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ONLINE SERVICES/INTERACTIVE MEDIA

Twitter is the No. 1 fastest growing U.S. “member community destination,” says a survey from Nielsen. From February 2008 to February 2009, the microblogging service clocked in a growth rate of 1,382%. Also, Twitter counts the 35-to-49 age demo as its biggest. (Iwantmedia 3/20, http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-10200161-36.html 3/19)

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Apple has started offering feature films in high definition at its iTunes online store. The service currently has about a dozen movies, but Apple says that in the future it will serve up new films in HD about 30 days after their DVD releases. InformationWeek (3/19)

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Have you ever sent an email, and just as it was going on its merry way, you realize you misspelled something or you sent it to the wrong person. This happens to me a lot on Gmail because sending an email is not always instant. And you have more chances to experience email regret as you are waiting for one to send. Well, now you can take advantage of that delay to “undo” the message. (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/03/19/gmail-gets-a-panic-button 3/19)

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Playboy is putting 53 back issues of the magazine on the Web for free at PlayboyArchive.com. The issues cover the years 1954 through 2007. “This is a great way to allow a whole new generation to easily explore the magazine,” says founder Hugh Hefner. (Iwantmedia 3/20, http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2343502,00.asp 3/20)

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Amazon’s IMDB.com announced plans this week at SXSW to vastly increase the amount of video streaming it offers (some 2,000 movies and 14,000 TV shows are currently available on the site) as well as begin offering made-for-the-web shows. (Cynopsis 3/20)

Market news site TheStreet.com, co-founded by CNBC analyst (and Jon Stewart punching bag) Jim Cramer, eliminated 18 staff positions in a move to try and save $2.4 million. (Cynopsis 3/20)

The market for deploying IPTV services to multiple-dwelling units such as apartment buildings and hotels will be more than $6 billion by 2013, according to new research from In-Stat. Cable providers Time Warner Cable and RCN have recorded recent new-business wins at MDUs. CED Magazine (3/2009)

Coverage of the Oscars, The Grammys and the Chris Brown/Rihanna incident helped AccessHollywood.com achieve its best month ever in Feb. across all key metrics including unique visitors (+286%), page views (+656%), visits (+262%) and video streams (+253%), according to Nielsen. AccessHollywood.com, which supplies content to Yahoo’s omg! celebrity portal, also attracted its most monthly video streams to date, with 3.3 million, according to Nielsen VideoCensus data. (Cynopsis 3/20)

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