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The Rise of Wrist Retail: Amazon Comes to Android Wear Smartwatches By Clip Syndicate Amazon updated its Android app on Tuesday, introducing features that support Android Wear smartwatches. Owners of Android Wear smartwatches such as the Moto 360 or LG G Watch R need only update the app on their smartphones. Once that's done, searching Amazon is as easy as speaking the two phrases, "OK, Google" and "Start Amazon." Users can enable one-click shopping in the Android app to enable buying items directly from the watch without ever touching the phone itself.

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Netflix to Launch in Australia, New Zealand in March By Clip Syndicate US online entertainment powerhouse Netflix said Wednesday it would move into the Australian and New Zealand markets as it expands further internationally before the launch of a new rival. Netflix has pioneered online streaming of original content, including TV shows and films, challenging traditional network and cable broadcasters. Australia and New Zealand will bring the number of countries and territories with the service to more than 50. ...Read More »
Sony Targets Stronger Entertainment Revenue Growth to Help Restructuring By Clip Syndicate Sony aims to lift its movie entertainment revenues by more than a third in the next three years, its chief executive said on Tuesday as the loss-making consumer electronics firm tries to counter flagging smartphones sales. CEO Kazuo Hirai has been under pressure to show the entertainment business can be a strong contributor to revenue after rejecting last year a proposal by U.S. hedge fund Third Point to spin off the segment. ...Read More »
Nielsen to Measure Netflix Viewing By Clip Syndicate Even as Netflix and other streaming-video providers have expanded to reach 40% of American homes, they have largely remained black boxes. They have refused to share data on how many viewers watch TV shows on their services, and there has been little independent data. Next month, that will change, when Nielsen begins measuring viewership of TV on subscription online video services for the first time.

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VA Secretary Points Out Need For Agency Redesign By Clip Syndicate After giving out his personal cell phone number and having it ring off the hook with agency issues that require attention, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said the agency has to be set up in a way that will allow it to be responsive. Also in the news, the Arizona Republic reports that the VA's record-keeping has been in such disarray that the agency didn't track its number of unfilled medical positions until June of this year.

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Bono Falls Off Bicycle, Postpones 'The Tonight Show' Appearance By Clip Syndicate U2 has postponed its appearance on The Tonight Show after the band's frontman Bono got injured in a bicycle accident. A message posted on U2's website says "It looks like we will have to do our Tonight Show residency another time - we're one man down. We're sure he'll make a full recovery soon, so we'll be back." The band was schedule to do a week-long residency on The Tonight Show, starting November 17th. It's been a bit of a rough week for Bono. ...Read More »
Netflix Kills Off Its Public API, Takes A Few Applications Down With It By Clip Syndicate Are you a developer? Do you have a brilliant idea for the next Netflix-powered app? Too bad! Netflix’s public API is now dead. If you’ve previously built something that tapped Netflix for its data, it’s probably dead now too. The move isn’t surprising – just disappointing. Netflix first locked down its API two years ago, barring any newcomers from gaining access. As of this weekend, however, even those who’ve had access to the API for years have been given the boot. Only a very, very short list of apps will live on as partners, presumably being given access to a private API. InstantWatcher, CanIStreamIt?, Flixster, Fanhattan, Yidio, and a few other lucky ones carry one.

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Disney Movies Anywhere Coming to Vudu By Clip Syndicate Disney CTO Jamie Voris announced today at a company event in Los Angeles that Disney Movies Anywhere will launch on Vudu on November 18, Gigaom reports. It will be the first time the locker service has allied with a third-party service after starting life as an iOS app. Earlier this month Disney announced its cloud service was available on the Android platform with users able to obtain "Wreck-It Ralph" for free as an incentive for signing up. Disney Movies Anywhere was introduced in February 2014 and includes over 400 streaming digital titles from Disney, Marvel and Pixar.

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Movie Critic Michael Cook Reviewing Two New Releases By Clip Syndicate Movie Critic Michael Cook reviews Dumb & Dumber 2 and Big Hero 6. ...Read More »
Google To Stop Letting Developers Use Google Wallet To Sell Digital Goods By Clip Syndicate Back in 2012, Google launched an API that allowed developers to use the Google Wallet service to sell digital goods — things like music, or levels in a web game, or subscriptions to online magazines. If you’re using that API, it’s time to find a replacement. According to a notice posted on the Google Wallet developer site, devs have until March 2nd, 2015 to give their customers a heads up and implement a new solution. ...Read More »

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