Archive for February, 2012

iPad 3 Facts! (Comic)

February 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Advanced Micro to Buy Server Start-Up SeaMicro

February 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Advanced Micro Devices Inc., vowing to change the game in its longtime competition with Intel Corp., has forged a deal to buy a Silicon Valley start-up that takes the chip maker into the server business. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company said it will pay $334 million for SeaMicro Inc., a company known for products called micro servers that pack together many chips in ways that save space and energy. Such products are particularly popular among companies that buy servers in huge volumes to run popular consumer websites. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Radical Camera Lets You Pick What’s Blurry And What’s Not

February 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The consumer point-and-shoot camera has just been reinvented—not tweaked, or remodeled, but actually re-thought from top to bottom. A Silicon Valley start-up called Lytro is shipping this week a camera that looks like no other and actually lets you focus or refocus your pictures on a computer after you take them. [ See post to watch video ] Not only that, but the company is promising that pictures you take with the camera today will be able to be manipulated after the fact in additional ways in coming months. For instance, you’ll be able to snap into focus everything at once, regardless of depth. Or change the perspective from which the picture is seen, and switch a photo back and forth between 2-D and 3-D. That’s why it calls the images “living pictures.” This $399 camera, also called Lytro, can do all this because it is a so-called light-field camera, which is based on a different technology from traditional digital cameras. In simple terms, it uses a modified sensor, plus proprietary software, to capture and process more, and different, information about the light hitting its lens than other cameras do. This includes the direction of light rays. The result is a richer picture file that software, on the camera and on a computer, can use to manipulate images in new ways. Lytro doesn’t even classify its camera by the familiar megapixel measure. Instead, the company says it has a resolution of 11 megarays—in other words, it can capture 11 million light rays. The Lytro can focus or refocus pictures after they’re taken. Just as the technology is very different, so is the camera itself. It looks sort of like a short, square, pocket-size telescope, with a nonprotruding 8X zoom lens on one end and a touch-screen viewfinder on the other. It has only two buttons and a zoom slider.

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The Hub Seals the Deal for ‘Care Bears’ CGI Reboot, Christopher Pike’s ‘Spooksville’

February 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

The Care Bears are coming to The Hub, and here's the million dollar question: With names like Funshine Bear, Tenderheart Bear and Harmony Bear, how many fatalities will we see during the inevitable throwdown with the My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic crew? They're biting your style, Fluttershy. You just gonna sit there feeding bunnies? Adweek has learned that Care Bears: Welcome to Care-A-Lot is headed to the Hasbro/Discovery joint venture cable network this summer, with Care Bears creator American Greetings producing the CGI-animated series in time for the property's 30th anniversary. The latter company had a major presence at this month's Toy Fair in New York, where it was announced that Hasbro would produce more of the property's trademark stuffed and abdominally embroidered bear-related product (the plush bears are due out in 2013). And there's another show nobody's talking about yet: Spooksville , based on the 1990's series of young adult horror novels by Christopher Pike. Tuck Everlasting and Ella Enchanted producer Jane Startz will produce the series, due out by the end of the year. The youth horror genre is one that The Hub has been trying to grow—the network has another show from Pike contemporary and competitor R.L. Stine called The Haunting Hour . We hear that's been renewed, as have Hub staples My Little Pony , Transformers (both Prime and Rescue Bots ) and The Aquabats! Super! Show ! The Hub confirmed the pickups. There's more in the works too: a Littlest Pet Shop animated half hour, which the network has had on its development slate, and Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters, which is

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Chita Rivera to star in ‘Drood’

February 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit News: Three shows set for Roundabout season

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Yammer Lands $85 Million Funding Round From Draper Fisher Jurvetson

February 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The rumors are true. But, boy, were they ever off on the numbers. Social enterprise software player Yammer has landed a whopping $85 million in a fifth round of venture capital funding led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson, with Meritech Capital Partners, Jeff Skoll’s Capricorn Investment Group and Khosla Ventures all getting in on the action. The round brings Yammer’s total capital raised to date to $142 million. DFJ managing director Randy Glein will take an observer’s seat on Yammer’s board. Published reports on Pando Daily had previously suggested that the company was close to landing a round in the $50 million neighborhood, with the implied valuation between $500 million and $1 billion, a range so large you could drive a tank through it. Yammer won’t say one way or another, but it’s pretty safe to say the higher number is the more accurate one. Prior investors Charles River Ventures, Emergence Capital, Founders Fund, the Social+Capital Partnership and US Venture Partners are all participating again, as are angel investors Bill Lee, Max Levchin and football great Ronnie Lott. Clearly, the intent here is to raise Yammer’s visibility game a bit, in the face of more visible players in the social enterprise software space — like Jive, which IPO’d late last year, and Chatter, which Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff can’t seem to stop telling people will save the world. Social enterprise software is becoming an increasingly popular and thus competitive business. Jive’s IPO gives it some visibility that doesn’t hurt when it goes to win business from new customers.

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Let the Upfront Games Begin

February 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Les Moonves on Wednesday told investors that CBS is gearing up for another lucrative upfront market, predicting that the top-rated broadcast network will land double-digit pricing increases versus its already high 2011-12 rates. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank 20th Annual Media and Telecom Conference, a Moonves gently chided analyst Doug Mitchelson, who suggested that CBS’ elevated GRPs had led to a decline in first quarter scatter pricing. “You spoke to the [media buyers] first, which is always the wrong thing to do, because they always lowball you,” Moonves said. “We’re going to get double digit increases in the upfront. There you have it—let the games begin.” In the absence of

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Let the Games Begin

February 29, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Les Moonves on Wednesday told investors that CBS is gearing up for another lucrative upfront market, predicting that the top-rated broadcast network will land double-digit pricing increases versus its already high 2011-12 rates. Speaking at the Deutsche Bank 20th Annual Media and Telecom Conference, a Moonves gently chided analyst Doug Mitchelson, who suggested that CBS’ elevated GRPs had led to a decline in first quarter scatter pricing. “You spoke to the [media buyers] first, which is always the wrong thing to do, because they always lowball you,” Moonves said. “We’re going to get double digit increases in the upfront. There you have it—let the games begin.” In the absence of

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‘The Town’ scribe tapped for ‘Top Gun 2′

February 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Peter Craig will start the project from scratch

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Who Really Owns the iPad Trademark in China?

February 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The hearing that could determine ownership of the iPad trademark in China kicked off this morning with a broad rehash of the battle we’ve seen play out in the media the past few weeks: Apple arguing it Proview Technology’s worldwide rights to the iPad trademark several years ago, and Proview claiming it bought them from an affiliate that didn’t own them. “Apple meticulously formed a band of lawyers to buy the trademark, but the transacted amount was given to Taiwan’s Proview, not Shenzhen’s Proview,” Proview’s attorneys told the court, adding that the iPad trademark therefore still belongs to Proview’s Shenzhen unit, its claimed original owner. The problem with that argument, as Apple’s legal team was quick to point out, is that negotiations over the iPad trademark were authorized by Rowell Yang, chairman of Proview Shenzhen, and the actual transfer agreement was signed by Ray Mai , head of Shenzhen’s legal department. Proview’s explanation for this according to its lawyers: “ Personnel may have multiple roles or titles within the group, but the question is in what capacity were they acting? ” And that really gets to the heart of the issue here: Did Apple buy the iPad China trademark from a company that didn’t own it? “The ownership of the trademark when it was allegedly sold is not really in doubt; it was owned by Proview-Taiwan,” Dan Harris, an intellectual property attorney at Harris & Moure, explains .

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