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Vaping illness deaths climb to 33 as outbreak spreads; doctors worry flu season could make it worse
October 17, 2019
At least 33 people have died and 1,479 have fallen ill from a vaping-related lung disease that continues to worsen as flu season ramps up, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
Netflix had a big 'money' success in almost every non-English-speaking market
October 17, 2019
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos referred to the "phenomenal success" of a single show in overseas markets in Q3 as the streaming giant looks to international as a key to future subscriber growth.
Stocks making the biggest moves midday: Netflix, Morgan Stanley, IBM, Honeywell & more
October 17, 2019
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Primavera Sound festival switches to mobile-only tickets to combat bots and scalping
October 16, 2019
Image: Rolf Klatt

Popular Barcelona festival Primavera Sound has become the first major music festival to completely ditch paper tickets in favor of mobile-only ticketing, as reported by the BBC. It’s partnered with digital ticketing platform Dice, which will service Primavera Sound and all other Primavera events, like Primavera tours and the club night Nitsa at Sala Apolo, in Barcelona, starting in 2020.

The hope is that using Dice will curtail ticket scalping, as the platform locks every ticket purchase directly to your phone. Dice has also taken a lot of other steps to minimize scalping where possible. Tickets bought on Dice can’t be resold on other sites, but they can be transferred between devices if, say, you bought one for a friend, but the other...

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Hulu is giving customers much more control over its recommendations
October 16, 2019
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Not long after rolling out a long-awaited feature (offline downloads), Hulu is today announcing a slew of improvements to the experience of actually using Hulu. First up, it’s changing the method by which subscribers give feedback on the service’s recommendations. Hulu is introducing a like and dislike system, letting you give a thumbs-up or thumbs-down to individual movies and TV shows that the algorithm suggests.

Disliking a piece of content will prevent it from being recommended again. This replaces the “stop showing this” option that Hulu already had. Liking something tells Hulu that you want to see similar shows and movies surfaced by the app. The like and dislike system is rolling out today on the web and Amazon Fire TV devices,...

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Meetup wants to charge users $2 just to RSVP for events — and some are furious
October 15, 2019
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Meetup, an online platform that lets you find events and meet people offline that have similar interests, has announced it is testing out a new payment structure that will charge users to RSVP for an event. The company tells The Verge it began this test last month, and it’s been charging a subset of users $2 simply to say they’re going to an event. The change has naturally upset some in the Meetup community.

Prior to this test, the only people who were charged to use the service were event organizers. Organizers pay between $9.99 and $23.99 a month, depending on location and the subscription model of choice. This allows you to organize up to three groups with unlimited members. In the new payment version Meetup is testing, the...

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