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Netflix Plans To Expanding Original Content

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Netflix plans to increase original content by 20 shows in the next year.

Netflix has been slowly releasing original content in recent years. The company has been doing it to rave reviews. They have stated that their long-term goal is to have half of the streamable content be comprised of original material. The goal is 1,000 new hours of content each year developed by Netflix. The first year for this will be 2017.

For comparison, Netflix offered 600 hours of self-produced content in 2016 and 450 in 2015. As you can see, the increase in incremental, but the increments are aggressive. They plan to spend $6 billion on original programming next year.

There are a few reasons they are planning on doing this. The first is competition. Streaming entertainment companies are getting more competitive. Netflix used to stand out from Hulu and other similar services in their offerings. This is not true anymore. They believe by increasing their own content they will distance themselves from these other companies.

Reddit CEO Drops A Bombshell

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Reddit CEO confesses that he changed comments made by supporters of Donald Trump

Steve Huffman, the CEO of Reddit, has confessed that he edited comments made about him on the website from Donald Trump supporters.

Huffman claimed that he altered references to him in several of the comments inside the website's biggest forum for the next President, however not the comments themselves. Nonetheless, by doing this, he brings up previous worries that Reddit can not work with its' users.

"Yes. I changed the 'screw ups' remarks, editing them for roughly sixty minutes" wrote Huffman, who founded Reddit in 2005 with Alexis Ohanian.

Google, Facebook Make Changes In Effort To Ban Fake News Sites

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Fake news sites dot the landscape on platforms like Facebook and Google. Unfortunately, such sites play a dangerous game of misinformation. They've even proved lucrative for the perpetrators. Facebook and Google recently took efforts to ban fake news sites, though. With these efforts, perhaps the flood of fake news will lessen in a noticeable way.

On social media, fake news rose to popularity with the US election more so than ever before. Such sites found their way into Google search results and Google News. This type of news spreads inaccurate information on purpose rather than pushing a particular opinion or belief.

Google's policies now state that sites cannot misstate or misrepresent information. If a site breaks the policy, then it could lose Google AdSense privileges. Of course, fake news sites depend upon Google AdSense revenue in order to turn a profit from misinformation.

Your Next Job Could Come From Facebook!

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Recruitment drives through LinkedIn now face competition as Facebook creates a new job opening feature.

Pages have always been an important part of Facebook's ecosystem, and now they've added a new twist: job listings. Companies who currently market their products via their Facebook news feeds may now also have a new reason to funnel traffic that way; driving traffic for Facebook and paying for the privilege.

At present, it is only an experiment, first spotted by TechCrunch, and part of a wider drive to address the burgeoning social recruitment market. It is, in part, a response to behaviour that Facebook confirm they have already noticed: small businesses offering jobs through their existing Facebook pages.

There are already others participating in this market -- LinkedIn, Work4 and Jobscore to name but a few -- so there is clearly demand to be addressed. These services can already be embedded in Facebook pages, so it is a natural follow-on for Facebook to launch their own service. Speculation online is that Facebook already did some preparation work when it tested Profile Tags in 2015.

Samsung Expands Recall Of Note 7

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The U.S. division of Samsung has reached an agreement with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to recall just under 2 million Note 7s. Exactly 1.9 million of the Samsung Note 7 are being recalled so that they can be replaced.

Owners of the phone will be able to take it into a store and exchange it for a new version of the phone. They can also get a full refund for the phone if they don't want a new one. On top of the refund, they will get a $100 credit if they choose a different Samsung phone. A $25 credit will be given if they choose a phone from another brand.

The Clinton Foundation Denies Being Hacked

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A hacker with the screen handle Guccifer 2.0 has claimed to have hacked the Clinton Foundation's website and leaked various emails tied to the Democratic National Committee. A number of files that could be potentially damaging to Hillary Clinton's reputation have been uncovered. The Clinton Foundation has issued a statement of denial about this claim. The hacker has reportedly posted screenshots and copies of spreadsheets that he claims to have found on the DNC's servers.

The hacker was posted that the Clinton campaign hasn't even bothered to secure their information against intrusions, and breaking in was a relatively quick and easy process. There has also been media attention devoted to the political motivation behind the breach. The hacker even mentioned a shout-out to Julian Assange. The two of these hackers have been tied to the publication of condemning information about private citizens and about members of the DNC.

Yahoo Password Breach May Create Ripple Effect, Experts Warn

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Cyber-security investigators are continuing to assess the damage in the aftermath of the massive Yahoo password breach that occurred in 2014, in which scores of Yahoo users had their password data stolen. The concern of investigators now is that the data could potentially be used to hack other websites, such as banks and email accounts.

According to Shuman Ghosemajumder, Shape Security's chief technology officer in California, cybercriminals often use this data for "credential stuffing". This is a process in which they use stolen usernames and passwords on various websites to access confidential information. Today's software makes this process almost instantaneous for cybercriminals, although it is only successful approximately 2 percent or less of the time.

Finding The Best Election Coverage Sites

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The 2016 Presidential Elections are one of the most watched political events in throughout the world.  Both in the United States and abroad, people are wondering what the polls are saying, who is in the lead, and whether it will be a Trump or Clinton victory this November.  No matter whether you're interested in the economy or foreign relations, this election is sure to change the face of American politics.

Of course, for those who are truly interested in election coverage web sites, finding the best sites is a vital part of staying up to date.  The following is a list of the most comprehensive and interesting sites on the web:

-Politico.com is full of far more than just the latest news.  The site arranges massive amounts of data about the elections into easy to digest stories that will keep you reading.  One favorite feature is an interactive map that shows the results of the primary races.

-FactCheck.org is the best site for those who want to see just the facts, no bias involved.  The site is supported by those who visit it, so it isn't bought or paid for by either side.

-NY Times Polls is a feature of the New York Times that provides real-time election poll results.  With daily updates, it gives readers a real time feel for what voters are thinking.

- The Nation is one of the country's most renowned websites for political coverage.  With some of the best reporting and opinions from all sides of the political spectrum, it is sure to become a favorite.

Last.Fm Site Suffers Massive Breach

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A Leaked source reporter stated that a massive breach occurred on the Last.fm music website in March of 2012. Last.fm released a statement about its security about three months after the breach occurred. The statement showed great concern for site users.

Last.Fm officials urged their users to change their passwords immediately. They felt that such an action was necessary given all the recent reports about password breaches on other sites. It seems as if password hacking has become out hand lately.

No no one knew the exact number of passwords that were hacked or how severe the hack was until today. The site used the MD5 hashing method of encryption to store the passwords rather than the plaintext style. Just about all sites that store people's passwords use some type of encryption to do so. The problem is that some methods are much safer than other methods are.

The Self-Flying Security Guard

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The startup company known as Aptonomy has created a drone that acts as a self-flying security guard. This drone technology has the potential to drastically cut down on the numbers of prison escapes, home invasions, and bank robberies. The company's developers have built on the existing technology that film-makers frequently use. This has been added to the camera-carrying drone that has been dubbed the DJI S-1000+, and it's gotten a new flight-controlling mechanism added to this so-called skeleton drone.

The new security guard also has been equipped with loudspeakers, powerful lights, and a night-vision camera. What also sets this drone apart is the incorporation of artificial intelligence. Its AI navigation system can allow the drone to fly low while avoiding any detected obstacles. Human activity and faces are also automatically detected and recorded.

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