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Top 5 Tech Articles You Might Have Missed: Week of July 18

Graphic credit: Mashable

Last week’s spike in Netflix prices left subscribers outraged, but also at a loss. Thankfully, Gizmodo provided a handy list of alternatives to fill the void that Netflix left. This week, Verizon partnered with Motorola’s 4Home division to provide home security and monitoring services. This allows users to check the status of their homes remotely via their mobile devices. Also, interactive TV began engaging consumers through their companion devices, too. Companies like Shazam and SnapPing can now target viewers while they watch TV through interactive mobile applications.

Social media continues to play a large role in how we consume entertainment. Can you believe more than 7,000 tweets were sent when Japan won the World Cup?

1. How to Ditch Netflix and Still Watch (Almost) Everything You Want (July 17, 2011) – By Adrian Covert, Gizmodo: You’re outraged that Netflix’s price hike has stolen your cheap movie rentals. Now what? Here’s how to replace Netflix in your life, from streaming to shiny plastic discs.

2. Unlock or unplug remotely with home automation (July 20, 2011) – By Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Inquirer: On your way out of town and forgot to adjust the AC? There’s a way to fix that remotely. Verizon has fine-tuned the system with automation specialist 4Home, a Motorola company.

3. Interactive TV Moves to Second Screen (July 18, 2011) – Todd Spangler, Multichannel News: Call it over-the-top TV advertising. Companies are pitching TV networks and advertisers on a new way to deliver interactive content to viewers — via smartphones and tablet devices.

4. How big data could change what you watch on TV (July 20, 2011) – By Ryan Lawler, GigaOM:
Los Angeles-based startup What’s Watched aggregates data from social media and mobile applications to provide media companies with a view into what shows are being watched and who’s watching them.

5. Women’s World Cup Breaks All-Time Tweet Record (July 18, 2011) – Erik Malinowski, Wired: As the biggest prize in women’s soccer was decided on penalty kicks, Twitter users around the world smashed the nearly seven-month-old record for highest TPS (that’s tweets per second).

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