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Netflix to Shut Down DVD Rental, Plans to Give Away DVDs

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Ridgewood NJ, Netflix is shutting down its DVD rental service on September 29. Customers can keep any remaining DVDs they have after the service shuts down. Subscribers can potentially receive up to 10 discs for free as Netflix clears out its inventory. Netflix will allow people to sign up to its DVD plan until midnight on August 28 for a chance to win the DVDs.

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Streaming Poised to Overtake Broadcast and Cable TV in the Coming Years

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Ridgewood NJ, while traditional TV, a combination of cable and broadcast networks, still commands the majority share, the trend is clear — streaming’s upward trajectory suggests it’s poised to overtake traditional TV viewing in the coming years.

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Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hasting Steps Down

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Ridgewood NJ , Netflix founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings is stepping down after more than two decades at the company. The company has been planning its next era in leadership for years and appointed Ted Sarandos as co-CEO in 2020. Greg Peters, the company’s current COO, will be promoted to co-CEO. Hastings will remain with Netflix as executive chairman of the board.

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Netflix Announces Plans to Build State-of-the-Art East Coast Production Facility at Fort Monmouth

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Trenton NJ,  Netflix announced that the entertainment company will develop a state-of-the-art East Coast production facility on the former Fort Monmouth campus in Monmouth County, transforming a property that has been largely vacant for more than a decade into an economic engine that is estimated to create more than 1,500 permanent production jobs and more than 3,500 construction-related jobs in New Jersey. Netflix plans to commit $848 million in capital investments to develop the more than 292-acre parcel, adjacent to Route 35 in Eatontown and Oceanport, into 12 state-of-the-art soundstages totaling nearly 500,000 square feet of new development, with the remainder of the property slated for redevelopment with supporting film uses and several community amenities.

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Netflix Wins Bid for Fort Monmouth Mega-Parcel

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Oceanport NJ,  Streaming giant Netflix appears to be the top bidder in the race for Fort Monmouth’s Mega Parcel, the single largest property ever put up for sale at the former U.S. Army base.

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Netflix launches its ad-supported tier in the US for $6.99 a month

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Ridgewood NJ, Netflix and chill with advertising, Netflix launches its ad-supported tier  in the US for $6.99 a month. The company is currently still in talks with several major studios to finalize licensing agreements. The new tier doesn’t include Netflix’s complete library. Customers will see around four to five minutes of ads per hour of content.

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The Reasons for Netflix’s popularity

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How Netflix became the number one streaming service in just ten years, with 38 original series, from auteur series like House of Cards and David Fincher’s Mindhunter, a revived sci-fi to witty and straightforward shows about teenagers and puberty. 

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Netflix to Add Ads by Year End

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Ridgewood NJ, Netflix plans to roll out an ad-supported tier in the final three months of this year. It will also roll out its plan to charge an extra fee for those who want to share accounts around the same time. Netflix’s decision to introduce the ad-supported tier was made due to Hulu and Disney’s success with the model. The company’s stock plummeted 37% after it announced its advertising plan and it has still not recovered.

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Latest Numbers have Netflix Bleeding Subscribers in US and Canada

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Ridgewood NJ, so much for Netflix and chill. Netflix lost 430,000 subscribers in the US and Canada in the second quarter. It predicted that it would add 3.5 million subscribers in the third quarter, a forecast that was weaker than expected. There are now more than 100 streaming services for consumers to choose from. Netflix is still the largest paid video streaming service, with more than twice the number of subscribers compared to Disney Plus, its closest competitor. It recently hired Mike Verdu, a veteran of the gaming industry, and plans to offer games to subscribers, perhaps they should focus more on the content .

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Netflix Begins Crack Down on Password Sharing

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Ridgewood NJ, you may have noticed that it might be a bit harder to “borrow” someone’s password for a Netflix account.

Some password sharers received a  prompt, telling customers  that “If you don’t live with the owner of this account, you need your own account to keep watching.” In order to continue, they need to verify the account with a E-mail or Text Code, or create a new account with a 30-Day Free Trial.

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Netflix Warns of Highly Sophisticated Phishing Scam

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November 11,2017

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Ridgewood NJ, If you get an email from Netflix telling you that your account is suspended due to a problem validating your credit card, don’t believe it.

It’s most likely a very sophisticated phishing scam that first made its appearance this year and has since gone out to tens of millions of people.

Wired reports that the cybercriminals behind the scam have continued to send it out with almost no alterations, a likely sign that it’s proving effective as a way to fool people into revealing their Netflix username and password, and even credit card numbers, home address, and date of birth, which they can sell this data on the dark web.

This phishing scheme is good enough to fool even the most sophisticated users. For instance, Netflix always advises users that “Netflix will never ask for any personal information to be sent to us over email.” That may be a great safety tip, but it won’t help you here because this scheme doesn’t do that. Instead, it asks users to click on an official-looking link to “Restart your membership.”

Click on the link and it will take you to what looks for all the world like a Netflix page there are even a still from the hit Netflix series The Crown in the background. The page prompts you to log in, or sign in with Facebook. If you do, of course, the hackers now have your Netflix (and maybe Facebook) credentials.

Once that’s done, the system takes you to a second screen with the Netflix logo, where you’re asked to “validate your payment information” by entering your credit card number and security code, and possibly your home address. Then the hackers will have those, too.

