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Netflix shares are up after the streaming service provides practically 7M new subscribers in Q3

After a disappointing second quarter, Netflix is again in Wall Avenue’s good graces. The corporate simply launched its third quarter earnings repor...

 

After a disappointing second quarter, Netflix is again in Wall Avenue’s good graces. The corporate simply launched its third quarter earnings report, and as of 5:30pm East Coast time, the inventory is up 12 p.c in after hours buying and selling.

Crucial quantity right here is subscriber development, and that’s the place Netflix got here in manner forward of expectations, with 6.96 internet additions, in comparison with the 5.07 million that analysts predicted. The service now has a complete of 137 million members, and 130 million paying members.

The corporate additionally reported earnings of 89 cents per share on income of $ four billion — analysts had predicted EPS of 68 cents.

Along with reporting on the newest financials, Netflix’s letter to shareholders additionally gives an replace on its authentic content material technique. It distinguishes between two various kinds of Netflix Originals — those like “Orange Is The New Black,” the place Netflix will get the primary window for distribution, and others like “Stranger Issues,” the place it really owns the content material.

The corporate says:

As we speak, we make use of a whole lot of individuals in bodily manufacturing, engaged on all kinds of owned titles unfold throughout scripted and unscripted collection, youngsters, worldwide content material, standup, docs and have movies from all around the world. To assist our efforts, we’ll want extra manufacturing capability; we just lately introduced the collection of ​Albuquerque, New Mexico​ as the location of a brand new US manufacturing hub, the place we anticipate bringing $ 1 billion in manufacturing over the following 10 years and creating as much as 1,000 manufacturing jobs per 12 months. Our inside studio is already the one largest provider of content material to Netflix (on a money foundation).

Netflix subscription adds Q3

Netflix additionally says romance has been large just lately, due to its “Summer time of Love” slate of authentic movies, which have been watched by greater than 80 million accounts. Apparently “To All The Boys I’ve Liked Earlier than” did significantly effectively, turning into one in every of Netflix’s most-watched authentic movies, “with robust repeat viewing.”

The service plans to launch “Gravity” director Alfonso Cuarón’s new movie “Roma” in December, which has already been getting rave critiques at movie festivals. Whereas Netflix’s authentic films typically have a minimal presence in theaters, the corporate says “Roma” (like Paul Greengrass’ “22 July”) shall be launched in additional than 100 screens worldwide — not a blockbuster rollout, however not a perfunctory launch, both.

The corporate is forecasting the addition of 9.four new members within the fourth quarter.

Donald Daters, a courting app for Trump supporters, leaked its customers’ information

 

A brand new courting app for Trump supporters that desires to “make America date once more” has leaked its complete database of customers — on the day of its launch.

The app, known as “Donald Daters,” is aimed toward “American-based singles neighborhood connecting lovers, associates, and Trump supporters alike” and has already obtained rave opinions and protection in Fox Information, Each day Mail and The Hill.

On its launch day alone, the app had a little bit over 1,600 customers and counting.

We all know as a result of a safety researcher discovered points with the app that made it attainable to obtain the complete person database.

Elliot Alderson, a French safety researcher, shared the database with Exadrive, which included person’s names, profile footage, gadget sort, their non-public messages — and entry tokens, which can be utilized to take over accounts.

The info was accessible from a public and uncovered Firebase information repository, which was hardcoded within the app. Shortly after Exadrive contacted the app maker, the information was pulled offline.

We reached out to Emily Moreno, the app’s founder and a former aide to Sen. Marco Rubio, didn’t remark.

In accordance with the app’s web site, “all of your private data is stored non-public.” Besides, because it occurs, when it’s not.

Unique Content material podcast: We will’t resist the considerate glamour of ‘The Crown’

 

We weren’t anticipating to love “The Crown.”

Sure, there are proficient actors and fancy costumes on-screen, and sure, there’s an acclaimed author on the helm who makes a speciality of dramatizing actual historical past. However did we actually want to look at one other 20 hours of great, scripted drama about England’s royal household?

