Netflix Wants to Change Video Privacy Laws, So Friends Can See What You Watched

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As if waking up to an email asking, “How Was the Picture Quality of TRON: Legacy” wasn’t enough of a reminder of your low-brow late night streaming habits, Netflix now is exploring out a new way to expose what you’re actually watching when you pretended to be deeply engrossed in Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma.

The New York Times reports that Netflix is backing a bill in Congress that aims to alter the Video Privacy Protection Act. That law, enacted back in 1988, requires video services companies to get written consent from a customer before disclosing information like rental history. The new bill, however, would let consumers give a “one-time blanket consent online” to let a company continuously share what they watched on Facebook, for example. Read More


HowAboutWe Brings Back Taildaters!

"Sultry lounge" Madam Geneva.

Remember Taildaters, the MTV show that followed two people on a date as their friends talked smack and sent them text messages from a “control room”? Local dating start-up HowAboutWe does, and the action-based dating start-up is bringin’ it back by asking, “How about we do some oversharing?”

The plan is to watch a young, attractive couple on their first date tonight over cocktails and pork buns at Noho speakeasy Madam Geneva via a live date cam. Based on HAW’s blog, the proposal must have read something like, “How about we go to a sultry lounge replete with dark corners and plush booths, which, along with the out-of-this-world cocktails, make it an ideal location to meet someone for a date?” (And put it on the internet?) Read More