CNET News Daily Podcast: Will paying searchers pay off for Microsoft?

Redmond unveils a frequent flier-like program for searchers called SearchPerks. What will participants get for their searches? Plus, EA kills development of a deadly game.

Microsoft has introduced SearchPerks , a sort of "frequent flier" program that lets people cash in for every search they do. What's it worth for consumers? And what does Microsoft hope to gain from it? CNET News reporter Ina Fried explains.

Plus, Electronics Arts has scrapped an upcoming title a year into development. And Netflix subscribers get more movie titles when using the "Watch Now" feature.
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Today's stories:

Apple drops NDA for iPhone developers

Report: Norway says 'nei' to iTunes DRM, again

EA kills 'Tiberium,' says misses quality standards

Netflix adds 2,500 streaming movies from Starz

Microsoft still paying people to search

Qwest union workers reject deal

Oracle buys maker of 3D retail software

HP to buy LeftHand Networks

Photos: Deconstructing the cell phone

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Leslie Katz, Crave's senior editor, heads up a team that covers the most crushworthy (and wackiest) tech, science, and culture around. As a co-host of the now-retired CNET News Daily Podcast, she was sometimes known to channel Terry Gross and still uses her trained "podcast voice" to bully the speech recognition software on automated customer service lines. E-mail Leslie.

 

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