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Netflix Rolls Out the Red Carpet for ‘House of Cards’

Netflix on Friday made the premiere episode of House of Cards, its in-house political drama, available free for one month to the public with no membership requirement. It is also offering subscribers the entire 13 episodes of the first season at one time instead of parceling out each episode weekly....

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Cloud Atlas: Defining and Categorizing the Personal Cloud

The definition and makeup of the "personal cloud" are areas of intense debate. A variety of companies with a stake in cloud-based engagement have very different perspectives on what is and is not included as part of a consumer's personal cloud. "The cloud" broadly refers to the content, services, ...

YouTube May Begin Nickel-and-Diming Viewers

Google may be getting ready to launch paid subscription channels on YouTube. The new offering would be part of Google's larger plan to keep viewers tuned in to its popular video service as long as possible, while developing new revenue streams including premium ad dollars. Google reportedly has aske...

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Wall St. Leaves Money on Table for Subscription Companies

Look, we know the old truism that if you don't have customers and profits you don't have a business, you have a hobby. But could we please get a little balance on the profit idea? Emerging companies typically don't declare profits because they use excess cash to fuel growth. Anything left over is ...

Netflix Could Get Smacked With Higher Postal Rate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday weighed in on a dispute between video game company GameFly and the U.S. Postal Service, siding with GameFly's position that the post office has been practicing price discrimination among its customers. GameFly's original suit a...

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The Smart TV Shopping Saga: Size and Power Matter

To buy a flashy new ultra-thin framed 3D TV or not: Like many consumers over the holiday buying hustle, I struggled with that question. I finally gave in and decided to buy one. That decision was not an impulse-only submission, however. I was toying for a while with replacing my aging 42-inch plasma...

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The Perils of Cloud Computing

The cloud may be the future, but it's not a bed of roses. The Amazon Cloud had a meltdown on Christmas Eve, affecting many customers who use the service. Companies that use Amazon as their cloud, their customers and workers were all affected. What should we learn from this high-profile meltdown? It ...

Here Comes UHDTV – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

The original analog NTSC TV standard for sets that graced living rooms for decades was only phased out in 2009 after years of delays, extensions and efforts to reach a standard for digital TV, but already TV manufacturers are looking to the next big thing. At this year's International CES, all the b...

AT&T Makes Video-Streaming Splash

AT&T has announced a new service to compete with such video-on-demand offerings as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. The service is aimed at its U-verse customers, offering unlimited access to AT&T's library of some 1,500 movies from a TV, computer or wireless device. It will cost $5 a month,...

AT&T Makes Video-Streaming Splash

AT&T has announced a new service to compete with such video-on-demand offerings as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. The service is aimed at its U-verse customers, offering unlimited access to AT&T's library of some 1,500 movies from a TV, computer or wireless device. It will cost $5 a month,...

When Amazon Fails, the Buck Stops at Netflix

Some Netflix customers found themselves without service on Christmas Eve -- an unpardonable lapse on a day when many are snuggled in their homes and eager for entertainment. The streaming video provider has caught its fair share of flak for the outage -- but it was not solely to blame for its servic...

Bill Loosens Rules for Sharing What You’ve Watched on Netflix

Legislation that would allow services such as Netflix to facilitate "frictionless sharing" of a user's viewing history via Facebook or other online services is awaiting President Obama's signature. The U.S. Senate passed the update to the 1988 law late last week; the same bill cleared the House days...

Amazon Primes Programming Pump With 6 Original Pilots

One of the features of Amazon Prime, in addition to free two-day shipping, is access to free video content. To sweeten the deal, Amazon is using its Amazon Studios division to produce original content: The company has ordered six pilots for original series, which will become available on Prime Insta...

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China Doubles Down on Real-Name Web Registration

The Great Firewall of China might start requiring ID for admittance. On Monday, China's National People's Congress began discussing a draft decision that would force Internet users to use their real names in order to register for services. The draft decision is, depending on your perspective, a way ...

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Hadoop: Stick a Fork in It?

Mention big data and the first thing that might come to mind is Hadoop. The open source software framework has recently enjoyed a great deal of popularity among vendors and enterprise users. However, if it is to really be useful to the enterprise, Hadoop may need to be taken out of open source, argu...

Elon Musk's Dec. 2 action to release The Twitter Files: Approve or Disapprove?
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