[INSIDERS] 5 Tech Info to Shine in Society
A journalist from CNBC questioned filmmakers, production studios and distributors to find out who, Netflix or Amazon, the film industry prefers to work with.
It emerges that each operator presents advantages and disadvantages, to be weighted according to the content that one seeks to produce and market.
According to many industry executives, Netflix usually pays more than most of its competitors. However, in exchange, forgo income from theatrical exploitation, since most of the films sold to Netflix will only be exploited on its platform. As one industry executive puts it, it’s best to do business with Netflix in general, with the exception of the few movies that have potential for blockbuster.
Conversely, a romantic comedy without a real headliner has little chance of being well distributed and lasting in theaters; on the other hand, it will be able to find an interesting exposure and audience at Netflix, thanks to its large subscriber base. The recommendation algorithm will be able to help him, even if – except immediate success – the film can quickly fall into the limbo of the catalog, because of the frequent additions of contents on the platform.
Amazon would be more inclined to allow cinema people the possibility of showing their film in theaters. Beyond the economic interest – sometimes non-existent – theatrical distribution also helps to compete for awards. Amazon would seem better equipped to carry out the massive marketing campaigns necessary for them: thus, last year, Amazon distinguished itself thanks to The Salesman, Oscar for best foreign film, and Manchester by the Sea, Oscar for Best Screenplay and Oscar for Best Actor. Amazon’s film division is also headed by veterans of the film industry.
If you have followed the previous episodes of our great thriller series “New Adventures in Cryptoland“, You already know that bitcoin is no longer welcome in China. Various admonitions and warning shots from regulatory authorities, freezing of ICOs, suspension of activities on the BTC China platform … It is now in Japan that traders meet to exchange, a much more welcoming territory which today represents more than half of the transactions. Conversely, the daily volume of transactions for China has collapsed by half, rising from 15 to 7% of the world market. South Korea would also have benefited from the transfer of Chinese activity.
– Joseph Young (@iamjosephyoung) September 17, 2017
The price of cryptocurrency still remains very volatile and following it too closely is an activity strongly discouraged for the sensitive natures (among which your servant is included with good grace): after reaching the 4000 euro mark in early September, bitcoin fell heavily on Friday following the Chinese turn of the screw , slipping under 2,800 euros. At the stroke of 4 pm today however, here it is already fresher and more cheerful, trading around 3400 euros.
You can read it in detail here: Japan Becomes Largest Bitcoin Market as Traders Leave China
An ad posted on the Indeed job board is currently circulating in the WeChat groups of the Chinese community of Silicon Valley. And for good reason, a family of entrepreneurs, at the head of various businesses and charities, would be looking for a nanny speaking Mandarin fluently, for an annual remuneration of 110,000-130,000 dollars … The rumor roars: it would be the Zuckerberg family, who have sought to expand their personal staff since the birth of August, his second daughter, in August. It is common knowledge that the founder and CEO of Facebook is passionate about Chinese language and culture, to the point of having already given speeches in Mandarin.
Personally, I retain for inspiration this organization of the hearth squared, and I will not fail this evening to communicate this new distribution of tasks to my people, naming without blinking my Managing Director and my Household Operations Manager, so that finally order, calm and likes reign at home, as at Mark and Priscilla’s (if it is indeed them).
My cryptomaniac informants whisper into my headset that this is important news, to the point of deserving a second cryptominute in the Insiders of the day. It is therefore driven by a sense of duty and tokens that I do this: the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is working, with the help of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and Mozilla, on a API for paying in bitcoin in Microsoft Edge, Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Samsung Internet browser and Facebook’s in-app browser. You just have to choose the cryptocurrency of your choice from a dedicated drop-down menu.
According to Ian Jacobs, in charge of the consortium’s payment activity, “This is a great opportunity for people to start writing blockchain-based payment method descriptions and testing the API. We are at the start of this development phase, including testing and interoperability. ”
To find out more about your next bitcoin purchases: Bitcoin in the Browser: Google, Apple and More Adopting Crypto-Ready API
To read on the New-York Times, a fascinating photo essay on how Internet and new technologies are intruding into all communities, even the most reluctant to progress, in this case among the Amish.
This religious movement – with a number of 300,000 members spread across the United States, and whose number is growing because of a high birth rate – is made up of farmers and craftsmen leading austere lives and refusing modern society : they do not have cars, are not connected to the electricity network, and do not have the right to own television, radio or a computer. However, things are changing and some Amish are now using new technology, supposedly for work. But despite this supposedly clear border, we have to believe that we are all caught up by the liquid consistency of the Internet and the precarious work / personal life balance …
“We’re not supposed to have computers; we’re not supposed to have cellphones, ”he said. “We’re allowed to have a phone, but not in the house. But to do business, you need a computer, or access to one, and that phone moves into the house. So how do you balance that? ”
To read here: In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling