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Posted at 9:06 AM ET, 12/29/2010

The Circuit: CNN gives Apple an F, Sears plans movie downloads, Groupon's new stock push

By Hayley Tsukayama

LEADING THE DAY: CNN released its list of the top 10 tech 'fails' for 2010, and Apple bookends the list with the number-one fail, Antennagate and the number-10 fail, Ping. Facebook privacy also made the list at number five, followed by Google Buzz.

Sears, Kmart launch movie service: From Mashabl, Sears and Kmart (which are both owned by Sears Holdings, Inc.) have launched Alphaline, a movie download service offering online rentals for $3.99. The new services runs on the RoxioNow platform and is similar to Best Buy's video service, CinemaNow.

Groupon seeks new funding: Groupon filed a certificate with the State of Delaware asking for the authorization to sell up to 30.1 million preferred shares at $31.59 a share, according to the Wall Street Journal. That's a total of about $950 million. Groupon recently rebuffed a $6 billion buyout offer from Google.

Netflix to move overseas?: Netflix is currently available in the U.S. and Canada, but it may be expanding soon. Sources told AdWeek Tuesday that the streaming video company is in talks with advertising and media companies to take the company into international markets, though they didn't give any specifics on which markets those might be.

Sweden recognizes new tech verb: A fun post-holiday read, TechCrunch has a tongue-in-cheek piece riffing on the news that the Language Council of Sweden has officially recognized "spotify" as a verb. Spotify is a music streaming service wildly popular in Europe. It is not available in the U.S. though, as the blog post points out, that's not for lack of trying.

FTC and mobile marketing: Over at the Consumer Advertising blog, they've written an interesting analysis of remarks David Vladeck, the Federal Trade Commission's Director of Bureau of Consumer Protection, made to the Promotion Marketing Association on Nov. 18. The takeaway? Companies should know that the FTC would like to regulate mobile marketing just like online and offline marketing, and plan accordingly.

By Hayley Tsukayama  | December 29, 2010; 9:06 AM ET
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Sears/Kmart offering movie rentals? Let me guess, silent films on VHS.

Posted by: GregCleveland | December 29, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

"Groupon recently rebuffed a $6 million buyout offer from Google."

Hey, Dr. Evil - I'm pretty sure the offer from Google was $6 BILLION, not million.

Posted by: MStreet1 | December 29, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

CNN's inappropriate use of technology on television, with their ridiculous obsession with touchscreen monitors that serve no purpose in communicating to viewers, alone shows that they're not a reliable source of judgment when it comes to any kind of technological decision making.

They embarrass themselves daily at CNN by playing around with useless gizmos instead of reporting the news.

Why should we bother to even listen to their opinion about technology? What have they done to show that they use it effectively? Turn their back on the audience to play with a monitor instead of reading a quality news story?

If you mess around with the spectacle of a touch screen on CNN, then you can stall long enough to stretch out a lack of information caused by failing to deploy reporters.

It's okay, we give CNN an F for technology.

Posted by: agx48 | December 29, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

CNN: running last in the 24/7 news ratings - talk about fail - why on earth should anyone look to them for tech advice? Antennagate? 15 million phones sold (with only a tiny number returned due to the antenna issue) doesn't look like a fail to me. Hyping the issue into OMG! fake news is the real fail - keep it up CNN, keep it up....

Posted by: jlm656 | December 29, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Greg Cleveland expects Sears to Market silent movies on VHS tapes. I'm reminded that my Mom took me to see a silent movie back in 1930 when I was about four years old. Maybe it would be fun to see Joe Penner again.

Posted by: WilliamFSteagallSr | December 29, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

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