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Netflix Stock Falls 25% After Missing Subscriber Growth Numbers

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:25pm

Netflix's rough day just got even worse.

Netflix revealed that it missed its own subscriber forecast for the September quarter, adding fewer than one million new members (980,000) domestically and two million internationally. It ended the quarter with 37.2 million domestic subscribers and just more than 53 million members globally.

"This quarter we over-forecasted membership growth," the company's CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells wrote in a letter to investors included with the earnings release

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The news helped send Netflix stock down by more than 20% in after hours trading Wednesday, effectively shaving $100 off the stock price Read more...

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Move Over, 'Let It Go': Here's Your New Disney Addiction

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:24pm

Let go of "Let It Go."

Disney is heavily teasing Big Hero 6, the studio's animated follow-up to Frozen, with Fall Out Boy's "Immortals," a song the band recorded just for the film. While it may not reach the Oscar-winning heights of "Let It Go," it's pretty darn catchy

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Disney used the tune in its Big Hero 6 sizzle reel (watch below) at New York Comic Con. The film comes out Nov. 7.

Big Hero 6, inspired by Marvel's comic book series of the same name, follows teen prodigy Hiro Hamada, his exuberant college classmates and their inflatable robot Baymax, who looks like a much fatter, taller Pillsbury Doughboy. Together, they'll fight the evils awaiting them in San Fransokyo, a high-tech city where Eastern culture meets Western culture Read more...

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Fox News' Shep Smith Gets Serious on Ebola

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:21pm

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is noted for being a levelheaded journalist who isn't afraid to take a moment to set things straight.

He took a few minutes Wednesday afternoon to lay out the facts about Ebola cases in the United States and address some misleading stories that have begun to circulate. It's well worth a watch.

While Smith is spot-on that people in the U.S. are relatively safe from the virus, it is also important to note that the situation in West Africa is getting worse. There may not be an outbreak in the U.S., but the World Health Organization warns that there could be 10,000 new cases per week in West Africa by December. Read more...

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30+ Services to Make Your Move to a New City Less Stressful

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:17pm

At some point between duct-taping your hundredth box and having absolutely no idea where the heck you packed your toothbrush, it hits you: Moving is the worst.

Anyone who has taken the plunge and moved to a new city can attest to why moving is consistently labeled one of the most stressful life events. In fact, a recent study found that only loss-related events — such as the death of a loved one or going through a divorce — scored higher on the stress scale.

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If you're planning an upcoming move, take a moment to check out the following apps, startups and services that can help streamline your move — and help you avoid a complete meltdown. Read more...

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Apple iPad Event: What Do You Want to See?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:11pm

Just more than a month since Apple's Tim Cook took the stage in Cupertino, California, to unveil two new iPhone models — the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus — as well as its first entrance into wearables with the Apple Watch and its Apple Pay platform.

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On Thursday, all eyes will once again be on Apple, as the company is expected to unveil at least one new iPad, updates to Apple TV and release Apple Pay publicly, among other things.

But in terms of iPad news, what are you hoping to see from Apple? Tell us in the poll above and share your thoughts in the comments below. Read more...

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Apple's Subsidized Egg-Freezing Is Cool, But a Little Creepy

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:47pm

Apple's news this week that it planned to cover the cost of egg-freezing for female employees elicited a complex reaction

Is this good news for women? Is it creepy? Is Apple trying to send some kind of message to female employees?

As usual, Apple's not talking. But the company's not alone in offering this new perk. Facebook, for one, began covering the cost for egg freezing (up to $20,000 — the same as Apple) back in January. The technology just went mainstream about two years ago, so perhaps it's too soon to tell if this will become one of those now-standard extras for tech employees — like free lunches and snacks — that are now taken for granted Read more...

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Gordon Hayward Says He'd 'Crush' LeBron James in 1-on-1

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:44pm

Let's just go ahead and award the NBA trolling MVP award for the 2014-5 season to Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz. He's earned it

Hayward is a promising young player, but he's never made an All-Star team, never been named All-NBA, never truly threatened to crack the stratosphere of the league's ruling class. In other words, Gordon Hayward is no LeBron James — but that didn't stop the Jazz forward from making a pretty bold claim on Twitter

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Hayward tweeted on Tuesday that he would "crush" James in a game of one-on-one. Not only that, he claimed to be "the best in the game." Read more...

