Marketplace for Friday, February 14, 2014
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President Obama’s aid for Western states hurt by drought shows the limits of what can be done without… rain. His main point, buried in his plan, is to look forward to continued climate change and prepare communities and industries to be “resilient” in the face of new conditions. Plus, the latest digital area of intense competition is messaging apps, which provide wide-ranging communication services that will challenge not only instant messaging, but also companies like Skype. Later, Pandora uses what it knows about our musical taste to lure political advertisers. The promise and the peril. And finally: The debut of the second season of the smash hit House of Cards doesn’t just mark the success of Netflix – it’s also an indicator of the enormous changes wrought in the televisual entertainment business.
Posted In: house of cards, netflix, television, streaming
A dispatch from the Netflix war room during last season's launch.
Posted In: messaging, skype, Facebook, Viber
A Japanese company bets $900 million that Viber will take over your phone. Their goal: to take the place of smartphones.
Look forward to continued climate change, says President Obama in California today
Posted In: flirting, George Washington
A whole week for the lovebirds.
Posted In: pandora, Political ads
You like Bob Marley, because: a) You’re a pot-smoking liberal. B) You’re a libertarian. C) You had a great time in Jamaica during college