5 Lunchtime Links: Netflix adds 130 countries

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FILE - In this April 22, 2011 file photo, the Netflix logo is displayed at the company's headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix has enjoyed top billing before: it was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 in 2010 and 2013, and more than tripled in value both years. But another big year in 2015 pushed the company’s value past established media rivals like CBS and made it about the same size as Time Warner. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
FILE - In this April 22, 2011 file photo, the Netflix logo is displayed at the company's headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix has enjoyed top billing before: it was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 in 2010 and 2013, and more than tripled in value both years. But another big year in 2015 pushed the company’s value past established media rivals like CBS and made it about the same size as Time Warner. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

In this April 22, 2011 file photo, the Netflix logo is displayed at the company’s headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix has enjoyed top billing before: it was the biggest gainer in the S&P 500 in 2010 and 2013, and more than tripled in value both years. But another big year in 2015 pushed the company’s value past established media rivals like CBS and made it about the same size as Time Warner. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

1. Netflix announces it will offer streaming in 130 new countries.

Netflix just got that much more streamable. CEO Reed Hastings announced today that the site would launch services in India, Russia, South Korea and 127 other countries, in three different languages. Hastings referred to the move as “the birth of a new global Internet TV network.” As the expansion more than doubles the number of countries Netflix was previously available in, we’re sure those must be some proud parents.

2. Austinites design taco cleanse.

Wrap that diet up in a tortilla and take a bite. Four Austinites have designed a taco cleanse to help those tragically affected by a “taco deficiency.” The cleanse is pretty easy to get behind: Eat a taco for every meal for 30 days. The cleanse is accompanied by “The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life,” vegan cookbook. If making your own vegan tortillas, or putting things in them, sounds too strenuous, consider visiting one of the million taco joints in and around Austin.

3. Austin’s Free Week rages on.

Austin’s Free Week is back and proving you can listen to live music, even attend an entire music festival, without reaching for your wallet and then emptying it. The mini-fest will feature performances this week by hundreds of local acts at all of your favorite venues including the Mohawk, Empire Control Room and Sidewinder. Think of all the paid shows you can see with the cash you save!

4. Gourmet magazine’s Ruth Reichl coming to Austin.

Former editor of sadly discontinued Gourmet magazine Ruth Reichl will bring all of her food-knowledge to the Paramount when she speaks there on Feb. 18. She’ll discuss her career since Gourmet’s end in 2009 and last year’s cookbook “My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes that Saved my Life.” Tickets start at $20.

5. Donald Trump vs. Samuel L. Jackson.

What could GOP front runner Donald Trump and actor Samuel L. Jackson possibly have to feud over? Golf and lies. Trump recently responded to Jackson’s comment that he golfed with Trump a few times and that he cheated by tweeting:

Jackson responded during his appearance on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” by saying “President Clinton could also verify that Donald Trump knows me.” Jackson also claimed Trump refers to himself as “the Don” when making phone calls.


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