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Submission + - Amazon looking into taking on Netflix (

PolygamousRanchKid writes: Jeff Bezos and his team at Amazon are weighing a move to beef up the Web retailer's video-streaming service possibly carving it out as a standalone, subscription-based operation, industry sources told The Post. The Internet retailer does have a paid video-on-demand movie and TV service — but the streaming service would be different. "The big issue is their bundled media service," said one digital media executive. "The subscription service, with the goodies being free video, is contractually an issue for the licensers." Tinseltown talent doesn’t like being a loss-leader for Amazon shipments of everything from diapers to digital devices.

Word that Bezos may be looking to add muscle to its video service comes nearly one year after Amazon launched Instant Video last February. In July, Amazon paid CBS around $100 million for 2,000 hours of TV shows. It then followed up with deals for Fox content such as "Arrested Development,"and with Disney and NBCUniversal. Paul Verna, senior analyst at eMarketer, said: "Amazon is aggressively pursuing the same content strategy as Netflix and is spending a lot upfront to try to secure exclusivity. They won't always get it, but they need to differentiate themselves."


Submission + - Microsoft's server boss talks Azure and more (Q&am (

hodet writes: Interview with Bob Muglia on Windows Azure

From TFA:
After two years of building Windows Azure, Server and Tools President Bob Muglia said yesterday that the cloud operating system is ready for business customers of all sizes to give it a try. At its annual Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft announced several new Azure features including the ability to move existing applications and virtual machines into Microsoft's hosted service.

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Submission + - Creepy Facebook adds friend stalker tool (

nk497 writes: Facebook has added a new tool that brings together conversations and photos between friends onto a single page, but — as usual — has crossed the creepy line. Not only does clicking the See Friendship tool let users view photos, comments and events shared between themselves and their friend, but it offers a search tool to do the same between any two mutual friends, making it easy to see everything any two people have ever said to each other Facebook. As usual, the site should have tested the function out on their users first, with one saying: “I’ve always wanted this! And yes, I’m a creepy stalker.” Also, as usual for Facebook, all users are automatically opted in, and there's currently no obvious way to turn it off.

Submission + - Belgium prosecutes the church of Scientology writes: "The Belgian Federal Judicial Authorities plans to prosecute the church of Scientology. The church is accused of being a criminal organisation which involves itself with extortion, fraud, unfair trading, violation of privacy laws and unlawfully practicing medicine. Both the Belgian and the European departement should be brought to court, according to the authorities. An investigation has been started in 1999 after former Scientologists complained about extortion by the church, this investigation has now been completed and the authorities want the case to be put through. The Belgians call this case a world's first. In some countries, including the US, the church of Scientology is officially recognised as a religion, with high-profile followers such as Tom Cruise and John Travolta."
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Submission + - Apple holds out on resellers 1

An anonymous reader writes: Anecdotal evidence from Australian consumers indicates Apple are holding back stock from their resellers, while shipping from their online store in record time. A workmate ordered a MBP 8 weeks ago from a reputable reseller who has been saying each week 'apple say they have no stock, they won't tell us when our orders will be filled', yet people ordering from the Apple online store are receiving their laptops within 1-2 business days. My workmate canceled his order on wednesday and ordered online, he just received his laptop today (friday), after phoning the reseller they still have no word on when stock will be coming through. Forum posters from around the state indicate similar issues.

How many Bavarian Illuminati does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Three: one to screw it in, and one to confuse the issue.