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Netflix Wants You to Join Their Elite Team of Paid Binge Watchers

You, soon. (resharenova.com)

We don’t care if you’re a professional puppy walker or the Kardashians’ private pilates instructor; there’s no way your job, however amazing it may be, beats the one for which Netflix is currently hiring.

The online streaming giant is on the hunt for someone in the UK or Ireland to join their team of professional taggers, Time reports. In laymen’s terms, taggers are responsible for sitting at home and binge-watching a butt load of Netflix, and then categorizing the stuff they watch with specific tags. Those tags, coupled with Netflix’s super secret algorithms, help Netflix give its users more specific recommendations.  Read More

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Skip These Summer Jobs: 15 Insanely Creepy Craigslist Ads

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School’s almost out for summer! If you’re not one of the overachievers who’s been networking since November — or a rich kid who doesn’t know the meaning of “job” — you might be scrambling right now to find some summer employment.

If you’re in the latter category, there’s a good chance you’ve taken to perusing Craigslist. The site may have plenty of helpful job listings — but just remember that for every harmless “Dog Walker Needed” post, there are also at least seventeen listings demanding “Woman with Orgasmic Feet Needed For Sexy Photoshoot.” Read More

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Here Are Five Tech Movies and TV Shows That Came Before HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’

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Aaron Sorkin's untitled Steve Jobs project (Photo: Getty)

When it comes to tech-inspired entertainment that isn’t contained within an app, pickings are surprisingly slim. The same themes — Silicon Valley culture, Steve Jobs — are recycled again and again, usually not to amazing effect.

That’s why everyone’s so thoroughly freaking out about HBO’s forthcoming Silicon Valley. Mike Judge, of Beavis and ButtheadOffice Space and Idiocracy Read More

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Inside ‘BS’ Tech Jobs: What a Chief Happiness Officer Actually Does For a Living

Jenn Lim (Delivering Happiness)

Last week, Valleywag published a disdainful list of “The Biggest Bullshit Job Titles in Tech,” calling out kooky positions like AOL’s “Digital Prophet” and Tumblr’s “Fashion Evangelist.” Betabeat wondered, What do these people actually do for a living? What, pray tell, does an “Innovation Sherpa” or a “Chief Happiness Officer” do all day? Are their jobs as illusionary as they sound, or are they just normal jobs with wacky titles? Read More

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Booting Up: Facebook Is Sorry for Ignoring That Zuckerberg Profile Hack

Supposedly this is it. (Photo: MGM/iMore)

A Palestinian IT expert exploited a Facebook loophole by writing on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall without being connected to him to show off his discovery. The company is now apologizing for ignoring the bug report. [AllThingsD]

Twitter poached Jennifer Prince from Google to lead its ad sales efforts with movie and television companies. [Variety]

Zillow is purchasing StreetEasy for a cool $50 million. [AllThingsD]

In Germany, Bitcoins are now subject to a capital gains tax because it’s a form of “private money.” [ArsTechnica]

Jobs garnered an embarrassing $6.7 million in its debut weekend. That makes the Newton look like a rousing success. [Wall Street Journal]

Um, ew? There’s mounting evidence that the next iPhone is going to be available in gold. [TechCrunch]

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Rumor Roundup: Marissa Mayer Gets the Vogue Treatment and One Startup CEO Swears He’ll Cry at JOBS

Ms. Mayer at the Met Ball in 2010. (Photo: Tumblr)

The CEO exit Marissa Mayer, the flaxen-haired Yahoo CEO with the machine gun giggle, got the feature treatment in the September issue of Vogue. In a six page spread published online today, readers are greeted with a photo of the ex-Googler awkwardly stretched out on a chaise lounge donning a navy blue shift, her own visage glowing from an iPad she’s holding. Read More

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Rumor Roundup: We Run Into Ashton at Jobs and Someone FINALLY Puts Andy Carvin’s iPhone in a Museum

Tech bros. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

JOBS After much anticipation and even more blather about how Ashton Kutcher prepared for his role as the founder of Apple, Betabeat finally got a peak at Jobs earlier this week, at a special screening at the MoMa.

Outside, we watched Josh Gad (who plays Steve Wozniak) stroll up and start taking photos with waiting fans. He was followed by Matt McGorry, a.k.a Officer Bennett from Orange is the New Black. Apparently Arianna Huffington and Nicky Hilton were also in attendance. Read More

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Listen, Ashton Kutcher Is a Tech Guy and Always Has Been, I Don’t Know Who Told You Otherwise

So method.

Remember Ashton Kutcher, the huggable moptop from such comedy hits as Dude, Where’s My Car?, and That ’70s Show? Well, forget him. Forget he ever existed. Because the real Ashton Kutcher eats, sleeps and breathes tech and he always has, dummy.

You might have heard about the rollicking farce Mr. Kutcher is currently promoting, a film called Jobs. His part as the eponymous Steve Jobs “marks the all-in moment” solidifying his involvement in the tech world, CNet tells us. His foray into the industry began, of course, with his stint as “a popular Twitter user,” because that’s how all the greats get their start in tech. Read More