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Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray is doing an AMA on Reddit. And it’s as great as you’d imagine, including an 885-word response to “will there be a Garfield 3?” 

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill shared his opinion of the current SNL cast.  And other great Murray moments, like Caddyshack, Lost in Translation and making out in Japanese.

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

Bill Murray AMA on Reddit

See the entire feed here: http://bit.ly/1miNHtS

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Reddit is a news and entertainment website where users submit links and photos to be voted up or down the Reddit pages.

Content on Reddit is categorized by “subreddits.” One of the more popular subreddits is AMA (Ask Me Anything), “where the mundane becomes fascinating and the outrageous suddenly seems normal.”

Reddit was founded by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian.

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11 Netflix Shows to Binge Watch

Arrested Development (Season 4 is a Netflix Original)

Arrested Development Netflix Instant Season 4

It’s the story of a wealthy family that lost everything, and the one son who had no choice but to keep them all together. It’s the return of the award-winning “Arrested Development,” starring Emmy nominee Jason Bateman and one of the funniest ensembles in TV comedy, who taught viewers the meaning of “never nude,” spread a dangerous amount of misinformation about maritime law, and reminded everyone “that’s why you always leave a note.”

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Orange is the New Black (Netflix Original) New: Season 2

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From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

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House of Cards (Netflix Original)

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Three Emmy Award wins including David Fincher (“The Social Network”) for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and nine nominations including Outstanding Drama Series went to this acclaimed political thriller. Lead Actor nominee Kevin Spacey stars as ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood, who will stop at nothing to conquer the halls of power in Washington D.C. His secret weapon: his gorgeous, ambitious, and equally conniving wife Claire (Lead Actress nominee Robin Wright).

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Lilyhammer (Netflix Original)

Lilyhammer Netflix Instant

After turning state’s evidence against a powerful Mafia boss, former gangster Frank “The Fixer” Tagliano trades the mean streets of New York for the icy fjords of Norway, forging a new life among the locals of Lillehammer under the guise of Norwegian-American immigrant Giovanni Henriksen. The relative calm suits him at first. But it’s not long before Frank’s ruthless methods resurface, stirring the suspicions of his next-door neighbor, the chief of police.

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Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad Netflix Instant

Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a high school science teacher who learns that he has terminal lung cancer and teams with a former student to manufacture and sell high-quality crystal meth to secure his family’s future.

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Prison Break 

Prison Break Netflix Instant

When his brother, Lincoln, is wrongly convicted of murdering a powerful politician’s brother, structural engineer Michael Scofield resolves to bust his innocent sibling out of the notorious Fox River State Penitentiary.

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Mad Men

Mad Men Netflix Instant

Set in 1960s New York, this series takes a peek inside an ad agency in an era when the cutthroat business had a glamorous lure. When the cigarette smoke clears and the martinis are set down, at the center of it all is womanizing ad man Don Draper.

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Lie to Me

Lie to Me Netflix Instant

Loosely inspired by the career of psychologist Paul Ekman, this engaging crime drama focuses on the work of Dr. Cal Lightman, whose knowledge of human facial and behavioral cues lets him determine whether a person is telling the truth.

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Nip/Tuck

Nip Tuck Nip/Tuck Netflix Instant

A little shady deal here, a little ethical entanglement there — it’s a way of life for Sean McNamara and Christian Troy, Miami doctors who own an exclusive plastic surgery clinic that generates as much trouble as it does cash.

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Dexter

Dexter Netflix Instant

By day, mild-mannered Dexter is a blood-splatter analyst for the Miami police. But at night, he is a serial killer who only targets other murderers.

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The Following

The Following Netflix Instant

When escaped serial killer Joe Carroll goes on a new killing spree, reclusive former FBI agent Ryan Hardy is called in, having captured Carroll nine years ago. Hardy soon discovers that Carroll has a loyal following of killers ready to terrorize.

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BONUS:

Freaks and Geeks

Freaks and Geeks Netflix Instant

A group of high school students in 1980 faces various social struggles. Lindsay Weir rebels and begins hanging out with a crowd of burnouts, courtesy of an invitation from Daniel Desario.

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Have anything you’d change or add to the list? Add it in the comments.

Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, and Conan Share A Lyft

220px-Lyft.svgLyft is a ride-sharing app that enables users to find Lyft drivers near their location on-demand.

The San Francisco-based startup launched in 2012 and, as of June 2013, has raised $83 million from Andreesson Herowitz, Founders Fund, Mayfield Fund, K9 Ventures and Floodgate.

For the purposes of full-disclosure: I was recently hired by Lyft as a mentor in the State College, Pennsylvania market.

 

Instagram Direct attempts to hit Snapchat where it counts

Instagram on Thursday introduced Instagram Direct, an internal messaging service. Seemingly a direct competitor to messaging app Snapchat.

Facebook failed in its attempt to acquire Snapchat, after a $3 billion cash offer was turned down, so they’ve now introduced this service within Instagram.

(Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in 2012.)

Facebook could have just as easily rolled out this new picture- and video-messaging service within Facebook, but they understand that Instagram’s demo — and mobile-first strategy — is more in line with Snapchat, hitting Snapchat right where it counts.

After sending, you’ll be able to find out who’s seen your photo or video, see who’s liked it and watch your recipients commenting in real time as the conversation unfolds. – from the Instagram blog

It’s a similar strategy that was successfully employed with Instagram video, to combat the video startup Vine, which was acquired by Twitter for $30 million in October of 2012.

The stats
Snapchat users: 26 million
Instagram users: 150 million

Instagram Direct

10 Best Tech Gifts

Best Tech under $50

Google Chromecast $35

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Roku LT $49

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Blue Snowball Mic $49

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Smartouch Tech Gloves $25 

SmartTech

Best Tech under $100

Apple TV $99

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Netflix $95.88/year ($7.99/mo)

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Amazon Prime $79/year

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Best Tech under $150

Google Drive Storage $119/year 200GB ($9.99/mo)

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Kindle Fire HD 7″ $139

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Pebble Smartwatch $149

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Bonus: Tech under $250

Samsung Chromebook $249

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Facebook Personalized Newsfeed

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I was asked to take a survey on Facebook yesterday to improve, or personalize, my Newsfeed (I spell newsfeed as one word because I like it and I think Facebook will catch on).

It looks as though its part of Facebook’s plan to fine-tune our Newsfeed content. This time, maybe, for the better. 

Screen Shot 2013-12-10 at 1.32.33 PM Here are some of the posts they presented (10 Total).

“I want to see more posts like this on Facebook.” Users are asked if they: Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Neither, Agree or Strongly Agree.

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Upon completing the initial 10, users can either exit or continue voting to further customize their Facebook experience.

Redbox Recommendations via email

Redbox is now sending out rental recommendations via email. Though the service could use a little work.

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Those five recommendations were all I was given in the Redbox Recommends email. Clicking the “See All” link sent me to all available Redbox rentals, not more recommendations.

Redbox’s online interface seem to be coming together nicely. But would pair perfectly with the Redbox Recommendations.

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