Archive for March, 2012

Sina, Tencent Shut Down Commenting on Microblogs

March 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

BEIJING—China mounted a broad Internet crackdown beginning Friday, putting temporary restrictions on popular microblogging services run by Sina Corp. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. and detaining individuals that it accused of spreading rumors of a coup attempt in Beijing. The moves are among the most dramatic censorship efforts undertaken by Beijing since the rise over the past two years of the popular microblogging services, known in China as weibo. They allow the fast dissemination of information, challenging the central government’s traditional control of the media. They also show the continuing tensions in China following the March sacking of Bo Xilai, a former Chinese Communist Party star whose ouster as Party chief of the megacity of Chongqing showed cracks in Beijing’s veneer of political unity. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Tribune stations go dark on DirecTV

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TV News: Companies fail to make new carriage agreement

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Google Maps Gets a Jump on April Fools’

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April Fools’ Day on the Internet is redundant. Right? That said, Google’s early head start over at Google Maps is pretty good. Click on “Quest” to get going. Or you can watch this video, which spells out the joke: If you’ve got time, poke around particular landmarks, like Google HQ , and you’ll find some Easter eggs. Some of you should be able to figure out where I found this one pretty quickly:

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Google Maps Gets a Jump on April Fools’

March 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

April Fools’ Day on the Internet is redundant. Right? That said, Google’s early head start over at Google Maps is pretty good. Click on “Quest” to get going. Or you can watch this video, which spells out the joke: If you’ve got time, poke around particular landmarks, like Google HQ , and you’ll find some Easter eggs. Some of you should be able to figure out where I found this one pretty quickly:

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Tribune stations to go dark on DirecTV

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TV News: Sides fail to reach retrans deal after days of talks, public sparring

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Tribune stations to go dark on DirecTV

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TV News: Sides fail to reach retrans deal after days of talks, public sparring

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RIM Weighs Bleak Options

March 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Research In Motion Ltd.’s new chief executive faces two bleak options: Attempt a bold turnaround of the embattled BlackBerry maker, or find a willing buyer. Neither will be an easy task. RIM said sales of BlackBerrys fell sharply in the latest quarter, leading to the company’s first revenue decline in seven years. Its subscriber growth rate from the previous quarter also hit an all-time low of 3%. And two of RIM’s top officers stepped down, leaving RIM’s executive bench as shallow as it has ever been. Meanwhile, morale has flagged amid the unrest, according to executives inside and outside the company. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Doc en Stock loves ‘Democracy’

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Mipcom News: Paris-based shingle producing series of docus on global politics

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RHI rebrands, taps Stewart Till as CEO

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TV News: Sonar Entertainment to broaden scope of prod'n slate

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WWE circumspect on TV plans

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TV News: In Miami, execs introduce shows but say little else about launch of network

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