Archive for June 16th, 2011

Eat Your Vegetables, and Don’t Forget to Tweet

June 16, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As a teenager, Jessica Wilson rebelled against her parents. She refused to tweet. Parents are always looking for ways to position their children for success, from piano lessons to Mandarin immersion. In the Wilson household, that means encouraging the kids to express themselves on the Internet. Unlike parents who struggle to limit kids’ computer use, Fred and Joanne Wilson want their kids to be comfortable with the latest in technology. The parents and kids publish a combined nine blogs. They bring a duffle bag on family trips just to carry all the cords, adapters and batteries for their electronic devices. Mr. and Ms. Wilson, both 49, write almost every day on their blogs, which cover everything from financing start-ups and music (his) to entrepreneurs, family and the key to cooking a prime rib (hers). Jessica, 20, and Emily, 18, have two blogs each; Joshua, 15, has one, plus two Xboxes. When Josh expressed an interest in building websites, his mom hired a graduate student to tutor him in coding. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Pandora CEO sees room for expansion [MarketWatch]

Pandora
June 16, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

SAN FRANCISCO — Pandora Media Inc.’s chief executive Joe Kennedy sounded pretty low key on Wednesday, considering the company just went public at a valuation slightly over $3 billion.

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Hearst Proves its Savvy on Social and Digital Media [brandchannel]

Hearst Digital
June 16, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Hearst Magazines Digital Media unit is the first publisher to launch a scalable social platform for thirteen of its brands, making it the largest publisher presence on the Buddy Media Platform.

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Where Is The Innovation Model in Film? [TribecaFilm.com]

Tribeca Film
June 16, 2011  |  Blog  |  No Comments

I just got back from LA and something struck me this time that had never occurred to me before: there is no model for innovation in Hollywood. And I get it - the fear of change is natural in every entrenched industry.

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Bob Banner dies at 89

June 16, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Obituary: Emmy-winning TV producer worked on 'Carol,' 'Gold' -- Emmy-winning TV producer and director Bob Banner, who exec produced "Candid Camera," "The Carol Burnett Show," "Solid Gold" and "Showtime at the Apollo," died Wednesday of Parkinson's disease at the Motion Picture & Television Fund home in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 89.

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Paul Valladon on Twitter

June 16, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This generation is doomed to retweet itself. Paul Valladon (@elephantant) via Twitter

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NBCU to tubthump Stan Lee’s ‘Guardian’

June 16, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Hockey-themed superhero property lands promo partner -- Stan Lee's hockey-themed superhero property, "The Guardian Project," has landed a promo partner in NBCUniversal.

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Yahoo Adds Mobile App To Find Other Mobile Apps

June 16, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

An app to find lots of other apps? Yep, there’s an app for that. Actually, there are lots of apps claiming to help sort through the morass of hundreds of thousands of other apps. As of tonight, there is one more. Yahoo is introducing Yahoo AppSpot — a program the company discribes as a “fun, fast way to search and discover” mobile programs for the iPhone and for Android-based devices. “Yahoo! AppSpot, a new mobile application, works like a flashlight in the darkness of more than 425,000-plus apps in the Apple App Store and 200,000 apps in Android Market,” Yahoo said in a statement. “Yahoo! AppSpot offers a new way to take the guesswork out of finding relevant and interesting apps for mobile users.” The app includes, personal picks updated daily, related apps and other features, followed by a direct link to the Apple App Store or Android Marketplace one one has found the app they want. In addition to the mobile apps, Yahoo is also adding a PC-based app discovery feature . Once people find an app they want via the browser, they can either use their phone’s camera to scan a bar code on the screen or have a link sent to the phone via text message. Yahoo is, of course, only the latest company to enter the increasingly crowded app discovery market, lured by the popularity of mobile programs and the fact their developers are willing to spend a lot on advertised to help stand out from the pack. The field includes startups like GetJar and Appia as well as big names such as Amazon .

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DirecTV to carry Universal Sports

June 16, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Deal also covers web and mobile distribution -- Universal Sports has inked a carriage deal with DirecTV -- the first time in the history of the network it has been on the carrier. The multi-year deal will begin Oct. 1, with a free preview for all of the satellite provider's customers beginning in August.

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What Wal-Mart Has in Store for Social Commerce

June 16, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Wal-Mart’s social and mobile plans are starting to take shape only two months after acquiring  Kosmix of Mountain View, Calif. When the acquisition was first announced , it was not clear how the social start-up would fit into the retailer’s plans, but today, Kosmix’s founders have come up for air to explain what they are working on ahead of the holiday season. First, a little background. When Kosmix was purchased, it was building a database called the social genome project, which kept track of what people were interested in and what products people were talking about. But it was not necessarily focused on the intersection of social and commerce, although the subjects are very familiar to its founders Venky Harinarayan and Anand Rajaraman. Before starting Kosmix, they sold their first company, Junglee, to Amazon.com in 1998, and later were privileged enough to be individual investors in Facebook. Today, the two serve as SVPs of Wal-mart’s global e-commerce group, based in Silicon Valley. In particular, they head up a 70-person group called @WalmartLabs. (Neither company agreed to disclose terms of the acquisition; however, we heard they paid just over $300 million in cash .) Two crazy months later, the executives say they are hard at work defining how the mega-retailer — with $419 billion in sales and 1.5 billion online visits a year to its Web site — will address the two very disruptive platforms: social and mobile. The subject is definitely hot. Earlier today, I wrote about some of eBay’s latest strategies to make shopping more social and how a start-up called Copious is trying to make selling items over the Internet less anonymous. Rajaraman said while it’s unclear exactly what social commerce will mean, melding the two together is a no-brainer

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