Fringe benefits to Amazon Prime

Amazon steps up competition with Netflix, Viacom and DirecTV make peace, and Twitter continues legal fight.

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Amazon scored a licensing deal with Warner Bros. to offer more shows for Prime streaming, including West Wing and Fringe. Amazon Prime continues to step up the competition with Netflix. Prime costs $79 a year, which works out to be less than a year's subscription of Netflix.

The fight between Viacom and DirecTV is finally over . The 20 million subscribers of DirecTV can now access 17 Viacom channels, including MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. On July 10, DirecTV turned off 26 Viacom channels over a payment dispute with the media company.

The Olympics have been broadcasted in 3D before. But for the upcoming games, 80 percent of U.S. households will be able to access the 3D feed from a cable provider. Analysts estimate that 15 million U.S. homes will have a 3D TV by the end of the year.

Comcast is reportedly preparding to offer a 305Mbps downstream service to compete with Verizon's FiOS, which just launched a 300Mbps connection speed.

Twitter has appealed a ruling from a New York court that ordered the service to turn over three months worth of tweets from an Occupy Wall Street protester.

It was 43 years ago when Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the surface of the Moon. You can catch a stream of the original CBS broadcast Friday afternoon on Kottke.org. And just think, next year we'll be taking tourists to space on Virgin Galactic.

We end today with a handy tip for those of you with Android devices. With a cheap USB On-The-Go adapter, you can connect various USB devices to your phone or tablet . It only works with about a dozen or so devices, but with the new Galaxy S III, you could connect a memory stick, a keyboard, even a PS3 game controller.

And if you have an iPad, be sure to check out this How-To for using the camera connection kit to hook up other USB devices, like MIDI keyboards.

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