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1:05 AM ET, September 19, 2011

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Reed Hastings / The Official Netflix Blog:
An Explanation and Some Reflections  —  I messed up.  I owe everyone an explanation.  —  It is clear from the feedback over the past two months that many members felt we lacked respect and humility in the way we announced the separation of DVD and streaming, and the price changes.
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Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Breaking: Netflix Splits DVD And Streaming Businesses; Creates Qwikster For DVDs  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings just dropped a bombshell.  In the wake of a rapid decline in Netflix's stock price last week, Hastings is taking a bold step by separating the DVD and video streaming services.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
Netflix renames DVD-by-mail service ‘Qwikster,’ will add video games  —  Netflix is dead; long live Netflix.  That's the message from CEO Reed Hastings, who announced in a blog post tonight that Netflix's DVD-by-mail business will be split off and renamed “Qwikster” in “a few weeks,” while Netflix will focus on streaming video.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wallet Likely Launching Tomorrow  —  Last week, Google posted an awesome teaser video for Google Wallet featuring George Costanza.  The implication: Google Wallet would finally be launching soon.  Now we think we know when: tomorrow.  —  As you can see in the above image …
Horace Dediu / asymco:
OS turning circles: Questioning Windows' maneuverability  —  I'm glad Windows 8 is named the way it is.  With Windows 7 Microsoft went to a numbering system which is much more rational than the mixed naming of the past.  The number 8 actually corresponds to the actual sequential number of major versions of Windows released to date.
Discussion: Technologizer
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Jean-Louis Gassée / Monday Note:
Windows 8: BFD — Big Forking Decision  —  Whether we're living in a post-PC world, as many think today when they look at growth rates and profits, or it's PC-Plus, For Ever, as Microsoft's very literate chief ideologue staunchly maintains, it doesn't really matter.
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
The $99 TouchPad Returns To HP's Employee Purchasing Program On Sept 28th  —  It's not very often I get to write that it's a good day to be an HP employee.  But it's also not everyday that HP employees are offered some of the last TouchPads.  —  The company is set to release a final batch …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Facebook Is Expected to Unveil Media-Sharing Service  —  For cloud-based digital music services like Spotify and Rhapsody, which stream millions of songs but have struggled to sign up large numbers of paying users, being friended by Facebook could prove to be a mixed blessing.
Discussion: CNET News
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Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Sequoia's Doug Leone: We Are ‘Thrilled’ To Be Investors In Color, ‘Stay Tuned’ For The Pivot  —  It's no secret that there's been a major amount of controversy surrounding Color, the photo sharing app that launched earlier this year with $41 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, Bain Capital …
Thanks:leenarao
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Google's Schmidt Urges Support for Jobs Bill, Stimulus  —  Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) — Google Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt said lawmakers should approve more government stimulus to prompt companies to hire, and called the political focus on cutting spending “ludicrous.”
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Philip Su / The World As Best As I Remember It:
Bada Bing, Bada Boom  —  With all the hubbub and speculation surrounding Yahoo these days (did you know that employees yodel at the end of their company meetings?), I thought I'd take some time to reflect on the two years I spent in Bing.  I was reminded of Bing today during a depressing conversation …
Siobhan Dowling / Guardian:
Pirate party snatches seats in Berlin state election  —  Irreverent campaign that initially focused on filesharing, data protection and censorship draws 8.5% of vote, exit polls indicate  —  An upstart band of internet freedom activists are to enter Berlin's state parliament …
Semil Shah / TechCrunch:
The Mobile Picture Wars, The Moskovitz Manifesto, And Other Big Themes From TC Disrupt SF  —  TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 is over.  After three days of launches, pivots, interviews, and demos, I've finally had a chance to catch up on sleep and digest what just happened.
 
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Michael Riley / Business Week:
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Seth Sternberg / TechCrunch:
Search Wars? Just Wait For The Social Wars.
Matt McGee / Search Engine Land:
Google Testing New Celebrity Endorsement Advertising Program
Discussion: PC Magazine, Thanks:steverubel
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
955 Dreams Brings Elegance, Disruption To Music Discovery With Band Of The Day
Discussion: Apple Gazette
 Earlier Items: 
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why Twitter doesn't care what your real name is
Thanks:mathewi
Anand Lal Shimpi / AnandTech:
Intel's Ivy Bridge Architecture Exposed
Discussion: MacRumors
Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
PE firms circling AOL turn attention to Yahoo
Paul McNamara / Network World:
Has Google's CEO stopped using Google+?
Discussion: CNET News, Gizmodo and @jspepper
 

 
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Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
CNN signs a deal to use AP stories on its website, the first time it has done so since cutting ties 14 years ago to focus more on original reporting

Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
The National Music Publishers' Association files an FTC complaint against Spotify, saying Spotify's decision to offer audiobooks reduced songwriters' royalties

Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Sony Pictures Entertainment buys Alamo Drafthouse Cinema; 35 cinemas will keep operating under the Alamo brand, and Alamo's Michael Kustermann will remain CEO

 
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