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How Netflix Is Dominating Australia From Abroad

2 hours 39 min ago

SYDNEY — Netflix, the American on-demand television and movie streaming service, is growing its audience in Australia without even launching in the local market.

At the end of June, Village Roadshow confirmed Netflix was finally hitting our shores, although the company are yet to confirm a launch date. Impatient Aussies have already been getting in on the action - with Netflix growing steadily in popularity compared to local offerings over the last year and a half.

See also: It's Season Finale Time; Here's What to Binge-Watch Next

A new study by personal finance site Pocketbook found Netflix is the second most popular paid-content media company in Australia, despite not being available here and actively geo-blocking Australian users Read more...

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6 Injured in Fire at New York's Historic 30 Rockefeller Plaza Building

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 22:44

New York City fire officials say six people, including a child, suffered slight burns when a piece of camera equipment caught fire inside the observation deck of 30 Rockefeller Plaza.

A fire department spokesman says the fire started just after 7:30 p.m. Sunday and was under control about a half hour later. He says the injuries were caused by embers from the fire falling onto the victims.

See also: Large Fire Breaks Out at Rockefeller Center in New York City

Five adults at the scene refused medical attention and the child, whose age was not immediately known, was taken to a nearby hospital. No word on what caused the fire. Read more...

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LeBron James Captures Instagram Video of World Cup Streaker

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 22:09

During the second half of the final World Cup match on Sunday, the camera switched to a beautiful scene of Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue, but what many of us didn't know was that this was a clever move to hide a streaker who had run onto the pitch

But luckily, for us, the moment was captured in an Instagram video by NBA star LeBron James, who happened to be in Brazil to catch the championship match

See also: Rihanna, Germany's Sexiest World Cup Fan, Flashed Everyone

As security guards run down the streaker, James can be heard saying, "They're gonna f**k him up!"

According to some reports, the streaker, who had the words "Natural Born Prankster" scrawled across his chest, was none other than Russian comedian Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, who attempted to kiss German player Benedikt Howedes Read more...

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Viral Video Recap: Soccer Cats, Drone Fireworks and More

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 21:43

Even though the U.S. is out of the World Cup, this week's viral video recap keeps the soccer spirit alive and kicking

We start off with Gertie and Tofu, two cats who desperately want to achieve athletic stardom. Unfortunately, they can't stop getting stuck in the goal — we're sure Tim Howard struggled through similar trials.

See also: Viral Video Recap: Funniest Memes of the Week

We also learned a new sport called Wimbjuggledon, a combination of tennis and juggling. Spanish tennis player Rafa Nadal is the reigning world champion of Wimbjuggledon

And what's a good viral video recap without fireworks? One July 4 spectator got an up close and personal view of the fireworks when he used a drone to film the colorful explosions. It's the closest you can get to fireworks without singeing your eyebrows Read more...

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The Pros and Cons of Sassy Job Titles

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 21:20

Social Media Ninja. Email Marketing Guru. Director of First Impressions

If you're involved in the job search right now, chances are you've come across at least a couple of these unusual job listings. With recruiters and employers pulling out all the stops to attract top talent, many companies are utilizing unconventional titles in order to tout company culture and attract the "perfect candidate" — from Subway’s Sandwich Artists™ (yes, it’s a registered trademark) to referring to the director of HR as the Chief People Officer.

While these sassy titles hint at a relaxed and fun work environment, it's important to note that not all companies will find success in this approach Read more...

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Drone Beat: Fireworks, Arrests, Shooting Ranges and More

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 20:54

The United States government uses them to bomb alleged terrorists in far-away places. Tech companies like Amazon, Google and Facebook are all toying with the idea of using them, and now they're a photographer's secret weapon. Drones are a big part of our lives, whether we see them or not. Drone Beat collects the best and most important stories every week.

Drone Beat's coverage areas this week

Last update: July 11, 6 p.m.

NYPD arrests drone pilots in Manhattan

New York police arrested two amateur drone pilots on Monday for flying their UAV too close to an NYPD helicopter. The story caused quite a stir, prompting the New York Post to run a somewhat panicky headline (see below). Read more...

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FingerReader Is a 3D-Printed Device That Reads Text Aloud to the Blind

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 20:33

Researchers at MIT have developed a new technology that enables blind and vision-impaired people to read any printed text without the use of braille.

The "FingerReader" is a 3D-printed, ring-like device fitted with a small camera that scans and reads words out loud in real-time, as users follow text with their finger. It is "a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation," according to the FingerReader's website.

See also: Imagining a New Way to Read, One 3D-Printed Book at a Time

The device offers an experience like "reading with the tip of your finger" to people who cannot see, according to Pattie Maes, an MIT professor involved with creating the prototype. "It's a lot more flexible, a lot more immediate than any solution that they have right now," she told the Associated Press. Read more...

