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Amazon Buys European Streaming Movie Service Lovefilm

Amazon, which already owned 42 percent of European Web movie service Lovefilm, has picked up the rest of the company, too. The Financial Times pegs the value of the deal at $312 million. Apparently it’s a legal requirement to describe Lovefilm as “the Netflix of Europe,” so there you go. Netflix itself isn’t in Europe, but international expansion is on the company’s agenda.


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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus