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Netflix to Add ‘Social Features’ in 2013

NetflixNetflix will get “social features” that will allow users to share their viewed movies online, according to a report by Talking Points Memo. Netflix has long wanted users to link their video accounts with Facebook and other social networks, but has been prevented from doing so because of the Video Privacy Protection Act, which bars company from disclosing information such as video rentals. An amendment to that law passed on Friday allows digital, as opposed to written, permission from users and thus makes it easier for Netflix to move forward with its social plans. CNET contacted Netflix for confirmation, and we’ll update the story when the company responds. It’s not a huge surprise that Netflix would move quickly into this area; the company backed the amendment and applauded its passing on Friday.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.