The Buzz

with Josh O'Connell

Blockbuster Express agrees to wait 28 days… Blockbuster doesn’t.

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I’ve been following the saga of the movie rental firms pretty closely over the past year, and we’ve seen Redbox and Netflix agree to all sorts of arrangements, including a 28-day delay, while in-bankruptcy-protection Blockbuster has reaped what benefits can be had from that arrangement. Well, now it’s Blockbuster Express’s turn. Blockbuster Express is a […] [Read More]
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Gawker hack leads to password problems.

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While it’s not new news by now, a couple of days ago it was publicly announced that 1.3 million Gawker accounts had been compromised by a group of hackers tired of the company’s bravado about security and other organizations. While announced over the weekend, initial signs of the hack were noted by Gawker’s team a […] [Read More]
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Spend your cash back rewards at the checkout counter.

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Many people take advantage of cash back rewards cards to be able to get a little something extra when they make a purchase. But what if you could spend your rewards directly at the register, instead of charging it and waiting for a credit or check? That’s the idea behind a new credit card coming […] [Read More]
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Redbox announces plans for streaming service.

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Not content to just take Blockbuster down, Redbox is now more directly pushing towards competition against Netflix with its announcement of a streaming service. Pricing and other details have not been announced yet, nor has a partner, but Yahoo! said in their story that earlier this year Redbox was running surveys asking people about pricing […] [Read More]
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4G service officially available in Connecticut.

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Monday marked the official debut of WiMAX service in Connecticut. Clear has officially begun making available 4G services in the Hartford and New Haven markets, a rep for the company has told The Buzz. She also noted that Bridgeport is “launching soon.” I recently purchased an EVO, Sprint’s flagship 4G device, and have been trying […] [Read More]
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The arrival of 4G is Clear.

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Earlier I discussed hints of Clear’s eventual Connecticut plans, which included at the time their locator map stating two Connecticut metro areas were coming soon. They took those dots off their map after I reported this, but signs of Clear’s arrival are growing. Walking by a recently shuttered Pocket store in downtown New Haven yesterday, […] [Read More]
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Cablevision, Fox air their grievances online.

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As with previous disputes, with Scripps and ABC, when the networks were yanked from Cablevision’s viewers, they replaced a black screen with a loop explaining their side. The video is below. Negotiations continued Sunday to try to bring the channels back on the air, but meanwhile National League Championship Series games, which are being aired […] [Read More]
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Apple’s new patent could keep you from sexting.

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Parents anxious to keep their kids and teenagers from “sexting,” a fun made-up word that basically means sending naughty text messages and pictures to someone, will give Apple a thumbs-up for their latest patent, which is designed to offer a way to block such a thing, at least when it comes to text. The patent […] [Read More]
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