or IM application.
Joanna Glasner / Wired News:
Avatars Among Us  —  DEMOCRACY ISLAND — There are certainly more glamorous ways to spend a Friday night than watching an animated version of a computer engineer discuss approaches to harnessing collective intelligence.  —  But, for more than 25 people who showed up here last week …
Ars Technica:
Broadcast Flag praised, panned in Senate hearing  —  By Ken "Caesar" Fisher  —  Introduction  —  The Broadcast Flag was up on the Hill Wednesday for a full hearing in front of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.  The two-hour, two-panel hearing solicited general feedback …

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