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Netflix, Tinder, Amazon all have automated algorithms. So, do humans have a choice anymore?

Eighty per cent of viewing hours streamed on Netflix and 35 per cent of Amazon’s sales originate from automated recommendations.
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Plea calls for regulating Netflix & Amazon Prime content, SC seeks Centre’s reply

The Delhi HC had earlier rejected the plea after I&B ministry had informed that online platforms are not required to obtain licence from it.

Will Netflix eventually monetize its user data?

Netflix logs everything you have ever watched and how you watch – every time you pause, what programmes you consider watching but choose not to.
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Study gives teens an excuse to keep texting, watching Netflix way past bedtime

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Actor Vivek Oberoi (R) at the launch of a Zee TV children's show |Sujit Jaiswal/AFP/Getty Images

Mukesh Ambani and Sunil Mittal to compete for stake in Zee’s online content

A successful deal will help the winning bidder add a slew of video services to their OTT platforms as the government prepares to auction 5G airwaves this year.
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Netflix’s Oscar pursuit could land Academy in trouble with US govt

The US Justice Department has warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that potential rule changes, which could hurt Netflix and other streaming platforms, may violate laws meant to protect competition.
Apple CEO Tim Cook

Apple’s reinvention as a services company starts for real today

Tim Cook is expected to unveil streaming video & news subscriptions as Apple pushes to transform itself into a leading digital services provider.
A worker stands by a Google Inc. 'Google Cloud' pop-up space in Davos, Switzerland| Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Google’s ‘Project Stream’ could be the Netflix of video games

Google's video game service, which launches Tuesday, is designed to allow users to play on a web browser or TV without a PlayStation and Xbox.
A still from the movie 'Green Book'

Green Book wins Oscar for best picture in setback for Netflix, Roma

The win dashed Netflix Inc.’s hopes that its Alfonso Cuaron-directed Roma would garner the streaming giant’s first top Oscar.
Subhash Chandra

Zee’s Subhash Chandra races to end mess that erased $1.6 billion of his group’s value

Zee is seeking to assure investors that the share plunge won’t hit Subhash Chandra’s plans to sell half of his stake & reduce debt.

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Dead men talking

Reporting on Lanka's blood-soaked years, I watched names disappear from my notebook.
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Budgam friendly fire: Should charge of culpable homicide be on the table in the fog of war?

A senior IAF officer and 3 other personnel could be booked for “culpable homicide not amounting to murder” in the February Mi-17 helicopter downing.

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File photo of commander-in-Chief of Andaman and Nicobar Command Vice Admiral Vimal Verma | By special arrangement

Bimal Verma files petition against KB Singh’s appointment as next Navy chief

He filed a petition in the Armed Forces Tribunal and contended that it should call for the service records of both him and Vice Admiral KB Singh and compare them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.