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Today in Tech: Netflix's $100 million TV show, Verizon owns 12% of iPhone market

March 16, 2011: 5:00 AM ET

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  • Netflix may be the exclusive distributor behind Kevin Spacey's new TV series. Photo: Michael Buckner/WireImage

    Netflix, which owns 60% of the digital movie market, thinks the next step  is to offer exclusive video content that can't be found anywhere else. The content in question? A new series, House of Cards, directed by David Fincher and starring Kevin Spacey. The company reportedly outbid Netflix HBO and AMC for it, and the deal could be worth $100 million or more. (AllThingsD and Business Insider)

  • Google, via YouTube, just acquired Green Parrot Pictures, an Irish company that develops tools for editing digital videos and images for an unspecified amount of cash. In a YouTube blog post, the streaming video giant revealed it will integrate Green Parrot's tech so users can do stuff like sharpen images, reduce visual noise and render higher-quality, steadier video. (Business Insider)
  • Google plans to start testing a new unnamed mobile payment service in New York and San Francisco stores within the next four months. The program relies on near-field-communication technology (NFC), which has been available in Japan and other markets for nearly a decade, so equipped smartphones will act as methods of payment. In theory, a transaction would be as simple as swiping the phone within a few inches of the new cash-register devices from VeriFone Systems. (Bloomberg via Fortune) More
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