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The Drill Down 520: A Tragedy At YouTube
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A Tragedy At YouTube

On this week’s The Drill Down podcast, a tragedy at YouTube HQ, Facebook’s woes get worse, Spotify goes public, an app publicly reveals users’ health status, a clone army of news readers… and much, much more.

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The Drill Down 441: The Big Payback
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The Drill Down 441

On this week’s podcast, join former The Drill Down co-host Tom Cheredar as we discuss Spotify buries musicians who aren’t exclusive, Facebook kills the Trending Topics team, what to expect from Apple, is there a spy in your iPhone? How the Clinton Campaign is foiling the Kremlin, and have the Russians hacked U.S. voting systems? …and much, much more!

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Crunchyroll Announces Simulcast Of Long-Running Anime ‘One Piece’
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One Piece Anime On Crunchyroll

One Piece fans, rejoice! Crunchyroll Inc., the leading online Asian entertainment stream service, announced on October 31st that it has added the incredibly long-lived series to its already impressive roster of streaming anime.

The series, which is currently up to its 619th episode, will begin broadcasting this Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Broadcasts will start with episode 619 for both premium and free users of the service. Earlier episodes will be made available for users at a later date.

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Travel Channel To Kick Its Halloween-Themed Weekends With ‘Making Monsters’
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Distortions Unlmtd.

To kick off their Halloween-themed “Weekends to Die For” that will run throughout October, the Travel Channel will premiere a new original miniseries called Making Monsters, and see the return of Ghost Adventures and the debut of the new original detective vs. psychic series The Dead Files.

The 4-part one-hour miniseries Making Monsters will follow Ed and Marsha Edmunds, the co-owners of Distortions Unlimited, a Mom and Pop store that specializes in the creation of animatronic beasties and haunted house designs for the amusement industry. Their creations include 8-foot Godzilla-like moving monsters, green-gook spitting aliens, and guffawing Santa Clauses. Assisting them in their work is renowned movie monster creator Jordu Schell, best known for his work as a sculptor and conceptual artist on films like Avatar, Predators, The Mist, 300, and Galaxy Quest to name but a few.

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Watch Now: ‘Digital Decay’ Featurette From ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 1 Special Edition Blu-ray
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Timed to the upcoming second season premiere of The Walking Dead Anchor Bay Entertainment is releasing a special edition DVD set of the show’s problematic but ultimately stellar first season on Blu-ray and DVD with even more extra features than their previous release of the first season. Today the company has released a clip from one of the newly created bonus featurettes and you can watch the video below this article.

Titled “Digital Decay,” the 90-second clip takes brief look at the CGI effects created for the series, notably the additional zombies. There’s nothing revelatory in this video but it does give you a feel for the ways that digital effects are used to create a worthwhile end result.

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Watch Now: Clip From ‘Batman: Year One’
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Batman: Year One DVD cover art

Batman: Year One, the latest direct-to-video animated feature from DC Comics and Warner Home Video, is being released next month on DVD and Blu-ray and the studio has released a clip from the PG-13 rated film. You can watch the video here below.

The brief clip finds a quiet dinner meeting between Falcone and his underlings rudely interrupted by a visit from the Dark Knight, arriving to announce his intentions for the city’s criminal element as only Batman can.

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China Uses Clip From ‘Top Gun’ To Show Off Air Force Training
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Someone who either has an eagle-eye or is the biggest fan of the movie Top Gun ever to live has spotted something very interesting.

CCTV, a broadcasting station in China, recently did a report on their country’s air forces. The report includes various shots of their aircrafts and even a quick look at a training exercise in which a jet is destroyed by a missile.

Unfortunately for producers of the show, this eagle-eyed super fan (named Liu Yi) points out that the Chinese J-10 fires off its missile and it hits an American F-5 jet…the very same taken out by a one Mr. Tom Cruise in Top Gun, interestingly enough.

You can see a video of the original CCTV newscast below, as well as a second video from the Wall Street Journal that shows the footage side-by-side with Top Gun for everyone to make their own judgments.

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