• The New York Times reports that as September ends, so does something else - Netflix will shut down its DVD rental business, sending out its last iconic red envelope, and ending an era in which it put Blockbuster out of business.
“It’s sad when you get to the end, because it’s been a big part of all of our lives for so long,” Hank Breeggemann, the general manager of Netflix’s DVD division, tells the Times. “But everything runs its cycle. We had a great 25-year run and changed the entertainment industry, the way people viewed movies at home.”
• From Bloomberg:
"Toronto and Calgary sports fans will soon be able to skip the lineup when purchasing snacks before or during games.
"Scotiabank Arena in Toronto and Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary are spending the fall rolling out Amazon Web Services (AWS) technology allowing some of the venues' stores to offer fans checkout-free shopping — and the Seattle-based e-commerce giant says this is just the beginning.
"'You will be seeing more of this in Canada, not only in stadiums, but in all sorts of other environments as well,' said Jon Jenkins, vice-president of Just Walk Out at AWS."