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Movies

Submission + - Wal-mart abandons its movie download service (nytimes.com) 1

s.ripley writes: Wal-mart has announced that it has closed its movie download service and turned everything over to Netflix.

Does this make Netflix the official on-line movie Goliath, and the rumoured iTunes movies the giant-killer, which is in turn the Goliath of digital music, up against Amazon's Unbox as David, itself the Goliath of on-line book sales, up against...\insert picture of snake eating its tail\

Robotics

Submission + - From Dream to Marketplace: Flying Robot's Inventor

egadfly writes: "Sean Frawley was still in high school when the vision hit him: he would create a robot that flies by flapping its wings. In this interview, the now 22 year old Frawley traces his invention of the Dragonfly — from brainstorm to mass production. He describes creating a practical fly weight by painstakingly shaving plastic from the gears of his prototype , experimenting with carbon fiber for durability, and finding a Pacific Rim manufacturer to produce a low-cost version of the toy. He has walked where many of us dream of going."

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