Netflix Subscription

The clever way Netflix determines subscription rates in each country

By on April 20, 2015 at 9:15 PM.

The clever way Netflix determines subscription rates in each country

History has shown that any effort aimed at eradicating piracy via brute force is destined to fail. Arguably, the only way to truly stem piracy is to, quite simply, embrace the notion that piracy exists and subsequently do everything in your power to deliver a product or service that’s fundamentally more appealing than scouring the depths of BitTorrent.

Apple successfully implemented this strategy when it introduced the iTunes Music Store, instantly making the digital download experience a much safer and simpler endeavor than acquiring music through illicit means.

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How To Blur Google Maps Images

Did Google Maps publish your image or personal info? Here’s what you can do about it

By on April 20, 2015 at 1:12 PM.

Did Google Maps publish your image or personal info? Here’s what you can do about it

It finally happened. You were decided to check out the Google Maps Street View of your home address or an area you frequent, and you were shocked to find a picture of your own face staring back at you. Oh, the horror! As disconcerting as it might be to learn that Google has published images of your face, the license plate number on your car, or some other personal information on Google Maps, rest assured that correcting the issue really couldn’t be easier.

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Apple Original Homepage

What the first Apple.com homepage looked like

By on April 17, 2015 at 10:30 PM.

What the first Apple.com homepage looked like

Many of the earliest website designs to populate the web are nothing more than distant and irretrievable memories. While sites like the The Internet Archive Wayback Machine provide a great way to take a stroll back through Internet time, their index only goes back so far.

So it goes with the Apple.com homepage. Archived versions of Apple’s homepage on the Wayback Machine only go back to October 1996, a shame given that Apple had a website up and running for many years prior.

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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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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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