Hulu reportedly lands streaming rights to all 180 Seinfeld episodes

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Hulu has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television to secure streaming rights for classic sitcom Seinfeld, according to Variety. The deal would be one of the biggest streaming acquisitions ever, reportedly coming in at nearly $180 million — just under $1 million for each of the 180 episodes. Hulu is said to be planning an official announcement for Wednesday.

Sony’s own Crackle service offers a few Seinfeld episodes, but not the full catalog. Last month The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon and Yahoo were battling Hulu to the rights for Jerry Seinfeld’s timeless “show about nothing,” with the price per episode set at more than $500,000.

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Apparent iPad software issue grounds American Airlines’ 737s

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Multiple American Airlines flights were thrown into chaos tonight as an issue with the on-board iPads used by 737 pilots made it impossible to take off. Affected flights appeared to include AA2413, AA2276, AA1654, AA235, AA128, and AA2413. Attempts to reach American Airlines directly were not successful, but the company confirmed the issue to passenger Bill Jacaruso via Twitter.

Jacaruso, 54, was traveling home to Austin from Dallas/Fort Worth airport on flight AA1654 with his wife, Tony, and his beagle, Masita. “We got on the plane and it was supposed to leave at 8:20PM CT. We got on at 8 and just sat there,” he tells The Verge. The pilot got on the intercom after a while and said that his copilot’s iPad went blank, then 24 minutes…

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This millennial yurt is nicer than my apartment

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Noble millennials Mollie and Sean Busby wanted to pioneer a more sustainable lifestyle, so they decided to go off-the-grid and live in a yurt. The couple’s Whitefish, Montana abode boasts 700 square feet of space on the ground floor, 300 additional square feet in a loft, and features a lovely half-moon shaped kitchen countertop and homey-looking hearth. The Busbies are convinced, nay determined, that they will be able to raise a family in their current living situation.

Contrast that, if you will, with this 265-square-foot condo in San Francisco that just sold for $415,000 (39 percent over its asking price) because it contained a kitchenette and a Murphy bed.

The Busby family yurt seems kind of like a regular house, but circle-shaped…

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Apple Watch won’t work properly on some tattooed wrists

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If you need another reason to rethink getting that sleeve tattoo, Apple just gave you one: the Apple Watch doesn’t work so well when worn on a tattooed wrist. A few days after the smartwatch’s launch, users on Reddit, Twitter, and other social media channels are reporting that the Watch loses connection and reports inaccurate heart rate results when placed over tattoos. The video embedded above is a pretty effective demonstration.

Such an issue could quickly prove annoying, since Apple Watch requests a security PIN almost immediately after it detects it has left an owner’s wrist. Here, that’s happening while it’s still securely strapped on. iMore has already conducted some pretty thorough tests and found that yes, Apple’s watch can run…

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Meet the Twitter account that helped shave over $5 billion off Twitter’s market cap

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Twitter was scheduled to release its quarterly earnings after the New York Stock Exchange closed this evening, but things took a different turn when the Twitter account of a financial services company got to them first, publishing key details nearly an hour early. The account, Selerity, broke news that Twitter missed its revenue expectations and that its users grew. Between the leak and the bad numbers, the incident quickly drove Twitter’s stock down around 18 percent.

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Periscope hit 1 million users in its first 10 days

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Twitter’s live streaming app Periscope launched late in the last quarter, and Twitter just shared some stats on its adoption — according to CEO Dick Costolo, 1 million users signed in to Periscope in the first 10 days following its launch. That’s only a small percentage of the 300 million active users Twitter announced in its earnings call today, but it points to the quickly growing interest users have in live-streaming videos from wherever they are. Meerkat may have gotten a lot of attention and interest early on — and also raised a lot of money — but the tight integration with Twitter and a more polished product seems to have put the momentum in Periscope’s favor.

