Report: Netflix To Stream iPhone
Multichannel News reports that Netflix DVD service will soon begin offering its Watch Instantly streaming service on iPhones, iPod Touch and Nintendo Wii. The streaming service currently offers fewer titles than the DVD-by-mail version, with the most popular titles conspicuously missing. However, Watch Instantly titles are included at no extra cost over the base Netflix subscription unlike iTunes titles which are available on a pay-per-view basis. Another major difference is that iTunes titles are downloaded, while the Netflix system streams the content without storing it on the device. Pundits expect the service would only be offered while connected via WiFi.
Snow Leopard No. 1 Pre-Order
The Unoffical Apple Weblog reports that Snow Leopard, the upcoming new Apple operating system, is currently the No. 1 pre-order item at Amazon. Although a release date for the software has not been announced, the $29, highly anticipated upgrade is expected sometime in September. The Apple product is due approximately one month before the launch of Microsoft’s new Windows 7. Www.tuaw.com’s Dave Caolo says, “Microsoft hopes to dig itself out of the hole created by public reaction to Vista, while Appe is giving Mac OS X Leopard a shine.”
Pandora & Katz Team For Audio Ads
Online music discovery radio channel Pandora Media has pacted with Katz Online Network, a Clear Channel subsidiary. Katz will begin selling audio ads for the network along with Pandora’s in-house team. Pandora, which generates playlists based upon musical preferences, claims over 11 million monthly unique visitors and 30 million registered listeners. Its database currently contains over 600,000 songs. Pandora users can listen to 40 hours of free music per month that includes visual and audio advertisements. A $36 annual fee option provides unlimited music, removes the ads and provides a higher audio quality stream.
Twitter Filtering Links
Without fanfare, Twitter has begun new security measures aimed at cleaning malware links included in tweets. The Wall Street Journal, reports that online security firm F-secure says Twitter “is increasingly targeted by worms, spam and account hijacking.” The new system is designed to safeguard against such links. Offending tweets are now deleted and replaced with the message, “Oops! Your tweet conatined a URL to a known malware site!”
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