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Netflix CEO blasts Comcast over net neutrality

Netflix CEO blasts Comcast over net neutrality

Comcast has already taken some heat over its Xfinity streaming media service, which offers up movies and TV shows to Xbox 360 users without eating into the ISP’s 250GB data cap. At the time, Comcast say that they weren’t violating any net neutrality rules, claiming that the Xbox 360 streaming didn’t travel over the public internet. CEO of Netflix, Reed Hastings, doesn’t think too highly of Comcast’s move, and has criticized the ISP over the issue.

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Netflix spent $1 million on an algorithm it doesn’t use

Netflix spent $1 million on an algorithm it doesn’t use

You would think if a company spent $1 million on an algorithm to increase accuracy of its recommendation engine, the company would actually use that algorithm. That's not the case with Netflix though. After shelling out a million dollars to a developer team back in 2009 for an algorithm to increase the accuracy of its recommendation engine, the algorithm wasn't implemented. The new and improved algorithm was from a developer team participating in a contest the company held.

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Netflix offers insight to its movie recommendation system

Netflix offers insight to its movie recommendation system

If you have a Netflix account, I would wager you have looked at some of the categories of movies that are recommended for you and wondered where in the world Netflix came up with them. Netflix is talking a bit about its recommendation engine and offering up some insights. The company hasn't offered up hard algorithm information just yet, but apparently, that's coming later.

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Paramount movies destined for YouTube and Google Play

Paramount movies destined for YouTube and Google Play

YouTube has slowly but surely been buildings it collection of movies available to purchase or rent. Google is looking to expand the range to both YouTube and the Play Store, today announcing a new partnership with Paramount that will see the studio's movies hitting both services. All in all, you can expect to find almost 500 titles from the studio, with prices depending on factors such as title age and SD/HD options.

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Netflix increases wall between DVD and streaming

Netflix increases wall between DVD and streaming

If you're a streaming-only Netflix customer, the way you interact with the site is becoming increasingly different than those who have both instant and DVD-by-mail services on their account. Perhaps it's a good thing if you have no intentions of ever adding DVD support to your account, but then again, it looks like the site is trying to slowly weed out that side of its business altogether.

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Xbox 360 is now used more for streaming video than fragging noobs

Xbox 360 is now used more for streaming video than fragging noobs

Many of the big video game console makers like Sony and Microsoft have been pushing hard over the last few years to make their console systems more than just for gamers. One of the big pushes has been to get people to use the PS3 and Xbox 360 as entertainment devices rather than solely for playing games. Apparently, Microsoft has now succeeded in pulling that off.

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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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