Doctor Who and other BBC shows are vanishing from Prime in Amazon’s fight for exclusivity

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Amazon’s streaming war with Netflix is about to claim a new victim: Doctor Who. The Verge has learned that the program, along with the majority of BBC programming, will be vanishing from Prime Instant Video starting February 15th. According to sources familiar with the matter, the issue is exclusivity. Amazon’s licensing deal with the BBC allows other subscription services like Netflix to carry the same shows at the same time. That doesn’t align with Amazon’s current strategic goals, so we’ve learned the company is choosing to not renew the agreement.

It’s a bit of hardball that could frustrate Amazon’s customers in the short term, but demonstrates just how serious the company is about Prime. Amazon has been on a tear over the past two…

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Dropcam CEO leaves Nest; founding VP of technology goes to Twitter

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Two high-level employees at Nest have departed the company this week, The Verge has learned. Sources say that Nest’s vice president of technology Yoky Matsuoka, as well as Greg Duffy who co-founded Dropcam, are no longer with the company. Matsuoka was previously the head of innovation at Google, as well as a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. She’s leaving to join Twitter. Duffy joined Nest when Dropcam was acquired for $555 million last June.

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Magic Leap’s futuristic patent art was copied from other artists’ designs

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When Google-backed augmented reality company Magic Leap quietly applied for a patent, it did so with dozens of pages of futuristic (and slightly creepy) scenarios: a social media charm bracelet, a gargoyle bursting out of a box in a store, gamified cucumber chopping…

Wait a second. That last one sounds familiar. Maybe that’s because it’s a line drawing of a shot from “Sight,” a Black Mirror-esque short film about an augmented, sinister future. As it turns out, Magic Leap’s patent art isn’t so much its vision of the future as one created by various students and designers. Former Verge-r and current Gizmodo writer Sean Hollister was tipped off to a set of side-by-side comparisons that leave no doubt we’re looking at copies.

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Masterpiece Of Soldering: You Won’t Believe This Handmade Electronic Clock

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The collection of components that you see above is actually a clock, masterfully constructed by Gislain Benoit, who has been working with electronics for as long as he can remember. According to the description, this clock not only displays the time, but all of the components you would see in […]

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Will Uber Convertibles Run Out Of Gas?

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gauge Uber just completed a $1.6 billion, six-year convertible debt raise via Goldman’s private wealth group. “But Robbie,” you say, “how do you even put a value on a convertible bond if there isn’t any stock to convert the bond into?” A great question, and one that has a number of significant implications. Since we’re all friends here, let’s go ahead… Read More

Marriott withdraws awful Wi-Fi blocking proposal after taking heat from FCC

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With the FCC pretty much laughing off Marriott’s request for permission to block guests’ access to external Wi-Fi networks, the hotel chain has decided to withdraw its petition in a late attempt to save face. “We thought we were doing the right thing asking the FCC to provide guidance, but the FCC has indicated its opposition,” Bruce Hoffmeister, Marriott’s chief information officer, says in a statement.

“We thought we were doing the right thing.”

Marriott filed its petition with the FCC last year, requesting that it be allowed to “monitor and mitigate threats” to its network, even if that meant interfering with guests’ devices. The FCC and many others read this as Marriott wanting to block guests’ Wi-Fi hotspots and access to other…

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Watch the trailer for Game of Thrones Season 5

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You may have seen this earlier today in much blurrier form, but now HBO is giving it a proper release. The first trailer for Season 5 of Game of Thrones has just been put up to stream on the show’s Facebook page, and you can watch it in the embedded box below. The series returns on April 12th.

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Finding the real Kurt Cobain: a conversation with documentary director Brett Morgen

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The Sundance documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is far from a traditional biopic. Directed by Brett Morgen, the filmmaker behind movies like The Kid Stays in the Picture and the Rolling Stones documentary Crossfire Hurricane, it eschews conventional narrative in an attempt to bring audiences inside the mind of Cobain through his paintings, personal recordings, journals, and some disturbing home video footage. I saw a lot of documentaries at Sundance this year, and Montage of Heck was my favorite by far.

I sat down with Morgen during the festival to talk about the origins of the project, the absence of Dave Grohl (he appears only in archival footage), and a striking animated sequence which uses Cobain’s recorded recollection of…

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Before Uber revolutionizes labor, it’s going to have to explain these embarrassing emails

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Earlier this week, New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo predicted that Uber’s biggest impact on the world would not be in transforming transportation, but in changing the labor market and the way we think about work. He may be right. Uber’s explosion is the envy of employers everywhere. And those employers are well aware that Uber became a $40 billion company by operating as if its drivers are not Uber employees.

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Review Of Uber’s Privacy Policy Shows Positive Signs, But Still Room For Improvement

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uber Uber today released the results of a review of its privacy policies, which it had commissioned from independent law firm Hogan Lovells. The firm found that Uber had appropriate policies and disclosures in place and that it had invested significantly to enforce those policies. However, it made some recommendations into how the company could improve the way it handles user data. Read More

TC AppleCast 3: Apple Sells All The iPhones

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TC-applecast-post It’s a very special episode of the TechCrunch AppleCast, as we’re joined by Jackdaw Research founder and Chief Analyst Jan Dawson, who offers some context around Apple’s huge earnings success reported earlier in the week. Dawson joins Darrell Etherington and Kyle Russell to explain just how Apple managed to sell 74.5 million iPhones in a single quarter, and to discuss some… Read More

You can now watch Philae’s historic descent to comet 67P in GIF form

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The Philae lander had quite the exciting end to its 10-year journey to Comet 67P last fall. Now the ESA has just released this GIF of the lander tumbling towards the comet as it left its resting place aboard the Rosetta spacecraft. The 19 images that make up the GIF were taken over the span of four hours on November 12th. Philae disappears from view just hours before the lander’s harpoons failed to fire, which sent it skipping across the comet’s surface.


Back in November, the ESA released this low-res GIF of Philae’s initial impact.

It’s unclear why the images are being released now, but the ESA has been slow to release hi-res imagery from the Rosetta mission since the landing. That reticence has stirred a broader debate in the…

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Aziz Ansari brings his newest stand-up special exclusively to Netflix

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Comedian and Parks & Rec star Aziz Ansari will join forces with Netflix to release his newest comedy special, Variety reportsAziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden will be available exclusively on Netflix beginning March 6th.

Available March 6th

This isn’t the first time Ansari has teamed up with Netflix. His 2013 special Buried Alive debuted with the streaming service, but was later available as a $5 download (something Louie C.K. knows a thing or two about). According to Variety, Live At Madison Square Garden tackles topics like gender inequality and the food industry.  The 50 Cent grapefruit joke is dead.

Netflix’s current comedy selection is pretty stacked. Right now, you can stream stand-up specials from the likes of…

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Google Now Gets Upgraded With Cards From Your Favorite Apps

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Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 3.35.45 PM Google Now, Google’s service focused on bringing you real-time information to your mobile device – including things like traffic updates, scores, stock changes, travel times, your flight status, and much more – is getting a notable update today. The company says that, going forward, the Google app will show users updates from their favorite apps, too.
At launch, Google is… Read More

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