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Sony’s deal with cable operators Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House Networks to develop tru2way-based plug-and-play televisions is expected to eliminate the need for set-top boxes and make the relationship between consumers and operators stress-free technologically, the Wall Street Journal reports. It’s also expected to narrow any technological edge the telcos and satellite distributors might have over cable. [Wall Street Journal

Japanese electronics companies are developing Internet-connected televisions that will stream high-speed video content accessed by a remote control. This technology could cast the familiar TV experience into a telecommunications stone age, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. [Sydney Morning Herald]

TiVo has formed a partnership with the Chicago Tribune in which the company’s digital video recorders will automatically store programs selected by Tribune critic Maureen Ryan. [New York Times]

Google has claimed that the $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit Viacom has filed over YouTube file sharing will ruin everyone’s good time on the Internet. [Variety]

Movie rental competitors Netflix and Blockbuster are both making presentations to investors today. [Reuters]

Earle H. Hagen, composer of the theme songs for The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Danny Thomas Show, I Spy, That Girl and The Mod Squad, among others, passed away. [Variety]

Kellogg Co. is reviving the Oreo rival, Hydrox. Contrary to popular belief, the Hydrox cookie predated the Oreo. [Wall Street Journal] Tuesday’s Top Stories

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