Netflix Abandons Plan to Rent DVDs on Qwikster -- Abandoning a break-up plan it announced last month, Netflix said Monday morning that it had decided to keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together under one name and one Web site. The company admitted that it had moved too fast when it tried to spin-off the old-fashioned DVD service into a new company called Qwikster. "We underestimated the appeal of the single Web site and a single service," Steve Swasey, a Netflix spokesman, said in a telephone interview. He quickly added: "We greatly underestimated it."
Verian gets a new look.
http://www.verian.com/ -- Purchasing and invoice processing software provider Verian unveiled a new website earlier this week. In addition to a bold new look, the site establishes the company's "choice" positioning, which is clearly stamped throughout the pages. Instead of seeing limited options, visitors are presented a host of different choices in software modules, setup options and deployment methods – allowing companies to select a solution that is a perfect fit for their needs. "The new site really reflects our market philosophy," said Mark Schaffner, VP of Marketing at Verian. "Instead of companies changing to meet the needs of software, we believe software should easily configure to meet companies' needs."
Want a 4s? Get in line.
Apple Says iPhone 4S Orders Top 1 Million In First Day -- Apple this morning said pre-orders for the iPhone 4S topped one million units on the first day, well ahead of the 600,000 units pre-ordered on the first day for the iPhone 4. "We are blown away with the incredible customer response to iPhone 4S," Apple senior VP of Worldwide Product Marketing Philip Schiller said in a statement. "The first day pre-orders for iPhone 4S have been the most for any new product that Apple has ever launched and we are thrilled that customers love iPhone 4S as much as we do."
Silver Treasure, Worth $18 Million, Found in North Atlantic -- Sea explorers announced Monday the discovery of a new sunken treasure that they plan to retrieve from the bottom of the North Atlantic. Off Ireland in 1917, a German torpedo sank the British steam ship Mantola, sending the vessel and its cargo of an estimated 20 tons of silver to the seabed more than a mile down. At today's prices, the metal would be worth about $18 million.