Archive for January, 2011

Comcast, NBC U merger a done deal

January 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: Deal allows cable giant to buy rest of Peacock over 7-year period -- The $30 billion merger of Comcast's cable channels and NBC Universal is now complete, the cable giant said Saturday.

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‘Spider-Man’ keeps multiple balls in the air

January 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit News: Musical juggles performances and behind-the-scenes work -- It's well-established that Broadway tuner "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will have obliterated the record for total preview performances by the time the musical is scheduled to open, March 15, after a series of delays. Creatives have repeatedly assured theatergoers that work is being done to hone the show in advance of opening while making sure that record doesn't grow.

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Barry Diller ankles Live Nation

January 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Music News: IAC chairman made departure official on Jan. 24 -- Barry Diller has ankled the Live Nation Entertainment board, according to a Jan. 24 SEC filing released today.

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Par puts ‘Curse’ on Streisand, Rogen

January 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Mother-son comedy draws from real life -- Paramount is ramping up mother-son comedy "My Mother's Curse," with Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen starring and David Ellison's Skydance co-financing.

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Retailers’ Video, Music Services Spin Wheels [Voices]

January 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Miguel Bustillo, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Big retail chains keep trying to sell or rent music and movies online as sales of CDs and DVDs decline, but these ventures have done little to dent the market share of industry leaders Netflix Inc., Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. The retailers say the ventures not only help them gain a foothold in the fast-growing digital entertainment business, but also give them an edge in selling Internet-connected televisions and movie players in their stores. Many of the TVs that Best Buy sells now come with CinemaNow software, while many of Wal-Mart’s are loaded with Vudu. The retailers also use free or discounted digital entertainment to lure customers to their websites, much as they have long done by selling certain movie and music discs at a loss to attract shoppers to their stores. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Angry Birds Planning a Trip to Rio [Mobilized]

January 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Angry Birds are headed to Rio. Rovio, maker of the popular mobile game, announced on Friday that it is teaming up with Twentieth Century Fox to create a version of the game centered on the upcoming animated movie “Rio,” which hits theaters in mid-April. The game will arrive ahead of the movie, launching sometime in March. In Angry Birds Rio, the original flock is kidnapped and taken to Rio, where they then escape and seek to help their friends–the two macaws Blu and Jewel, who are the stars of “Rio.” The game will have 45 levels initially, and then additional levels will be available via updates. The game will be available for various smartphones and tablets, the companies said. The Angry Birds have one detour or more before they make it to Rio, though. Rovio is planning a Valentine’s Day update to its seasonal Angry Birds game. The Birds have been on a tear of late, with an expanding empire that includes a line of toys , T-shirts and more.

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Microsoft: Every Current Version of Windows Has a Gaping Hole in It [NewEnterprise]

January 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Software giant Microsoft said today that it’s looking into a new vulnerability that affects every version of Windows currently supported. This is one of those zero-day vulnerabilities that come out of left field once in awhile and can be used by hackers to create troublemaking attacks. According to a post on Microsoft’s corporate security blog, the vulnerability resides in something called MIME HTML or MHTML, which allows certain Web content to be rendered in a browser or other applications, such as an email program. As with so many other vulnerabilities that have come before it, an attacker sends you an HTML link to trigger a script in Internet Explorer that could do bad things, like collect user information. The easiest fix? Use Firefox or Google’s Chrome browser, which are unaffected. But for those devoted to IE, Redmond is suggesting that people turn off the ability to handle MHTML until a fix is ready. How to do that? There’s a helpful FixIt button, in yet another blog post on the subject, that downloads the software needed to enable the temporary measure. The vulnerability was first disclosed on a Chinese Web site last week. So far, there’s no evidence that anyone has gone to the trouble of carrying out an attack using this method, but hey, with zero-day vulnerabilities, you never know.

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Exclusive: Google to Show Off Honeycomb Next Week [Mobilized]

January 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Google is planning an event next week to show off the inner workings of Honeycomb, the next version of Android that is optimized to work on tablets and other devices, Mobilized has learned. The software, which was first shown off at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference last year, is being built into products starting next month with the arrival of Motorola’s Xoom. T-Mobile’s LG tablet is also expected to follow shortly thereafter. In addition to a brief onstage demo by Android chief Andy Rubin, Google has posted a video showing a bit of Honeycomb in action, but Wednesday’s event is designed as a deeper dive into the inner workings of the operating system, which Google is positioning as the biggest change to Android’s interface since the debut of the operating system. At the event, which will take place on Wednesday in Mountain View, Google will have hands-on demos, and Google’s worker bees will be on hand to demonstrate various pieces of the operating system. With Honeycomb, Google is aiming to make Android better suited to a wider array of devices over time, but most immediately for tablets . Among the changes are an elimination of dependance on hardware buttons, as well as the ability to show information in multiple panes. More details to come.

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Connecticut Won’t Press for Google WiSpy Data, Looks to Settle [Digital Daily]

January 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“Verifying Google’s data snare is crucial to assessing a penalty and assuring no repeat. Consumers and businesses expect and deserve a full explanation, as well as measures shielding them from future spying. We will scrupulously safeguard the confidentiality of information we review. “We will fight to compel Google to come clean–granting my office access to improperly collected materials and protecting confidentiality, as the company has done in Canada and elsewhere.” – Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal Dec. 10, 2010 Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen has reassessed the need to review the consumer data inadvertently harvested by Google’s Street View cars and determined that it’s not quite as crucial as his predecessor claimed. Jepsen said Friday that his office will enter into settlement negotiations with the company without reviewing the pilfered data, which Google has steadfastly refused to share with it. Under the terms of the deal between the two, Connecticut will drop the civil investigative demand it was using to force Google to produce the data at issue here, and Google will stipulate to collecting and storing it. It will also stipulate that the data collected included confidential and private information like “partial or complete e-mail communications.” “This is a good result for the people of Connecticut,” Jepsen said in a statement . “The stipulation means we can proceed to negotiate a settlement of the critical privacy issues implicated here without the need for a protracted and costly fight in the courts, although we are ready to do so if we are unable to come to a satisfactory agreement through negotiation.” PREVIOUSLY Well, Hell, If I Knew All I Had to Do Was Seize the Hard Drives… Look, Sergey, a Christmas Card From the Connecticut AG! Wait… Google Street View Privacy Debacle Far From Over FTC Closes Google Street View Probe Google CEO Apologizes for Street View Schmidtstorm Google CEO’s Advice to the Street-View Shy: The Video Schmidt: Don’t Like Google Street View Photographing Your House? Then Move. Mr. Schmidt, There’s an Inspector Lestrade on Line One State AGs to Probe Google’s “Deeply Disturbing Invasion” of Wi-Fi Data No Harm, Big Foul: Google Intercepted Passwords and Email Extracts Germany Questions Google’s Data “Mistake” Google Street View Cars Collected Wi-Fi User Data for Three Years

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Elle spotlights Women in TV

January 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Power players, femme fatales meet at Soho House -- Power players and pretty gals descended on Soho House on Thursday to celebrate the Women in Television February issue of Elle magazine.

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