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‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel: Netflix to Release With TWC. Netflix has reached a deal with The Weinstein Co. for its first original movie — a sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 martial arts pic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — set to hit IMAX theaters and the streaming-video service simultaneously next summer.

‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ Sequel: Netflix to Release With TWC

The film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend,” is slated for a Aug. 28, 2015, debut. California Legislature passes stiffest U.S. bill to protect K-12 students' online data. SACRAMENTO -- Trying to protect children from marketers, identity thieves and predators, California could establish the nation's toughest protections of student privacy and forbid the sale and disclosure of schools' online student data.

California Legislature passes stiffest U.S. bill to protect K-12 students' online data

"It's a big win for kids," said James Steyer, whose advocacy group Common Sense Media pushed hard for the bill. He called it a landmark for student privacy and said he hopes other states will follow suit.Despite forceful pushback from high-tech heavies, the bill by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg passed the Legislature unanimously last week.If signed by Brown, Senate Bill 1177 would prohibit targeted ads based on school information and creating student profiles when not used for education purposes. Needed guidance Federal law already prohibits districts from releasing student information but doesn't limit the firms that contract to manage data. Bill Text - SB-1177 Privacy: students. (a) For the purposes of this section, “operator” means the operator of an Internet Web site, online service, online application, or mobile application with actual knowledge that the site, service, or application is used primarily for K–12 school purposes and was designed and marketed for K–12 school purposes.

Bill Text - SB-1177 Privacy: students.

(b) An operator shall not knowingly engage in any of the following activities with respect to their site, service, or application: (1) (A) Engage in targeted advertising on the operator’s site, service, or application, or (B) target advertising on any other site, service, or application when the targeting of the advertising is based upon any information, including covered information and persistent unique identifiers, that the operator has acquired because of the use of that operator’s site, service, or application described in subdivision (a).

What the eBay Split Means for PayPal. PayPal hasn’t aged so gracefully, but eBay’s decision to spin it off next year could give it renewed life.

What the eBay Split Means for PayPal

There are plenty of questions remaining about the plan eBay announced on Tuesday morning to remake PayPal as its own public company, but one thing seems likely: It’ll improve hiring and fortify the company amid a recent onslaught of competition from startups such as Stripe and even tech behemoths like Apple. One big concern before eBay’s decision to spin off PayPal was that eBay wouldn’t be able to find a top replacement for former PayPal President David Marcus, without a guarantee of eventual independence for the company. The company today announced that well-regarded American Express exec Dan Schulman is taking over as PayPal’s president and eventual CEO, which allows the company to stabilize the executive ranks and put to rest that concern. 'Crouching Tiger' sequel Netflix's first original movie.

As Netflix continues to grow its proprietary programming arsenal, the streaming service announced late Monday it's producing a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with the Weinstein Company as its first original movie.

'Crouching Tiger' sequel Netflix's first original movie

The film, following the 2000 Oscar-winning movie, will hit Netflix and select IMAX theaters Aug. 28, 2015 — along with additional yet-to-be-announced original movies. Starter cut-off devices keep car payments coming : Business. The US is ready to redefine “television” to include the internet. The US Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to treat certain online video services like cable and satellite TV providers.

The US Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to treat certain online video services like cable and satellite TV providers. The move would help the online services get cheaper access to major network programming and could allow them to become stronger competitors to the dominant pay-TV providers like Comcast. The move wouldn’t give it free access to broadcast programming, but it would force the broadcasters to negotiate following certain rules and would likely mean cheaper access to their channels. – shirleymnoriega

The move would help the online services get cheaper access to major network programming and could allow them to become stronger competitors to the dominant pay-TV providers like Comcast.

The US is ready to redefine “television” to include the internet

“This is a very big deal,” said Richard Greenfield, an industry analyst for BTIG. Disney-Dish Network pact may alter TV viewing habits. In its new distribution deal with Disney, Dish Network secured Internet… (David Duprey / Associated…) Walt Disney Co. and satellite TV provider Dish Network's sweeping new agreement could lead to changes in the way consumers watch television.

Disney-Dish Network pact may alter TV viewing habits

The comprehensive distribution deal, announced late Monday, is expected to become a blueprint on how the television industry treats the increasingly important digital rights for valuable programming. Dish secured Internet streaming rights for content from Disney's ESPN, ESPN2, ABC Family and Disney Channel as well as the eight ABC television stations that Disney owns.

PHOTOS: Upcoming Disney spring films and beyond. Search DuckDuckGo. IBM Cloud services - United States. Netflix Storms Europe (Where Will It Launch Next?) Netflix's mid-September launch in six European countries, including France and Germany, marked the biggest international expansion to date for the streaming giant, opening a market with 60 million broadband households.

