GigaOM Reads: A look back at the week in tech

Its a unicorn. No it’s a phone. Actually it is Facebook Home, for now; Apple’s China Syndrome is making it think different; The Bit coin boom (& bust); Chrome & WebKit go to war and did Vdio really kill the Rdio star?

Netflix launch in UK and Ireland planned for early 2012

After enduring a torrid few months, Netflix is hoping to get that it can generate some positive momentum by announcing plans to launch in the U.K. and Ireland early next year — its first product launch outside the Americas. But it will face stiff competition.

Can Vdio compete with Netflix & Hulu?

How can Vdio possibly compete with Netflix and its 25 million subscribers? That’s a question we heard a lot when we broke the story about the new video service backed by Skype’s co-founder Janus Friis yesterday. The answer may have to do with timing and location.

It’s confirmed: Skype founder’s new startup is Vdio

Vdio just confirmed the story we broke earlier today: The new video startup was founded by Skype cofounder Janus Friis, and the team includes veterans from Skype and Joost. Vdio hasn’t publicly launched yet, but it’s already taking swipes at Netflix and Lovefilm.