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Newswatch 1.21.08: HBO puts shows online

HBO puts its shows online

[Reuters] The service, HBO on Broadband, will make its debut with a much larger library than its cable-based on-demand service in a stab at satisfying increasingly mobile and choosy viewers. It will roll out to Time Warner Cable high-speed Internet customers in Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as a free add-on to HBO and HBO on Demand

The bionic contact lens is here

[MSNBC] Researchers at the University of Washington have created the prototype for a bionic contact lens — recently tested on rabbits — that includes light-emitting diodes, basic wiring for electronic circuits and even a tiny antenna.

Hackers attack power utilities online

[ZDNet] The Washington Post reports that Tom Donahue, the CIA’s top cybersecurity analyst, told an audience of utility security pros: “We do not know who executed these attacks or why, but all involved intrusions through the Internet. We suspect, but cannot confirm, that some of the attackers had the benefit of inside knowledge.

MSFT discloses plans for virtualization strategy

[WSJ] The software giant's moves include the purchase of a Silicon Valley startup called Calista Technologies Inc. Terms of the purchase weren't disclosed. Microsoft is also relaxing some of its licensing policies to allow use of virtualization software with more versions of its Windows Vista operating system and lowering some fees associated with using the technology.

EU: IP addresses are personal info

[AP] Germany's data protection commissioner, Peter Scharr, leads the EU group preparing a report on how well the privacy policies of Internet search engines operated by Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and others comply with EU privacy law.He told a European Parliament hearing on online data protection that when someone is identified by an IP, or Internet protocol, address "then it has to be regarded as personal data."

LA Times fires another editor over cuts

[WSJ] James O'Shea: In discussions about the current and future budgets, it became clear that Publisher David Hiller and I didn't share a common vision for the future of the Los Angeles Times. In fact, we were far apart. So David decided he wanted a new editor. As I've said on numerous occasions over the past 14 months, I intended to stay here and lead this newspaper to the greatness it deserves. But David decided he wanted to terminate my employment and get another editor. I wish the new editor the best.