The question is whether Periscope will continue to grow and prove to be…

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China’s Tencent launches its own Android-based operating system, TOS+

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Chinese internet conglomerate Tencent has launched a new open-sourced operating system, the aptly named Tencent Operating System, or TOS+ for short. TOS+ will run on a number of smart devices including TVs and smartwatches, and comes with a mobile payments system. The new OS will be free to use for manufacturers and developers provided they agree to share revenue with Tencent.

The Android-based TOS+ is the latest alternative to Google’s services, which are not fully available in China. With its own operating system Tencent — which owns WeChat — can now compete against Alibaba (which has YunOS) and Xiaomi for a rapidly growing Chinese market. The success of TOS+ will depend on a number of factors, though, as competition is heating up in…

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X-Wing, TIE Fighter, and more classic Star Wars games come to Steam

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LucasArts has slowly been releasing some of its classic Star Wars games on GOG.com, and today it’s expanded to the biggest PC store around: Steam. Starting today, you can grab beloved games like X-Wing, TIE Fighter, X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter and more on Valve’s ubiquitous digital shop. Meanwhile, GOG.com has added a few more games from a galaxy far, far away as well, including Star Wars: Rebel Assault I & II and Star Wars: Jedi Knight – Jedi Academy. That should be enough to hold you over until the impending release of Star Wars: Battlefront in November.

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This animated short shows the secret history of Tomorrowland

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Disney’s Tomorrowland is due to hit theaters next month, but we still know so little about the plot. Thankfully, director Brad Bird took to Twitter to give a taste of what’s to come:

The short above, narrated by Maurice LaMarche and animated in the classic Atomic Age style, gives a tantalizing look at the origin of Tomorrowland. Here, we learn the city is the masterwork of a group known as Plus Ultra, founded in 1889 by four of the greatest minds of their time — Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, Gustave Eiffel, and Jules Verne. (Why Edison and Tesla would ever work…

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Jack Nicholson reacts appropriately to Jared Leto’s Joker photo

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Has it really been four days since Suicide Squad director David Ayer petrified the internet with that horrendous image of Jared Leto as a Warped Tour groupie? Has 96 hours been enough time to allow your spiked emotions to simmer and reconsider the artistic integrity of this Hot Topic photo shoot? Is half a week the proper grieving period for the respect of Batman’s greatest nemesis degraded as wannabe Borderlands box art? Are we all overreacting?

I look into the eyes of darkness, and I am left with unanswered questions. And so I leave it to Jack Nicholson, a man who once filled the Joker’s shoes, to emote the unspeakable groan nested in the recesses of our souls.

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Gaming company Ouya is reportedly putting itself up for sale

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Embattled gaming company Ouya might be in even more trouble: according to a leaked memo, it’s putting itself up for sale in order to cut back its debt. Fortune reports that Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman sent a memo to investors and advisers earlier this month, saying that the company had failed to satisfy one of its investors’ conditions and that renegotiation over the debt had been unsuccessful. In order to make up the shortfall, Ouya would have to find a buyer quickly. “We are looking for expressions of interest by the end of this month,” she reportedly wrote.

In 2012, Ouya ran a phenomenally successful crowdfunding campaign for its tiny Android gaming console, raising $8.5 million. The Ouya’s sleek design, low price, and promised…

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Apple will reject watch face replacement apps

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Hopefully you like one the Apple Watch’s built-in watch faces, because Apple isn’t about to let you replace them. In an update to its App Store guidelines today, spotted by 9to5Mac, Apple says that it will reject all Watch apps with the primary purpose of telling the time. Apple doesn’t currently provide a way to install third-party watch faces, though using an app that just told the time could have served as a workaround. It wouldn’t, by any means, be a good work around — it could lead to battery life issues and general performance problems — so it’s not entirely surprising that Apple is prohibiting them.

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Spotify, RunKeeper, and other Android apps get their own Google Now cards

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Earlier this year, Google started allowing third-party Android apps including Airbnb, Lyft, Pandora, and others to generate Google Now cards. Like Google’s own cards, the goal is to bring users relevant information precisely when it’s most useful or important. And the list of third-party apps that can create Google Now cards is growing quickly. Today, Google announced that 70 new apps now have the ability to generate cards, and some big names have joined the effort.

