10/19/2010

Netflix disc-free streaming comes to Sony PS3, Nintendo Wii

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Beginning this week, Netflix subscribers with a Nintendo Wii or Sony PlayStation 3 console will be able to stream video directly from the Netflix library – without the hassle of inserting that pesky Netflix disc. According to Netflix, the process is pretty simple: Fire up your console, navigate to the online marketplace – the Wii Shop channel on the Wii and the PlayStation Store on the PS3 – and download the Netflix application.
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“In addition to removing the need for discs, we’ve developed a new user interface on both applications that significantly improves the experience,” Netflix exec Greg Peters wrote in a blog post today. “The new applications will allow you to search for content directly from the device and you’ll also be able to view an increasing portion of our content library with subtitles or alternate audio tracks.”

Facebook apps leak user information

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Facebook users are inadvertently providing access to their names and in some cases even their friend’s names to advertising and Internet tracking companies, through some popular applications, the Wall Street Journal said.

According to the Journal’s investigation, the issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings, the paper said.

The practice violates Facebook’s rules and raises questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure, the paper said.

On Sunday, a Facebook spokesman told the Journal that it is taking steps to “dramatically limit” the exposure of users’ personal information.

Bill Gates’s successor at Microsoft to retire

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Microsoft Corp executive who took over the role of chief software architect from Bill Gates is to step down, following a tenure in which the Windows-maker lost ground to Google and Apple.

Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said Ray Ozzie would not be replaced, raising questions about the leadership and direction of the world’s largest software company after a string of high-profile departures.

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