WHAT SHOULD WE WATCH TONIGHT?: Netflix says its 27 million streaming video subscribers in the U.S. will now be able to see what their Facebook friends are watching — as long as they're willing to share their viewing preferences too.

LEGAL BREAKTHROUGH: The sharing tool announced Wednesday follows a change to a U.S. law that had prevented the disclosure of video records without written consent. Netflix Inc. launched the Facebook-sharing option for its international customers 18 months ago.

DVDS EXCLUDED: Netflix isn't offering the Facebook-sharing tool to the 8.2 million that subscribe to its steadily shrinking DVD-by-mail rental service.

 

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