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Boston Testing Solar-Powered Benches That Charge Smartphones

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 19:54

Continuing the trend toward nearly everything becoming smartphone-friendly — from ovens to boxing gloves — benches in the Boston area are getting a technology boost, too

Some park dwellers in the region are already charging their mobile devices via solar-powered benches, which could eventually collect real-time data about its surrounding environment too (think air quality and noise levels)

See also: Ford's New Concept Car Can Last for 21 Miles Fueled Only by Sunlight

Smart urban furniture company Soofa (developed by Changing Environments, an MIT Media Lab spin-off) is bringing more of its solar-powered benches to Boston and Cambridge, Mass. parks soon. The name Soofa stems from an acronym the company developed to describe a smart urban furniture appliance: SUFA. To give it more of a Silicon Valley feel, Richter switched the letter u to double o's Read more...

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Every World Cup Google Doodle From 2014

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 19:26

Goooooooo-gle Doodle.

The Google homepage is simple, sleek and straight to the point. But often, the familiar and colorful logo receives a quirky upgrade with Google Doodles.

Introduced in 1998 to show off the company's presence at the Burning Man Festival (seriously), Google Doodles have become a staple to the company's otherwise plain homepage, celebrating events, holidays, anniversaries and the lives of important public figures.

See also: 15 Pitch-Perfect World Cup Celebrity Doppelgangers

Much like the rest of the Internet, Google Doodles have been consumed by the World Cup. The team even sent a few of their Doodlers to Brazil to create live and topical illustrations of the world-wide sporting event. Read more...

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20 Strangers Undressing Each Other Is Awkwardly Sexy

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 19:02

A few months ago we told you about the video supposedly showing total strangers kissing for the first time, and now the creator of that video is back with another version, this time focused people undressing each other

Directed by Tatia Pilieva, the video, titled "Undress Me," shows several sets of strangers meeting, awkwardly undressing each other and then hopping into bed together

See also: 20 Strangers Kissing for the First Time Is Strangely Sweet

On the video's description, Pilieva says the video was made in collaboration with Showtime to promote the upcoming season of Masters of Sex, a show about the pioneering efforts of sex researchers Masters and Johnson Read more...

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NBC's 'Constantine' Casts Zed Character From 'Hellblazer' Comics

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 18:13

A telenovela star is joining the cast of NBC's Constantine in a role that fans of the Hellblazer comics will know well.

Angélica Celaya, best known for her work on Spanish television, has been enlisted to play the role of Zed, a psychic who has a very dark past and comes to be Constantine's right-hand woman

See also: A Lot of TV Shows Are Going to Comic-Con 2014: Here's Your Guide

Celaya, who has also appeared on TNT's Dallas, replaces Lucy Griffiths, who was cut from the show after producers decided to take the show in a different direction. Griffiths had been cast to play an original character named Liv, who meets Constantine (Matt Ryan) in the first episode of the series and uncovers shocking truths about her past and future. She was set to be a series regular but will now only appear in the pilot Read more...

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Rihanna, Germany's Sexiest World Cup Fan, Flashed Everyone

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:48

Take a bow, Rihanna

Your World Cup tweets have shined bright like a diamond since festivities began in June, and in the end, you found love (in a not so hopeless place) in Brazil at the World Cup final

See also: 'I Just Won the World Cup. But First, Let Me Take a Selfie'

OK, I'll stop with the pop star puns. But Rihanna, one of the most-popular Twitter users with 36.3. million followers, had one hell of time rooting for Germany on Sunday, even going so far as to flash everyone around her during Germany's big 1-0 win against Argentina

— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 13, 2014

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Seeing More Politics in Your News Feed? Facebook Boosts Partisan Sites

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:40

Facebook has helped catapult sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy into social stardom, boosting the visibility of media content on the News Feeds of millions of users and generating a deluge of traffic. But in this rising tide, some publishers have seen a particular lift: political sites on both the left and right.

As digital-native publishers have soared, media sites with a political bent are outpacing some viral competitors while picking up a few of their tricks along the way. Sites like Business Insider helped pioneer social media strategies, but outlets ranging from Glenn Beck's The Blaze to 38-year-old Mother Jones have been fast learners. Read more...

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Lionel Messi Is a Gift to Soccer Fans, and Don't You Forget It

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:26

Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball for World Cup MVP. Did he deserve it? Maybe not, but he's still an all-time great, and don't you forget it

Messi scored four goals in the 2014 World Cup, but none in the knockout stage. Thomas Müller, meanwhile, scored five goals for Germany en route to the World Cup titleJames Rodriguez was transcendent and revelatory in crashing the global soccer scene while taking the Golden Boot award for most goals, with six.

See also: World Cup Final: Germany Beats Argentina 1-0 in Extra Time

But Messi carried more weight and pressure during this World Cup than anyone other than the Brazilian national team. He may not have been the most deserving Golden Ball candidate, but he was in the conversation Read more...

