Windows phones used to be the last reprieve from brunch photos, but not so much anymore: an Instagram app will soon be released. [The Verge]
Netflix had itself a nice third quarter. Its subscriber base pushed past HBO’s with 31 million, the company raked in $1.1 billion in revenue and is mulling the idea of expanding into original moves. [Variety]
eBay is a hotbed for other tech companies looking to poach a well-trained CFO. [Wall Street Journal]
Speaking of both of those things, former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy has decamped to mysterious startup Clinkle for a COO spot. [GigaOM]
Somehow, five million people downloaded BlackBerry’s BBM app yesterday so that’s neat. [CNet]
We live in a world where Google’s whopping third-quarter revenue of $15 billion is considered “satisfactory.” [Forbes]
This year, 40 percent of YouTube’s traffic comes from mobile–up from 25 percent in 2012. [TechCrunch]
Hulu made the worst kept secret that former Fox exec Mike Hopkins is its new CEO official yesterday. [The Verge]
Netflix is experimenting with DVD-like extras for its original programs. Get excited for that Orange is the New Black blooper reel! [Engadget]
The Fifth Estate, that riveting moving about Wikileaks, is unlikely to rake in more than $5 million this weekend. “It’s pretty scary at this point,” said one analyst. [Variety]
Netflix could soon land on your television, without involving a rat’s nest of dongles, boxes and remotes. The streaming service is reportedly in talks with Comcast to make its service directly available on its set-top boxes. The Wall Street Journal cautioned that the talks are early and “no deal is imminent.”
John Thompson, the man who is responsible for picking Microsoft’s new CEO, doesn’t want the job. In an email to the reporter, he wrote “NO!” in response to the query. [Wall Street Journal]
Candy Crush’s parent company, King.com, filed for a “secret” IPO yesterday. Hope everyone’s ready for another Zynga-like rise and collapse. [Valleywag]
If you guessed $1.6 billion quarterly loss for BlackBerry, well that would be oddly specific, but you’d be correct! Start writing your eulogy now. [TechCrunch]
A new study reports that the BBC is the most engaged news brand (ugh) on Twitter, while BuzzFeed tops on Facebook. [The Wrap]
We’re sure ISPs are bristling with excitement over Netflix’s plan to offer “Super HD” video format to subscribers. [CNet]
The Internet is crawling with TV obsessives who’ll jump up your butt if you so much as hint at a minor plot twist in a Game of Thrones episode from three years ago. (Hey, guess what? NED IS DEAD.) To make matters worse, it’s become impossible to watch a Major Television Event (like, say, the Breaking Bad finale) without breathlessly live-tweeting every moment.
Well, fresh off its big night at the Emmys, Netflix has decided to solve this peril of the second-screen lifestyle, GigaOm reports. The company has launched “Spoiler foiler,” a Twitter app designed to shield fragile users from any hint of what’s going to happen on their favorite shows before they get a chance to watch.
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.
BlackBerry is going to eliminate 40 percent of its staff by the end of the year as it morphs into a juice bar. [Wall Street Journal]
Two Myspace alumni are learning what it’s like to work for successful tech companies. [New York Times]
“I don’t feel euphoric on the up, and I don’t slit my wrists when it goes down,” says Tim Cook in a, uh, revealing interview about Apple’s stock price and the state of the company. [Bloomberg BusinessWeek]
YouTube gaming network Machinima is cutting 10 percent of its staff. [AdWeek]
Netflix, which has been riding the wave of good news lately, is actually shutting down a DVD distribution center in Montana. [The Montana Standard]
Good news! You haven’t showered and you’re running on two hours of sleep after an all-night Pretty Wild marathon, but at least you’ve got plenty of company.
The Wrap reports that Nielsen recently polled 2,000 people to figure out whether binge-watching is a real thing, or simply a fantasy dreamed up by over-worked reporters writing about TV for a living. Turns out that 88 percent of Netflix users and 70 percent of Hulu Plus users have packed three or more episodes of a TV show into a single day. (Please, that’s like a Thursday night.)
Netflix isn’t competing with HBO; it’s competing with everything you could possibly spend time doing. [Quartz]
Facebook has released a white paper with details on how it plans to make Internet.org happen. [GigaOm]
Could Twitter open the door for another series of tech IPOs? No pressure, guys. [DealBook]
DataSift and Tumblr are partnering to serve up customer engagement analytics. Those ad dollars aren’t gonna make themselves. [TechCrunch]
Iran had a few hours of access to social media yesterday, before the government cut off access again. [New York Times]
Netflix trawls piracy websites to see which television and movies it should purchase. Did you know people in the Netherlands still watch Prison Break? Neat. [TorrentFreak]
Dick Costolo’s $25,000 investment in Twitter will rake him in $10 million.[Business Insider]
Evan Williams laid out his great plan for Medium but it’s probably just another thing that’s going to be stuck in our Instapaper queue if we’re being honest here. [TechCrunch]
Rdio, a.k.a. “hipster Spotify,” has struck a deal with Cumulus Media to sell ads. [New York Times]
If words are too hard, Rotten Tomatoes is implementing its rating algorithm on TV shows. [Variety]