The evolution of the NetFlix envelope — The key to Netflix's lean operations is its lightweight, versatile mailer. Here's how 7 years of tweaking paid off. — SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0 Magazine) - When the DVD first came out, Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings had a key insight:
Discussion: Web Strategy
Jeremiah Owyang / Web Strategy: The FUTURE of the NetFlix Envelope (Simulated Image)
Robert X. Cringely / pbs.org:
Native Speaker: — There May Be an End-run for Apple Around Windows After All — Dave Winer, in his NerdTV interview several months back, said that he viewed his software developer job as giving customers whatever they want. It wasn't his job to say "no" to customers, but rather to say …
Discussion: FuzzyBlog, Scripting News, Daring Fireball and The Tao of Mac
J. Scott Johnson / FuzzyBlog: The Fallacy of Dual Boot
Saul Hansell / New York Times:
Chief of Ask Jeeves to Lead Microsoft's Internet Unit — Microsoft has hired Steven Berkowitz, the chief executive of Ask Jeeves, to run its floundering Internet division, Microsoft said yesterday. — Mr. Berkowitz became president of Ask Jeeves in 2001 and chief executive in 2003.
Discussion: Search Engine Watch Blog, Charlene Li's Blog and paidContent.org
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Watch Blog: Ask.com Chief Steve Berkowitz Jumps Ship To Microsoft's MSN
Charlene Li / Charlene Li's Blog: CEO of Ask.com moves to Microsoft
Fred / A VC:
Google - Oh My — Google posted the following numbers yesterday: — Quarterly revenues - $2.25bn, up 79% year over year — Quarterly EBITDA - $1bn - up 86% year over year — Now let's just take a second to comprehend those numbers. — We are witnessing a business that is approaching $10bn …
Discussion: Microsoft Monitor, eBay Strategies, B2Day, buygoogle.com and chew shop
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Monitor: WHEN GIANTS TALK — The giant in the story "Jack and the Beanstalk" …
Scot Wingo / eBay Strategies: eHoo/yBay - one step closer!
Erick Schonfeld / B2Day: The Quarter: Google Versus Yahoo
Brad Robertson / chew shop: GOOG Q1 Call
My Virtual Life — A journey into a place in cyberspace where thousands of people have imaginary lives. Some even make a good living. Big advertisers are taking notice — As I step onto the polished wood floor of the peaceful Chinese country house, a fountain gurgles softly …
Discussion: Terra Nova, michael parekh on IT, Clickable Culture, we make money not art, SharkJumping, VTOR and ben barren
Ren Reynolds / Terra Nova: The Epistemology of Anshe — Second Life's Anshe is on fire when it comes to PR.
Tony Walsh / Clickable Culture: BusinessWeek on 'Second Life'
Sean Ryan / SharkJumping: Tringo in Business Week - ITV Deal as well
JohnnyRS / VTOR - Virtual TO Reality: Second life in the news
Redbarren / ben barren: Live your 1st Life for Art : 2nd for Money
Ryan Block / Engadget Mobile:
Motorola's RAZR 2 / Canary pics! — Remember The Boy Genius, the dude who scored those CDMA Q shots way back in the year 2005? He's back, and hooked us up with some shots of Motorola's Canary, what we understand to be the true successor to the RAZR. Contrary to prior reports that this thing …
Discussion: iTech News Net and MobHappy
Carlo Longino / MobHappy: The RAZR's Successor, or, More Of The Same
eBay's Google guard: Yahoo or Microsoft? — eBay has had talks with both Yahoo and Microsoft to determine whether one of them might be a suitable ally against common threats from Google, The Wall Street Journal said Friday. — "After years of working closely with the search giant …
Om Malik / GigaOM:
In McKinsey We Trust.. oh oh
In McKinsey We Trust.. oh oh
Discussion: Clickety Clack, IP Democracy, Search Engine Watch Blog and Screenwerk
Cynthia Brumfield / IP Democracy: Microsoft, eBay, Yahoo! Gang Up on Google
Barry Schwartz / Search Engine Watch Blog: eBay Wants To Team Up With Yahoo And/Or Microsoft To Compete Against Google?
Greg Sterling / Screenwerk: Friday Minimalism — Sort Of
Marc Perton / Engadget:
Apple's iTunes pricing to stay at 99 cents — Apple Computer's Steve Jobs has apparently won his long-running battle with the record industry over the pricing of songs in the iTunes Music Store. Jobs has long insisted that the store's 99-cents-per-song price point should stay in place …
Discussion: robhyndman.com, Good Morning Silicon Valley and Techdirt
Rob Hyndman / robhyndman.com: More on the iTunes Pricing Negotiations
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley: Ha! Your Shaolin-style greed is no match for my Iron Claw Obstinacy
Anne Broache / CNET News.com:
U.S. attorney general calls for 'reasonable' data retention — ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The failure of some Internet service providers to retain user logs for a "reasonable amount of time" is hampering investigations into gruesome online sex crimes, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Thursday …
Discussion: GigaLaw.com Daily News
Declan McCullagh / CNET News.com:
Gonzales calls for mandatory Web labeling law
Gonzales calls for mandatory Web labeling law
Discussion: UMBC eBiquity Blog, Good Morning Silicon Valley and Boing Boing
John Paczkowski / Good Morning Silicon Valley: Maybe you could outsource compliance and enforcement to the Chinese
Xeni Jardin / Boing Boing: Bush administration wants mandatory website labeling
Jason Calacanis / Weblogs, Inc.:
Moving on up at WIN: Judith Meskill and Brad Hill take on new roles. — We've had a massive growth spurt in 2006 here at Weblogs, Inc. and as a result we're bumping people up. I'm thrilled to report two promotions today that will have a huge impact on both the growth of our business and our ability to produce quality blogs.
