Archive for June, 2011

A New Tool for Web Site Protection

June 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Department of Homeland Security and Mitre Corp. has announced a plan to help small companies fend off website hackers, according to the Associated Press. The Common Weakness Enumeration version 2.0 is a catalogue of programming problems that can make software open to hackers, including a list of the top 25 most dangerous errors. It was launched as part of the department’s Software Assurance Program. The catalogue -– and the discussion board that accompanies it — is aimed at computer-programming professionals who write code and build software for websites. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Viral Video: "Brave" Finally Gives a Princess a Job

June 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

One of the best lines I ever heard from Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg — who has been very vocal about casting light on women’s challenges in the workplace — was about her service on the Disney board Discussing the depiction of its happy-ending female animated characters, she joked to me that what she always pushes for at meetings were “princesses with jobs .” Sandberg seems to have gotten her wish now, with this upcoming movie from Disney unit Pixar, “Brave.” Incredibly, it’s the first time in its dozen films that Pixar has a female hero at its center. It’s about a red-headed Scottish princess named Merida, who insists on being a warrior — complete with rocking bow and arrow. Finally.

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Delhi Belly

June 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film Reviews: A landslide of catastrophes keeps three hapless roommates one small step ahead of jealous boyfriends, faithless lovers, zealous cops and gun-toting gangsters in "Delhi Belly."

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Love in the Wild

June 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV Reviews: Imagine "Survivor" and "The Bachelor" having a dimwitted child, and you're close to capturing "Love in the Wild," NBC's stab at a dating show/travelogue.

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After a Long Flight, Angry Birds Make Landing on Windows Phone

June 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It has taken some time, but the Angry Birds have finally slingshot their way onto Windows Phone. Expectations were of the beloved birds arrival were first set when the app was inadvertently listed on a slide of launch titles last year, but the game was not among those available when the first Windows Phone 7 models shipped in October. AllThingsD reported that a Windows Phone 7 version was indeed on tap for 2011 , a plan Microsoft confirmed earlier this year. Microsoft initially said the game would ship in May , though that date was later pushed back to June 29 . As of Tuesday night, though, the game was available for download in the Windows Phone’s marketplace. Although there can be debate as to whether Angry Birds has already jumped the shark, the game is still a best seller and a must-have for any aspiring platform these days. Or, as blogger Manan Kakkar put it in a tweet on Tuesday, “Windows Phone 7 is now a complete phone platform. We have Angry Birds on it.” And, for those that are wondering, Kakkar said that the Windows Phone version appears to be particularly challenging one. I’ll have to do a little, um, independent research tomorrow.

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Paladin lands ‘The Whale’

June 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Shingle gets rights to Parfit's nature docu -- Paladin has acquired theatrical rights to Michael Parfit's docu "The Whale," with plans to release the pic during late summer before expanding in the fall.

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Payments Provider Dynamics Raises Even More Capital than Square!

June 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

How ironic, there’s a ton cash is being thrown around to find a better way to pay for things. Consider the growing list of participants hitching a ride on this money train: Square is trying to create a better register ; Google is attempting to build a better wallet and then there’s competing and overlapping efforts being made by the wireless carriers, handset makers, banks, financial institutions and others. For example, here’s a company, which is doing something as simple as creating a more high-tech credit card, which doesn’t require customers or retailers to buy new equipment. Pittsburgh-based Dynamics is announcing a $35 million round of financing — an amount CEO Jeff Mullen is quick to point out is bigger than Square’s last round , totaling $27.5 million (not including a last minute addition  by Visa ). Dyanmics’ round was led by Bain Capital Ventures with existing investors, including Adams Capital Management and a number of undisclosed angels, also participating. The company’s first round raised in 2009 totaled $5.7 million. While Dynamics isn’t a household name, and doesn’t have the same visibility as Square or Google, it has received accolades for its technology. In January, Dynamics won best in show at the this year’s CES in the personal electronics category. So, what does it do? It is making a more intelligent credit card. Although it looks the same as the plastic cards you carry around in your wallet, it behaves much differently. Packed inside are a bunch of batteries and miniaturized electronics that can be used to program several credit card numbers and wiped clean if lost. It comes packaged in the same svelte form factor as a Visa or MasterCard comes in today and don’t worry, it’s also waterproof

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Tinopolis snaps up A Smith & Co

June 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: The $95 mil deal gives U.K. shingle a U.S. base -- Blighty's Tinopolis has acquired A. Smith & Co., the U.S. producer that makes unscripted fare including Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" and "Hell's Kitchen."

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AT&T Says Miami-area Wireless Service Back After Outage (Updated)

June 29, 2011  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

AT&T said Tuesday evening that it has restored service in South Florida, following an outage there. Service was restored around 9:30 p.m. ET. “We apologize for any inconvenience to our customers,” a representative told AllThingsD.

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NBC’s ‘Playboy’ finds new Utah home

June 29, 2011  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Affiliate dumped drama due to racy brand -- NBC series "The Playboy Club" will be seen in Salt Lake City after all.

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