Archive for May, 2011

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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Samsung Expands Ties to Android on Tablets

May 30, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. plans to deepen its relationship with Google Inc. by depending on the U.S. company’s Android mobile device software to run future versions of its tablets, the chief of its mobile division said, as it ramps up in the increasingly competitive tablet computer sector. Samsung, which competes with Apple Inc.’s dominant iPad in the tablet sector, has long been developing its own mobile phone software, Bada, and those phones have competed with smartphones using Google’s Android software. But Android has already given Samsung’s smartphone business a shot in the arm, and the company is looking to replicate that success in tablets. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Samsung Wants To See The iPhone 5 And The iPad 3? Don’t We All …

May 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

You’ve got to love the irony. Samsung–which Apple has accused of “blatantly copying” its intellectual property–now seems to be mimicking the company’s legal maneuvers as well. A week after it was ordered by a court to provide Apple’s outside attorneys with samples of a number of announced, though unreleased, products , Samsung filed a motion seeking the exact same thing from Apple. First reported by This Is My Next , the expedited discovery request asks the court to order Apple to provide it with samples of the final commercial versions of the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 and the third generation iPad–all three unreleased, unannounced, and unknown beyond Internet speculation. The reason: Samsung wants to compare them to its future products to head off any additional infringement claims from Apple down the road. In other words, it wants to be sure it hasn’t copied any Apple products no one has even seen yet. Which seems silly, particulaly when Apple’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Samsung is clearly based on products Apple currently has on the market. But as This Is My Next’s Nilay Patel notes, this move is likely more about leverage than anything else. Settlement discussions between the two companies have been at a standstill for some time now and Samsung may be hoping that threatening Apple with a forced opening of the kimono might kick them into gear again.

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‘Hangover II’ breaks comedy benchmark

May 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Warner laffer scores during record Memorial Day frame -- During the biggest Memorial Day weekend ever at the box office, Warner Bros.' "The Hangover Part II" dominated with an estimated three-day take of $86.5 million and four-day estimates at $118.1 million, making "Hangover II" the all-time best opening for a comedy.

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Social Networking Privacy Bill Stalls in CA Senate

May 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The California Senate bill that has social networking companies worried about government regulation of their user privacy settings failed to gain a majority of votes on Friday. Bill author Ellen Corbett said she would try for another vote next week. Companies like Facebook are pushing the angle that the work needed to comply with more restrictive privacy settings would have a negative effect on the California economy.

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