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Netflix hires Activision CFO & former Disney exec Spencer Neumann as its new CFO

Netflix has officially confirmed the hiring of its new Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann, formerly CFO at Activision Blizzard. The announcement directly follows reports from Reuters and The Wall Street Journal, which said Netflix had poached Neumann from Activision and would start him in his new position this year.

CNBC on Wednesday reported Neumann had been fired from Activision two days ago because he was pursuing another job. Activision declined to state the cause of his firing, saying only that it was “unrelated to the Company’s financial reporting or disclosure controls and procedures,” in a regulatory filing.

Activision said Dennis Durkin, who was CFO from 2012 through 2017, would return to his role to replace Neumann.

At Netflix, Neumann will replace David Wells, who served as CFO since 2010.

“Spencer is a stellar entertainment executive and we’re thrilled that he will help us provide amazing stories to people all over the world,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix chief executive officer, in a statement. “I also want to again say thank you to David Wells, on behalf of the company and our shareholders, for his invaluable contributions at Netflix over the past 14 years.”

Neumann became CFO at Activision Blizzard in May 2017. Prior to that, he held a number of roles within Disney and elsewhere. From 2012 up until his hiring at Activision, Neumann was CFO and executive vice president of Global Guest Experience of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. He also worked in private equity at Providence Equity Partners and Summit Partners.

Also at Disney, which Neumann first joined in 1992, he had served as executive vice president of the ABC Television Network from 2001 to 2004 and CFO of the Walt Disney Internet Group from 1999 to 2001.

His hiring is notable, given Disney’s plans to introduce a Netflix competitor of its own this year, with the forthcoming launch of the Disney+ streaming service. Netflix is also facing increased competition from AT&T, which is creating several new streaming services following its Time Warner acquisition, as well from Hulu, which becomes majority-owned by Disney with its acquisition of  21st Century Fox.

To keep up, Netflix has been increasing its spending on content. It reportedly spent $8 billion in 2018, and that figure is set to grow this year as the streamer invests heavily in originals to help grow and retain its customer base.

“Netflix is a singular brand, and I’m excited and honored for the opportunity to work with the Netflix team and all of our stakeholders to build on the company’s exceptional track record of success and innovation,” said Neumann in a statement.

Image credits: Netflix (logo); LinkedIn (profile photo)


Source: TechCrunch

Google aims to dominate CES this year, triples its floor space from 2018

CES 2019 kicks off on January 8 in Las Vegas, and Google Assistant and the Google Home smart home ecosystem promise to outdo last year’s massive presence when “Hey Google” ads were everywhere you looked.

The post Google aims to dominate CES this year, triples its floor space from 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Windows 10 tops Windows 7 as most popular OS

Just in time for the new year, a report from Net Marketshare puts Windows 10 in the top spot for desktop operating systems. It’s the first time Microsoft’s OS took the top spot since hitting the market three and a half years ago.

At 39.22 percent of the market, Windows 10’s rise isn’t an overnight success story, but it’s notable, given the rocky reception its other operating systems have received in recent years. Windows 10 just edges out Windows 7’s 36.90. The more recent Windows 8.1, meanwhile, is a distant fifth — more than a percentage point below Windows XP.

Windows 10 is now in place on 700 million devices, comprising a broad range of products. Microsoft gambled with the release of a convertible operating system that could bridge the device between PC and tablet, and it appears to have paid off. As has the decision to bring the OS to its Xbox platform.

The numbers look solid, even as some enterprise customers continue to drag their feet. That’s to be expected with any relatively new operating system, as anyone who’s ever worked for a large business can tell you. There’s a reason XP is still in the top five.

All of this marks a nice end to Microsoft’s solid year, which found it once again at the top of the most valuable companies. Apple, which is now in the No. 2 spot, secured No. 3 on the OS list, with 10.14 Mojave pulling in 4.73 percent of the market.


Source: TechCrunch

AMD Ryzen 9 3800X CPU may boast 16 Cores and 4.7GHz TurboCore

With CES around the corner, we are seeing a healthy number of leaks such as the new AMD Zen 2 CPUs including Ryzen 5, 7, and 9 offerings. Stealing the show is the AMD 3800X which is promising to offer 16 cores and 32 threads in a 7nm package.

The post AMD Ryzen 9 3800X CPU may boast 16 Cores and 4.7GHz TurboCore appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Headaches continue with two new Windows 10 October 2018 Update bugs

In the latest set of bugs with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, two new issues with administrator accounts and FLAC media files have surfaced, causing headaches for some people.

The post Headaches continue with two new Windows 10 October 2018 Update bugs appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Windows 10 takes the lead, surpasses Windows 7 in market share

Microsoft can rejoice as users begin moving on from Windows 7, increasing Windows 10’s overall market share to 39.2 percent worldwide, and 40.86-percent among users running a variation of Windows.

The post Windows 10 takes the lead, surpasses Windows 7 in market share appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Get a refurbished Google Pixelbook hybrid for $600 – CNET

That’s $400 off what you’d pay for a new one, making this overpriced Chromebook a lot more affordable. Plus: Upgrade an old laptop with a 240GB SSD for $31!
Source: CNET

Netflix pulls episode of comedy show to satisfy Saudi Arabia 'legal demand' – CNET

The second episode of Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj criticizes the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Source: CNET

Mercedes CLA-Class lets a headlight peek out ahead of CES 2019 debut – Roadshow

Most of the car’s tapered-roof silhouette remains hidden, though.
Source: CNET

What is FTP?

FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol,” and it’s used to transfer files online. Most internet users don’t need it, but web developers use it constantly. Here’s what FTP is, how it works, and how you can get started using it.

The post What is FTP? appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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