Netflix gets new social features

December 27, 2012 4:50:36 AM PST
New social features are headed to Netflix next year.

Congress has passed the so-called "Netflix Amendment" to the Video Privacy Protection Act allowing customers of the movie rental giant to share viewing habits and movie lists on Facebook and other social networks.

But a key privacy provision has been quietly dropped by the Senate. The bill headed to the president keeps the language that currently allows law enforcement to read private emails without a warrant.

The news comes just after an outage affected customers in the Americas starting Monday afternoon. The company, which is based in Los Gatos, Calif., blamed problems with Amazon Web Services, and says it is investigating further.

Amazon Web Services provides companies with online storage and computing. It is separate from Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc.'s better-known shopping website.

Amazon says that problems with its service have also now been fixed.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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