Archive for January, 2012

Email Giants Move to Slash "Phishing"

January 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Email-service providers Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp. and AOL Inc. are backing a new effort intended to dramatically reduce “phishing” emails — which attempt to trick recipients into thinking they come from a legitimate source. The companies — along with others such as financial-service companies Bank of America Corp., FMR LLC’s Fidelity Investments and eBay Inc.’s PayPal — are hoping to create an environment that allows the recipient of an email from, say, a bank, to feel secure that it isn’t a trick. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Harrison Ford honored by cinematographers

January 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Board of Governors award will be given Feb. 12

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CBS orders laffer pilot from Universal TV

January 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Ensembler penned by Louis C.K. and Spike Feresten

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The New York Times vs. Mail Online: Who’s Got The Better Business Model?

The New York Times vs. Mail Online: Who’s Got The Better Business Model?

January 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The championship of the online newspaper world changed hands the other day. The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) (as measured by comScore (NSDQ: SCOR), currently the most fashionable collector of digital evidence extant) had 44.8m unique visitors in December, while our own dear Daily Mail (LSE: DMGT) had 45.3m. Manhattan’s “grey lady” doesn’t rule the global web world any longer. A hundred years on, the heirs of Alfred Harmsworth are sticking it to the Yanks – boasting about “reinventing popular journalism for the digital era”. As with almost any bold claim, there are nuances. Digital statistics are damnably variable according to the rules

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Recycled iPhone 5 Rumors Miss the Point

Recycled iPhone 5 Rumors Miss the Point

January 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Hey, did you hear the iPhone 5 is coming? And according to the latest rumors from 9to5Mac, it has a 4-inch screen and a new body design! Repeat after me: Nothing to see here. This warmed-over rumor casserole is not news. We've been through this before. All last summer, we were treated to a hysterical froth of iPhone 5 rumors before the 4S came out. It was supposed to have a 4-inch screen, a new teardrop shape, NFC, and who knows what else. Shortly before the iPhone 4S came out, the pitch of completely inaccurate rumors got truly silly, capped by BGR'scompletely bogus "exclusive" that

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Facebook COO: IPO Will Produce Jobs, World Change

Facebook COO: IPO Will Produce Jobs, World Change

January 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The most important aspects of social networking site Facebook becoming a public company are the jobs growth and social change it represents, Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of the company, told CNBC Sunday. “If this is seen as an opportunity for jobs and for people to use their work to change the world that’s what we want to be a part of,” Sandberg said at a CNBC debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Reports on Friday suggested that Facebook is preparing to announce an initial public offering Wednesday. The listing is the most anticipated of the decade and could raise up to

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Super Bowl advertisers seek buzz on social media

Super Bowl advertisers seek buzz on social media

January 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) - In the age of Twitter and Facebook, many Super Bowl viewers will use the commercial breaks to go online and see what people are saying about the game. This year, advertisers want them to tweet about their favorite commercials as well. Having spent record-breaking sums to secure the most valuable television slots in advertising, global brands from Coca-Cola to Volkwagen are looking to leverage social media to extend the buzz and reach of their ads. According to executives from Comcast Corp's NBC television network, which will broadcast the February 5 football game, a 30-second commercial slot cost $3.5 million

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Five Ways Twitter Is Changing Media Law

Five Ways Twitter Is Changing Media Law

January 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Why does Twitter get involved in so many interesting lawsuits? In its short life, the company has kicked up legal hornet nests involving everything from stalking to satire. While technology companies always outgrow the laws that govern them, Twitter’s 140-character message system is proving to be particularly disruptive. At the same time, the microblog has been more aggressive in defending free speech than established companies like Facebook and Google. Here are five examples that show how Twitter’s unique platform is creating a new set of media rules that are forcing the law to play catch up: The Courtney Love Case: Twitter and Defamation It’s

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Pepsi Plays Catch-Up With Coke, Adds $500M in Spending

Pepsi Plays Catch-Up With Coke, Adds $500M in Spending

January 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Get ready for a tsunami of spending from PepsiCo as it resets its business to retain talent and focus on long-term brand loyalty rather than short-term solutions. In less than two weeks, the snack and beverage giant will unveil its much-anticipated business outlook for 2012 and beyond, with analysts calling for an additional marketing investment of $400 million to $500 million. Expectations are high that PepsiCo will outline plans for increased marketing investment, particularly in beverages, answering critics who charge it's an area neglected for too long. And while there's no doubt the company is at an inflection point, several industry executives

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Getty Images now offers music by high-profile artists to high-end content producers

Getty Images now offers music by high-profile artists to high-end content producers

January 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Getty Images, best known as a picture agency, has announced that it is to offer music by high-profile and emerging artists for the first time, for use in the advertising, television and film industry. At a press conference at Midem in Cannes today, Getty announced the new Guest List service, which is priced to appeal to the pro market, so sadly you probably won’t be able to afford to include one of the tracks in your next YouTube clip of your pet dog. Getty Images already offers a library of stock music, which it says is used by the likes Google and Microsoft. However, this

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