Archive for December, 2010

Biz finds traction in tough times

December 31, 2010  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: 2010 saw fewer films, but more pop with 3D -- In looking at the box office for 2010, it's clear that numbers don't tell the whole story.

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WakeMate Issues Recall of Chargers After Wrist Unit Catches Fire [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Drake Martinet WakeMate, maker of the sleep-tracking cuff we wrote about last week has issued a recall of all chargers after one of its wrist units caught fire. WakeMate Chief Technologist Craig Lewiston said WakeMate is continuing to investigate the issue.

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If an App Is Your Content Strategy, You Are Doomed [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Matthew Ingram, Contributor, GigaOM When the iPad first arrived on the scene, many newspaper and magazine publishers seemed to see it as a digital savior that would restore their fortunes and allow them to withstand the whole “information wants to be free” aspect of the Internet. After an initial flurry of interest, however, the enthusiasm of readers seems to be waning, according to some recent numbers which show that sales of many magazine apps have been slipping. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Magazines Are at War With Their Own iPad Apps [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Choire Sicha, Co-proprietor, The Awl So while novelty purchase rates for magazines on the iPad have dropped off crazily, because people checked it out and are either unenthused or distracted or whatever, no telling the motivation, what’s also happening is that print subscription rates (and the print-side ad people) are totally undercutting iPad subscription initiatives. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Greenwald vs. Wired in 1000 Words or Thereabouts [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Rob Beschizza, Deputy Managing Editor, Boing Boing Glenn Greenwald and Wired.com’s Christmas gift to internet trashtalk is finally beginning to make sense! So let’s recap. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Hello, My Name is: 9649e796e8b23900dc962 [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Andrew Munchbach, Writer, BGR.com Over the past few weeks, a lot of fuss has been made over the disclosure of a mobile device’s unique identifier to third-parties. Special reports, doomsday headlines… the works. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Hacking the Hacker Stereotypes [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By John Borland, Contributor, Threat Level On the wall at the front of a basement room here, Agnes Meyder is explaining a complicated diagram depicting enzymes and cell walls, an example of a cancer database with which she is illustrating a talk on her field of bioinformatics. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Why Groupon, Twitter & Other Hot Private Companies Are Cashing Out [Voices]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Ty McMahan, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Early shareholders in the hottest privately-held technology companies are increasingly finding liquidity without an acquisition or a public offering, with Groupon Inc. being the most recent example. The daily-deals company is using $344 million of a fresh $500 million funding round to buy shares from insiders. Prominent Internet companies like HomeAway Inc., Kayak Software Corp., Twitter Inc. and Zynga Gaming Network Inc. have held similar nine-digit funding events that gave founders some pocket money until the big exit. And one investor has popped up in all of those big raises: Institutional Venture Partners. IVP General Partner Todd Chaffee, who led the firm’s deals in HomeAway, Kayak and Twitter, spoke with Venture Capital Dispatch about why he thinks venture and private equity investors will continue to be a source of liquidity. “These companies are a different animal than we’ve seen before,” Chaffee said. “They’re scaling quickly, but they’re profitable. I think the key message is it doesn’t drive companies towards premature liquidity. It helps them hit for the fences.” Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Craig McCaw Steps Down as Clearwire Chairman [Mobilized]

December 31, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Clearwire confirmed in a regulatory filing on Thursday that Craig McCaw is stepping down as head of the wireless company’s board of directors. McCaw’s resignation is effective on Friday, Clearwire said in the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Clearwire, which is majority owned by Sprint Nextel, said that the move is not due to any disagreements with the company, but did not offer any additional information about McCaw’s reasons for stepping down.

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Michael Keany

Michael Keany
December 31, 2010  |  2011  |  No Comments

Michael Keany CEO, Code and Theory Throughout his career, Michael Keany has worked at the intersection of technology and customer experience. His clients have ranged from the G1000 to venture-backed startups. Michael brings strong operational and business development responsibilities and has brought his extensive expertise in the media, interactive marketing, e-business, and publishing sectors to bear for clients like Vogue, The Daily Beast, FoxSports, Columbia Business School, Comcast, and many others. As CEO of Code and Theory, a digital design and innovation firm, Michael focuses his time on firm strategy, culture, and market development. Prior to joining Code and Theory. Michael was responsible for defining,

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