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Time Warner Wants Hulu To Stop Airing Current Seasons Of TV Shows ➝

Chris Morran, writing for Consumerist:

The Time Warner Inc. umbrella covers a wide range of these channels — CNN, TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network — that stand to lose carriage fees and ad revenue every time someone cuts the cord. And while Time Warner apparently believes it can make money selling online access to HBO without requiring basic cable, many of its other properties don’t lend itself as readily to binge-viewing.

According to the Wall Street Journal, that’s why Time Warner is talking to Hulu about ultimately rethinking how the streaming service handles recently aired TV shows.

Hulu would become a lot less valuable if it no longer offered episodes from current seasons. To the point where I might even consider canceling the service altogether if recently-aired episodes were no longer available. But unfortunately for Time Warner, there’s no way I’d ever return to a cable subscription. I cut the cord almost ten years ago and have been happily using alternative entertainment sources like Netflix, iTunes, podcasts, YouTube, etc. ever since.

Amazon Prime Adds 20% Discount On Video Game Pre-Orders and New Releases ➝

Chris Morran, writing for Consumerist:

Amazon announced today that Prime subscribers will now be able to save 20% off sticker price, not just on pre-orders, but also on new titles during their first two weeks of release.

That second part is important, given the number of high-profile games that have been rushed to market with broken content, this two-week window means that Amazon customers can wait to see if the game has crippling problems (or horrendous reviews) before they buy.

A great perk for existing Amazon Prime members.

Comcast Document Admits Data Caps Have Nothing To Do With Congestion ➝

Chris Morran, writing for Consumerist:

That parenthetical was not added by us. This is an admission by Comcast that its data cap has absolutely nothing to do with easing the load on its network.

Instead, it’s — according to the script — about “Fairness and providing a more flexible policy to our customers.”

We’ll give you a second to wipe off your screen from the spit-take you might have just done while reading that.

The documents were originally leaked on 4Chan last week, but they have since been shared on Reddit by a user who managed to download them before the thread expired.

Popular Flashlight App Sharing Location Data With Third Parties ➝

Chris Morran writing for Consumerist:

And though the app’s permissions screen does say give it the ability to access the device’s precise location (when GPS is turned on) or approximate location (over the wireless network), the FTC alleges that nothing in the company’s privacy policy or End User License Agreement (EULA) made it clear that this information was being shared with third parties.

You can’t even launch a flashlight app without your privacy being violated. Android.