New Software Aims To Eliminate Netflix Password Sharing

You may be guilty of this — sharing your video streaming accounts like Netflix to friends and family — but you may not be able to do it much longer. A company just unveiled new software that it claims can crack down on password sharing. The software looks for potentially fraudulent activity and then asks you to upgrade to an account that includes sharing. The company said the system is currently being tested and it will be offered to streaming services like Netflix and HBO.

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Maryland voters support raising the minimum wage to $15

In one of the top issues facing legislators in Annapolis this session, 61% of Maryland voters favor raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and almost half (47%) strongly favor the idea, according to a new poll for MarylandReporter.com by Gonzales Research & Media Services. The move is broadly favored by more than three-fourths of Democrats (78%) and eight out of 10 African Americans (81%), as well as a majority of independents (55%). Only among Republican voters, a minority of the Maryland electorate, is their broad opposition to it, with almost half (49%) strongly opposed to the hourly hike. (Md. Reporter)

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Latest Maryland casino data shows continued growth, MGM's huge impact and how slots remain king

Maryland’s casino industry continued to grow strongly last year as revenue swelled 8.2 percent to nearly $1.75 billion, according to data compiled by state casino regulators. Five of the state’s six casinos saw revenue growth in 2018 with MGM National Harbor seeing the biggest gain, while Horseshoe Casino Baltimore faltered. The reports, from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency, also show the extent to which slots remain king despite the state’s legalization of table games a few years ago. The MGM casino, which opened on the Potomac River in Prince George's County in December 2016, saw revenue grow nearly $100 million last year to about $705 million. (Balt. Sun)

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ETC names new cohort for AcclerateBaltimore program

The Emerging Technology Center announced the latest cohort for its AccelerateBaltimore tech startup accelerator, for the first time focusing the accelerator program around a book. Six startup companies will join AccelerateBaltimore’s eighth cohort, each receiving up to $25,000 in seed funding over the course of the 13-week program run by Deb Tillet, president of the ETC. Previous AccelerateBaltimore cohorts have resulted in 41 companies raising more than $22.3 million in funding and creating 125 jobs in Baltimore. (Daily Record)

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Hemp to be 2019's new crop on the Eastern Shore

Residents on the Eastern Shore might notice an interesting looking and smelling crop growing on neighborhood farms as early as next season. Production of industrial hemp, a relative of marijuana, is on the horizon due to a recent lifting of restrictions on the crop's growth. Interest in introducing the alternative crop on the Eastern Shore is high, as local and national legislation have combined to spur hemp production and research in the area. "It’s definitely another tool to put in the farmers' toolbox to try to be profitable," said Colby Ferguson, government relations director for the Maryland Farm Bureau. (Daily Times)

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The Can Co. bucks Baltimore’s retail struggles

After a rocky 2018 for city retail, particularly restaurants, one Baltimore building is nearly 100 percent occupied after adding five new tenants, including three eateries. The historic 205,865-square-foot Can Co. property at 2400 Boston Street in Canton named a handful of new tenants at the asset. They include The Original Pancake House, RegionAle and Tropical Smoothie. (Daily Record)

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Maryland to receive $6 million in diesel emissions test cheating settlements with Fiat Chrysler, Bosch

Fiat Chrysler and automotive software supplier Bosch will pay Maryland more than $6 million as part of a national settlement over allegations they were involved in use of illegal devices to make diesel-powered vehicles appear to meet emissions requirements when they did not. The Italian-American automaker has agreed to pay more than $650 million in fines to states and the federal government and in compensation for owners. The scandal involves 100,000 diesel-powered Jeep Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500 pickup trucks in model years 2014 through 2016, about 1,200 of which were sold in Maryland, authorities said. (Balt. Sun-AP)

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Former prosecutor to review Johns Hopkins' heart institute in Florida after investigation revealed problems

The Johns Hopkins Medicine Board of Trustees has appointed a former federal prosecutor to review the Heart Institute at All Children’s Hospital in Florida after a Tampa Bay Times investigation found high injury and death rates among pediatric patients at the center. F. Joseph Warin of the law firm Gibson Dunn will lead an external review of the Heart Institute, which offered specialized care for children with heart defects, the hospital said in a statement Tuesday. (Balt. Sun)

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