Netflix Storms Europe (Where Will It Launch Next?)

But even before the lavish parties in Paris and Berlin, Wall Street was wondering where Netflix will go next. Netflix has made an international foray about once a year (first in Canada in 2010, followed by Latin America in 2011, the U.K., Ireland and Scandinavia in 2012 and the Netherlands in 2013). Now it seems Australia is CEO Reed Hastings' next target. Read more Fall TV 2014: The Full Schedule Similar to Canada and Western Europe, Australia has a high percentage of broadband homes (about 6.4 million of a population of 23 million). Netflix Deliberately Ruins A Lot Of Good TV And Movies. Netflix thinks that in this new era of television, spoilers matter less than they used to.

Netflix Deliberately Ruins A Lot Of Good TV And Movies

In fact, the company has created an entire site that gives away major plot twists of some popular and classic movies and TV shows. We're talking major. Whole Foods Turnaround Strategy. Can This Man Reprogram Microsoft? Whole Foods Turnaround Strategy - Business Insider. Studio Deal Renewals Could Hurt Redbox, Analyst Warns. The 5 Things We Know About Google's Five Year Plan  BetterWorks Raises $15.5 Million To Bring Google-Style Management To Small Co... Amazon vs alibaba.

Alibaba has eclipsed Amazon as the largest and most valuable e-commerce company in the world. In fact, based on the first day of trading, Alibaba is more valuable than Amazon and eBay combined. Like Amazon, Alibaba has built up a massive customer base and data infrastructure and has emerged as the dominant player in its home market. But the similarities end there. Alibaba is not a traditional e-commerce company. It operates an “open marketplace” that connects buyers with sellers. It has created an e-commerce platform that helps small businesses as well as branded manufacturers reach consumers. It does not sell anything directly and does not own any warehouses. As a result, Alibaba is vastly more profitable than Amazon, with margins of almost 40% and earnings of almost $2 billion in the most recent quarter, according to its IPO filing documents. Both Amazon and Alibaba have built e-commerce platforms uniquely suited to their home markets. Alibaba has a deep understanding of Chinese consumers and of nuances in terms of tone, approach, and product variety. The company has mastered the intricacies of Chinese regulations and how to work with state and national governments. Conversely, Amazon is a master of logistics and "Supply Chain" management, and it is the world leader in cloud infrastructure services. – jjalfaro

How Companies Learn Your Secrets. Japanese construction giant Obayashi announces plans to have a space elevator up and running by 2050. By North Asia correspondent Matthew Carney Updated Once the realm of science fiction, a Japanese company has announced they will have a space elevator up and running by the year 2050.

Japanese construction giant Obayashi announces plans to have a space elevator up and running by 2050

If successful it would revolutionise space travel and potentially transform the global economy. The Japanese construction giant Obayashi says they will build a space elevator that will reach 96,000 kilometres into space. Welcome to Forbes. Apple's Tim Cook attacks Google and Facebook over privacy flaws. Apple chief executive Tim Cook has fired a new salvo against Google and Facebook, emphasising in an open letter to customers that Apple doesn’t build profiles of its users from their email content or web browsing habits “to sell to advertisers”.

The $3.2 Billion Man: Can Google's Newest Star Outsmart Apple? Lounging poolside in 93-degree July heat as Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" thrums through the patio speakers, Tony Fadell takes a sip of nonalcoholic beer and sinks far enough back into his chair that his belly peeks out from under his Lacoste polo.

"The combined approaches--creating end-to-end hardware and software versus relying on outside partners--represent a melding of the Google-Apple design dichotomy, which Fadell says he and Page have had "very, very pointed conversations" about. "It's not a zero-sum game; there's value to both systems," Fadell says. "In this connected age, no company can stay bound to 'I'm just going to make this one piece of the puzzle.' You're seeing Samsung, Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft all trying to do it. If you're just trying to package Android in a better way, you're not thinking about the entire experience. That's where the reinvention happens."" "...For Nest, the company's product family acts as a base layer of hardware to entice outside services to join its ecosystem. Mercedes-Benz recently launched a feature that lets your car speak to the Nest thermostat, so as you drive closer to home, it can start warming or cooling rooms. Customers can also now set up smart LED lightbulbs so they'll flash red if Protect detects smoke or carbon monoxide." "...Apple, while reportedly developing its own hardware for the living room, also recently introduced HomeKit, a software framework to assist third-party developers in designing products for the home. "Apple making software that anyone can connect to is a very Google play, while Google developing beautiful hardware with Nest is a very Apple play," says Adam Sager, CEO of Canary, a Dropcam competitor that's trying to figure out its own place in this complicated ecosystem. "It's interesting to see these massive companies adopt each other's strategies to attack this space."" – daxjacobson

