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Newegg accepts Bitcoin payment

BY Dan Berthiaume

Los Angeles – Newegg is partnering with BitPay to accept Bitcoin payments on Newegg.com. The company’s registered customers can now pay using Bitcoin through BitPay.

With BitPay’s platform, Newegg can accept Bitcoin payments and also handle refunds and payment exceptions using the Bitpay Bitcoin API. When completing an order on Newegg.com, customers can now select “Bitcoin” from the list of available payment methods during stage two of the order process.

Orders processed using BitPay can be completed using a “Pay with Bitcoin” button if the customer has digital wallet software installed, by scanning a QR code if the customer’s digital wallet is stored in a smartphone, or if the customer’s digital wallet is hosted on the Web, the customer clicks the “View Address” link to display the digital wallet address and send the Bitcoin amount due.

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Amazon expands original content creation capabilities

BY CSA STAFF

Amazon continues to expand its original content creation capabilities. The online retail giant has added the hour-long dramatic thriller Hysteria, from Amazon Studios, Universal Television and Alcon Television Group, to its third pilot season, which will debut later this year on Amazon Instant Video.

Starring Mena Suvari (American Beauty) as “Dr. Logan Harlen,” James McDaniel (Orange Is The New Black) as “Carl Sapsi,” Josh Stewart (The Dark Knight Rises) as “Ray Ratajeck,” Adan Canto (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as “Matt Sanchez,” Laura San Giacomo (Saving Grace) as “Grace Pelayo” and T.R. Knight (Grey’s Anatomy) as “Carter Harlen,” Hysteria follows a doctor (Suvari) who returns to her hometown of Austin, Texas, to investigate a growing epidemic that appears to be spreading through social media.

The show is written by Shaun Cassidy who also serves as executive producer alongside Adam Schroeder, Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Bryan Zuriff, and director Otto Bathurst. Customers will once again be invited to watch and provide feedback on the pilots they want to see turned into full series, which will then become available on Prime Instant Video.

“We’re very excited to be collaborating with Universal Television and Alcon Television Group to bring Hysteria to life for viewers,” said Roy Price, director of Amazon Studios. “Shaun is known for creating shows with layers of mystery, depth of character and topical themes. His script immediately hooked us and we can’t wait to hear what customers think.”

“I can think of no better platform than Amazon to tell a story that explores the price of fear and the very real threat of viral connection becoming contagion,” said Shaun Cassidy.

Directed by Bathurst, who recently won the BAFTA for his work on the critically acclaimed U.K. mini-series Peaky Blinders, Hysteria takes viewers to Austin where members of a girls’ competitive dance team are stricken with a strange, psycho-physiological illness that manifests in violent fits and spasms. Neurologist Logan Harlen (Suvari) is called back to her hometown to investigate the cause. Fighting her own demons (and the growing manipulation of a brother on death row), Logan develops an uneasy suspicion that the hysteria surrounding the girls might actually be linked to social media and her own tragic past. In addition to Suvari, McDaniel, Stewart, Canto, San Giacomo and Knight, Hysteria also stars, Ella Rae Peck and Jenessa Grant. Guest stars include Jason Douglas, Heather Kafka, Asjha Cooper and Evie Thompson.

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Apple plans six new China stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cupertino, Calif. – Apple Inc. is planning to open six new stores in China, judging by advertisements for store managers the company has posted on its Chinese website, Bloomberg reported. The company is seeking store managers for units the Chinese cities of Tianjin, Chongqing, Wuxi, Zhengzhou, Shenyang, and Hangzhou, none of which currently has an Apple-owned retail outlet.

Apple currently operates 13 corporate-owned stores in China, including 10 on the mainland and three in Hong Kong. The company previously said it would operate 22 stores in the China region by 2015. Apple’s site does not provide an opening date for any of the new stores and the company has not made any other public comment about opening new stores in China.

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