Nicely, we had been satisfied to offer the present a shot after it took residence a number of awards at this 12 months’s Emmys, and we had been completely gained over. It seems that among the questions that made us unsure concerning the idea (similar to: What’s the purpose of a monarchy in fashionable society?) are precisely what the present is attempting to discover.

And it will be exhausting to overpraise these actors — not simply Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, but additionally Matt Smith as her husband Prince Philip, Vanessa Kirby as Pricness Margaret, John Lithgow as Winston Churchill and Jared Harris as Elizabeth’s father, King George VI.

On the newest episode of the Unique Content material podcast, we’re joined by Catherine Shu to debate the primary two seasons of “The Crown,” and what we’re hoping to see in season three (with Foy and Smith changed by older actors to play Elizabeth and Philip in center age). We additionally talk about recently-revealed particulars concerning the upcoming Star Wars streaming sequence “The Mandalorian” and plans for an interactive episode of “Black Mirror.”

You may pay attention within the participant beneath, subscribe utilizing Apple Podcasts or discover us in your podcast participant of alternative. When you just like the present, please tell us by leaving a evaluation on Apple. You can also ship us suggestions straight. (Or counsel reveals and films for us to evaluation!)

Make your personal telephone with MakerPhone (some soldering required)

 

There’s no scarcity of attention-grabbing electronics kits on the market to occupy an idle Sunday, however with this one you get a telephone out of the cut price. The MakerPhone is a package searching for funds on Kickstarter that permits you to assemble a working cell phone from quite a lot of boards and items, and the tip end result appears to be like about as wild as you’d count on.

For a couple of hundred bucks, you get a mainboard, casing, LCD, wi-fi module, processor, and all the opposite items you have to make a primary smartphone. You’re not going to be searching Instagram on this factor, however you may make calls, ship texts, and play Snake. Bear in mind when that was sufficient?

That is purpose-built , in fact — you gained’t be placing it collectively cap by cap — but it surely’s not precisely plug and play, both. You’ll want a soldering iron, snippers, and a few Python chops. (Not scrumptious python meat — Python the programming language.)

The MakerPhone microcontroller is Arduino-compatible, so you may tweak and lengthen it, too. However the creators (who beforehand shipped a equally DIY handheld gaming machine) say you don’t want any expertise to do that. It takes you thru absolutely the fundamentals and there are pledge tiers that get you all of the instruments you’ll want, too.

I like the chunky UI, too. I like large pixels and I can’t lie.

Positive, this in all probability gained’t be your on a regular basis gadget (it’s large) but it surely’s a enjoyable mission and perhaps you may make it your bizarre dwelling messaging machine. I don’t know. Be artistic.

The MakerPhone is already effectively previous its $ 15,000 aim, most of which was folks snapping up the early chook $ 89 deal. However there are a lot accessible at $ 94, and it comes with a toolkit at $ 119.

The staff behind ‘First Man’ goals to de-mythologize the house program

 

Even for these of us born a long time after the occasion itself, Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon stay amongst historical past’s most iconic and indelible pictures. Can a Hollywood film inform us something new about that second?

With “First Man” (which opens at present), “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle actually tries. The movie climaxes with an eerie and exquisite dramatization of Apollo 11, and with Armstrong’s well-known phrases a couple of large leap for mankind. However it’s what comes earlier than that feels revelatory — the movie’s fastidious consideration to the coaching, the errors and the disasters that each one led as much as that second.

Most of these particulars come from actual life, in response to screenwriter Josh Singer (who received an Oscar for co-writing “Highlight”). His place to begin was James R. Hansen’s biography of Armstrong (who’s performed within the movie by Ryan Gosling), and Singer stated he was additionally capable of pepper Hansen, in addition to Armstrong’s sons Mark and Rick, with questions.

That doesn’t imply the whole lot within the movie sticks to the historic report. In truth, Singer stated that one of many issues he tried to do within the annotated screenplay was to spotlight the areas the place the film diverged from actuality. However even then, it looks as if the moments when Singer made issues up or fudged the information weren’t all that removed from actuality.

“We felt an amazing duty to Neil and his household,” he stated. As well as, he famous that “anytime you’re treading in territory that’s been written about lots, you’re feeling that it’s a little bit bit of a better bar.”