Discussion: Marc's Voice
TSA: Computer glitch led to Atlanta airport scare — ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — A bomb scare that led authorities to evacuate security checkpoints at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on Wednesday was the result of a "software malfunction," Transportation Security Administration Director Kip Hawley said.
Discussion: Schneier on Security and Techdirt
Richard MacManus / Web 2.0 Explorer:
Why Google is extending RSS — Jeff Jarvis picked up on my post the other day about GData, Google's new syndication protocol which is an extension of both RSS and Atom. Like most people, Jeff isn't sure what this means - and neither is Dave Winer. I'm in the same boat …
Discussion: Read/WriteWeb, BuzzMachine, FuzzyBlog, paradox1x and Google Code Blog
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine: Google's syndication protocol
J. Scott Johnson / FuzzyBlog: Thank You Jeff, Dave, Maurice
Kyle Marvin / Google Code Blog: Google Calendar data API: time to start coding!
James Orry / pro-g.co.uk:
Xbox Live Arcade to get MAME and SEGA games — The Buzz: A Microsoft staffer, wishing to remain anonymous, has revealed that MAME and games from SEGA are heading to Xbox Live Arcade. — Speaking to SPOnG, a Microsoft source close to the Xbox Live Arcade project has spilled the beans …
Discussion: Xbox 360 Fanboy
Adams Briscoe / Xbox 360 Fanboy: Rumor: SEGA and MAME heading to Xbox Live
Loren Baker / Search Engine Journal:
Yahoo Visual Timeline 1996-2006 — Building upon Philipp's idea, which is as simple as it is unique, I thought that since Google was dominating so much search engine oriented news recently that it's time to give a bit of attention to Yahoo. — Here is the visual screen capture timeline of Yahoo.com …
Discussion: SEOmoz, Google Blogoscoped and The Unofficial Yahoo Weblog
Chris Price / The Unofficial Yahoo Weblog: Cool Yahoo! Homepage Timeline
Simon Burns / vnunet:
Microsoft to upgrade Xbox 360 CPU — New CPU technology can reduce temperature and lower cost — Microsoft will upgrade the CPU used in its Xbox 360 games console early next year, the CPU's manufacturer announced today. — The new CPU will be built using technology that can reduce heat …
Discussion: Gizmodo, InsideMicrosoft and Bink.nu
Nathan Weinberg / InsideMicrosoft: XBOX 360 GETTING UPGRADED CPUS
Might McNealy step down at Sun? — PRESSURE BUILDS FOR DEEP JOB CUTS — After years of struggling financially, Sun Microsystems is facing such fierce pressure that some investors and analysts are calling for large layoffs, fueling rumors that co-founder and Chief Executive Scott McNealy could step aside.
Oliver / MobileCrunch:
Alltel Introduces "Limited" "Unlimited Free Calling" with "My Circle Plan" — By offering unlimited free calls to ten pre-selected numbers with their new "My Circle" plan, Alltel hopes to increase ARPU and offset off-net settlement charges resulting in overall improved profits off of their voice customers.
Discussion: The Wireless Report and Engadget Mobile
Michael Sciannamea / The Wireless Report: Alltel launches "My Circle" wireless calling plan
Paul Miller / Engadget Mobile: With "My Circle" everyone is welcome at Alltel
Andrew McLaughlin / eHomeUpgrade:
Seagate Readying a 750GB Perpendicular Barracuda Drive — Someone with a fast hand over at Dailytech noticed that Seagate accidentally released a PDF specification of their new 750GB Barracuda drives. These new drives will be available in both PATA and SATA based on the new perpendicular …
Discussion: Ubergizmo, Engadget, Gizmodo and jkOnTheRun
Hugo 'poogie' Ortega / Uber Tablet:
Hugo Ortega spends time with the Lenovo X41 — Tonight my intention is to review the Lenovo X41 Tablet PC. Having not been a great fan of "reviews" in the past I've often struggled to put my own thoughts into a review. My biggest dilemma with reading a review is deciphering whether I'm with the reviewer, or against.
Kevin C. Tofel / jkOnTheRun: Lenovo's X41 Tablet leaves Hugo wanting more
Scott Karp / Publishing 2.0:
Technorati Top 100 Is Changing Radically — Have you checked out the Technorati Top 100 (by unique links) lately? It's starting to change in very interesting ways. — First, Dave Winer is gone. That's right — Scripting News is no longer a top 100 blog. — So what knocked him off?
Your mail is here, come and get it!:
What do hippopotami have to do with Windows Live Mail? Lots. — Hello, everyone! My name is Ben Poon and I'm the Beta Program Manager for Windows Live Mail. I've waited a long time to introduce myself to all of you because I wanted to have something great to share on my first post here.
Kip Kniskern / LiveSide: Windows Live Mail beta expands: African Safari Giveaway!