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Netflix Viewing Is Cause of TV Ratings Slump - Bernstein Research

recode.net — Here's a spooky/scary mystery for TV executives: Where did all my viewers go? Bernstein Research's Todd Juenger thinks he knows: Reed Hastings has them. The analyst thinks that the big, unexplained drop in TV ratings that showed up this summer, and has continued into this fall, has a straightforward answer: People are spending less time watching TV, and more time watching Netflix, as well as other streaming video services like Amazon and Hulu.

Sony Narrows Q2 Loss With Help from PS4

recode.net — Japan's Sony reported a second-quarter operating loss on Friday that was narrower than analysts had estimated, as blockbuster sales of its PlayStation 4 games console reduced the impact of a sluggish smartphone division.

Google Robotics Head Andy Rubin Leaves Company, Kuffner Steps In

recode.net — Andy Rubin, who headed Google's robotics effort and was the creator of its Android system, has left the company to start his own incubator for startups interested in building hardware, according to a company spokesperson. James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google, will take over the robotics group, according to the company.

China’s Xiaomi Becomes Third Largest Smartphone Maker as Global Market Continues to Grow

recode.net — We all knew China's Xiaomi was on a tear. But new statistics from IDC show that the company has emerged at the third largest smartphone vendor in the world, passing LG and Lenovo and trailing only Apple and Samsung. The company saw its shipments more than triple to 17 million, good for a 5.3 percent market share.

Execs From Apple Pay Competitor MCX Speak, But Big Questions Remain

recode.net — MCX, the consortium of retailers that recently blocked the use of Apple Pay in their stores, finally spoke to the press Wednesday about a recent hack on its system, as well as to address the lingering brouhaha over the Apple payment ban.

Microsoft Takes Another Stab at Health Market with Cloud Service, $199 Fitness Band

recode.net — Microsoft on Wednesday is taking the wraps off a long-expected wearable that will plug into a new Microsoft Health fitness tracking service. Microsoft Band, as the product is known, will go on sale Thursday for $199 and be available at Microsoft's physical and online stores.

As HomeKit Launch Draws Near, the Internet of Things Still Faces a Major Obstacle

recode.net — Ever since Apple announced HomeKit in June, developers have been hard at work creating apps to integrate with the platform. Now, industry experts have predicted that Apple will launch HomeKit by the end of the year, and the rest of us are wondering what smart devices to put on our Christmas lists.

Two Twitter Execs Leave the Company

recode.net — Jeremy Gordon, Twitter's head of product engineering, and Adam Kinney, a four-year veteran leading the analytics group are leaving the company, according to sources familiar with the matter. Gordon tweeted out the news Wednesday shortly after CNBC first broke the news.

HP Unveils Faster, Cheaper 3-D Printers

recode.net — Computing and printing giant Hewlett-Packard stepped into the nascent 3D printing market today with a product it says will be faster and cheaper than anything else on the market. Called Fusion, it'll be targeted mainly to business customers and will be available by 2016. The company hasn't yet set a price.

IBM Teams Up With Twitter, Adds Tweets to its Cloud

recode.net — IBM announces its third big cloud-focused partnership in recent memory today, saying it will integrate the massive trove of data generated by Twitter into its cloud analytics applications. Twitter data will be part of IBM's Watson analytics application, the cloud-based sibling of the Watson cognitive computing product that IBM first debuted on the TV game show Jeopardy a few years ago.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @NiemanLab: From rumor to out: Tim Cook reminds us that “unpublishable” facts don’t live in an vacuum online nie.mn/1DDoIqM

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ShaliniWSJ: Remember Barry Diller often said there's "no Plan B" for Aereo? JK. Here it is, w/ details from Aereo investors: on.wsj.com/1udhTNL

Oct 31, 2014

Nightmare for TV guys: They've trained their viewers to watch their shows on Netflix. recode.net/2014/10/31/tvs…

Oct 31, 2014

Future Of Journalism turns out to be underwritten by VCs, Wall Street data monopolist and cable TV networks. recode.net/2014/10/31/new…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Recode: New York Magazine's @KevinRoose heads to cable network @thisisFusion on.recode.net/1u0dNb3 by @edmundlee

Oct 31, 2014

Re/code: Happy to have @chelseahandler appear however she wants at #codemedia in Feb! Early bird special ends today. recode.net/events/code-me…

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