from Fan Fare:

Note to Netflix: There’s a recession on

January 27, 2009

NETFLIX/ Netflix Inc <NFLX.O> apparently didn't get the memo: there's a recession on.

The online DVD rental company is aiming for "at least" 12 percent net earnings growth in 2009 and will invest any "surplus profit" -- terms not heard much on Wall Street these days -- in growing its subscriber base and streaming content, Chief Executive Reed Hastings told investors on Monday.

from Summit Notebook:

Your Blockbuster guy is really Movie Cupid

December 5, 2008

In tough times, perhaps the maxim "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" is even more true.

Blockbuster throws its hat into the set-top box ring

November 25, 2008

Blockbuster got into the set-top box game right in time for the holiday season with a new digital media player that brings fewer but newer titles from the Web to TV six months after arch rival Netflix launched its $99 Roku set-top box. Netflix followed that launch with similar partnerships with Tivo, Samsung, LG Electronics and Microsoft.

Netflix sponsors its own Clockwork Orange

October 6, 2008

chariots_of_fire.jpgRemember that scene in the movie “A Clockwork Orange” when they force open Malcolm McDowell’s eyes and make him watch and watch and watch the screen some more?

Ask.com goes for revamp — but will it work?

October 6, 2008

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Barry Diller is not backing down. The media mogul’s IAC/InterActiveCorp has once again relaunched its Ask.com search engine — aiming to increase its share of the lucrative Web search market.

Amazon spills (some) beans on the Google phone

September 23, 2008

google.jpgThanks Amazon! The online retailer put out a release this morning with some juicy details about Google’s new mobile phone — even as we’re still waiting for the official unveiling later today.

Google, Viacom privacy accord leaves unanswered questions

July 15, 2008

masks.jpgGoogle and Viacom reached a late night accord on safeguarding the anonymity of Google YouTube viewers. Google will no longer have to hand over the user names and IP addresses of its viewers.

Microsoft searching for answers

May 20, 2008

microsoft.jpgThe secret is out: What Microsoft¬†wants is Yahoo’s search business. Reuters has reported that the deal now under discussion would have…