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Netflix Tops HBO In Paid U.S. Subscribers As Members Stream 5 Billion Hours Of Content In Q3 | TechCrunch

Today, Netflix posted its third-quarter earnings, with the streaming video provider exceeding analyst projections thanks to strong subscriber growth in which it added 1.3 million domestically. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells said in a letter to shareholders this afternoon that the c…

http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/21/netflix-tops-hbo-in-paid-u-s-subscribers-as-members-stream-5-billion-hours-of-content-in-q3/

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Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 Uncategorized No Comments

Square launches Cash, a peerpeer payments service that’s incredibly simple to use

Square officially took the wraps off its planned peer-to-peer payments service Square Cash today, and the results are quite impressive — it isn’t just creating a PayPal clone. It’s streamlined the transaction to a bare minimum of two elements: both the payer and payee connect with an email addres…

http://gigaom.com/2013/10/15/square-launches-cash-a-peer-to-peer-payments-service-thats-incredibly-simply-to-use/

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 digital No Comments

Obama’s Win Sent Instagram into Overdrive

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5958723/obamas-win-sent-instagram-into-overdrive

Obama's Win Sent Instagram into OverdriveIt’s not just Twitter that saw an astronomical boost from last night’s electoral dance—Instagram completely exploded as soon as Obama clinched presidential victory. In a huge way.

Within just six quick minutes—about as much time as it took for ecstatic Democrats to confirm on Twitter, jump up and down a little, pick up their phones, and pick a filter, the rate of photos uploaded to Instagram more than double to 2.1 the normal rate. If you’re a user of the app—and you probably are!—you no doubt got sepia peeks into a lot of living rooms and apartments around the country. The CNN close-up shot was a particular favorite. [Instagram]

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 news No Comments

A Ford Executive Says Oracle Sent Him A Letter Trashing Salesforce.com (F, ORCL, CRM)

Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/businessinsider/~3/4MXoBh5gEck/ford-scott-monty-oracle-salesforce-com-2012-10

Scott Monty, Ford

Scott Monty, the top social-media executive at Ford, said that he got two letters from Oracle trashing enterprise-software archrival Salesforce.com.

He posted one of the letters, which appeared to be mailed from Oracle’s Troy, Mich. office, on Facebook.

The unsigned missive contained printouts of news stories about Salesforce.com outages; a quote from Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff about the demise of the American car industry; and a report on the background of Patrick Pelata, a recently hired Salesforce executive.

Monty claimed the letter he posted was the second one he’d received.

Oracle PR reps told ZDNet the company was investigating the incident. An Oracle spokesperson contacted by Business Insider declined to comment.

We asked Salesforce.com for more information and we’ll update if we hear back.

Here’s the envelope the letter was mailed in and one of the pages, via Monty’s Facebook page:

Oracle letter to Ford

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Thursday, October 11th, 2012 news No Comments

Hospitals Are Using Confidential Medical Records To Target High-Paying Patients

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/hospitals-are-using-confidential-medical-records-to-target-high-paying-patients-2012-2


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Hospitals are increasingly milling their patients’ confidential medical records to target their promotional mailings for services, reported Phil Galewitz of USA Today.

It’s not illegal, but the practice doesn’t sit well with consumer advocacy groups who point out that many health care providers are choosing to ping patients with better insurance coverage.

That creates a sort of indirect discrimination, as hospitals make it harder for consumers with less insurance to learn about services they may very well need.

To target the ads, hospitals determine the likelihood that patients would need certain services based on age, income and insurance status. Hospitals have said they target patients with private insurance because the companies tend to pay higher rates than government-backed plans like Medicare and Medicaid.

The mailings also advertise a variety of tests, such as screenings for cancers and cholesterol, which are generally more expensive.

As record numbers of Americans go without health insurance, hospitals targeting consumers who are more capable of shelling out money for services has been an inevitable outcome, along with soaring health insurance premiums (Read why the rich are building their own hospitals.)

To make matters worse, employers are also reducing health insurance benefits in the workplace.

As we recently reported, one in five Americans are experiencing difficulty paying off their medical debt, while 25 percent have considered filing for bankruptcy because of rising medical bills. 

Though targeted mailings might place others without insurance at a disadvantage, hospital officials insist they target patients who pay more to make enough profit to serve everyone.

Now learn 6 ways to arm yourself against rising health insurance costs >

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Monday, February 6th, 2012 news No Comments

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