Archive for January, 2011

DGA finds the love

January 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

DGA Awards: Directors honors their own at kudos -- It was a night for storytelling -- both at the podium and onscreen -- at the 63rd Directors Guild of America Awards at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.

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As Egypt’s Last Internet Connection Goes Down, Alternatives Appear [NewEnterprise]

January 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Even as the main Internet service providers in Egypt were shut down last week in a move to quell anti-government protests, one connection remained online: The Noor Group (usually found at www.noor.net). Its ties to various financial concerns and the local stock exchange gave it some political cover. Now Noor is gone too , reports Renesys, the Internet intelligence research firm that has so closely followed the Egypt’s strange disappearance from the digital realm . That has some Egyptians turning to spotty dial-up connections cobbled together by Internet activists, most of them in Europe. Telecomix, an organization that promotes Internet freedom, published a list of reliable numbers that Egyptians can call with their modems. The French Data Network reactivated a barely used but still perfectly functional bank of modems. For those with functional fax machines, a German outfit called We Rebuild set up a fax-to-Internet service that allows Egyptians to send fax messages that can then be relayed as email messages or posts they can publish immediately. Finally, some folks at Google, Twitter and SayNow, the phone service that Google acquired last week , hacked together a Speak-to-Tweet service for Egyptians to use: Call an international number, leave a voice message and it’s published on the Twitter account @speak2tweet . People in Egypt can hear the same messages by dialing the same numbers used to send the messages. Here’s one message from an Egyptian woman speaking in English:

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RIM, India at Stalemate as Deadline Arrives [Digital Daily]

January 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Research in Motion has reached another impasse in its negotiations with the Indian government, and this one may not be as easily overcome as those that preceded it. Though New Dehli has been provided with access to RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service and BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) , it continues to demand access to the company’s BlackBerry Enterprise Service–something RIM insists it is unable to provide. With the deadline for compliance with these demands expiring today, the threat of a countrywide ban on BlackBerry services looms in the background. “They have given us a solution to the Messenger service,” India’s home affairs minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, said today . “We will insist that they give us the solution for the enterprise service too.” And RIM will likely insist it can’t. Unless the situation has suddenly changed from last week, when VP Robert Crow reiterated the company’s claim that it cannot decipher the encrypted corporate emails sent over its network. “We can’t give a solution for enterprise services,” he said. “It’s not possible to do so, because the keys of that service are with the corporate enterprises and corporate entity that owns the server.” So what then? That’s not yet clear, but we may know more shortly. Said Chidambaram, “I think a decision [about the future of RIM in India] will be taken today by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Telecom Ministry.” How do you say “deadline extension” in Hindi?

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Cinram acquires 1K Studios

January 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Home Ent News: Disc producer nabs digital distrib -- Cinram International, a producer of DVD, Blu-ray and CD packaging, has acquired 1K Studios, a digital distributor of content for the major studios. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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CBS’ Two and a Half Men Goes on Hiatus

January 31, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

CBS said late Friday that production on its hit comedy Two and a Half Men has shut down, because the show’s lead actor Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation center.

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A Frightening Week [Voices]

January 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Fred Wilson, VC and Prinicipal, Union Square Ventures When something you have come to rely on is taken away from you, it is frightening. This week, when I read that Egypt’s government was able to completely turn off the Internet in country, it stunned me. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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At Flickr, Fending Off Rumors and Facebook [Voices]

January 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Verne G. Kopytoff, Writer, Bits, New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Speculation in technology circles that Yahoo might close or sell Flickr, its photo-sharing service, prompted an emphatic denial this month. “Is Yahoo committed to Flickr?” Blake Irving, Yahoo’s product chief, wrote in a message on Twitter. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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At Flickr, Fending Off Rumors and Facebook [Voices]

January 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Verne G. Kopytoff, Writer, Bits, New York Times SAN FRANCISCO — Speculation in technology circles that Yahoo might close or sell Flickr, its photo-sharing service, prompted an emphatic denial this month. “Is Yahoo committed to Flickr?” Blake Irving, Yahoo’s product chief, wrote in a message on Twitter. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Broadcasters Ramp Up Spectrum Debate

January 31, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The debate over whether there is a looming wireless spectrum crunch is growing louder on Capitol Hill. TV broadcasters, targeted as a source of spectrum, are taking the gloves off as they try to shift the debate, and they’re bringing the fight to an old, familiar foe.

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Can Social Media Change the Film Marketing Game? Kevin Smith Thinks So

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January 31, 2011  |  Blog, Uncategorized  |  No Comments

Has social media reached a point where a filmmaker can successfully release a movie without using the traditional distribution channels? That's one of the questions that filmmaker Kevin Smith will attempt to answer with the release of Red State, his latest film. Made for $4 million, Smith did not want to go the traditional route of auctioning the film to a studio that would, in turn, pump tens of millions of dollars into advertising the film, thus making it harder for the film to turn a profit. So instead Smith announced at Sundance that he plans on

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