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Netflix Facebook app illegal in the US

Netflix Facebook app illegal in the US

When Facebook first announced its Open Graph developer tool that allows users to share activities through Facebook apps, dozens of major brands and services were on board for the launch, including Netflix. However, since then Netflix has released its app to almost every country except the US. And the reason for this exclusion appears to be that an ambiguous privacy law created in the late 1980s could deem the app illegal here in the states.

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Walmart DVDs, Blu-rays can be turned into digital copies

Walmart DVDs, Blu-rays can be turned into digital copies

When you buy a movie from everyone's favorite mega jumbo giant retailer, you'll now be given the option of purchasing a digital copy of the film as well. The idea is that customers should think of digital copies as add-ons to their physical disc purchase. The additional fees will be $2 for standard-definition movies and $5 for HD. Either option is available regardless of which format you buy the movie on.

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Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates, regains 610,000 US subscribers

Netflix Q4 earnings beat estimates, regains 610,000 US subscribers

Despite stumbles last year over price hikes and a short-lived Qwikster spin-off, Netflix is bouncing back, releasing Q4 2011 earnings today that beat Wall Street estimates. The company reported $876 million in revenue or $0.73 per share, beating expectations of $857 million at $0.54 per share. It also managed to regain 610,000 subscribers after having lost 800,000 subscribers last summer when it raised prices.

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Samsung SMART Hub streams DVD content over WiFi

Samsung SMART Hub streams DVD content over WiFi

There's a decent selection of WiFi gadgets here at CES, and Samsung seems to be combining a little of the old and the new. Their new SMART Hub combines an external DVD disc drive and a conventional WiFi router, allowing connected devices to stream DVD movies and CD music across the local network. In a time when more and more Ultrabooks, netbooks and the like are making do without an optical drive, this could be an extremely useful addition.

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Samsung Optical SMART Hub packs DVD burner with media sharing

Samsung Optical SMART Hub packs DVD burner with media sharing

Samsung has taken the wraps off of its latest multimedia-sharing device, the Samsung Optical SMART Hub, an external DVD burner that can share files via WiFi, USB and ethernet connection to your tablet, smartphone, smart TV or computer. Resembling a slightly oversized external drive,at 150 x 198 x 25 mm and 430g, the Optical SMART Hub works alongside a new Android app (with iPhone, Kindle and smart TV apps in the pipeline) for remote access.

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Sceptre 19-inch LED HDTV has integrated DVD player

Sceptre 19-inch LED HDTV has integrated DVD player

If you need a new HDTV for a smaller room with little space, you might want to consider the new 19-inch offering from Sceptre. The new TV is called the E195BD-SHD+ and it weighs in at under 7.3 pounds on the stand. The TV is interesting because it has an integrated DVD player on the side so you don’t need another component in the room to watch movies.

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Netflix loses 800,000 US subscribers, earnings to dip

Netflix loses 800,000 US subscribers, earnings to dip

Netflix reported its Q3 earnings results today and although the numbers were positive, they won't remain so in the upcoming months. CEO Reed Hastings has admitted that the company's recent stumbles, including price hikes and the now canceled plans for Qwikster, were ill received, tarnishing the company's "hard-earned reputation."

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Netflix axes Qwikster: DVDs and Streaming to cohabit

Netflix axes Qwikster: DVDs and Streaming to cohabit

Netflix has backtracked on much-criticized plans to rename its DVD rental service Qwikster, announcing that while the business will still be split from the streaming media service, both will operate under the Netflix brand. "This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster" Netflix said this morning, after it had become "clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult."

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Borders customer data transfers to Barnes & Noble, privacy concerns arise

Borders customer data transfers to Barnes & Noble, privacy concerns arise

If you were sad that Borders closed this July, and with it all of the data on which books you purchased when, you may be in luck, because Barnes & Noble owns that data now. During the bankruptcy court which saw the sales of Borders assets across the board, personal data (preferences in reading material, DVDs, music, etc) of some 45 million Borders customers included, Barnes & Noble saw the opportunity and grabbed for it, and just this last week, that court approved such a sale. What does that mean, exactly? Will they now know everything about my LIFE? Not exactly.

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