John Paczkowski

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Amazon Announces Video Service You May Actually Want to Use, Redux

Apple’s iTunes movie store just got its first legitimate rival: Amazon Video on Demand. Launched Wednesday night, the new service replaces
Amazon Unbox, the mediocre, odiously restrictive, Windows-only download service the retailer launched last year. Amazon Video on Demand offers Amazon’s entire catalog of 40,000 movies and TV shows for ad-free streaming to Macs, PCs, and Internet Video Link-equiped Sony Bravia flat-screen TVs. Previously Amazon (AMZN) had sold movies and TV shows as downloads, and then only for PCs, TiVo and Windows Media Center devices, so this is quite a change. Movie rentals run $2.99-$3.99; TV rentals are a flat $1.99 per episode or segment–with savings available through season passes. All rentals expire 24 hours after purchase.

One-click cinema. Sounds pretty slick. At least until we find out what Apple has up its sleeve next Tuesday.

Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik