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Netflix attempts to glue the broken vase back together again

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced today that Qwickster would not be separated from Netflix after all, and although he fails to admit defeat or do much more than say “we’re going back to the way it was,” at least the company didn’t stubbornly Blockbuster themselves into a bankrupt corner.

Letter from Hastings, “It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password… in other words, no Qwikster.

While the July price change was necessary, we are now done with price changes.

We’re constantly improving our streaming selection. We’ve recently added hundreds of movies from Paramount, Sony, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Miramax. Plus, in the last couple of weeks alone, we’ve added over 3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS.

We value our members, and we are committed to making Netflix the best place to get movies & TV shows.

Thank you.”

Let the blogs with inspirational quotes from Silicon Valley about “failing faster” commence in 3.. 2..

Edna is the nosy neighbor who is poking her nose in everyone's business. She's listening with a cup at someone's back door, going through neighbors' trash, and peeking at passerbys from behind the curtain- and she's hopped up on coffee, so be kind to her, lest she points her binoculars in your direction.

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Cain and Romney are subjected to the Bad Lip Reading video treatment

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Last month, we featured the Bad Lip Reading videos for Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry as the comedy group takes to their interpretation of bad lip reading of these potential Presidential candidates. We laughed, we cried, we have been chanting “yer ahrm won’t defend yoo” every day around the office (and I mean every day).

Now, Bad Lip Reading has graduated to Mitt Romney and Herman Cain and you see, these two candidates really care about the important things like spider moths, bad breath, and a game of pole position. Our favorite part of Romney’s video is his laugh (we’re already mocking it) and Cain’s video would be incomplete without the “achoo!”

Watch these hilarious videos and tell us in the comments what your favorite lines are!

First up: Romney

Even more hilarious: Cain

Sidenote: we saw this video today and then got to see Herman Cain watch this video live on Fox News. His response was a hearty laugh, and with a wag of his finger, he said, “now THAT is hilarious!”

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See if you can pass Zillow’s Buyer IQ test

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Real estate media site Zillow.com has posted a Buyer IQ Survey on their site to help buyers “make smarter home buying decisions,” and throughout the quiz, the correct answer is immediately given to explain appraisals, PMI, ownership and more to potential buyers, but most importantly, quiz takers get a score at the end!

Zillow says, “Before you start checking out home prices in your area or shopping mortgage rates, take this quiz to see if you have the basic know-how to navigate the home-buying process” and wishes quiz takers good luck. Average consumers were polled with these same Buyer IQ questions and it was discovered that consumers understand basics but don’t understand other basics, like at what point they actually own a home.

Click here to take the quiz and tell us in comments how well you did. Many of our readers are real estate practitioners, so hopefully we see mostly high scores!

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Poll results are in: is the RPR Bunker video funny or appalling?

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One poll question:

This morning, we spotted a video of an age old web meme that puts custom subtitles over a video of a Hitler movie (with an actor, not the real Hitler). What was different about this video was that it was about RPR and NAR (see the video here). It was labeled as a satirical video, and many found it humorous while others were drastically offended. We asked a simple poll question with the results above which leans towards a negative sentiment.

In short order, we received 70 responses, and at first, most responses were negative, as high as 70% this morning, but it shifted. The one voter who voted “other” said, “Funny but all REALTORS should back RPR.”

Various responses

We received calls to remove the video and Jeff Young, Senior VP of Operations of RPR commented, “business level attacks are part of the game, and we all have thick skins in order to deal with it. However, attacking someone like Dale Ross who’s only role for the last 30 years has been to be a leader and create value for our industry is something different. He is a man of great faith, and to compare him to Adolph Hitler is beyond reproach. Don’t tell me that something like this isn’t personal, because its under the banner of, “satire.” That doesn’t fly. At best it show’s the ignorance of the video’s creator. At worst, it show’s his malice.”

Director of Social Media and Marketing at RPR, Reggie Nicolay tweeted, “our leader, Dale Ross is Jewish and I find this video in extremely bad taste.”

Hitler parody videos in general

VendorAlley.com is one of thousands to create a Hitler parody video- there are 24,700 results on YouTube alone for “Hitler parody,” and it is safe to assume almost all of them are the same concept of subtitles over the same clip, just like the contentious video released today. Although the video creator, Greg Robertson had no comment, it is unlikely that the blogger meant malice, rather attempted a parody, but with only two out of five people considering it to be humorous, it may not have gone over as humorously as it was likely intended.

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