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World Cup Win Makes Germany Uber Happy

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 17:14

Don't cry for Argentina (Messi's got that covered), celebrate for Germany on their fourth World Cup title

The German machine didn't exactly dominate against Argentina in Sunday's final match — it was a tough run into overtime, when a goal by Mario Goetze solidified the team's hard-earned victory. The match also gave the substitute 22-year-old center the nickname "Super Mario."

See also: The Official 2014 World Cup Superlatives

The new Super Mario is here LIVE #WorldCupFinal #argentinavsgermany2014

— Express Sports (@IExpressSports) July 13, 2014

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'I Just Won the World Cup. But First, Let Me Take a Selfie'

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 16:48

Germany won the World Cup and celebrated with a selfie — of course.

German forward Lukas Podolski cuddled up to teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger to snap a selfie after toppling Argentina 1-0 in the World Cup final. This is how we celebrate in 2014, people.

Podolski tweeted the image out shortly after the final whistle.

See also: The Selfie: 5 Facts About Social Media's Most Annoying Fad


— (@Podolski10) July 13, 2014

Say "käse," Schweinsteiger

Update, 7/13 7:04 p.m. EST: Podolski is on a selfie kick, sharing another snapshot with German Chancellor Angela Merkel from the locker room Read more...

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The First Trailer for 'American Horror Story: Freak Show' Is Short — and Terrifying

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:57

The first American Horror Story: Freak Show trailer is 20 seconds of terror. But you should have expected that

From the moment we learned that the new season of Ryan Murphy's scare-fest would delve into the dying world of freak shows circa 1950, we knew to expect some, well, freaky stuff. But between Sarah Paulson's tweet about her two-headed character and this new sneak peek, we're gearing up for what could be the scariest season yet

See also: A Lot of TV Shows Are Going to Comic-Con 2014: Here's Your Guide

In the first look, a "fallen angel" is seen on stage, with ethereal music playing in the background. Then, a clown-jester of sorts — straight out of your worst nightmare ever — pops up behind her, and it is revealed that he's controlling the blond beauty. It's bloody; you'll see Read more...

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Three Shows to Check Out on DirecTV, Hulu and Amazon

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:30

LOS ANGELES — DirecTV, Amazon Studios and Hulu were among the digital networks that trotted out their upcoming shows for TV critics on Digital Day during the Television Critics Association press tour.

While each digital network presented a number of original television shows at the Saturday event, here are some highlights:

DirecTV: Kingdom

Actors Nick Jonas, Jonathan Tucker, and Matt Lauria speak during a panel on the TV show Kingdom at the 2014 TCA Press Tour

Image: Rachel Murray/Getty Images

DirecTV kicked off the day with its new drama Kingdom, a story about family, loyalty, ambition, glory, lust, betrayal and the needs and desires that inspire people to greatness — or drive them to treachery. The series takes place in Venice, California, and is set against the backdrop of Mixed Martial Arts. Creator-writer Byron Balasco has been fascinated by the sport since it first started, and cast members Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, Jonathan Tucker, Matt Lauria, Nick Jonas and Joanna Going said they have all grown to love MMA as much as Balasco Read more...

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Stalker in the Attic: The Cyberbully Who Spies on 12-Year-Old Girls in Their Home

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:17

On a Monday afternoon in late March, 12-year-old best friends Melody Coffey and Julia Young sat in Melody's room, mulling the latest message from their tormentor:

wanna play a game ?

The girls recognized the sender's Instagram account as belonging to a girl we'll call Danielle. She and Julia were friends briefly earlier in the year. Since their falling out with Danielle, Melody and Julia had been receiving disturbing threats from her social media accounts.

Let's switch passwords

The oddly punctuated messages had grown more sinister, more perverse. Though Danielle denied they were from her — she suggested her accounts were hacked — the evidence was not in her favor. The attacks referenced the girls' families and their friends from school and even now, above the latest message, was a selfie of Danielle, phone held up to the mirror Read more...

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'Doctor Who' Trailer Has Landed: Monsters, Mistakes and Madness

Sun, 07/13/2014 - 15:07

"Where are we going?" asks Doctor Who companion Clara Oswald midway through the thrilling new trailer for the eighth season in the revived sci-fi series.

"Into darkness," replies the 12th Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, before the clip flashes monsters and scenes teasing what's to come for the time-traveling duo.

See also: Creepy 'Doctor Who' Teaser Hints at the Return of an Old Villain

See many of the new monsters and old enemies the Doctor will face from 23 August @ #DoctorWho

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) July 13, 2014

The full trailer, which first aired on BBC One during the final match of the World Cup, comes just days after five scripts from the new season leaked online this month because of an Internet security breach, prompting BBC to beg fans to steer clear of sharing spoilers Read more...

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