YouTube Attracts 8.4 Billion Streams In January

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 Online video usage in the U.S. is up significantly from the same time last year as time spent viewing video on a PC/Mac/laptops from home and work locations increased 45 percent, according to a new report from Nielsen. The number of unique online video viewers only increased by 3.1% from last January, but the level of activity was up as …

Google TV Gets Improved Netflix and Remote Apps, Better Movie Search and Screen Sizing

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Today, Google began pushing out its first software update for Google TV. The update fixed a few bugs, and added some other new interesting features.  "We’ve partnered up with our friends at Netflix to upgrade the app so that you can search, browse and watch any movie or show that is in the Netflix streaming catalog," says Google TV Product …

Netflix Users: Time Warner Considering Delays Longer Than 28 Days

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Netflix and Redbox customers might have to wait even longer to get a Warner Bros new release from their queue, as Time Warner is thinking about upping the wait time. Would you consider dropping Netflix if they don’t feature timely new releases? Let us know. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said, "So far the 28-day window has clearly been a …

LinkedIn Adds Former Ask.com CEO to Its Board of Directors

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LinkedIn has added Skip Battle, the former CEO of Ask.com and a current board member of Netflix and Expedia.com, to its board of directors. Battle is the first independent director to join LinkedIn. According to Reuters, the 66 year old former executive joined the LinkedIn board several weeks ago, but the addition is only being announced today. The LinkedIn board …

FRIDAY POLL: Which iPad Apps are You Most Excited About?

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Yes, it’s that time once again, folks — time for the Weekly Poll! So… Have you heard about this thing called the iPad? I think it’s coming out… tomorrow? Yeah, with Steve Jobs’s shiny baby popping up all over TV, pre-orders rolling in and folks already in line to snag one (even if they are professional line-sitters), you’d have to …

Netflix via Wii Is Almost Here

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Netflix has announced that it’s entered the final stages for the rollout of Netflix for the Wii. Starting in the next few days, several lucky customers are going to get the new Netflix via Wii to so that Netflix can gather final feedback. The announcement, from Netflix Vice President of Marketing Jessie Becker, is short but sweet: starting today, Netflix …

Privacy Concerns Put the Kibosh on the Netflix Prize

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Amid class-action lawsuits over privacy and subsequent FTC inquiries, Netflix announced today that it will not be pursuing the next Netflix Prize. For more than three years, individuals competed to win the $1 million Netflix Prize, in the process improving the company’s algorithm for recommending movies to its users. When the results were first announced last summer, Netflix followed them …