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Fans of television's Veronica Mars were treated to a big-screen version of their favorite private investigator this weekend, but many of those who backed the project on Kickstarter wound up being frustrated instead -- and not by the actual movie, since some wound up unable to watch it at all. Find out why in today's recap, along with the death and resurrection of Popcorn Time in a single weekend...
It's been kind of a wild ride the last few days for Popcorn Time, the controversial application for Mac, Windows and Linux which allows movie fans to stream content from torrent files. According to Torrent Freak, the original developers decided to "move on with our lives" citing "endless debates about piracy and copyright" as well as "legal threats." But no sooner was Popcorn Time put down, than the folks at YTS dug up the still-warm corpse and injected it with new life, much like one of the classic B-movies that can be found using the software. Now hosted on GitHub, the software has already been updated with a new version that uses trak.tv for additional metadata -- so the good times will continue to roll, at least for now.
Friday was a big day for fans of the short-lived TV series Veronica Mars, as their favorite character returned screens small and big on the same day in a feature film financed through Kickstarter. Unfortunately, crowdfunders who chose to stay home and instead redeem their digital copy perk to watch the film at home wound up being left empty-handed in many cases. The culprit appears to be distributor Warner Bros., who chose their own Ultraviolet-backed Flixster service as the only place to redeem those free codes, which many found to be too confusing or worse, unable to process their codes at all. According to Re/code, the studio apologized to backers who complained about the multi-step redemption, instead offering them a full refund if they choose to buy the film at a competitor such as iTunes or Amazon Instant Video, where the title sells for $19.99.
Telecom news outlet Light Reading is reporting that Time Warner Cable internet customers have apparently shunned a recent effort by the ISP to shift subscribers onto new plans with a 30GB data cap. The company offered what amounts to a $5 per month discount on service in exchange for the usage-based plan, but apparently the number of subscribers willing to give it a try was "in the thousands" -- and with 11 million customers, that apparently makes the experiment a clear failure. TWC attempted a similar move back in 2009 but backed down after customers raged against the idea, then launched a 5GB plan two years ago, followed by the optional 30GB service over the last six months. TWC is now eyeing ways to make customers who use more data also pay more, perhaps a nod to the wireless industry.
Visual bookmarking tool Zootool shut down over the weekend, but that doesn't mean it's the end for user data: The folks at Icebergs have announced an easy way to import their Zootool data straight into their own service in just a few steps. Zootool users will have to have exported a JSON file from their account prior to the shutdown, then they simply hit the link above, import that into Icebergs and start exploring. Icebergs promises a familiar environment for Zootool users, including a web plugin to save content along with "the ability to upload files, write notes, organize and collaborate like never before."
ZDNet is reporting that Microsoft's short-lived marriage to Nook Media appears to be ending in divorce. After two years, Nook Media announced in an 8-K filing that it plans to bury its existing Windows app and completely abandon work on the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft, likely sensing the end was near, appears to now be romancing its own replacement with the head-scratching name "Microsoft Consumer Reader," presumably younger, more fit e-reader software that will likely land across the company's entire ecosystem, including Xbox. The report seems to indicate Nook content will actually power Microsoft's new software, so that $300 million investment won't be a total loss.
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