For instance, whereas the movie exhibits the Gemini astronauts utilizing a multi-axis coach to organize for weightlessness, it’s not completely clear whether or not they truly used the coach (mainly a large whirling machine) or the “vomit comet” airplane.

Finally, Singer stated they determined to go along with the coach regardless of the uncertainty as a result of it “simply felt higher storywise,” foreshadowing a later scene within the movie. Equally, he stated that whereas the LLRV crash proven within the film was actual, Armstrong’s precise accidents consisted of “a bloody tongue and hassle speaking.” Nevertheless, to convey that “he actually did nearly die,” Singer and Chazelle determined to indicate exterior accidents, reasonably than “making Ryan discuss humorous.”

In Singer’s view, it was the analysis that allowed him to jot down a movie that “pushes [against] the historic narrative” across the house program. To be clear, it’s not a wildly revisionist movie — I walked out of the theater admiring Armstrong, his colleagues and what they achieved. However Singer stated he wished to indicate that “there actually was a human price right here.”

“That’s a reasonably provocative factor to say,” he argued. “The vast majority of the portraits of those males present the stiff higher lip. In that manner, we’re attempting to do what Steven [Spielberg] was attempting to do with ‘Saving Non-public Ryan,’ present the human aspect. Why was this the best technology? Not as a result of they had been inherently nice, however as a result of they had been prepared to sacrifice.”

Singer stated that the thought of sacrifice has up to date relevance governments and personal corporations plan to return to house exploration. He recalled being a baby and listening to Ronald Reagan’s speech after the Challenger catastrophe, the place the president declared, “The longer term doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the courageous.”

“These strains are simply so highly effective,” Singer stated. “They sum up the whole lot that this effort requires.”

Equally, the movie exhibits among the broader social and political context of the Apollo missions, with protesters (fairly understandably) criticizing the extraordinary price of this system when there have been so many unsolved issues right here on Earth.

“That query was rather more distinguished than individuals keep in mind,” Singer stated. “We predict that on the time, all people was all gung-ho, nevertheless it simply wasn’t the case.”

For Singer, although, the reply to “Is it price it?” is evident. It’s expressed early within the movie when Armstrong is requested why he needs to go to house. In response, he recounts going up in an F15 and looking out down on the environment, a view that provides him a completely new perspective on Earth.

“There’s a sure religion concerned: I don’t know what I’m going to see, however I’m going to study one thing, that’s why we discover,” Singer stated. “I’d prefer to assume that really, this film is an argument for why to buck the traits and the criticism and the questions. That it’s price our time, and energy, and cash, and sacrifice.”

And it appears like Armstrong’s household is pleased with the outcomes. For his half, Rick Armstrong informed me through electronic mail that Gosling and Claire Foy (who performs Rick’s mom Janet) “do a superb job of capturing reminiscences that I’ve.

“For instance I used to be very glad to see that a few of my Dad’s humorousness comes by within the movie, as a result of he actually was a reasonably humorous man,” Armstrong stated. “Claire’s portrayal is simply so spot on that I don’t know the way it might have been higher. She was a really robust and unbiased lady and I believe that comes by brilliantly.”

Rick and his brother Mark didn’t simply seek the advice of on the movie — additionally they had cameos (Rick informed me, “I’ve a brand new appreciation for the persistence required by everybody concerned in film making, there are lengthy hours and quite a lot of sitting round!”), they usually spoke out after Senator Marco Rubio instructed (absurdly) that the movie may not be patriotic sufficient.

Once I requested Rick how he sees the moon touchdown now, he stated he agreed along with his father that it was excess of a private accomplishment.

“I consider it was a nationwide accomplishment of 400,000 those that dedicated themselves to a aim and who all put in lengthy hours and further effort to make the unattainable change into doable, in addition to the American taxpayers that footed the invoice for it, and the federal government that approved it,” Armstrong stated.

“It was a world one within the sense that it was accomplished on behalf of ‘all mankind’, as they went to nice lengths to current it as a human achievement,” he continued. “Moreover, our management rightly used the moon touchdown as a platform to enhance relations with different international locations based mostly on scientific achievement, and naturally, used it as a bridge with the Soviet Union to convey the Chilly Warfare to an finish.”