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Hollywood is fighting billionaire Sean Parker's plan to let you rent movies still in theaters for $50

Instantly, people online said Parker was about to change the movie business as he did with the music industry 18 years ago, when he helped create the file-sharing service Napster.<p>Hollywood power players began to take sides. Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, J.J. Abrams, and Peter Jackson have all …

Film Industry

Why Florida May Lose 'Ballers' and 'Bloodline' to Other State

As the Sunshine State's conservative legislature rejects "Hollywood handouts" and does away with its sought-after incentives program, filmmakers look …

Universal Studios

Save Netflix!

Not <i>this</i> Netflix, but the <i>next</i> one, the one that'll make Netflix look like <i>Blockbuster</i> -- because if the World Wide Web Consortium goes along with its …

Cory Doctorow
Retirement

Movie-Streaming Sites Claim Legal Cover With DVD-Ownership Models

Hollywood studios, which have long patrolled the Internet to stamp out copyright-infringing activity, are grappling with a new gambit to sidestep …

Televisions

Napster founder plans to screen movies at home on day they hit cinemas

Revolutionary Screening Room venture by Sean Parker could end ‘theatrical window’ by offering new films at $50 a pop – despite industry doubts<p>A new service that would make major blockbusters available at home on the same day they hit cinemas has been proposed by the Napster founder, Sean Parker, …

Blockbusters

Tech startup wants to charge $50 for people to watch first-run movies at home

Back in the golden age of Hollywood, the studios were like gods. They had all the money in the world, they could have people killed on a whim, and …

Justin Timberlake
Investing

Smart Bandage Has Embedded Electronics To Track And Treat Your Wound

A hydrogel bandage with bonded electronics can automatically deliver medicine to a wound when necessary.<p>Researchers from MIT have developed a new type of bandage that incorporates electronics and drug reservoirs to monitor and care for a wound. The durable hydrogel bandage is supple and flexible, …

Comcast Is the Most Hated Internet Provider in America

By far.<p>This won’t come as a surprise to a whole bunch of its customers but Comcast, America’s biggest cable and internet service provider, is the …

Net Neutrality

3 Cheap Growth Stocks You Can Buy Right Now

Image source: Pixabay.<p>With the stock market in nearly nonstop rally mode over the past six years, investors haven't needed to look far to uncover an abundance of growth stocks. But not all growth stocks are created equal: While some could still deliver extraordinary gains, others appear …

Do You Have a Digital Estate Plan for Your Online Assets?

<b>Updated February 2017</b> — In this digital age, people amass an electronic wealth of sorts in social media sites, photo-sharing sites, and online …

3 Value Stocks Near 52-Week Lows Worth Buying

Image source: Pixabay.<p>While many companies' shares are risingpast their fair values now, others are trading at potentially bargain prices. The difficulty with bargain shopping, though, is that you may be understandably hesitant to buy stocks wallowing at 52-week lows. In an effort to separate the …

Prophecy realized: Ex-Gitmo detainee, UBL aide resurfaces on battlefield in Yemen

A hardened Al Qaeda fighter who served as Usama bin Laden's jack-of-all-trades before spending a decade at Guantanamo Bay made a military prosecutor's prophecy come true when he resurfaced on the field of battle in Yemen, where he is one of the terror group's top leaders.<p>Ibrahim al-Qosi, a Sudanese …

Terrorism

Feds warn of bogus batch of Syrian passports amid report ISIS can print them

Fake Syrian passports aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, but they can be had for as little as $200, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security that could call into question the ability to screen Middle East refugees fleeing to the West.<p>The 18-page report, circulated to law …

Middle East

'A turning point for the world': Obama praises global climate change pact in WH address

President Obama hailed the approval of a far-reaching global climate accord to limit greenhouse gas emissions adopted Saturday in Paris, in a statement from the White House Cabinet Room Saturday afternoon.<p>Praising the pact as a ‘turning point for the world,’ Obama commended leaders from more than …

Climate

California Democratic Senate candidate, Rep. Sanchez criticized for Islam remarks

A California congresswoman and U.S. Senate candidate was sharply criticized Friday after suggesting that as many as two of 10 Muslims would engage in terrorism to establish a strict Islamic state.<p>In response, Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez issued a statement saying the estimate did not reflect her …

Native Americans
Economy

Comcast's CEO explained why your internet bill will only get more expensive

"Just as with every other thing in your life — if you drive a hundred thousand miles or a thousand miles you buy more gasoline," Roberts said during Business Insider's IGNITION conference on Tuesday.<p>"If you turn on the air conditioning at 60 versus 72, you consume more electricity," he said. "The …

Televisions

Bye-bye HP, it's the end of an era

On Sunday, Hewlett-Packard will no longer be a single business. Instead, it will start a new era as two publicly traded companies, Hewlett Packard …

Intellectual Property

Top 10 Debt Collection Rights for Consumers

Debt issues can be hard to manage. And a collection call from a persistent creditor can make a challenging financial situation all the more stressful.<p>…

4 Times You Can Sue a Debt Collector

Yes, you can fight back.<p>It’s every consumer’s worst nightmare: You’re busy at work, mired in debt, and your cellphone keeps ringing. You’re doing …

Personal Finance

PayPal to Start Trading on the Nasdaq in July

PayPal will start trading on the Nasdaq on July 20 under the "PYPL" ticker after its split from parent company eBay (EBAY).<p>E-commerce company eBay Inc.said Friday that its board of directors officially approved the completion of the separation. The split was first announced in September …

Tinder's Parent Company Plans To Go Public

NEW YORK -- An online dating giant is betting Wall Street will swipe right.<p>IAC/InterActiveCorp on Thursday announced it plans to spin off the Match Group -- which includes Tinder, Match.com and OKCupid -- through an initial public offering.<p>“The Match Group is poised for substantial growth in the …

Agriculture
Trading

Meet the Man Who Lost $14 Billion in 30 Minutes

May 20th was a very bad day for Li Hejun.<p>Most of us would be dismayed at losing $14 in thirty minutes, much less $14 billion. One of China’s richest …

Stock Markets

Good Time to Jump into La-Z-Boy Shares

Let’s talk about La-Z-Boy (LZB).<p>I know you’ve heard of it. You probably have one at home. It’s the largest furniture company out there.<p>Now here’s the thing -- I know execution hasn’t been great. In fact, they missed the Street two of the last three quarters. However, I love some of the other things …

Mom says third-grade daughter banned from school party for Common Core opt-out

A New Jersey mom says her third-grade daughter was “bullied” by school officials - left out of an end-of-year cupcake and juice box party - because she opted out of the state's version of Common Core testing.<p>Michele Thornton, of Oldmans Township, said school officials would not let 9-year-old …

Education