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Stem Cell Eye Treatment May Restore Vision

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:15pm

When stem cells were first culled from human embryos sixteen years ago, scientists imagined they would soon be treating diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many other diseases with cells manufactured in the lab.

It's all taken longer than they thought. But now, a Massachusetts biotech firm has reported results from the largest, and longest, human test of a treatment based on embryonic stem cells, saying it appears safe and may have partly restored vision to patients going blind from degenerative diseases.

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Results of three-year study were described Tuesday in the Lancet by Advanced Cell Technology and collaborating eye specialists at the Jules Stein Eye Institute in Los Angeles who transplanted lab-grown cells into the eyes of nine people with macular degeneration and nine with Stargardt's macular dystrophy. Read more...

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'Family Feud' Contestant Tells America She's Not Satisfied With Husband's Penis

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:12pm

A real-life Family Feud likely erupted behind closed doors after one contestant's recent appearance on the gameshow

The contestant, Joyce, was asked, "If you could change one part of your husband's body what would it be?"

It is unclear how anyone might have thought this question wouldn't turn out badly for the couple. But based on the exasperated responses from host Steve Harvey and Joyce's husband Peter, no one seemed fully prepared for the phallic curve ball that Joyce would throw at them

Survey says? Awkward.

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World's Tallest Building Gets World's Highest Observation Deck

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:06pm

The tallest building in the world is now home to the highest observation deck in the world.

Beginning Wednesday, a new deck on the 148th floor of the 2,717-foot-tall Burj Khalifa in Dubai is open to tourists. The view is 1,821 feet above street level, earning it the record for the highest observation deck on the planet, according to Guinness World Records.

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The previous record was held by Canton Tower in China, which has an observation deck 1,601 feet above the ground.

For comparison, the highest deck at New York's Empire State Building is 1,250 feet above street level on the 102nd floor — although most visitors just go to the 86th floor open-air observatory. Read more...

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Google Glass Proves Key to Man's Internet Addiction Disorder

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:00pm

When a 31-year-old man receiving treatment for alcoholism was required to remove his Google Glass while completing rehab, he reportedly started to feel frustrated and irritable without the device. He had been wearing Glass for up to 18 hours a day, only taking it off when he slept and bathed

According to the journal Addictive Behaviors, this was the first case of Internet addiction disorder (IAD) involving the use of Google Glass.

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“The withdrawal from this is much worse than the withdrawal I went through from alcohol," the journal quotes the man as saying, noting several behaviors seemingly tied to the man’s addiction to Glass, such as dreaming as though he were looking through it. “He would experience the dream through a small gray window," the journal stated. Read more...

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Stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 Reunite for New Series

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:45pm

Hope you haven't already fulfilled your nerdy news quota for the day, because this is definitely going to top it off. Former Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu are heading back up into the cosmos together for the sci-fi comedy Other Space, the new Yahoo web series coming from The Heat director Paul Feig. This project was already orbiting my list of anticipated series, but it has now moseyed its way to the top.

Other Space will take place in the 22nd century, centering on a set of explorers that aren't exactly the most harmonious bunch. While advancements have been made to the world and humanity's travel capabilities, there still hasn't been any contact with extraterrestrial life. A spaceship full of mismatched characters is on a routine collection mission when they accidentally stumble upon the existence of an alternate universe that is far more perilous and warped than our own. In eight episodes, the group of fighting siblings, burned-out veterans, wet-nosed rookies and outdated robots must traverse this new universe to find a way back home Read more...

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Apple Stores Will Stop Selling Fitbit, Report Says

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:40pm

Apple is looking to pull the plug on selling Fitbit wristband trackers at its retail stores, a new report suggests.

According to Re/code, the reason for the move isn't entirely clear but it comes as Apple readies its own entrance into the wearables market in 2015 with the Apple Watch.

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But the timing is especially interesting in light of news last week that Fitbit told its users in the forum section of its website that it won't be integrating with Apple HealthKit software anytime soon. In a statement issued to Mashable, Fitbit said it is keeping an eye on the platform and is "evaluating integration with HealthKit as more of its features and benefits are revealed." Read more...

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The Market Is Having Another Awful Day

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 2:19pm

U.S. stocks tumbled in midday trading Wednesday as investor fears of a global economic slowdown intensified, setting the Dow Jones industrial average on course for its fourth consecutive loss.

