Geoff Weiss

Geoff Weiss

Staff Writer. Frequently covers tech, fad foods, YouTube, celebrity entrepreneurs and viral trends.
With Its First Original Movie, Netflix Aims to Upend Old-Fashioned Film Distribution
Movies

With Its First Original Movie, Netflix Aims to Upend Old-Fashioned Film Distribution

In collaboration with The Weinstein Company, the streaming giant will debut a sequel to the Oscar-winning 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' next August.
How PayPal's Spinoff Could Spell a Tide Shift for the Mobile Payments Industry
Payments

How PayPal's Spinoff Could Spell a Tide Shift for the Mobile Payments Industry

Newfound stock options and a self-governing stance could portend an acquisition or hiring spree.
Softbank Heading to Hollywood With Reported $3.4 Billion Offer For DreamWorks Animation
Mergers and Acquisitions

Softbank Heading to Hollywood With Reported $3.4 Billion Offer For DreamWorks Animation

The multifaceted Japanese tech giant is not letting a failed bid for T-Mobile stand in the way of its quest to become the biggest company in the world.
This Clever Marketing Campaign Reversed Coke's 11-Year Decline in Soda Sales
Personalization

This Clever Marketing Campaign Reversed Coke's 11-Year Decline in Soda Sales

'Share a Coke,' in which bottles were personalized with popular names as well as terms of endearment, is credited with increasing Coca-Cola sales for the first time in over a decade.
44 Apps That Turn Your Smartphone Into a Productivity Powerhouse (Infographic)
Productivity

44 Apps That Turn Your Smartphone Into a Productivity Powerhouse (Infographic)

Among our favorites? A task manger that gamifies your accomplishments and a background music player that incorporates neuroscience.
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Student Pulls Epic Skydiving Stunt to Land Startup Internship of Her Dreams
Risk

Student Pulls Epic Skydiving Stunt to Land Startup Internship of Her Dreams

'I'm terrified of heights,' says 19-year-old Anna Bezuglova, 'but for Alphatise, I'm willing to take the plunge.'
FBI to Apple, Google: Your New Privacy Policies Are Making People Less Safe
Legal Center

FBI to Apple, Google: Your New Privacy Policies Are Making People Less Safe

In making vast troves of smartphone data only available to each device's owner, the FBI argues, a critical crime-solving tool has been compromised.
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Amazon Is Bulking Up Its Secretive Hardware Lab in Pursuit of a Connected Home
Internet of Things

Amazon Is Bulking Up Its Secretive Hardware Lab in Pursuit of a Connected Home

On the heels of a fizzling response to its Fire Phone, Amazon is reportedly foraying further into hardware by increasing headcount at its top-secret Lab126 by roughly 27 percent.
Richard Branson Announces Unlimited Vacation Policy for Virgin Staffers
Productivity

Richard Branson Announces Unlimited Vacation Policy for Virgin Staffers

The billionaire will allow employees to take time off whenever they want and without prior approval -- provided they still get their work done.
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Why This Bay Area Bistro Wants to Be Yelp's Worst-Rated Restaurant Ever
Online Reviews

Why This Bay Area Bistro Wants to Be Yelp's Worst-Rated Restaurant Ever

In a protest against the site's alleged ratings manipulations, this Italian restaurant's co-owners offered scathing reviewers 25-percent off their checks.
AT&T, Chernin Group Buy Majority Stake in Leading YouTube Network
Online Video

AT&T, Chernin Group Buy Majority Stake in Leading YouTube Network

The move likely values Fullscreen, which counts the fastest-growing subscriber base of any YouTube network, at $250 million.
Don't Call Her Old-Fashioned: Paula Deen's Comeback Is for the Digital Era
Online Video

Don't Call Her Old-Fashioned: Paula Deen's Comeback Is for the Digital Era

The Paula Deen Network, an online-TV platform where subscribers must pay between $7.99 and $9.99 to watch Deen whip up her famed Southern fare, launches on Wednesday.
Getty's New Mobile App is a Free Portal Into Millions of Shareable Photos
Photography

Getty's New Mobile App is a Free Portal Into Millions of Shareable Photos

After allowing users to embed its roughly 100 million stock images, Getty has no launched its first-ever mobile app, Stream, for Apple devices operating iOS 8.
Alibaba Shares Soar Amid Record-Shattering IPO
IPOs

Alibaba Shares Soar Amid Record-Shattering IPO

Initially priced at $68, shares of the Chinese tech titan opened at $92.70 this morning in what is officially the largest U.S.-based IPO of all time.
Jeff Bezos' Enigmatic Aerospace Company Scores Knockout Contract
Space Travel

Jeff Bezos' Enigmatic Aerospace Company Scores Knockout Contract

The Amazon founder's Blue Origin aerospace outfit will develop rocket engines for the United Launch Alliance -- a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing that creates spacecraft for the U.S. government.