s.d. writes: Abandoning a break-up plan it announced last month, Netflix said Monday morning that it had decided to keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together under one name and one Web site. "We underestimated the appeal of the single web site and a single service," Steve Swasey, a Netflix spokesman, said in a telephone interview. He quickly added: "We greatly underestimated it." Mr. Swasey said that the Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings declined an interview request. But in a statement, Mr. Hastings said, "Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that. There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case."
s.d. writes: Supercomputing 2009, held in Portland, Oregon this fall from November 14th-20th, announced this morning that Al Gore will deliver the conference keynote address (pdf of announcement): "Al Gore has been a champion of applied computing technology for more than two decades," said Dr. Wilfred Pinfold, General Chair of SC09. "The High Performance Computing and Communication Act of 1991, often referred to as 'The Gore Bill' was undoubtedly a milestone in Internet history. That bill led to formation of the National Information Infrastructure (NII), which Gore labeled the Information
Superhighway. We are honored to name Al Gore as our SC09 keynote speaker."