Hollywood Studios Vs. Netflix VPNs

How Hollywood is waging war against VPNs

By on April 17, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

How Hollywood is waging war against VPNs

Virtual private networks (VPNs) aren’t some wild-and-crazy piece of hacker technology — in fact, anyone who’s ever worked remotely has likely connected to corporate email through a VPN many times before. However, VPNs can also be used to fool video streaming services such as Netflix into thinking you’re actually living in a different country, which can give you unauthorized access to streaming content that’s not available in your market. Because of this, entertainment studios have been making a big push on both ISPs and streaming services to crack down on VPN use, as two stories that broke this week demonstrate. More →

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Bing Vs. Google Vs. Yahoo Market Share

The impossible has happened: Bing has become relevant

By on April 16, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

The impossible has happened: Bing has become relevant

For a long time, it looked like Bing would just go down in history as a failed attempt by Microsoft to compete with Google. But recently something strange has happened: Instead of continuing down the road to Zunedom, Bing has actually started to become relevant and it now has a respectable U.S. search market share of over 20%. No, seriously! More →

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Netflix Vs. Popcorn Time Piracy

Want cheaper Netflix? Then pirate more movies

By on April 16, 2015 at 4:24 PM.

Want cheaper Netflix? Then pirate more movies

Here’s something we get the feeling that Netflix CFO David Wells will regret admitting publicly. TorrentFreak notices that during Netflix’s earnings call this week, Wells admitted that Netflix will offer cheaper service in countries that have high rates of piracy since it wouldn’t make sense to offer an expensive service in markets where people are already used to stealing content over the web. More →

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Netflix Subscriber Gains 4.9 Million

Netflix is the bellwether for cord cutting’s future – and today it looks unstoppable

By on April 15, 2015 at 4:56 PM.

Netflix is the bellwether for cord cutting’s future – and today it looks unstoppable

A few minutes after reporting its quarterly report, Netflix share prices spiked by 12%, despite having already climbed by 40% so far this year. The key surprise here is the subscriber growth: The company added 4.9 million new subscribers during the quarter, which is about 20% more than Wall Street expected. When Netflix offers a subscriber growth surprise of this magnitude, investors will overlook earnings and revenue misses. And Netflix did miss on both of those counts. More →

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Google EU Antitrust Charges Analysis

The biggest irony of the EU’s antitrust case against Google

By on April 15, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

The biggest irony of the EU’s antitrust case against Google

When I woke up this morning, I full expected to write another scathing opinion piece tearing Google to shreds for acting as a bullying monopolist. However, after reading about the EU’s case against Google, I came away with the feeling that it isn’t nearly as strong as the case American regulators seemed to have against the company, which makes it even more infuriating that the Federal Trade Commission declined to press charges. More →

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Opinions
Net Neutrality Verizon AT&T Comcast Lawsuit

ISPs have two choices: Live with net neutrality rules or live with real competition

By on April 14, 2015 at 10:00 PM.

ISPs have two choices: Live with net neutrality rules or live with real competition

I’ve had conversations in the past with people from Europe who just don’t understand why America needs to have network neutrality restrictions. Their argument is that if one of the ISPs in their country tried to throttle Netflix to make its own other-the-top video service run faster, people would flee to a rival ISP and thus put them out of business. It’s at this point that I laugh at them and say, “What I wouldn’t give to have even two choices for broadband services!” More →

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Time Warner Cable Vs. Google Fiber

Time Warner Cable can dramatically boost your Internet speed at no cost… but only if Google Fiber’s around

By on April 13, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Time Warner Cable can dramatically boost your Internet speed at no cost… but only if Google Fiber’s around

In the past we’ve often marveled at how quickly real competition can get incumbent ISPs to really up their games. Our latest example, via Redditor Xeppo, is Time Warner Cable’s vow to “transform TV and Internet experience in the Charlotte area.” Not coincidentally, Charlotte is one of the markets where Google Fiber this year announced it’s expanding to. More →

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YouTube Mobile Redesign

Here’s an early look at YouTube’s huge mobile redesign

By on April 13, 2015 at 9:41 AM.

Here’s an early look at YouTube’s huge mobile redesign

Just last week, YouTube sent out an email to content partners with an interesting tidbit: “Today, mobile represents over half of all watchtime and mobile revenue is up 200% in the last year.” Suffice it to say, mobile is a hugely important part of YouTube’s overall strategy.

That being the case, the popular video streaming site has a huge mobile redesign in the works, likely aimed to improve the user experience and keep viewers glued to their screens for as long as possible.

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YouTube Subscription Pricing

YouTube to offer ad-free subscription service priced as high as $10/month

By on April 9, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

YouTube to offer ad-free subscription service priced as high as $10/month

Despite being the third most popular website on the web, Google’s YouTube property still hasn’t quite figured out how to make a profit. Now, in an effort to generate some extra revenue, and perhaps alleviate the frustration of users who can’t stand YouTube pre-roll video ads, YouTube is planning to implement a subscription-based tier with no advertising whatsoever.

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Oyster Netflix for Books eBook Sales

Oyster, the ‘Netflix for books,’ is bringing the fight to Amazon’s front door

By on April 8, 2015 at 7:15 PM.

Oyster, the ‘Netflix for books,’ is bringing the fight to Amazon’s front door

If you haven’t heard of Oyster, the most apt way to describe it is as “the Netflix for books,” allowing users to pay a monthly subscription fee for access to its catalog of over 1 million digital titles. On Wednesday, the company launched what it is calling Oyster 2.0, which includes a full eBook store that might stand a chance of rivaling Amazon’s ubiquitous storefront. More →

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Background Check Free

How to remove your info from almost every background check site on the planet

By on April 8, 2015 at 5:45 PM.

How to remove your info from almost every background check site on the planet

Most background check sites are just awful. They scrape public records from across the country and compile data about everyone they possibly can. That data is often incomplete, outdated and even inaccurate. Then, they bait people in by displaying preliminary results for free searches along with a message that additional information is available at a price.

To make matters even worse, they never obtain permission from people listed on the site, and they don’t have to since all the info they collect is public.

Thankfully, there are ways to have your info removed from nearly every single one of these sites, but you had better brew a fresh pot of coffee because this is not going to be an easy process. More →

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Online Advertising Companies

More than 20 of the worst (and best) online advertising fails ever

By on April 8, 2015 at 4:32 PM.

More than 20 of the worst (and best) online advertising fails ever

Catching people’s attention as they browse the web isn’t easy, and advertisers are constantly coming up with ways to make online ads flashier and catchier. Of course, there are also some advertisers that, in hindsight, would likely preferred it if people had not seen their ads because of some unfortunate ad placement.

You have to see these to believe them. More →

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