The days of VOD pornography being available in hotels could be coming to an end. Newly released research from the group Enseo—which provides major hotel chains with streaming in-room technology—has found that Netflix is so much more popular than porn viewing in rooms that offer it, that it could lead to some major industry changes.
They found that just 1% of hotel rooms order video-on-demand content that they have to pay for, but, 90% of the profits from the rooms come from porn videos. However, after some hotels replaced paid video-on-demand offerings with in-room Netflix, the percentage of rooms that used streaming services spike to 40%.
The company sees major changes coming for hotels. From Variety: “Enseo CEO Vanessa Ogle has a tough message for hotel operators these days that they’re resistant to hearing: Get rid of all the porn, and replace it with Netflix instead.”
There’s also another benefit for hotels to make the switch: According to Enseo, Hotels are actually losing money on porn because of a common, very awkward occurrence. Guests who order porn in their room frequently dispute the charge at checkout, causing the hotels to chargeback the orders. Discuss
If the fact that smartphones have made it possible for you to carry an entire Bible around in your pocket hasn’t lost its appeal to you, then you are going to be thrilled over the new app that was designed to help you fast.
For years developers have been tapping into the "churchgoer" market and have created everything from Devotional apps to Tithing apps, even entire churches have their own apps now. At this point in history, it really was only a matter of time until we were given an app to help us fast.
The app is called Zero and was named after the amount of food you eat while fasting. Seriously. That is the actual reason. And if you’re anything like us, you’re probably wondering what the inspiration behind an idea like this was. What type of spiritual enlightenment took place to compel someone to make fasting user-friendly?
Well, it should come as no surprise that the app with a simple name was formed from a simple observation. Zero was created by a man named Kevin Rose who was inspired to create the app after learning about Hugh Jackman’s fasting regime he used to prepare to play Wolverine.
On his blog, he wrote: “I started Hugh’s protocol of fasting for 16 hours (water only) followed by an 8-hour eating window. For me, that meant fasting just after dinner (8pm) and then resume again at lunch (12pm). Within 7 days, I had dropped five pounds. I knew this was a fun body hack to lose weight …”
OK, so maybe Zero wasn’t designed around the biblical practice of fasting but the app does allow users to make customizable fasting plans, so if for nothing else you have an accountability buddy who is also tracking your health. Sounds like a win-win in our book.
Rose encourages everyone who is interested in long- or short-term fasting to consult a doctor. Discuss
Microsoft founder Bill Gates may be one of the world's richest—and busiest people—but, he still finds time to take part in Reddit’s annual Secret Santa exchange. The online gift program drew more than 60,000 participants this year, and one of them got a serious haul of extremely thoughtful presents.
Not only did Gates include an Xbox, controllers, games and movies, but also an old school Nintendo. Gates also gave the Zelda fan some custom socks, some Harry Potter slippers, and best of all, a framed photo. The image was her profile picture—which showed her and her husband and dog—with Bill Gates flawlessly Photoshopped in.
Gates also included a note, saying that after he found out that the woman’s Secret Santa left her hanging last year, that he wanted to restore her faith in the Reddit community. Mission accomplished. Discuss
After a lash of criticism following his comments denying that Facebook played a role in the election, Facebook will now start fact-checking and burying fake news in its news feed following an announcement made by the company on Thursday.
The social media platform has teamed up with media organizations that are part of an international fact-checking network led by Poynter, a nonprofit school for journalism in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In a statement, Mark Zuckerberg explained,
We're making it easier to report hoaxes, and if many people report a story, then we'll send it to third-party fact checking organizations. If the fact checkers agree a story is a hoax, you'll see a flag on the story saying it has been disputed, and that story may be less likely to show up in News Feed. You'll still be able to read and share the story, but you'll now have more information about whether fact checkers believe it's accurate. No one will be able to make a disputed story into an ad or promote it on our platform.
A team of researchers will also be charged with vetting fake news sites or misleading domains. This is a collaborative effort in partnership with other media organizations including Snopes, ABC News, Associated Press and Factcheck.org. These partners will have access to a tool allowing them to label news as fake.
A profile by The Washington Post revealed that owners of fake news sites can make thousands of dollars by writing content that spreads fear, solicits emotional reaction and is otherwise not true simply through internet ads.
Last month, Mark Zuckerberg said it was "pretty crazy" to suggest that the prevalence of these sites on Facebook sites influenced the outcome of the election in any way. Since then and with the formation of the fact-checking task force, Facebook is once again innovating. This time in how social media platforms—which are otherwise open-technology platforms—can "build a space where people can be informed."
As if we all weren’t wasting enough time on Facebook, the social media giant recently announced they would soon be adding original programming to their platform. Very little has been reported on what the new project will look like, but given that the company is a social network it will probably look more like a YouTube than a Netflix.
Facebook’s global creative strategist, Ricky Van Veen, spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about heading up the effort:
Our goal is to kickstart an ecosystem of partner content for the tab, so we're exploring funding some seed video content, including original and licensed scripted, unscripted and sports content, that takes advantage of mobile and the social interaction unique to Facebook. Our goal is to show people what is possible on the platform and learn as we continue to work with video partners around the world.
Facebook has pretty much always existed as a platform for other media companies, so it will be interesting to see the changes that occur when the brand becomes its own media company. From what we know things still seem to be developing, but one thing is for sure—if your New Year’s resolution had anything to do with spending less time on Facebook, you may want to reconsider. Discuss