Amazon may be playing catch-up with Netflix on the original content front, but it's taking a different approach to releasing its homegrown TV series.
Amazon Studios -- the entertainment production arm of the e-commerce giant -- said Monday it will release the first three episodes of TV series "Alpha House" on November 15 and the same for "Betas" a week later. To see the remaining eight episodes, however, customers must sign up for an Amazon Prime subscription for $79 a year, which gives them access to Prime Instant Video and free, two-day shipping on many … Read more
United States Secretary of State John Kerry has acknowledged that some of the government's surveillance activities reached too far.
Answering questions about the surveillance controversy on Thursday from attendees of the Open Government Partnership conference, Kerry said that some of the actions occurred because the program was on autopilot, inferring that the Obama administration was unaware of what was going on.
"The president and I have learned of some things that have been happening in many ways on an automatic pilot, because the technology is there and the ability is there," Kerry said, according to the Guardian. &… Read more
On a chilly Saturday night in October, Margee Kerr stood outside the exit of The Basement, the latest haunted attraction to enter the Pittsburgh fright scene. The Basement is part of ScareHouse, ranked among the country's top haunted houses by the Travel Channel.
If a normal haunted house is like a scary movie, The Basement is a psychological thriller. Inside, actors dressed as zombies do more than jump out of dark corners. They scream at you. Half naked, they press their bodies up against you and lick your neck. In one terrifying room, they pretend to slit your throat.
Whether guests exit laughing hysterically or looking terrified, Kerr is there to greet them. A sociologist and "scare expert" who helped design The Basement, she peppers them with questions, trying to determine if the experience hits its mark. … Read more
Was the White House aware of the NSA surveillance on US allies, or was it left in the dark? That question has reared its head following admissions from Washington that the NSA tapped into the phone calls of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other foreign leaders.
The White House and State Department did approve the phone taps, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said, according to the Los Angeles Times. These officials also say that members of the National Security Agency and other US intelligence agencies are now upset that President Obama appears to be distancing himself from the … Read more
If you're not satisfied knowing a second season of "House of Cards" is on the way, Netflix's content chief said much more bingeing should be in store for you after that.
Netflix's Ted Sarandos told Deadline Hollywood that talks for a third season of the political thriller are under way, after delivering a keynote Saturday at Film Independent, an arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival.
During his speech, Sarandos reiterated his and Chief Executive Reed Hasting's ongoing message that Netflix will continue to make its headline … Read more
The US continues to be browbeaten by European leaders upset over the latest leaks about NSA snooping.
The French paper Le Monde reported Monday that the National Security Agency had made more than 70 million recordings of the phone calls of French citizens in a one-month period. Based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Le Monde said it believed the NSA recorded people who simply worked in business or politics and not just those associated with terrorism.
Another story out Wednesday from German publication Der Spiegel said that the US had targeted the private cell phone records of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Soylent closes $1.5 Million in seed funding from Lerer, Andreessen Horowitz.
- A Web store that lets you buy leather from human skin, 'cause this here is real.
- An app that tracks the bathroom line at Madison Square Garden.
In these days of zero secrecy, you'll always get found out -- even if you're a National Security official.
Yet for quite some time, many on the island of the insane known as Washington, D.C. couldn't work out who was writing the @natsecwonk Twitter feed.
This was full of more barb than your average prison fence. It was apolitically cutting.
Sample One: "Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener?"… Read more