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Netflix UK wants to pay someone to watch content all day from home

One lucky applicant in the UK & Ireland will be paid by Netflix to sit at home watching TV all day as an official "tagger".

 

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The streaming TV and film giant has posted an ad for a Tagger in the UK and Ireland, who would be required to sit through hours upon hours of series to get a feel for the content - writing up genre and tone as well as possible recommendations. But being a coach potato will not be qualification enough - according to the job posting, Netflix is looking for verifiable, degree-equipped experts, with relevant experience in asset management systems, movie, TV or editorial experience, and between 1-2 years in new media.

 

Still, for the right candidate it'll be an opportunity to view Netflix original content before the rest of the world. That might mean plodding through some of the less appealing TV that's on offer, but what with being paid to watch content from home, perhaps that's not too shabby a tradeoff at all.

Google bans porn-related content on its AdWords ad network

Google has banned pornographic material from its AdWords advertising network, but dating websites and adult entertainment are still approved. The popular search engine company already had policies in place limiting adult content, and advertisers are now looking for rival networks to utilize in the future.

 

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It's unknown what type of realistic impact this will have, because the more popular "Tube" porn websites and webcam model services use personal websites, organic search results, and word of mouth to help generate new traffic.

 

"Beginning in the coming weeks, we'll no longer accept ads that promote graphic depictions of sexual acts including, but not limited to, hardcore pornography; graphic sex acts including sex acts such as masturbation; genital; anal, and oral sexual activity," according to a statement sent to an advertiser.

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Millions of users enjoy watching pirated streams of World Cup

The 2014 World Cup has been a great success for broadcasters and online social media websites, as ESPN and Univision are seeing big viewership numbers. Despite a number of TV viewers and legal online services providing game coverage, millions of users also are tuning in using online piracy streams to watch their favorite soccer matches.

 

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Viaccess-Orca, which is a content protection company, has sent around 2,000 takedown notices, targeting sites that are able to generate scores of new viewers during live sporting events. In addition, the group also sends takedown notices to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media websites - where users share links to online streams.

 

"The success rate varies per content platform but overall we managed to get 35 percent of the streaming links disable before the game ends," said David Leporini, Viaccess-Orca EVP of marketing, products and security, told TorrentFreak. "I think this is a great success rate, especially compared to direct download sites."

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Newegg will now start accepting Bitcoins as a method of payment

Newegg made an announcement recently that the online retail site will now start accepting Bitcoins as a method of payment from now on. The company also started a new hashtag '#neweggbitcoin' to gather peoples thoughts and rants about its new payment method.

 

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One can select Bitcoin as a method of payment under its step 2 'billing' options while checking out. Newegg is using 'Bitpay' to process Bitcoin payments as its proven itself to be an industry-leading reliable and scalable option to process such transaction. A buyer can also use the digital wallet stored in their smartphone as it will use the QR code stored in the phone or the link of the digital wallet to proceed with the payment.

 

Soren Mills, Chief Marketing Officer for Newegg North America said,"Newegg's customers are among some of the earliest Bitcoin miners and are enthusiastic proponents of the crypto-currency. Adopting Bitcoin as a payment method is another way we're responding to our customers' diverse needs". He continued,"Working with BitPay to implement a Bitcoin payment option at Newegg was a seamless process and our partnership gives us the capabilities we require for high-volume e-commerce."

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Google bids adieu to 10 year old early social network, Orkut

So long then, Orkut - Google's first social network, now ten years old, is officially closing its doors at the end of this September.

 

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Orkut began life in the earlier days of web 2.0, at the time competing with the likes of Myspace. It was incredibly popular in South America, and enjoyed millions of users in its heyday. Now, in a blog post, the social network is saying "tchau". Orkut "helped shape life online before people really knew what social networking was," the post read. "Over the past decade, YouTube, Blogger and Google+ have taken off, with communities springing up in every corner of the world. Because the growth of these communities has outpaced Orkut's growth, we've decided to bid Orkut farewell."

