Archive for April, 2011

Information Diet: Busy Philipps

April 29, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Adweek: What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Busy Philipps : I have a 2-and-a-half-year old, so generally speaking, I don’t get any news until I’m not with her, which tends to be when I get in the car. What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table? If anything, it’s Go, Diego, Go! on Nick Jr. , or princess music. What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train, or bus? I listen to NPR in the car, which is how I get my news. But here in Los Angeles we have KCRW , and between 9 and 12, they just play music. There are days where I can go until late afternoon without hearing anything that’s going on in the world. Are you a TV junkie, or on an airtime-restricted diet? We watch a ton of TV in our house. You know that Malcolm Gladwell theory that you have to do something for 10,000 hours before you become an expert? Well, we were recently joking that my husband is a TV expert, and I’m close behind him

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Royal Wedding gets underway

April 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Audience of nearly 2 billion worldwide -- The streets of central London were abuzz this morning as crowds gathered around Hyde Park, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace in anticipation for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

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When Will People Stop Exploiting Google? [Voices]

April 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Mike Masnick, Editor, Techdirt I assume you’ve been hearing all about how sites like the Huffington Post are exploiting workers like a slave master by having them work for free. It’s all, as Nick Carr has noted, digital sharecropping, as “free” is really all about exploiting others. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Jumping the Broom

April 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film Reviews: "Jumping the Broom" is a broad African-Amerian family comedy that manages to avoid many of the more predictable cliches of the genre, yet also leaves out the warmth and, too often, the laughs.

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‘Inside Job’ director to helm HBO’s WikiLeaks pic

April 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Charles Ferguson boards biopic of Julian Assange -- Docu helmer Charles Ferguson is attached to direct HBO's upcoming film based on WikiLeaks mastermind Julian Assange.

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Jeff Bridges in talks to get ‘R.I.P.D.’

April 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: 'True Grit' star would take the role that Galifanakis passed on -- Jeff Bridges is in talks to join Ryan Reynolds in Universal's "R.I.P.D."

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Cisco Offering Early Retirement to Workers [Voices]

April 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By Roger Cheng, Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Cisco Systems Inc. is offering some of its U.S. and Canadian employees the option of retiring early, part of a series of moves to cut costs and restructure the company. Employees who are at least 50 years old, and have a combined age and years of service of at least 60 as of July 8 are eligible for the program. The company hopes to achieve cost savings through the program, according to memos it sent to employees. A company spokeswoman declined to say how many people were eligible for the program, or how much it would save. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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NCIS Creator Sues CBS, Claims He’s Owed Money

April 28, 2011  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The creator of the hit CBS drama NCIS is suing the broadcaster for breach of contract, alleging that the network bilked him out of “the first pass” rights he had to any NCIS spin-off shows. Donald P. Bellisario, the screenwriter who also created

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RIM Co-CEO Blames Lowered Outlook on Aging Product Line [Digital Daily]

April 28, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

If you were alarmed when Research in Motion cut its sales and profit forecasts for this quarter , wait until you hear its explanation for the move. There’s been a decrease in sell-through since RIM issued guidance a month ago and it’s being driven by the “natural aging” of its high-end smartphone portfolio. “The core thing here is that there’s been a transition that’s happened since our last guidance,” RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie said during a conference call with analysts Thursday. “Our higher-end products are aging…and that’s affecting margins…and sell-through, particularly in the United States and Latin America.” But fear not for RIM because RIM fears not. “As we’ve said before, we feel great about the BlackBerry Platform and the PlayBook and how they’re doing….We just need to have some newer, higher-end products in the market….This is a transition….We’re cutting over to a whole new platform and whole new set of products and it’s very powerful and we’re very excited about their long-term strength and the long term strength of the company….We are straight in the middle of the whole tablet mobile computing space.

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Hulu Plus to offer content on XBox 360

April 28, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Technology News: TV shows, movies to be avail on consoles for $8/month -- Hulu Plus will start offering its TV shows and selection of movies on Microsoft's Xbox 360 videogame consoles starting Friday.

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