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Pokemon coming to Netflix on March 1 for the big kid in all of us

Pokemon fans rejoice, some of the classic episodes of the Japanese animation are headed to Netflix on March 1. While Hulu still offers a much wider selection, Netflix will at least be showing the first season in more than just the U.S., with it being available in the UK, Canada and Ireland as well. U.S. fans will also be treated to season 14, Black and White.

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LOVEFiLM Instant becoming Amazon Prime Instant Video in the UK and Germany

Amazon's European based LOVEFiLM Instant online video service is to merge with Amazon Prime to become Prime Instant Video beginning February 26. The move echoes the way Amazon handles its business in the U.S. and anyone new to Amazon Prime in the next 5 days will lock in a special deal price of just £49 per year. After that the price rises to £79.

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iTunes Festival coming to SXSW: Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, ZEDD, and more!

Apple is bringing their iTunes Festival to the South-by-South-West (SXSW) festival this year. Running five nights, from March 11 to March 15, 2014, the current lineup includes Coldplay, Imagine Dragons, Pitbull, Keith Urban, and ZEDD, with more to come.

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Hip Hop pioneers De La Soul give away their back catalog, but act quick!

De La Soul is back and they're giving away most of their back catalog to promote the release of their forthcoming album You're Welcome, their first album in a decade. But you have to act quick, because the music's only available for one day.

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House of Cards season 2 now available, fire up the Apple TV!

Today, February 14, is an important day for many of us; House of Cards season 2 is available on Netflix! As of 12.01am PST the entire 13 episode collection was pushed live to binge on at your leisure. What is our own preferred way to watch? Why, the Apple TV, of course!

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Want to transcode Blu-Ray/DVD to MP4 video using disc images? Now there's a script for that!

Back in November, the legendary Don Melton sat down with me to record Vector 22: transcoding video, all about getting the best-possible results for personal use. Don was kind enough to formalize some scripts to help move media from Blu-Ray/DVD to MP4 format, namely, "transcode video file" and "detect crop". Well, Don's now updated both to version 2.0:

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Understanding Apple: When reporting doesn't seem to lead to insight

UPDATE: The quoted material is from an article in the New Yorker, not an excerpt of the forthcoming book, Haunted Empire: Apple after Steve Jobs. I've updated it to reflect that. I regret the error, apologize for it, and won't judge the book based on the contents of the article.

I've often wondered if reporting on Apple — getting sourced information and writing it up — automatically led to understanding Apple as part of the process. This following article from the New Yorker leads me to believe that's not necessarily the case. And that makes me sad. From The New Yorker:

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No Superbowl ad from Apple, but if you download 'Invisible' by U2 from iTunes today, Bank of America will give $1 to (RED)

Apple chose not to make a new Superbowl commercial this year, not to pay homage to the 30th anniversary of their iconic 1984 spot, but iTunes did team up with U2 and Bank of America to offer a $1 donation to the Product (RED) charity for every download today.

The #NewU2Song "Invisible" is here. For 24 hours, download "Invisible" free on iTunes to help (RED) in the fight against AIDS. (Expires 2/3 @ 11:59 ET).

If you want the song, and want to help, act fast.

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CSS Animation hits Kickstarter: Back your way to better websites now!

Vicki Murley worked on the iPhone and was Apple's Safari Technology Evangelist before leaving to start her own book company. Her first project, CSS Transforms, was marvelous, and her follow up, CSS Animations, looks to be even better. This time, however, she needs our help to make it a reality. Kickstarter:

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Horizontal vs. vertical lock-in: Until DRM dies, iTunes is no worse than Google or Amazon

Horizontal lock-ins are harder to see than vertical ones. When you buy a movie or TV show or book from iTunes, you know it'll only work on Apple devices. If you own anything else, all that content might as well be dead to you. When you buy a movie or TV show or book from Amazon or Google, however, it can feel like a safer investment, like you can play it anywhere and on anything. But it only seems that way. The truth is, you can only ever play your content on the devices the content and service provider — any provider — allows you to play them on, and only for as long as they allow it. We're just as locked to Google's will and servers, and Amazon's, and anyone else's. And we will be until such time as DRM (Digital Rights Management) is dead.

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