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5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Man Made Magneto Shoes, YouTube Stars Get Book Deals and More

5 Daily Tech Stories That Filmmakers (and Film Fans) Must Read: Man Made Magneto Shoes, YouTube Stars Get Book Deals and More

1. Congressional Creative Rights Caucus: Members of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus (CRC) met in Capital Hill to discuss the relationship between technology and the creative industry. Presentations by representatives from HBO, Ultra Violet, Netflix, and Ultimate Fighting Championship were shown at the meeting and other topics discussed included online theft, piracy and forming new, mutually beneficial relationships.

2. Keywords Press: UTA and Atria Publishing Group have partnered up to create Keywords Press, a system that will publish books by online personalities. Keywords plans on publishing 6-10 books a year, both in print and digital form. YouTube stars Shay Carl, Shane Dawson, iJustine, Connor Franta and Joey Graceffa will be the first to have books released. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter. 

3. eBay: Yesterday we reported that eBay was facing a possible cyberattack, but today the company is facing worse problems. Due to breach, the U.S. government will be investigating the company’s security practices. The attorney general’s of Florida, Illinois and Connecticut will be spearheading the investigation. Read more at CNET.

4. X-Men Shoes: This is probably the right thing to geek out about. Plumber Colin Furze has created magnetic shoes so strong that they allow users to walk upside down on the ceiling. The shoes are inspired by the Magneto character of the “X-Men” world. You can watch the video and read more about the shoes at Sploid.

5. Dish Network: The company signed a deal with Netflix to give their new customers a six-month free subscription for VOD streaming. The deal, which lasts until July 21, 2014 only applies for subscribers who take the satcaster’s Hopper digital video recorder. Netflix also has similar deals with Suddernlink Communications and three other small cable companies. Read more at Variety.

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