Vid-Biz: Microsoft TV, Sony 3-D, YouTube

Microsoft Submits Patent for TV Recommendations; in a recent patent filed with the USPTO, Microsoft has sought to bolster its product offerings with a recommendation engine for TV shows and movies based on user interests. (Go Rumors)
Sony Plans 3-D Public Viewing Venues; Sony, which owns the exclusive 3-D rights to the 2010 World Cup football, has announced that it will open up public viewing venues in a number of countries including Germany and the UK. (Broadband TV News)
YouTube Starts Linking Back To The Blogs That Drive It Traffic; YouTube is introducing a new “as seen on” feature that will credit and link to sources driving traffic to a particular video. (Silicon Alley Insider)
Kyte Is Coming to Your Living Room Through Boxee; the Kyte Boxee App Framework allows you to deliver a fully-branded video experience through Boxee to PCs and television sets. (Kyte blog)
Pioneer One, A BitTorrent Exclusive TV-Series; producers want to finance new show through sponsorship and donations, while distributing it via torrent sites. (Torrentfreak)
Silicon Valley Plots TV Takeover as Web Connections Become Norm; most TV sets for sale by 2013 will be able to connect to the Internet right out of the box, setting the stage for companies such as Google, Yahoo and Intel to make televisions a lot more like computers. (Bloomberg)
UK ISP Says It Will Not Follow Digital Economy Bill Rules; TalkTalk is going to fight disconnect orders for repeat file sharing infringers in court. (Techdirt)

UK ISP TalkTalk Vows To Fight P2P Lawsuits

British ISP TalkTalk, who has four million customers after having gobbled up AOL U.K. and Tiscali U.K. in recent years, has vowed to not divulge any customer information to rights holders in pursuit of alleged P2P infringers, according to a report from Torrentfreak. TalkTalk also said that it will fight orders to throttle or disconnect customers that haven’t been convicted of a crime — a stance that could prove to be the first challenge for Britain’s proposed Digital Economy bill.

TalkTalk’s statement comes after a number of other major U.K. ISPs were found to cooperate with a controversial local law firm that has been forcing thousands of alleged P2P infringers into costly settlemens. These types of pre-lawsuit claims have come under increased criticism in the U.K., with politicians calling them “legal blackmail” and consumer advocates reporting a high number of false positives.

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Orange Rejects Phorm But Hears The Siren Song of Ads

The Financial Times is reporting that UK ISP Orange will not use an advertising product from Phorm (s PHRM) because of concerns about user privacy. This would make Orange the odd man out in the country. BT (s BT), Virgin Media (s VMED) and TalkTalk are all still on board with Phorm, although their resolve may be weakening, judging by the fact that none of them have put Phorm’s product in commercial use yet. Phorm uses deep packet inspection to serve ads based on the sites a consumer visits. A similar company, NebuAd, caused an uproar earlier this year, after Charter Communications said it would deploy the service. Charter quickly backed off. Read More about Orange Rejects Phorm But Hears The Siren Song of Ads