Netflix may be one of the biggest streaming services but it may also be bleeding money according to a new report. On Monday, Los Angeles Times revealed that Netflix is spending so much money on original content and that has resulted in a $20.54 billion debt. According to the report, Netflix is aware of the debt and expects “to be free-cash-flow negative for many years”. Read more here.
Speaking of Netflix, the service’s original series 13 Reasons Why is under scrutiny once again. A new study suggests that the popular show triggered a steep spike in searches on suicide. In the show’s wake, searches for “how to kill yourself” to “painless suicide” shot up, according to scientists out of San Diego State University. The West Coast researchers are even urging Netflix to pull the show until it can meet global guidelines on how to portray suicide in the media. Find the details here.
A new $2.25 million partnership and $1 million technology grant will see thousands of Syrian refugees enrolled in public schools. The Clooney Foundation for Justice has partnered with UNICEF, with support from Google.org and HP Inc., to support formal education for Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The new initiative will help seven public schools provide critical education opportunities to nearly 3,000 currently out-of-school refugee students, and will give additional support for Lebanese and Syrian children in public schools across Lebanon. You can read more about it here.
A recent incident tells us that no one is safe from hacking, not even the Starks and the Lannisters. HBO experienced a cyber security hack over the weekend, resulting in a loss of some original programming. Part of what was leaked, hackers claim, is written material allegedly from Game of Thrones‘ upcoming fourth episode this season, with more promised, according to EW. You can read more here.