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    Google Glass, 'House of Cards,' Digital Piracy and More: 5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (And Film Fans) Need To Read

    "House of Cards" and season four of "Arrested Development" became the first digital series to receive major nominations, breaking the barrier between tradition TV and digital platforms like Netflix

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    President Obama, Lena Dunham, Tom Hanks All Nab 2013 Webby Nominations

    The nominees for the 17th annual Webby Awards have been unveiled, and this year include President Barack Obama, Lena Dunham, Justin Bieber, Tom Hanks and Yahoo's "Burning Love" among the nominated pop-culture and internet superstars.

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    Media Watch: Google Opens Digital Music Shop

    In order to compete with iTunes and Amazon, Google has boldly launched a series of music features, including a digital music downloads store, reports NYT's Media Decoder. This marks Google's intention to expand as a social network and entertainment source.

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    Media Watch: Huffington Post's Worth Exceeds AOL, More on Google YouTube, Madoffs on 60 Minutes

    - Chalk one up to Arianna Huffington. A study from General Sentiment shows that in 2011 The Huffington Post brand is worth $358 million versus AOL's $156 million in terms of "Impact Media Value," reports Forbes. "Impact Media Value" is the exposure, both positive, negative...

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    Media Watch: Amazon Prime Instant vs. Netflix, Selling YouTube at Denny's, Zuckerberg's Regrets

    Able to report some much-needed good news, Netflix renewed its contract with ABC, adding more shows including Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. After losing 800,000 domestic subscribers after its recent price increase and the controversial fissure between streaming and sending DVDs, the company is doing its best to please their remaining consumers. However, Netflix's primary rival Amazon is making its own moves as Netflix’s primary competition with Prime Instant, a video library that will include over 800 titles from Disney-ABC including Lost, Grey’s Anatomy, and Felicity. Prime has also secured licensing deals with CBS, Fox, NBCUniver...

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    First Look: REM Remix The End of TV As We Know It

    This YouTube REM Remix captures the frenetic pace of obsessive screen-watchers. Like me.

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    Media Watch: Netflix Takes a Tumble, Google's Propeller, Viki to 10M International Users

    Google has a social and news reader in its works, according to sources close to the project. Now called The Propeller, the reader doesn't have a launch date planned yet. [Via Media Bistro]

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    Media Watch: LATimes.com Traffic Rises, Facebook Hides Google+ Invites, Netflix targets Kids & Asia

    Netflix is creating a Just-for-Kids streaming option, the company reported yesterday. Aimed at the 12-and-unders, it offers content like Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob SquarePants, and groups its elements into categories that operate with total child-logic: "Dinosaurs," "Girl Power," "Princesses," a...

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    Media Watch: Fox Sets Up Sub Paywall, Time's High Digital IQ, Facebook vs. Nirvana, Google+

    On Tuesday, Fox announced that it will stop free next-day streaming of its TV shows on Fox.com and Hulu.com, unless viewers subscribe to the services. Cable and satellite users will need to submit a user name and password; the shows will be available for free viewing eight days after their initial r...

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