Archive for March, 2012

Hoffman has ‘Inside’ track at FX

March 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Cabler in development on series from scribe Kyle Jarrow

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Video is No. 6 on iPad users’ to-do list

March 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: ABC survey finds tablet viewers favor short-form, news programs

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Spotify’s Special Projects Head Shakil Khan Moves to Path to Do Same

March 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Shakil Khan, the well-known head of special projects for the popular Spotify music service, is taking a job with the same title at Path, the fast-growing personal social networking start-up. Khan will be focusing on growth and international issues, based out of London, but with global duties. Path’s HQ is in San Francisco. That’s important since Path has been growing strongly outside its initial U.S. market, especially in Asia. In February, Path CEO Dave Morin announced that it had two million users. In an interview last night, Khan said he will remain an adviser to Spotify’s CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek, noting he is also an investor. Interestingly, said many sources and also a number of reports, both Path and Spotify are in the midst to large funding rounds with hefty valuations. In fact, Spotify’s being valued at $4 billion, which was not the case when Khan came to the then-fledgling company in 2008. Taking up a job essentially as a kind of fix-it guy for Ek, he worked on a number of important initiatives, from gaining early user traction to hiring its early management to wrangling celebrities to use the service. Khan said that he decided to leave Spotify, which has recently had a huge spurt of growth due to its recent integration on Facebook, because he has “always been a start-up guy.” “I loved the days when people used to say, ‘What is that, how do you spell it,’” he said about Spotify.

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BBC inks Chinese deal for docu skeins

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Mip TV News: CCTV to show 'Generation Earth,' 'Wonders of Life'

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Information Diet: Nolan Gould

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Specs Age

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Viral Video: "The Host" Does Not Seem Very Cordial

March 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Freaky blue eyes, freaky voice, freaky aliens come here to occupy us humans again. I am so there. Here’s the trailer for the movie version of the book, “The Host,” by the same lady who wrote the “Twilight” series — although this time no vampires or werewolves. Just irksome invasion of body snatchers kind of thing. Enjoy:

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Imax ups Welton to prexy

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Top News: Exec to run company's worldwide theatrical sales, operations

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What Lies Beneath (Comic)

March 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Google to Sell Tablets on Its Own This Year

March 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Google Inc., undaunted by a short-lived attempt to sell a smartphone on its own, is now pushing into Apple’s iPad market. The Internet search company is planning to market and sell tablets directly to consumers through an online store, similar to rivals Apple and Amazon.com Inc., according to people familiar with the matter. The move is an effort to turn around sluggish sales of tablet computers powered by Google’s Android software. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Live: RIM’s New CEO Acknowledges It Is Time for Change

March 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

RIM is set for yet another tough chat with investors following another lower-than-expected earnings report and several executive departures . However, unlike in past calls, RIM says it won’t be giving any specific guidance for the current quarter. The call is just getting under way. AllThingsD will provide live coverage. 2:04 pm : Call just getting started. We’re still hearing about forward looking statements and risk factors. 2:05 pm : CEO Thorsten Heins takes over the call. “I’ve been the CEO of RIM for just over 10 weeks now,” Heins said, noting that he has spent most of that time meeting with various stakeholders and reviewing the company. “I did my own reality check.” “It is now every clear to me that substantial change is what RIM needs,” Heins said, striking a different tone than when he initially took the helm. Plans to refocus on enterprise market, noting RIM has been late to the “bring your own device” trend, but says RIM is committed to regaining lost share. BlackBerry won’t try to be all things to all people, Heins said, saying it won’t be focusing on all areas of the consumer market, including media services. 2:09 pm : Heins says RIM will pull back on various consumer services that it had tried to build over the last couple of years. “As a result we will be looking at ways to scale back these activities,” he said. 2:10 pm : Heins notes competitive pressure continues to increase as the company lacks products at the high-end, including support for next-generation LTE networks.

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