Archive for March, 2011

MTV hooks up with ‘Catfish’

March 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Cabler in development on pilot based on docu -- MTV is in development with Relativity Media for a reality show based on the film "Catfish."

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Intuit, Salesforce.com Team Up to Target Small Businesses [Voices]

March 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Cari Tuna, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Intuit and Salesforce.com are teaming up to take more small businesses to the cloud. The two companies on Friday are set to announce a partnership that marries Intuit’s accounting software for small businesses with Salesforce.com’s sales-automation offerings–-all handled over the Web, or in the cloud, as many industry executives put it these days. They plan to offer a Web-based application based on Salesforce.com technology that will be sold through Intuit’s App Center for users of QuickBooks, a program used to manage the finances of 4.5 million small businesses, Intuit said. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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How to Watch Free TV Shows and Movies on Your iPad [MediaMemo]

March 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The TV networks unhappy with Time Warner Cable have gotten their way, for now: The cable giant has taken down 11 cable channels from News Corp.*, Discovery and Viacom on its iPad app. The app lets cable subscribers stream live TV to their tablets, but only within their homes, and while that sounds cool at first blush, it’s hard to see why it’s a) that useful or b) why the networks would care. But the programmers argue that since Time Warner Cable’s carriage agreements don’t give it the right to stream programming to a mobile device–even one that doesn’t travel farther than the couch (or maybe the bathroom?)–the app is a no-go. This is more or less parallel to the music labels’ ( sotto voce ) complaints about Amazon’s cloud music service : In both cases, the utility to the consumer is incremental. But the content owners don’t want to give up any new rights for free, period. Meanwhile, as BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield reminds us, it’s increasingly easy to get all the TV and movies you want for free, whether or not the programmers sign off on it. In this case, he highlights mobilevids.org , which appears to be a newish pirate site that works very nicely with Apple’s iOS system. Note that “Jersey Shore,” one of the shows Greenfield pirates/demos in this clip, is from Viacom’s MTV–one of the channels that Time Warner Cable just pulled off its legal app. *(News Corp. also owns this Web site).

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GameStop Bulks Up on the Web [Voices]

March 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Nick Wingfield, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal GameStop Corp. has reached agreements to acquire two companies to bolster its online strategy, as the largest global retailer of videogames seeks to navigate a potentially treacherous move into electronic distribution of games. The retailer based in Grapevine, Texas, said it has acquired Spawn Labs Inc., a company that provides technology for playing games that run remotely on machines in data centers, rather than locally on a personal computer or console near the player. GameStop said it also has cut a deal to acquire a subsidiary of Stardock Systems Inc. called Impulse, which runs a service that lets consumers purchase and download computer games to their PCs. GameStop didn’t disclose financial terms for either transaction. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Franco options Hollywood novel ‘Zeroville’

March 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Thesp is eyeing project as directing vehicle -- James Franco has optioned feature film rights to Steve Erickson's 2007 novel "Zeroville" and will develop the project under his Rabbit Bandini Prods. banner with an eye to direct the pic.

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Sirius XM Mulling 24-Hour Litigation Channel [Digital Daily]

March 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

More legal woes for Sirius XM. A federal judge has approved a class-action lawsuit alleging the satellite radio network violated antitrust laws following its 2008 merger with XM Satellite Holdings. Filed in 2009, the complaint claims the union gave Sirius a monopoly in radio services, one which resulted in higher prices for consumers. Which is interesting, considering the Department of Justice’s comments on the merger when it first approved it. “After a careful and thorough review of the proposed transaction, the Division concluded that the evidence does not demonstrate that the proposed merger of XM and Sirius is likely to substantially lessen competition, and that the transaction therefore is not likely to harm consumers.” Anyway … An unfortunate turn of events for Sirius, which is likely still reeling from the other high-profile lawsuit it was slapped with earlier this month.

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SAG, AFTRA reach tentative deal

March 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Negotiators for the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have reached a tentative agreement with industry reps on a three-year successor deal on industrial and educational broadcast material.

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Are There Any Lessons To Be Learned From The Viral Success of The Bronx Zoo’s Cobra?

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March 31, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Are There Any Lessons To Be Learned From The Viral Success of The Bronx Zoo's Cobra? It might seem a little odd to take marketing tips from a talking snake, but the appearance of the Bronx Zoo's Cobra on Twitter shows that there is huge potential to develop viral accounts on the microblogging platform. The spoof account was created following the news that a venomous cobra had escaped from its enclosure at the Bronx Zoo in New York. Though the actual snake was finally captured today, his internet counterpart is enjoying unprecedented fame with almost 200,000 followers on Twitter and rumors

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Acer Parts Ways With CEO Lanci; Chairman Wang in as Interim CEO [Mobilized]

March 31, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Acer said on Thursday that its chief executive, Gianfranco Lanci, had resigned effective immediately. In a statement, Acer said that Lanci “held different views from a majority of the board members.” The company’s chairman, J.T. Wang, will act as interim CEO, Acer said. Stan Shih, the founder of the Taiwanese computer maker, had been sharply critical of the company’s performance in recent days, suggesting it was in a crisis after having to again lower earnings targets. The company has expanded in recent years through its acquisition of Gateway and other moves, but at times its lofty ambitions have exceeded its growth. If you want to hear some of Lanci’s more colorful views, here’s an interview I did with him late last year , talking about tablets and Android in particular. A check back through the archives reveals other highlights, including his prediction of how Acer could quickly dominate tablets despite the iPad and his 2009 take on Dell . Here’s the full release from Acer on Lanci’s departure: Acer CEO and President Gianfranco Lanci has resigned from the company, with immediate effect. Acer Chairman J.T. Wang takes acting role in the interim. The company has commenced with the planning of organizational and operational adjustments for the sustainable future of Acer. The resignation was approved at a meeting of Acer’s Board of Directors today, and the company has communicated internally with its worldwide employees. On the company’s future development, Lanci held different views from a majority of the board members, and could not reach a consensus following several months’ of dialog. They placed different levels of importance on scale, growth, customer value creation, brand position enhancement, and on resource allocation and methods of implementation

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‘Downton’ sells worldwide

March 31, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Series sold to more than 100 territories -- Carnival's "Downton Abbey," the upstairs-downstairs saga of Edwardian life created by Julian Fellowes, has been sold to more than 100 territories.

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