Netflix reportedly set to produce 90 movies a year, with budgets up to $200 million

Netflix Inc.’s plans to become the most prolific movie studio in Hollywood are quickly coming together, as the streaming service sets its sights on becoming a perennial Oscar contender. On Sunday, the New York Times profiled Scott Stuber, Netflix’s original-movie chief, and described a coming “cinematic onslaught” by the streaming giant, which is reportedly set … Read more

Key Words: Russia used every major social network to aid Trump, report finds

A new report prepared for the Senate concludes that Russia used every major social network to support Donald Trump during the 2016 election, and continued to support him after he was elected president. “What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically Donald Trump.” Draft … Read more

NewsWatch: Here’s why the Fed won’t save the stock market, despite its worst December start since 1980

MARKETWATCH FRONT PAGE A brutal week leaves stocks with the worst start to a December in 38 years. Here’s why the Federal Reserve might not ride to its rescue. See full story. Yes, some people really do give bad gifts on purpose That person who bought your child the exact present you said not to … Read more

Outside the Box: The Texas Obamacare ruling’s biggest impact could be on insurance costs

A Texas judge’s ruling late Friday that the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring everyone be insured is unconstitutional and therefore the law doesn’t stand will almost certainly not stand on appeal, as most legal scholars agree. So while the law isn’t gone, the ruling adds more uncertainty in the minds of many individuals. … Read more

The Wall Street Journal: Colin Kroll, co-founder of HQ Trivia and Vine apps, found dead at 34

NEW YORK — The co-founder of the popular HQ Trivia web app was found dead of an apparent drug overdose Sunday morning in his Manhattan apartment, authorities said. Police found Colin Kroll “unconscious and unresponsive” in his bedroom, according to a law enforcement official.  According to his LinkedIn profile, Kroll was also the chief executive … Read more

The Conversation: Yes, some people really do give bad gifts on purpose

Ever wondered why your mom bought you that inexplicable thing? You’re not alone. I have spent years doing consumer research related to gift giving. In my field, conventional wisdom surmises that when gifts fail to please recipients, it’s accidental. But I’ve determined that sometimes people give bad gifts on purpose. My personal interest in this … Read more

The Conversation: Weak finances may be the NRA’s undoing, this researcher says

The National Rifle Association’s political spending fell during the 2018 midterm elections. There’s talk of ending small perks like free coffee at its offices and even employee layoffs. These and other trends indicate that at a time when the NRA’s clout may seem stronger than ever, its financial power may be faltering. As a researcher … Read more