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Google just took a page from Twitter’s playbook and made Google+ posts embeddable across the web. Check out this Los Angeles Times story to see what an embed looks like. Google’s social network also extended its author attribution feature, which makes it possible for bloggers to link their Google+ profile to anything they write on a WordPress (check our disclosure) or Typepad blog. Expect many more random head shots to show up in your Google search results any day now.

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Kim Dotcom, the stranger-than-fiction founder of Megaupload.com and its successor Mega.co.nz, is working on a new online music service that is going to be called Baboom. The new service will launch in a few months, according to TorrentFreak, and offer free, ad-supported music as well as a premium offering. Sounds a bit like Spotify, but I’m sure Dotcom will succeed at making it sound a whole lot more controversial.

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Apple isn’t quite ready to launch a new version of its Apple TV device at its press event next Tuesday, says AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka. Instead, it will just tweak the software of the existing Apple TV to make video sharing easier. That report comes after shipping logs indicated that Apple may be getting ready to sell new TV hardware — I guess we’ll have to wait a few more days to see for ourselves.

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Original content seems to be working out pretty well for Netflix, according to a RBC Capital Markets consumer survey unearthed by Variety. 64 percent of Netflix subscribers queried for the survey said they watched Netflix originals over the last three months, and one in five said that original content made up for 50 percent or more of their viewing.

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The major broadcasters have scored a legal victory over FilmOn X, the live TV streaming service formerly known as Aereokiller, with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granting an injunction against the service. FilmOn X has structured its offering after Aereo, which is why the broadcasters may try to use this decision to go after the original. However, as our own Jeff Roberts recently noted, Aereo has been winning in court, and a Supreme Court decision on the matter isn’t expected before 2015.

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Guess who else has a smartwatch: Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs revealed Toq, the company’s own wearable product, at its Uplinq developer conference Wednesday. Toq features advanced display technology based on Qualcomm’s Mirasol tech that lets you use the color display in bright sunlight, as well as an interesting take on charging: Toq’s wireless charger is integrated into the headset carrying case. Toq, which seems to be more developer-focused, is going to be available in limited quantities in the fourth quarter. Check out a demo video on YouTube.

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Beaming media from one device to another is all the rage right now, and Spotify is joining the party: The music subscription service announced the launch of Spotify Connect Tuesday, which will allow users of the Spotify iOS app to launch the playback of their music on a variety speaker systems from manufacturers like Philips, Denon and Bang & Olufsen. What’s in it for Spotify? Possibly more paying customers: Spotify Connect will only be available to premium subscribers.

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Engadget has some interesting details about the next Google TV device coming from Sony: After the company tried everything from integrating the platform into TV sets to Blu-ray players to standalone boxes, it’s now going down the Chromecast route and putting the whole system on a dongle. Except, this one will offer HDMI pass-through for live TV access as well. No word yet when the device will officially be unveiled.

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New York-based direct film distribution platform VHX has raised $3.2 million in funding from Union Square Ventures, William Morris Endeavor and existing investors, reports AllThingsD. The company offers Louis CK-like direct distribution for film makers and standup comedians alike, and its biggest get so far was Aziz Ansari’s comedy special Dangerously Delicious. VHX generated $2 million in revenue last year, and raised $1.25 million in seed funding in June of 2012.

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Love binge watching Netflix shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards? Then you have to thank this guy: The L.A. Times has a great profile of Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who started out as a video store clerk and now has Hollywood all abuzz about releasing entire seasons of a show at once, and refusing to give out ratings. Best choice quote from House of Cards director David Fincher: “When somebody offers you exactly what you’re asking for, be smart enough to say ‘yes.’”

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Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein stumbled across an interesting tidbit in Netflix’s recent 10-Q filing: The company is saying that it may be seeing “higher than initially expected” binge viewing activity for Netflix originals like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Why would it be a bad thing if its shows were really popular, you may ask? Because the money spent on this type of content would amortize faster than planned, and Netflix would eventually have to spend even more on content to keep its subscribers watching.

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“I cannot describe to you the frustration I feel at the way these negotiations have gone. Never in my most pessimistic moments did I ever think that they would have lasted this long and have been so difficult.”

CBS CEO  Les Moonves in a memo to his staff about the ongoing retrans fight with Time Warner Cable.

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