The Dow plunged as much as 369 points in the first 10 minutes of trading and swooned more than 400 points in the afternoon, following steep declines in Europe, as the market sized up the latest batch of corporate earnings and some discouraging data on retail sales and manufacturing.

Traders dumped risky assets and parked their money in investments seen as relatively safe, such as U.S. government bonds. That pushed the yield on the 10-year Treasury note briefly below 2%, the lowest level in more than a year. Read more...

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'The Matrix' Trilogy Explained in Less Than 3 Minutes

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:57pm

Everybody knows that reality is an illusion and we exist within a computer simulation. What everybody doesn't know? The plot of The Matrix trilogy.

That's where we come in.

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This week on TL;DW (Too Long; Didn't Watch), we discuss the story of Neo, played by actual human vampire Keanu Reeves. Loose plot lines are exposed, theoretical questions are raised and an entire trilogy is succinctly summarized

Now, I know you're probably thinking, "These guys never actually summarize anything. They just rant for like three minutes and then the video is over." Read more...

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Mark Zuckerberg Was Once on CNN's List of '10 People Who Don't Matter'

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:55pm

Mark Zuckerberg wasn't always the billionaire Internet mogul we know today. In 2006, just two years after Facebook's creator, Zuck was just another 20-something trying to make his way in the world wearing a hoodie.

CNN's Business 2.0, a magazine that once lived as part of CNN Money, vastly underestimated his potential all those years ago, listing him as No. 10 on the list of "10 People Who Don't Matter." The site wrote off Zuckerberg's "online social directory for college students" as a passing fad.

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The piece also heralded MySpace as the most important player in the social media game, calling the network the "80-million-user gorilla" whose success Facebook was simply chasing Read more...

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Apple Accidentally Leaks Images of New iPads Before Event

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:51pm

Apple just accidentally gave everyone a sneak peek at the new iPads it's expected to unveil tomorrow.

Images of the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 appeared in screenshots for an iPad user guide, confirming the new tablets will be equipped with Apple's Touch ID and Burst Mode.

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The images, which were first spotted by 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, are screenshots taken from Apple's iPad User Guide, available in its iBooks app. The screenshots confirm both new iPads, which won't be formally announced until tomorrow, will be equipped with Apple's Touch ID

Image: Apple

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Kate's Past Comes to Light in 'Criminal Minds' Sneak Peek

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:41pm

So far, Jennifer Love Hewitt's Kate Callahan has been a fun addition to the BAU, and in this week's episode, Reid gets to know the latest team member a little bit more after the pair is confronted with a case that's difficult for Callahan

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This exclusive sneak peek from Wednesday's episode, which finds the Behavioral Analysis Unit looking into a passenger jet crash in Colorado, will explain more. It will certainly inform the character going forward.

Criminal Minds airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on CBS

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Harry Potter Spinoffs, DC Superhero and 'Lego' Movies Coming From WB

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:01pm

LOS ANGELES — Warner Bros. dropped a motherlode of movie news on Wednesday, from Harry Potter spinoffs to major DC Comics films and Lego Movie sequels galore.

The announcements were made at the Time Warner investor conference in Burbank — a curious choice, as each of these films could have dominated a day's news cycle — but clearly Time Warner wanted to present a united message, including the announcement that HBO would soon be available as a standalone streaming service.

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For starters, the studio confirmed the dates for three Harry Potter spinoffs, based on J.K. Rowling’s original story and screenwriting debut Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The films are set for 2016, 2018 and 2020, with David Yates, who steered the original franchise's final installments, directing. Read more...

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2 New Fitbit Trackers Revealed in Leaked Images

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 12:59pm

After recalling its Force wristband earlier this year, images of what appears to be two new Fitbit fitness trackers — the Charge and Charge HR — have leaked online.

The "cleanest look yet" at the new fitness devices, obtained by Gizmodo, is pictured in the marketing materials that have not yet been made publicly available.

See also: First Batch of HealthKit Apps Arrive for iOS 8

Image: Gizmodo

The Fitbit Force debuted to a largely positive reception in 2013, but the company later stopped selling the tracker and announced a voluntary recall when users began reporting rash-like symptoms. The wristbands included nickel, which often causes skin irritation Read more...

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