TechBytes: iTunes Fraud

Netflix's new deal, government launches apps, YouTube's "Life in a Day."

July 7, 2010— -- "Life in a Day" Apple is fighting fraud on its iTunes store . Apple says it's putting new security measures in place after about 400 accounts were hijacked by an app developer. Customers will now be required to enter their credit cards security code more often when making purchases or when entering the site from a new computer. Apple said the computers that hold credit card information for its 150 million iTunes users were not compromised. The company also booted the developer and his apps.

Netflix's New Deal

Netflix is taking aim at HBO and Showtime. The company has signed a deal with production company Relativity Media to bypass those cable channels to bring Relativity's movies straight to Netflix's streaming service. As many as 15 new movies from Relativity will be streaming on Netflix beginning next year, including upcoming releases starring Nicholas Cage and Mark Wahlberg. They will be made available for streaming about one year after they open in theaters.

Government Launches Apps

The government has released 17 new mobile apps, offering ways to check on such things as airport wait times or the latest product recalls. The apps are currently available for phones powered by Google's Android operating system with versions for the iPhone and BlackBerry coming soon. The programs are available through the website.

YouTube's Life in a Day

YouTube is making a movie, and it wants you to be in it. The site is asking people around the world to upload footage of their daily lives for its "Life in a Day" project. The film will document one day: July 24. Kevin Macdonald, who directed "The Last King of Scotland," will direct. Ridely Scott, who directed "Gladiator," produce. The film will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January and be streamed simultaneously on YouTube for free.

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