Netflix’s ‘Spoiler Foiler’ Scrubs Your Twitter Feed Free of Plot Twists, You Delicate Flower

Spoil his favorite show and he will literally shoot you in the face.

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. Read More


Netflix Fails to Sweep the Emmys, Like That Matters

Netflix's chief content officer and VP of original content turned out. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Variety)

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. Read More


Netflix Just Called Us All Out for Pretending to Like Artsy Foreign Films

You're not watching this. (Photo: Wikipedia)

Netflix gave us a peek into its secret sauce, a.k.a its recommendation algorithm, and it turns out it’s not just random guessing. There’s actually a lot of science behind it!

In crafting its personalized recommendations, the company tracks things like how you interact with the service, what you searched for, rated, played, and even how you navigated the menus. Movies or television shows placed toward the top are more likely to be played. Read More


America’s Dad Barack Obama Made You a Semi-Cheesy Spotify Playlist

Spotify playlist (screengrab)

Remember when your Dad discovered Facebook? This is better. This afternoon, the President (you know, that guy who got Zuck to put down the hoodie) tweeted and tumbled a link to his 2012 Campaign Playlist on Spotify. POTUSes, they’re early adopters just like us!

As the Verge points out, President Obama may catch a little flack for using a Swedish service like Spotify instead of its American counterparts, but we think it shows a keen eye for global tech trends. Besides, Spotify’s Facebook integration gives Obama another reason to mention the Second Coming of Tech IPOs in his stump speeches. Read More


Netflix Taps Sopranos Alum for Its Latest Original Series: Bada Bing Europe

From the Silvio Dante Fair Isle sweater collection for Target.

Netflix will soon offer a salve for customers bummed that The Sopranos isn’t on Netflix Instant. Next month, the company debuts an original series: a “fish out of water” story about a mobster played by Steven Van Zandt (better known as the proprietor of the illustrious Bada Bing strip joint or E Street Band guitarist with a bandana, depending).

The plot sounds like an international version of the Steve Martin flick, My Blue Heaven. Only instead of the suburbs, Van Zandt, playing a mobster called Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano goes into the federal witness protection program in Lillehammer, Norway, a request he makes based on a vague recollection of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Read More


Did Spotify’s New York Team Just Build a Radio App That Could Kill Pandora?

On stage at LeWeb in Paris, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek sent a tremor that we imagine reached all the way back at Pandora headquarters in Oakland. TechCrunch Alexia Tsotsis reports that Mr. Ek “innocuously” introduced a radio app, built on the company’s recently released app platform by Spotify’s dev team in New York.

His pitch: “It’s kind of like Pandora with unlimited skipping and unlimited stations.”

Except for the fact that Pandora has a mobile version, and Spotify’s app is still confined to the web (for now), it’s hard to imagine that Pandora, which caps users to 100 stations and eight song skips, isn’t feeling threatened. Read More