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Netflix braces for rivals’ onrush in 2012

Netflix braces for rivals' onrush in 2012
After its missteps of earlier this year, Netflix will face an increasing roster of competitors for streaming video content directly to consumers' television sets, according to an analysis of the digital video-on-demand scene. From powerful tech companies such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft to Hollywood studios, Hulu and incumbent multichannel providers, Netflix's dominance will be severely tested. Variety (subscription required


Appeals court upholds law protecting telecoms

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a 2008 law that grants telecoms immunity from lawsuits based on complaints arising from their role in aiding government surveillance efforts. Judge M. Margaret McKeown cited a Senate intelligence panel, which said that without immunity, "the private sector might be unwilling to cooperate with lawful government requests in the future." Reuters (12/29), The Washington Post/The Associated Press

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