We're in the backyard of his Woodside, California, home, not far from the tennis court, barn, and private forested driveway with a horse-crossing sign. The house itself is rather modest, a modern slice of heaven that Fadell spent five years searching for and then two years remodeling, filling its tall, white rooms with state-of-the-art technology and Art Basel–style furniture. He calls its design "classic California. " Amazon Announces New $79 Kindle eBook Reader, $99 Fire Tablet. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- As Amazon (AMZN_) continues to press more in hardware, expanding its offerings, it's playing to its strengths - Kindles and Fire tablets, with the company announcing several new Kindle e-readers and Fire tablets last night. BCG Partners analyst Colin Gillis questioned the wisdom of Amazon's 9 p.m. midweek announcement of the new products but not the actual devices.

"The Kindle refresh will promote online book sales," he said in a phone interview. Gillis added, "The new, lower-priced Fire tablet will drive more market share. Google's New A.I. Ethics Board Might Save Humanity From Extinction. There Is No Privacy On The Internet Of Things. Yelp and TinyCo settle with FTC over COPPA Rule violations. September 17, 2014. What happens to calls that are 'recorded for quality assurance' - Sep. 15, 2014. Apple Supply Chain Mastery Is Key To CEO Tim Cook's Success. Apple has written a guide for people switching from Android to iPhone. Apple releases iOS 8 tomorrow, and its next generation of iPhone later this week. With the new models approaching larger Android phones in terms of screen size, the company appears to be expecting a lot of people will make the switch from Samsung, HTC, and other devices to its iPhone.

To that end, it's provided a guide to moving all your stuff from Android to iOS. Online Privacy: Using the Internet Safely. Microsoft buys Mojang, Minecraft: Five reasons it makes strategic sense. How Apple promises to safeguard your workout data. Apple not only unveiled the new iPhone last week. New App Makes It Easy to Stalk Friends (or Strangers!) Without Them Really Knowing. Your favorite social networks have asked you to share your location for a while now. We need a "moral operating system" - Damon Horowitz. Teens Get Online 'Eraser Button' With New California Law. 10 ways to protect your online identity. eHarmony Wants To Help You Find A Job. Yahoo Faced Big U.S. Fines Over User Data - WSJ. T-Mobile offers free cell spots to all customers. Malicious advertising hits Amazon, YouTube and Yahoo, Cisco says.

Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale? : All Tech Considered. 5 Million Gmail Usernames, Passwords Hacked And Posted To Russian Bitcoin Forum: Report. Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers. For sale: Systems that can secretly track where cellphone users go around the globe. Facebook Generation Rekindles Expectation of Privacy Online. Malicious ads hit Amazon, YouTube and Yahoo, Cisco says. Thousands get 'Peter Pan virus' phishing email. Three Companies that are Hack Attackers - Bill Gunderson.

Home Depot confirms hack, maybe since April - Sep. 8, 2014. iPhone 6 unveiled at Apple 2014 event. Public Investigator - Home Depot confirms data breach, offers identity theft protection and credit monitoring. Is China Freeloading Off The U.S. Military's Work In Afghanistan And Iraq? Home Depot (HD) Hack Could Be Biggest Card Breach Ever. Think Beyond The Chair. FBI reportedly probing hack of JP Morgan Chase, other US banks. Google Is Target of European Backlash on U.S. Tech Dominance - NYTimes.com. Apple confirms accounts compromised but denies security breach. 65 Things We Know About NSA Surveillance That We Didn’t Know a Year Ago. How Bitcoin Works Under the Hood.

Verizon failed to tell 2 million people it was using their personal info for marketing. Now the FCC is making it pay. Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write. Are You Data Rich but Insights Poor? Apple sets event for Sept. 9. Twitter Is Destroying Itself. 5 Careers That Pay $50 An Hour. Technology tracks players’ speed on football field.

EU Sends Questionnaire to Rivals Over Facebook Deal With WhatsApp - WSJ. Israel, Gaza, War & Data: Social Networks and the Art of Personalizing Propaganda  4 Ways Behavioral Targeting Is Changing the Web. Transforming Digital Business in 'Real-Time' Uber’s Biggest Danger Is Its Business Model, Not Bad PR. Apple quiet on iCloud exploit after celebrity nudes leak. Snapchat Founders Likely Billionaires With New, Reported Investment. Student-Built Apps Teach Colleges a Thing or Two.