The hackers have created sophisticated techniques to avoid being recognized by any security system. The fake Netflix pages won’t work for users whose IP addresses belong to known security companies, making it hard for security experts to test out and examine them. In some cases, the HTML for the pages is actually encrypted so that it can’t even be scanned .
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Ridgewood Superintendent of Schools Daniel Fishbein Comments on ,“13 Reasons Why”

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April 25, 2017 Dear Ridgewood Parent or Guardian:

As a father of five children, I admit to you that I have not always been able to monitor what my children watch on television. Even using the antiquated term television doesn’t aptly cover the shows and videos that our children “stream watch,” making it nearly impossible to monitor what they view.
For this and other reasons, we have included digital citizenship as part of our program of studies district wide, so that our children learn the importance of self-responsibility and good decision-making on issues of technology, the Internet and what they view in the media.
Over the past several days, I have received notifications from the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and the National Association of School Psychologists concerning the March 31st Netflix release of the television drama series, “13 Reasons Why,” about a student who commits suicide. This series has become very popular with our teen youth.
Below is an excerpt from the notification from the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council: Perhaps you have heard that on March 31st Netflix released a new series called “13 Reasons Why.” If you are not aware of this, you should know that the youth you may come into contact with have most probably heard of it and may have already watched it. This series has become an instant attraction to young people. Across the country, youth are binge watching this series and are reacting to it with friends and on social media.
“13 Reasons Why” is a series about a young high school girl, Hannah, who takes her own life and sends out 13 cassette tapes to those whom she blames for her death. The series was adapted from a book of the same name. While the show is fictional, the series is extremely graphic and raises significant concerns about the emotional safety of those watching it – especially for those youth who may have had some experience with mental health issues, suicidal thoughts or behaviors.
We, at New Jersey’s Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council, want you to be aware of this series and how to provide some safety for youth around the show’s content and any feelings the show may be bringing up for them. In order to address these issues with teenagers we need to remember to ask about what they are feeling and seeing and we need to listen. While there are some very disturbing and graphic scenes and ideas, there are some strengths in the series that provide excellent opportunities to have a conversation about suicide prevention and how to protect yourself and your friends. We encourage parents to watch the series with their children and have these conversations openly rather than simply criticizing a series that most teens are already watching.
We have provided a handout from the National Association of School Psychologists which provides some excellent guidelines for discussion and response whether you are an educator, mental health professional, parent or youth. We encourage you to share these talking points, as well as the resources listed below, with anyone who has contact with youth including teachers, counselors, parents, etc. We understand that this material can be difficult and if you do not feel comfortable or if you are interested in further education on how to become a partner in youth suicide prevention, how to get additional suicide prevention education or training, or if you are in need of mental health support for yourself or others, we encourage you to reach out to the following resources.
The document from the National Association of School Psychologists referred to above has been shared with district administrators and counselors and is also attached here as important reading for parents and guardians. Also included below are some resources for further information on the responsible use of technology, mental health, and training and education.
It is also important to note that the Ridgewood Board of Education and Village of Ridgewood are active members of the Ridgewood Stigma Free initiative, comprised of community stakeholders who are dedicated to raising awareness of the disease of mental illness and creating a culture where residents who suffer from mental illness feel supported by our community to seek treatment without fear of stigma.
As May is “Mental Health Awareness” month, my colleagues all over Bergen County and across the state and country will be sharing information about mental health. Please look for my posts on my Twitter account @RWDSupt or on Facebook @RidgewoodPublicSchools.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter on a very serious and important issue.
Sincerely yours, Daniel Fishbein, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Responsible Use of Technology Resources: Common Sense Media https://www.commonsensemedia.org
If you have not visited this website, I suggest you do so. It is dedicated to help all parents navigate the world of technology and keep us current on how our children use technology. Mental Health Resources: National Association of Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK NJ Hopeline: 1-855-NJ-HOPELINE (654-6735) 2nd Floor Youth Helpline: 888-222-2228 (call or text) West Bergen Mental Health: 201-485-7172 Training and Education Resources: Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth: 732-235-2810 (https://ubhc.rutgers.edu/tlc/)
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WikiLeaks Supporters Stage Massive Cyber Attack on US

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October 22,2016

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Ridgewood NJ , The NYT reported yesterday that major websites were inaccessible to people across many parts of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet’s infrastructure said it was under attack.

Waves of cyber attacks brought down many popular websites Friday, leaving millions of users without access and the Department of Homeland Security investigating the precise cause.

Users reported problems reaching several websites, including Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud and The New York Times.This just a little over a month after the US Internet Giveaway to the U.N. and days after the Obama administration attempted  to take Julian Assange founder of WikiLeaks off the internet.

This just a little over a month after the US Internet giveaway to the U.N. and days after the Obama administration attempted  to take Julian Assange founder of WikiLeaks off the internet.

The attack, which is believed to be a coordinated effort, targeted a single Domain Name Server provider called Dyn. Dyn’s servers monitor and reroute internet traffic. The attack started just around 7am and is known as a distributed denial of service attack, or DDoS. No information is obtained with DDoS attacks, they create major frustration. The DDoS attack affected Dyn’s infrastructure that supports internet connections, meaning the attack did not affect websites themselves. Instead, it blocked or slowed users from gaining access to sites.

According to the NYT , the attack appears to have relied on hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices like cameras, baby monitors and home routers that have been infected — without their owners’ knowledge — with software that allows hackers to command them to flood a target with overwhelming traffic.

WikiLeaks believes its supporters were responsible and it urged its supporters to ‘stop taking down the US internet’, saying ‘Mr Assange is still alive and WikiLeaks is still publishing’.

It then tweeted: ‘The Obama administration should not have attempted to misuse its instruments of state to stop criticism of its ruling party candidate.’

The Ridgewood Blog remained largely unaffected which was a great relief to both the staff and our IT department . Giving past attempts to take down the site by some politicians , local and otherwise and foreign governments ,founder James Foytlin aka PJ blogger said ,”it’s nice to be left out of the fray” . Other staff members postulated that perhaps a more open posture to Wikileaks had left the (Ridgewood)blog unscathed.