Another awards show season kicked off last night with the Emmys, featuring an overexposed Neal Patrick Harris and way too many tributes to celebs we’ve lost.
But last night was also Netflix’s first big, black-tie outing as a content creator, rather than simply a distributor. The company went into the ceremony with 14 nominations, two wins at the Creative Arts Emmys, and a boatload of breathless think pieces about what it all means.
Now that Netflix is in the original content business, the company has to deal with piracy. It took some time, but House of Cards is now all over the torrent sites. [Variety]
Is Apple working on a competitor to Street View? [Apple Insider]
New software would leave student essays to be graded by A.I., leaving professors more time for other tasks. What professors are doing that’s more important than evaluating the progress of their students is anyone’s guess. [New York Times]
“If you install this, then it is very likely that Facebook is going to be able to track your every move, and every little action.” [GigaOm]
A secrets-sharing app named “Whisper” just raised $3 million from Lightspeed Venture Partners. [PandoDaily]
Perhaps feeling jealous of China, North Korea is now accusing the U.S. of committing cyberattacks against it. [Tech in Asia]
We’ve reached the point where online programming could actually make a significant dent at the Emmy’s. House of Cards, anyone? [The Daily Dot]
Google Reader’s demise as a wake up call: what do we lose when we become so wholly reliant on a cloud-based app? [Slate]
More techies have stepped up to the plate to fight gun violence. Big name Silicon Valley investors have launched an “innovation and investment” campaign called Sandy Hook Promise. [TechCrunch]
Guns aren’t the only political issue techies are taking up. Zuck and others are working for high-skilled immigration reform. [Hillicon Valley]
Six months after raising $4.7 million and less than three weeks after founder and CEO Jody Sherman committed suicide, Ecomom is liquidating. [PandoDaily]
Tesla CEO Elon Musk got around to publishing the data he promised would show that a New York Times review of his company’s electric Model S sedan was a “fake”: “We were played for a fool and as a result, let down the cause of electric vehicles.” [Tesla]
Times’ reporter John M. Broder answered Mr. Musk’s post point-for-point, reiterating that he followed the instructions of Tesla employees throughout his test drive. [NYT]
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings: “House of Cards now the #1 most popular TV show in the world, according to IMDb. And I still can’t get (Neftlix Chief Content Officer) Ted Sarandos to tell me how many millions are enjoying it on Netflix.” [Facebook]
President Barack Obama hosted a Google+ Hangout. [Daily Dot]
Stop calling it the Harlem Shake. Just stop, really. [Gawker]
A meteorite struck Chelyabinsk, Russia, injuring 400 people. [Mashable]
Remember when catching up on a TV show required numerous trips to Blockbuster in a single weekend? Us neither. For years we’ve been mainlining our television shows entire seasons at a time, thanks to the glories of video streaming. How else would anyone have made it through the dismal nadir of season three of “Lost”? What do you think got Americans addicted to “Downton Abbey”?
So when I sat down to watch the first episode of “House of Cards” on Saturday, as a way of killing laundry time, I didn’t expect I’d stretch the show out over the next 13 weeks, like I was watching “Dallas” circa 1982. But I also wasn’t planning to find myself awake at 2 a.m. last night, polishing off the last episode and frantically googling “house of cards season 2 please oh please tell me it’s coming soon.”