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Newswatch 1.8.08: Blu-Ray wins, who cares?

Posted by Richard Koman - January 8, 2008

Comcast will offer huge movie library on demand
[NYT] The plan, which Brian L. Roberts, the chairman and chief executive of the Comcast Corporation, will describe in a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is aimed at making a nearly limitless supply of movies and television shows available on television, where Comcast subscribers could view them on demand, and through the Internet, where anyone with Web access could watch them.

Blu-Ray wins, who cares?
[Forbes] With Apple, Amazon.com, NetFlix and Microsoft pushing downloadable movies and cable and phone companies peddling a plethora of on-demand, high-definition content, the day is coming when the stacks of plain vanilla DVDs that clutter many home entertainment centers will go the way of the CD collection.

AAPL releases new MacPro, XServe
[InfoWeek] Both new products are under $3,000 and come standard with two Intel Xeon quad-core chips, codenamed Harpertown, which were released only last month. Last year, the same custom design would have cost $4,000. "One of the advantages in using Harpertown is that it packs a lot more performance per watt in the same thermal envelope," said Apple's Tom Boger.

Wikia Search sucks
[TechCrunch] Many of us have waited a year as the Jimmy Wales hype machine promised a human powered search engine that could take on Google. [Last night] that search engine launched at alpha.search.wikia.com , and it may be one of the biggest disappointments I’ve had the displeasure of reviewing.

MSFT searches for enterprise search with $1.2B deal
[GigaOM] Microsoft is bolstering its enterprise search with an offer to buy Norway’s Fast Search & Transfer ASA in a cash deal valued at 6.6 billion Norwegian kroner ($1.2 billion). The deal is aimed at increasing functionality in Microsoft’s business software, as well as acting as a beachhead for Redmond in the enterprise search market.

Sears sued over date breach
[CompWorld] - Sears Holdings Corp. is facing a class-action lawsuit after making the purchase history of its customers public on its Managemyhome.com Web site. The lawsuit seeks damages as well as an accounting by Sears to determine whether the Web site was misused by criminals. It was filed on Friday by New Jersey resident Christine Desantis, who is represented by KamberEdelson LLC, a technology law firm.

CSCO brings social networking to big media
[News.com] The new software called Eos, which stands for entertainment operating system, will allow media and content companies to build online communities for niche groups. Specifically, the software will help these companies monitor the community's interaction with each other and the content itself.

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