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Netflix raises fees, watches membership rise in second quarter

That extra dollar Netflix is charging new subscribers didn't hurt membership numbers for the streaming video service, which saw paid membership rise 4 percent in the second quarter.

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The story behind Prospero, the ambitious game Valve killed so that Half-Life may live

After seventeen years, Valve and ValveTime Database give us our first look at screenshots from the unreleased 1996 title Prospero.

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Hands-on with Nvidia's Shield tablet: A slick experience, on the small and big screen

Nvidia's new Android tablet is built for games, but it has productivity potential as well.

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Qplay streaming service to shut down July 25

The video streaming service plans to close up shop less than a year after launching.

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Xbox One sales 'more than double' after intro of $400 Kinect-less model, still can't top the PS4

Microsoft's saw a big boost for its console sales after removing the much-maligned Kinect peripheral from the Xbox One, but it still wasn't enough to knock the PlayStation 4 from the top spot.

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Downsizing Microsoft to spin off Nokia's MixRadio music service

As Microsoft downsizes, Nokia looks to drop its Internet radio efforts.

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Verizon blaming Netflix for slow streaming speeds is an 'attempt at deception' says Internet backbone provider

Verizon says Netflix isn't buying enough bandwidth to deliver its streaming video to Verizon customers. But a major Internet backbone provider says that's just not the case.

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Stream your own film festival of Netflix recent releases

We look at nine movies that have come out in the past 18 months -- plus a decades-old classic -- that you can turn into your very own streaming double feature this weekend.

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ESPN to stream The International, Valve's massive Dota 2 e-sports tournament

ESPN seemingly dubs e-sports 'real sports,' partnering with Valve to stream the entire tournament live.

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Microsoft shuts down Xbox Entertainment Studios video team as part of layoffs

One of the first to fall as part of Microsoft's layoffs is its Xbox Entertainment Studios, although some of the company's flagship media offerings will remain unscathed.

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DirecTV offers streaming Sunday Ticket without a satellite, just not for everyone

You'll be able to watch out-of-market games on a laptop, PC, mobile device, or gaming console without a satellite TV subscription -- if you happen to meet DirecTV's eligibility standards.

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Rick-rolling 'Rickmote' shows no mercy when it finds someone using Chromecast

A Raspberry-Pi powered tool tricks Google Chromecast into playing Rick Astley

Oops! Sony gaming websites go down because they didn't pay the bill

The payment notifications ended up in a junk mail folder, a Sony executive says.

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The Week in iOS Accessories: Sights and sounds

This week's roundup of new iOS gear includes headphones that include a high-def camera for sending live video to your iPhone or iPad for immediate editing and distribution.