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Netflix Is Testing a Button for Skipping the Opening Credits ➝

Casey Newton, writing for The Verge:

Netflix is testing a button that lets you skip the opening credits on some television shows, the company said. This week some Twitter users spotted a “skip intro” button that appears when you hover over the title sequence for shows including Netflix originals House of Cards and Iron Fist, and Mad Men and The Office (third-party shows). The button works both with shows that begin with the title sequence and those that include one after a cold open. […]

Skipping the opening credits is a long-standing request of many Netflix users, who are prone to binge-watching shows and would rather not watch the House of Cards smooth jazz time lapse eight times in a single day. And if episodes are auto-playing for you, in many cases the opening sequence will be skipped automatically.

This is an incredible feature that I expect to become table stakes amongst streaming video services. In the age of on-demand video playback, show intros are irrelevant past the first episode. But I’d like to see Netflix take this a step further by letting you skip the previews and recaps that were originally designed to bookend commercial breaks. They’re irritating and unnecessary.

Peach, a Social Network from the Co-Founder of Vine ➝

Casey Newton, writing for The Verge:

There’s nothing particularly original about Peach, but it began taking off in a significant way on Friday. I started receiving friend requests by the dozens when I tweeted my username, something that never happened with Byte. The app is silly and a little bit dumb but also rather fun, and that’s often a combination that gets a social network to its first 100,000 users. It remains to be seen whether we’ll still be booping and quarantining one another after the weekend. But in the meantime, Peach is Friday’s hottest social network.

I signed up for Peach yesterday and honestly, I don’t really get it. I quipped last night that the new social network is like Twitter, but you have to visit each of your friends’ timelines individually. The ability to post doodles, GIFs, and send things like waves, boops, and hisses to your friends is neat. But I just don’t think it’s enough to keep people coming back to the service.

Twitter’s Updated Mac App Wasn’t Made by Twitter ➝

Casey Newton, reporting for The Verge:

Development of the Mac app was outsourced to a third-party developer, said Jonathan Wight, a former Twitter employee, in a tweet. The Verge confirmed that the app’s development was outsourced with other people familiar with the matter. One of those people said the developer is Black Pixel, a well-regarded digital studio based in Seattle. Black Pixel’s other clients have included ESPN, Starbucks, and the New York Times, according to its website.

Black Pixel has built some great stuff, but this might explain why the new app doesn’t support some of Twitter’s new features.

Why Rdio Died ➝

Casey Newton, reporting for The Verge:

In interviews with current and former employees, a picture emerges of a company that developed an excellent product but faltered when it came to marketing and distributing it. Early as it was to the United States, Rdio was born in the shadow of Spotify, a cunning and well-financed competitor that excelled at generating buzz — and using that buzz to acquire paid subscribers.

What an incredible read.

Upthere, a New Cloud Storage Service ➝

Casey Newton, writing for The Verge:

Suffice to say the company says it has built a new way of saving, storing, and organizing files, and done it in a way that takes advantage of the cloud. It pays special attention to metadata, enabling faster searches. “There was no one who did what we envisioned,” Serlet said in an interview with The Verge. “So we started from scratch.”

I remain unconvinced that Upthere is any better than their competitors, but I did sign up for the beta and wouldn’t mind giving it a try.

Yahoo Mail Eliminates Passwords as Part of a Major Redesign ➝

Casey Newton, writing for The Verge:

Here’s how Account Key works. You link your Yahoo account to a mobile device, most likely a smartphone. When you go to log in to Yahoo Mail on the web, enter your email address and tab down to the password. Yahoo will recognize that the account has the feature enabled and send a push notification to your device. You can approve or deny the login directly from the notification.

This is a clever way of dealing with the problems associated with password-based authentication.