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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Must Read: Twitter IPO, Aereo Update and More

Photo of Paula Bernstein By Paula Bernstein | Indiewire September 13, 2013 at 1:07PM

Here's our round-up of today's top tech stories for filmmakers.
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"Hank: 5 Years From The Brink"
"Hank: 5 Years From The Brink"

1. Hank: "HANK: Five Years From the Brink," the first film produced by Bloomberg Businessweek Films, will launch  exclusively on Netflix starting Sept. 16. Directed by Academy Award and Emmy nominated filmmaker Joe Berlinger, the film follows former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson as he discusses the reasons for the fiscal crisis of 2008 -- and explains why another financial meltdown is imminent. Check out the trailer for the film below:


2. Areo: Last week, when a federal judge in D.C. granted broadcasters' motion for an injunction against FilmOn, ruling that the service, which retransmits local TV programming over the Internet without paying a broadcasting fee, violated copyright laws, we wondered what it would mean for Aereo. Aereo's lawyers are now trying to differentiate its service from FilmOn, saying that U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton should disregard the federal judge's ruling in the FilmOn case: "To the extent that Opinion makes factual findings about the technology used by FilmOn, certain descriptions of the technology do not appear to track how the Aereo technology actually works." Think the judge will buy that? To be continued...

3. Dolby: RIP sound pioneer Ray Dolby, who revolutionized sound recording and forever changed the way we experience movies. Dolby founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965 and his noise-reduction techniques were honed and perfected with films like "A Clockwork Orange," "Star Wars," and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Dolby's work earned him over 50 patents, Oscars, Emmys, and honors from both the Cannes and Berlin film festivals. Read our tribute here.

4. Twitter: By now, you've heard that Twitter is offering an IPO. But did you hear that the social network is also introducing an "exclusive" feature just for verified users. The idea is to encourage the most in-demand users to stay active on Twitter, according to Mashable. As if verified users needed another reason to feel special! We're curious to see what sort of exclusive perks Twitter offers...

5. Turner Media Camp:  Turner Broadcasting held a demo yesterday in San Francisco for the startups it has supported through its Media Camp. Five start-ups made presentations in front of investors and the media. The companies presenting were Plumzi, an interaction animation service, Tomorrowish, a social media DVR, Cinemacraft, a content marketing and social engagement platform and Meograph, which allows users to create multimedia that embeds into anyone's site and ChannelMeter, billed as the "next generation video analytics platform." Read more about all of the start-ups here.

Send tech news for filmmakers (and film fans) to paula@indiewire.com.

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