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5 Tech Stories You Need to Read: Cheap HDTVs, Twitter's Copyright Crackdown, Google's Internet Takeover and More

By Indiewire | Indiewire July 31, 2013 at 4:28PM

Movie studio Asylum is famous for "Sharknado," but they're also experts at titling their films. Many of their titles to their "mockbusters," parodies of contemporary blockbusters start with the first letters of the alphabet.
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An image from "Atlantic Rim" from Asylum.
An image from "Atlantic Rim" from Asylum.

1. Movie studio Asylum is famous for "Sharknado," but they're also experts at titling their films.  Many of their titles to their "mockbusters," parodies of contemporary blockbusters start with the first letters of the alphabet.  One firm claims to know the answer to why:  many VOD providers list their films alphabetically.  This is a trick we've known about for some time, but it's interesting to see the numbers and who's taking advantage of this.   Gizmodo reports.

2. Deals.kinja has three top-notch deals, two from Best Buy and one from Amazon, on HDTVs.  Some are, as they say, "Black Friday level" prices.  Check out the deals here.

3. The entertainment industry is keeping a watchful eye over Twitter, it seems.  DMCA copyright takedowns have increased by 75% over the past six months.  Gizmodo has the story.

4. Within the next 18 months, Google will be taking over the responsibility for delivering wifi to Starbucks.  According to a report on Techcrunch, "Google says that its speeds should beat the existing hotspots at the coffee shops by at least 10x, and in Google Fiber cities like Kansas City, that should jump to a 100-fold boost."

5. Google, once the defender of network neutrality, is changing its tune now that it's in the broadband service provider game.  The company is looking to regulate use of servers on its broadband service, which has had an extensive roll-out in St. Louis.  The reason?  "Google wants to ban the use of servers because it plans to offer a business class offering in the future."  Wired covers the development on its blog.

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