Lunchline: Netflix to remain unchanged

October 10, 2011

I'll admit, I watched the first part of the Kardashian wedding event last night. It was absolutely ridiculous. The Kardashian clan is the quintessial modern American show business family, but this whole deal could be their undoing. It's a bit much.

The recession can no longer be ignored in the region . In Arlington, one of the wealthiest jurisdictions in the area, demand at food banks is at an all-time high. Even though the county has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, that hasn't changed the fact that many families still don't make a living wage. The Post's Patricia Sullivan reports on who's going hungry in NoVa. Also, copper theft is up around the region.

Nobody likes paying high gas prices . And with protests touching off around the country railing against the super-rich, you might think a man who reportedly netted $778M at the pump in 2010 might be a bit of a pariah in society. But, when D.C. Council member Mary Cheh tried to draft legislation to break up petrol mogul Joe Mamo's 'near-monopoly' in the city, she was rebuffed largely by her colleague who thought her motives were more race-motivated than anything else. The Root's Frank McCoy reports.

In this Internet era, the concept of "attention" is difficult to define . And for companies selling products, the ability to keep a customer's attention is paramount to making money. As the landscape shifts in the consumer world, companies are scrambling to find the best metrics for making sure people care about their goods. Slate features a story from Project Syndicate's Esther Dyson that explains how the Internet is changing the way people listen.

Netflix is nothing if not flexible . The online movie rental company was widely panned for separating its online streaming service and DVD business. Now comes a blog post from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings saying the company is abandoning the plan. Also, if you need to find a flight these days, just Google it.


Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green (52) is sandwiched between Carolina Hurricanes center Jiri Tlusty (19) and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Bryan Allen (5) in the first period of the season opener against the Carolina Hurricanes at the Verizon Center on Saturday, October 8, 2011. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post) (Toni L. Sandys/WASHINGTON POST)

Extra Bites

• I don't do a whole ton of commenting on Internet comment threads, but I know that redundancy is annoying. The question on this week's Manners for the Digital Age podcast explores this topic. Is it really necessary to read through all the previous comments before chiming in yourself?

• It's pretty clear that Drake watched a lot of The Cosby Show as a kid. His ugly sweater game is reaching epic levels and he's not afraid to show it.

• Here's the view of an Iraqi province from inside a tank, then from outside it. Fascinating video.

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.
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