Archive for May 30th, 2011

Mitchell Stevens on The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes

May 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s like when a parent cries. We expect our parents to keep it together and we expect our journalists to keep it together. Mitchell Stephens , a New York University professor and author of “A History of News,” on Mike Bettes, a Weather Channel Journalist whose emotional outbreaks during his reporting in Joplin, MO last week gained national attention.

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FTC Plans New Online-Ad Rules [WSJ]

FTC Rules
May 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The FTC has begun soliciting public comment on how it should revise old guidelines that translate federal advertising laws to the Internet.

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Heineken Aims Its Ads at Young Digital Devotees [NYT]

Heineken Aims Its Ads at Young Digital Devotees [NYT]

Heineken Advertising
May 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

An initiative by Heineken to use nontraditional advertising methods has been deemed an initial success.

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An IPO That Popped, Then Fizzled [WSJ]

Internet Bubble
May 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The frenzy surrounding LinkedIn's public stock offering brought back memories of my own experience during the first Internet bubble.

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Online Ad Spending Sets New Record in First Quarter [Time]

Advertising Up
May 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Cynics who claimed online ads would have no staying power might want to bite their tongues. Why? Turns out...

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What Makes A Startup Successful? [TechCrunch]

Startup Genome
May 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The odds are stacked against the average startup. The failure rate among entrepreneurs is startlingly high. It comes with the territory.

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Funny or Die: Groupon’s Fate Hinges on Words [NYT]

Funny or Die: Groupon’s Fate Hinges on Words [NYT]

Groupon Writers
May 30, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Groupon's founders were just looking for a gig to support their art. Now stock options have made them seriously wealthy.

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X-Men: First Class

May 30, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film Reviews: A beleaguered Marvel movie property gets the smart, stylish prequel it deserves.

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Nvidia’s Quad-Core Mobile Chip Makes its Debut–on YouTube

May 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Ahead of this week’s Computex trade show in Taiwan, Nvidia is showing off its forthcoming quad-core mobile chip which is slated to arrive on phones and tablets later this year. In a video posted to YouTube, Nvidia shows the chip, known as Kal-El, powering a graphics-intensive demo called Glowball. A glowing ball is seen moving around, casting light and shadows as it moves through the game space. Nvidia said that the video reflects real, on-the-fly game play powered by an accelerometer as opposed to a canned animation. “Given that dual-core processors are already on market, you might be wondering how Project Kal-El’s quad-core technology will improve the mobile experience,” Nvidia said in a blog post . “Rather than try to explain it, we’ve put together a hands-on demo to give you a sneak peek at the new capabilities coming to superphones and tablets later this year.” Nvidia first announced plans for the chip, code-named Kal-El at February’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Kal-El, which packs 12 graphics chip cores in addition to its four processing cores, is slated to be the successor to the company’s Tegra 2 chip, which powers a number of current phones and tablets, including the Motorola Xoom and other Honeycomb-based Android tablets. For more on how Nvidia sees its future powering mobile phones, tablets and even PCs, check out the on-stage interview I did back in January with CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at our D@CES event. Nvidia is looking to take on not only ARM-based rivals like Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, but also traditional PC powerhouse Intel as Microsoft looks to support ARM chips with the next version of Windows . Qualcomm has said it expects to have a quad-core chip on the market next year.

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Hello, American Pie! Why a 40-Year-Old Song Became This Weekend’s Viral Video

May 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There’s a good chance you’ve already seen this, and if not there are very good odds someone will forward it you soon. It’s a 9-minute “lip dub” of Don McLean’s “American Pie,” a 1971 classic that’s enjoying a renaissance this weekend, via the citizenry of Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s racked up some 700,000 views since it went up on Thursday, and lots and lots of press coverage, which means plenty more views are on the way: Fun video, but truth be told I would have only made it halfway if I didn’t have a professional obligation to finish. So why are so many of us watching it, or part of it, now? It’s fun to watch single-take shots of anything. CGI can put anything from talking dogs to Green Lantern on a screen, and we’ve seen all that, a lot. But getting a bunch of people to act in concert, for an extended period of time, doesn’t require a lot of resources – just a lot of patience. That’s pretty cool. This one went up before a holiday weekend, which means there’s not a lot of news going on

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