Peter Kafka

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YouTube Movie Rentals in Canada, Too

Apparently it’s Web video international expansion day: A few hours after Hulu opened for business in Japan, YouTube has started offering rental movies in Canada (last year, Netflix headed north, too). Last spring, Google’s video site beefed up its barely-there U.S. rental service with more offerings from big studios, though a note from the site hints that it’s not a big deal quite yet: “P.S. (if you’re in the US and forgot we have movies to rent just go to”

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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