 

Google plans to keep investing its time in the newer, mentioned networks. But to any users still lurking around, there will be an archive of all public communities - available at the date of Orkut's death late September. Those that don't want their details to be kept online can remove Orkut permanently through their Google+ accounts - where else?

More than 1 billion Facebook posts, comments, likes from World Cup

The 2014 World Cup continues to be a major draw for No. 1 social media site Facebook, as the service has seen more than 1 billion posts, likes and comments through the first half of the tournament. In fact, the popular soccer tournament is the most talked-about event Facebook has been a part of - and that tally will only continue to grow.

 

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"People are having conversations on Facebook about what they watch in a really unprecedented scale," said Nick Grudin, Facebook director of partnerships, in an interview with Reuters. "In addition to sharing and connecting with friends, people are engaging in real-time with the media and the public voices they care about most."

 

Just over one week ago, it was discovered that the World Cup already surpassed the Super Bowl, Sochi Winter Olympics, and Academy Awards in Facebook social interaction combined - topping 141 million likes, comments and shared posts/photos.

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Global web speeds are rising with 20% of connections over 10 Mbps

The latest version of the Akamai State of the internet report has been published. This is a quarterly look at how the internet is changing around the world and according to the latest issue, internet speeds around the world have increased 24% year over year to 3.9 Mbps.

 

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Akamai believes that given the growth rate we are seeing, during the next quarter average internet speeds around the world will hit 4 Mbps. This report also looks at the countries that have the fastest internet speeds in the world. The fastest connections to be had are offered in South Korea at 23.6 Mbps average.

 

Japan was in second place with average internet speeds of 23.6 Mbps. The third place spot on the list went to Hong Kong at 13.3 Mbps. Rounding out the top ten, in order, are Switzerland, Netherlands, Latvia, Sweden, Czech Republic, Finland, and Ireland.

Google officials visit Cuba to discuss access to open Internet

Google executives recently visited Havana, Cuba, in an effort to discuss open Internet in the still restrictive nation. A team that included Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt headed to Havana to meet with officials and dissidents, "to promote the virtues of a free and open Internet."

 

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A report published by Freedom House in 2012 said just five percent of the citizens in Cuba have true access to the Internet, with one-fourth of the population using the state-sponsored "Intranet." The country remains one of the least connected nations in the world, with home connections still virtually non-existent - government officials, doctors, engineers, professors, and approved journalists tend to be the only ones with Internet access while in their offices.

 

Google has become more proactive approach to getting citizens around the world real access to the Internet. Trying to work with Cuba to open up Internet access will be a difficult process, but it's good to see the company at least trying to make strides.

Report finds online vs offline media consumption is split nearly 50-50

Almost half of all Brits still read printed newspapers to get their fix of current affairs, according to a new study by the UK regulator Ofcom.

 

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Despite the repeated shouting that print is well and truly on its last legs, 40 percent of British consumers still pick up a paper to find out what's going on. But 41 percent of consumers do get the majority of their news from websites and mobile apps.

 

According to the report, younger generations are driving the shift towards online media - which itself enjoyed a leap in popularity by nine percent between 2012 and 2013. For younger people the growth was even greater, with 60 percent of 16-24 year olds consuming media online or via apps now, compared to 44 percent in 2013. Young people also find mobile and internet apps as the best way to consume news media. But a touch depressingly, one in ten youth said they do not follow the news at all.

60FPS support and virtual tip jars for YouTube are 'coming soon'

After what has felt like forever, Google has announced that YouTube is adding both 48FPS and 60FPS support. Not only is the Mountain View-based giant adding in higher frame rate support, but there are a slew of new goodies coming. The first 60FPS video on YouTube is in Titanfall, but switch to the 1080p stream to enjoy the 60FPS goodness.

 

 

This includes a new iOS app called Creator Studio, the aforementioned 48FPS and 60FPS support, 7500 royalty-free sound effects for content creators to use, and a virtual tip jar so you can support your favorite YouTube channels. We should hear more in the coming weeks, but I'm definitely excited about the 60FPS support, what about you?

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