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Pieree Omidyar’s philantrophic investment company has given $500,000 to a Kenya-based TV show called the XYZ Show as part of its latest round of technology investments. The grant is supposed to help XYZ to expand its mobile and online offerings and fund its next season. Read more »

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With the U.S. team, Mexico and many others heading home, will online traffic for World Cup streams and Twitter live updates plummet? First stats seem to signal that interest in the tournament is ebbing off, but the U.S. team’s last game still saw some significant traffic. Read more »

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uTorrent, known as one of the most popular and P2P file sharing clients for Windows, is coming to the Mac: A first 1.0 stable version is available now for download, and uTorrent maker BitTorrent Inc. is planing to soon offer feature parity between the two versions. Read more »

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RapidShare used to reward users for generating traffic with hugely popular free downloads, but the one-click-hoster is now revamping its offerings to move into a different direction: Content owners will be able to sell files, making it essentially possible to launch download stores powered by RapidShare. Read more »

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Amazon’s new iPad and iPhone apps let users play audio and video clips within select book titles. The online retailer currently only offers about a dozen titles with such multimedia enhancements, but the update could mean that the next Kindle will support video playback as well. Read more »

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Roku users could soon have access to VOD and linear programming offered by their cable TV operator, thanks to a new partnership between the set-top box maker and TV start-up Clearleap. The partnership also paves the way for Roku to work closer with pay TV operators. Read more »

YouTube has scored a victory in the copyright infringement lawsuit waged against it by Viacom, but the biggest winner of the day may be the DMCA — the 1998 law that was at the core of Google’s defense and that has been called outdated by some. Read more »

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The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has just granted YouTube’s motion for summary judgment against Viacom, meaning that the site is off the hook in Viacom’s billion-dollar copyright infringement case. Read more »

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Three strikes and you’re out used to be the entertainment industry’s favorite approach against P2P piracy. However, with more and more people moving towards one-click hosters, Paramount COO Frederick Huntsberry is now calling three strikes ineffective, instead calling for laws to have ISPs block pirate websites. Read more »

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Comcast and NBC secured a number of well-know supporters for their proposed merger, but today’s FCC comment filing deadline was also used by a number of companies, labor unions and public interest groups to express opposition to the idea of both companies joining forces. Read more »

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The World Cup has been a big traffic machine for ESPN3. The broadband network tracked close to 800,000 soccer fans tuning in for the match between the U.S. and Slovenia. Competitor Univisionfutbol.com on the other hand had its best day when Mexico faced off against France. Read more »

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FFmpeg released a new version 0.6 with support for Google’s open source WebM video codec this week. FFmpeg is a suite of tools and libraries that is an important backbone of many well-known video players, transcoding applications and even TV platforms like Boxee, VLC and MPlayer. Read more »

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Still don’t know what Google TV is all about? The company wants to explain it to you in detail, and it has released a new video tour to do so. The video features various third-party content sources compatible with Google TV, but Hulu.com is notably absent. Read more »

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Boxee’s set-top box was scheduled to go on sale this month, but the device won’t actually hit stores until November, the company has announced. Boxee CEO Avner Ronen told us that there were delays in the software production schedule, but he didn’t want to point fingers. Read more »

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The 2010 World Cup in South Africa started today, and Twitter is already seeing huge traffic from fans all over the world chiming in, with up to 150,000 tweets per hour. And Twitter has acknowledged that it’s already struggling with availability issues. Read more »

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Apple’s new iPhone 4 features 720p HD recording, a built-in LED spotlight and the ability to edit videos on the spot through a dedicated iPhone version of iMovie. All of those features should make Cisco pretty nervous as they make the company’s Flip camcorder look outdated. Read more »

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Netflix is rolling out a free iPhone app, the company’s CEO Reed Hastings announced during Apple’s WWDC keynote event today. The new app will offer access to the entire Netflix VOD catalog via instant queue and search and also offer streaming through AT&T’s 3G network. Read more »

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Comments on YouTube can be pretty rowdy at times. Good thing that YouTube publishers now have a new tool at their disposal to surface good contributions, guide the discussion and even get some interesting feedback on their own work, thanks to YouTube’s integration of Google Moderator. Read more »

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