Summary:

Today on the Internet: Amazon is preparing to launch a service that directly competes with Netflix, it turns out that YouTube’s recommendation algorithm is based on Amazon’s, and federal, state and local government agencies will soon be marketed the Brightcove platform.

Amazon Poised to Launch Online Movie Service to Rival Netflix;A service aiming to be Netflix’s first direct competition may go live at the end of February. (LA Times)

YouTube Uses Amazon’s Recommendation Algorithm; A paper presented by 11 Googlers reveals that YouTube switched to a variation of Amazon’s algorithm to drive its own recommendation engine. (Geeking With Greg)

Brightcove Launches Federal Government Initiative; Government IT solutions provider Carahsoft is partnering with Brightcove to market and sell the online video platform to federal, state and local government agencies. (BusinessWire)

Will LoveMakers be the First 30-Minute Web Series Hit?; The creator of Break a Leg is now pitching a new series co-starring Bannen Way‘s Mark Gantt. (Tubefilter)

670 Alleged File-Sharers Off The Hook As BitTorrent Case Dismissed; A suit filed by an adult movie producer has been dismissed with prejudice, freeing every defendant from those charges. (TorrentFreak)

Roku Releases Official Support for USB Drives; (Zatz Not Funny)

Egyptian Protest Footage on YouTube; YouTube and Google are working together to highlight footage and updates from the front lines of demonstrations in Egypt. (YouTube)

Voddler Picks Up Another $8 Million In Funding For VOD, Led By Nokia; Investment means that the Swedish site may be looking to extend its service onto mobile. (PaidContent)

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