I get most of tech news from Hacker News. I usually read the first few comments first, and from that decide if the headline link is worth clicking on. Without comments at Hacker News, I would probably remove the site from the feed reader.
The music service you couldn't remember the name of was Aime Street. The songs were free at first, escalating to 99 cents max. You got a limited number of recommendations and you earned street cred (more recs) when songs you recommended increased in value. People that were good at finding the good stuff gained status and followers.
I spent entirely too much time on that site looking for the next big thing. They got bought out by Amazon, who immediately shut it down.
That sucks. Ancestry.com is an amazing service from the consumer POV. You put your parents and grandparents names in, and 4 hours later you are still at your computer, and you've traced your family back to 1500s France; when 4 hours previously you didn't even know you were French.
I've been watching Rockford Files on Netflix. It was a "one hour" show back in the day, which translates to 48 minutes on Netflix. New shows seems to cram 20 minutes of commercials in to a "one hour" show.