Archive for December, 2010

Mendoza exits ‘Spider-Man’ musical

December 31, 2010  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit: Actress leaves tuner due to injury -- Michael Cohl, lead producer on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," confirmed the exit of Natalie Mendoza from the show, in a statement late Thursday.

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Mendoza exits ‘Spider-Man’ musical

December 31, 2010  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit: Actress leaves tuner due to injury -- Michael Cohl, lead producer on "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," confirmed the exit of Natalie Mendoza from the show, in a statement late Thursday.

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Gawkergate Password Mess Was Two Years in the Making [NewEnterprise]

December 30, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Gawker was told about the flaw in the method it used to store user passwords to its commenting system more than two years before it was hacked, The Guardian’s Charles Arthur reports. A Gawker user posted a message on Get Satisfaction and received a promise to “improve it,” though no such improvement ever took place. Well, we know how that turned out. A hacker group called Gnosis gained entry not only to the commenting system, but also to pretty much everything the Gawker team used to run its collection of sites. Gawker was hacked . Gawker founder Nick Denton apologized . But the damage wasn’t limited to Gawker and its users. Soon Twitter and LinkedIn were dealing with hacking attacks on their sites. Then Yahoo and World of Warcraft developer Blizzard forced users to change their passwords. And finally the collateral damage reached all the way to the New York Times . We also learned that many of the people whose passwords were disclosed used simple ones. Topping the list : “123456.” And we all learned a little about the dangers of using the same password everywhere . No comment yet from Denton, though I’ll certainly update if I hear back from him. And in case you didn’t pay enough attention to all this, and why it’s not a good idea to share passwords across multiple sites, here’s a great cartoon from XKCD that illustrates the dangers:

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Resolutions for 2011 [Voices]

December 30, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Nitrozac and Snaggy

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Resolutions for 2011 [Voices]

December 30, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Nitrozac and Snaggy

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Governator ponders pics and prospects

December 30, 2010  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Arnold's impact furthered biz's favorite issues, prod'n incentives -- When California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger leaves office on Monday, completing a sometimes triumphant and often turbulent seven years leading the Golden State, he'll be back where he's been so many times before in his career: figuring out what to do next.

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Does Facebook Have 600 Million Users Yet? [NetworkEffect]

December 30, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

What’s the next big Facebook public user-count milestone ? The social networking giant had for a while publicly announced every 50 million active users it had added, though more recently it waited for 100 million increments. If Facebook were growing purely linearly (which of course it’s not), the site would be crossing 600 million users right about now, at the turn of the year. (See the chart below, which illustrates user-count milestones since mid-2008. Facebook counts users as “active” if they have returned to the site within the past 30 days.) CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in June at Cannes that it’s “almost a guarantee” Facebook will reach 1 billion users , though he didn’t predict when that would happen. Facebook insiders said the company is waiting for a bigger milestone than just a few more million users. A spokesperson did not suggest when that next milestone might be, saying only, “We update our stats occasionally, but have not updated our active user number since this summer when we announced that we hit 500 million people.” Without public figures, it is of course possible that Facebook active user growth has slowed. However, just last week comScore numbers indicated that Facebook had surpassed Yahoo to be the Web site with the third-most visitors in the world , after Google and Microsoft. To quote the great Justin Timberlake (sort of): You know what’s cooler than a million users? A billion users. Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my ethics statement .

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The Ailing Queen ((Las reine malade))

December 30, 2010  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film Reviews: This consciousness-raising cinema observes beekeeper Anicet Desrochers as he spreads the word about his methods.

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Nintendo: Children Under Six Shouldn’t Play 3-D Games On 3DS [Voices]

December 30, 2010  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Daisuke Wakabayashi, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Nintendo Co. has issued a warning that children under the age of six shouldn’t play three-dimensional games on its soon-to-be-released hand-held game machine, as looking at 3-D images for a long period of time can have a harmful effect on the growth of young children’s eyes. The company posted the disclaimer at the bottom of its Japanese-language website promoting a three-day event in Japan where people can try its new Nintendo 3DS, due to launch Feb. 26 in Japan. It asks that six-year-olds and those younger play games on the 3DS in two-dimension mode. “For children under the age of six, looking at 3-D images for a long time could possibly have a negative impact on the growth of their eyes,” Nintendo said on the website. It also warned that users should take breaks every 30 minutes when playing games in 3-D and stop playing immediately if they feel ill. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Aquelarre takes ‘Babylon’

December 30, 2010  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Seville fest generates multiple Spain pick ups -- Luis Angel Bellaba's Aquelarre has taken all Spanish rights to Mohamed al-Daradji's "Son of Babylon," Iraq's foreign-language Oscar entry.

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