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International Space Station supply craft is spinning out of control in space

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There’s been a bit of a hiccup in NASA’s plan to restock the International Space Station with more than 6,000 pounds of supplies: the vessel carrying it all isn’t entirely responsive and has started spinning around as it orbits Earth. The troubles mean that flight controllers have had to indefinitely postpone when the cargo ship, Progress 59, will dock with the ISS. Progress 59 is bringing the crew food, fuel, personal supplies, and supplies needed for experiments.

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Cablevision is bringing Hulu to its cable boxes

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Pretty soon, Cablevision customers won’t need a set-top box or any extra hardware to stream Hulu. The company has signed an agreement with Hulu that will make it the first cable provider to distribute Hulu directly. It’ll be the same Hulu Plus experience you’ve seen on Roku, Apple TV, and game consoles — but you’ll tune to it directly from Cablevision’s remote. “Even with the rapid growth in streaming, there is a huge audience that consumes television through their cable provider, and we want to be there for them too,” said Tim Connolly, Hulu’s president of distribution, in a press release. Specific pricing and availability information will be announced later.

For Cablevision, this is the latest move in its campaign to appeal to cord…

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A closer look at Microsoft’s Apple Watch apps

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Microsoft has its own Band fitness accessory, but that doesn’t mean it’s ignoring the competition. The software giant has been truly moving back to its software roots this year, with apps and services on iOS and Android. Microsoft’s support of the Apple Watch is just the latest evidence of a company that is focused on ensuring its key apps and services are used by as many people as possible. “Excited about the Apple Watch? So are we!” Microsoft announced during its update of OneNote for the Apple Watch, before welcoming users “to the future.”

While the usefulness of the Apple Watch is still debatable, that’s not stopping Microsoft and many others from producing apps for the new wearable. It might seem surprising that Microsoft is quick…

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How to turn off the useless notification sounds on your Apple Watch

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One arguably overlooked feature of the Apple Watch is that it supports not just haptic notifications, but also audible ones — in fact, they’re turned on by default. Calls, emails, text messages, and so on will all cause a ping to emanate from your wrist.

Perhaps there’s value in this somewhere, particularly since wearing the watch automatically silences the phone that it’s attached to. But since it’s physically attached to your wrist, you will always feel each notification as it comes in — there’s no need to hear it as well. And, notably, there’s never a situation where you’d want your phone muted but it’s still okay for your watch to beep and bloop unabated.

In reality, I think that the audible notifications are a freebie bonus…

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Microsoft’s Build 2015 event: start time, live blog, and where to stream

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Microsoft’s Build 2015 developers conference starts tomorrow, and it will provide the best look at Windows 10 and new Windows Apps. It’s the biggest event of the calendar year for Microsoft, and the keynote alone will run for 2 hours and 30 minutes. We’re expecting Microsoft to focus on Windows, Office, HoloLens, the cloud, and its continued plans for cross-platform apps on iOS and Android.

One of the biggest announcements will likely be Microsoft’s plans for bringing native Android apps to Windows 10. Microsoft will unveil a series of ways it’s using to make it easier for developers to bring their code to Windows universal apps from Android, iOS, or elsewhere. Part of that will include better tools for developers and new ways to…

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Facebook’s login system is being hijacked by China’s Great Firewall

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For the last three days, China’s Great Firewall has been intercepting the Javascript module from Facebook’s login feature, Facebook Connect, which allows third-party sites to authorize users through their Facebook login. First reported on Sunday, the attack causes sites using Facebook Connect to redirect to a third-party page. Readers have confirmed to The Verge that the redirection attack is still under way, and sites using Facebook Connect are automatically redirecting when accessed without a VPN or a Javascript blocker. Local media in Beijing has also reported on the problem. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Facebook Connect communicates login information from Facebook, allowing a Facebook login to…

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