Archive for February, 2011

Intel Locks Up McAfee [Voices]

February 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By John Murrell Intel announced today that its $7.7 billion acquisition of McAfee , announced in August, is now complete . McAfee will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary and continue to sell security products and services under its own brand. Meanwhile, the companies are working on “a fundamentally new approach [to security] involving software, hardware and services,” the first fruits of which should be ripe later this year.

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Mandy Moore to star in ghost pic ‘Falling Slowly’

February 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Pic is "Buried" writer Chris Sparling's directoral debut; Rodrigo Santoro attached -- Mandy Moore and Rodrigo Santoro will star in "Falling Slowly," the directoral debut of "Buried" writer Chris Sparling.

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U.S. Army Launches Blogging App Aimed at Troops [NetworkEffect]

February 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The U.S. Army today released an iPhone app and mobile Web site for its Army Strong Stories blogging platform. Besides giving soldiers with smartphones the means to blog from the field, the app and site are meant to be a marketing tool for potential recruits who can feel like they’re a part of the action via their own phones. The Army currently has 600 official blogging soldiers.

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Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine to NBC’s ‘Voice’

February 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Reality series to premiere April 26 -- Grammy Award winners Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine will form half of the foursome of musical coaches on upcoming NBC series "The Voice."

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Tablets Eating PC Market Share With Some Fava Beans and a Nice Chianti [Digital Daily]

February 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Driven by steep adoption rates and a proliferation of new devices, tablets will evolve into a $35 billion market by 2012, posting 171.8 percent year-over-year growth this year and 66.2 percent the next. That’s according to J.P. Morgan, which sees the tablet as a meaningful revenue opportunity for PC makers and an emerging threat, as well. In 2010, the research outfit estimates, tablet-related cannibalization of PCs was about 18.9 percent. And in the next two years it will nearly double. “We expect tablets to have an increasingly negative impact on PC shipments,” analyst Mark Moskowitz wrote. “We are modeling more than 35 percent of tablets sold in 2012 to cannibalize PCs. More specifically, we expect that tablets will have the largest impact on the netbook market, which had represented about 20 percent of the notebook PC market prior to the tablet’s arrival. As a result of our assumptions, we estimate that the cannibalization rate of PCs gradually will trend close to 10 percent of notebook PC units (including standard notebooks and netbooks).” Lousy news for PC makers without a strong tablet offering, and great news for the company with the strongest tablet offering of them all: Apple. Moskowitz expects the iPad to sustain the company’s competitive advantage in the tablet market for at least the next few years. In 2011, for example, he sees Apple shipping 29.1million tablets–about 60.8 percent of the tablet market. The following year, however, that percentage will decline. Apple will account for 44.6 percent of tablet unit shipments, a sizable decline in share from the prior year, but one tempered by the unit sales and the great margins the company so often claims. Moskowitz believes about 60.5 percent of tablet market revenues in 2012 will go to Apple.

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Ivi TV in Trouble

February 28, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Ivi TV, a provocative experiment in online TV, may be a trailblazer. But for now, it’s going down in flames.

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Elisabeth Murdoch’s Next Frontier

February 28, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

In returning to the media colossus that controls the U.S.’s No. 2 broadcast network and one of the most successful cable entertainment outlets, 42-year-old Elisabeth Murdoch—whose company Shine was acquired last week by order of the colossus’ chairman, her father—has set a place for herself at the table with the likes of

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AT&T Adds Amazon’s Kindle to Shelves in Move That Hints at Retail Expansion [Mobilized]

February 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

AT&T is announcing on Monday its plans to start selling Amazon’s Kindle via its nationwide network of more than two thousand stores. While somewhat interesting on its own, the deal highlights the potential for Ma Bell and other cell phone carriers to add a broader array of electronics to their shelves as more and more gadgets start including cell phone technology. Because of the highly competitive nature of the cell phone market, carriers have built up huge nationwide retail footprints with thousands of stories–some just blocks away from one another in the nation’s busiest downtown areas. Until recently, these stores have served as little more than places to buy or service a phone and its accessories. In recent years, the stores have expanded their reach somewhat. AT&T for example, also pitches bundles with other services, such as its U-Verse television service. These days, one can also find netbooks with cellular capabilities as well as the kinds of cards and portable hotspots that allow standard laptops to get Internet access on the go. Unlike those products, however, the Kindle isn’t sold with a cellular contract. Rather, the cost of service is built into Amazon’s business model, where the user pays an upfront cost for the device and a price per book that is enough to cover Amazon’s cost for sending the book, in many cases over AT&T’s network. While the Kindle is the best known of these devices, there are hundreds of products that tap an embedded cellular connection–devices ranging from navigation units to photo frames to pill bottles that remind people to take their medication. Already there are some 11 million “emerging devices” on the company’s network, with 2 million of those products sold in last year’s fourth quarter alone. Over time, AT&T sees an opportunity to sell more of these products from within its own stores. Glenn Lurie , who heads the AT&T unit that focuses on this new class of devices, said that the company is planning a dedicated section for such products. “We believe we should have all of our devices available in our 2200 retail stores for our more than 95 million customers that shop there,” he said in a statement to Mobilized. For more from Lurie, check out his on-stage appearance at last year’s D: Dive Into Mobile conference.

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Berlusconi empire may grow

February 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Opponents fear law change will lead to media grab -- Italo TV broadcasters will be able to buy newspaper publishers from the April 1 under new proposals -- re-igniting fears that mogul and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi might extend his domination of the country's media.

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MacBook Refresh Could Spur Already Unseasonably High Mac Sales [Digital Daily]

February 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The second quarter is typically one of Apple’s weakest for Mac sales. Not this year, though. According to the latest data from NPD, Mac sales are already up more than 20 percent year-over-year this quarter, and they’re likely to rise higher still thanks to Apple’s recent refresh of its MacBook Pro line . Traditionally, Apple launches its new MacBook Pros in April, well into its third quarter. This year, it didn’t. It launched them in the second, and that’s where the resulting spike in sales will be reflected. And if the company sells enough of them, we could see a nice little bump in its earnings-per-share for the period, says UBS analyst Maynard Um. “The refresh comes with about 6 weeks remaining in what is typically Apple’s seasonally weakest Mac quarter of the year,” Um said in a note to clients. “However, AAPL’s last three MacBook Pro refreshes came in FYQ3, so the accelerated cycle could provide upside to our estimates for this quarter. Every incremental 100,000 portable Mac units would add ~$0.02 to EPS in FYQ2 assuming slightly lower gross margins.”

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