Archive for May, 2012

Leap Wireless, AKA Cricket, to Offer Prepaid iPhone Starting Next Month

May 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Leap Wireless said on Thursday that it will start offering the iPhone next month, becoming the first prepaid carrier in the U.S. to do so. The company, which sells service under the brand Cricket, will offer service for $55 a month including data, texting and calling, though data speeds will be slowed once a user has consumed 2.3GB of data in a month. The plans, cheaper than those at traditional carriers, come with a higher upfront cost. Cricket is charging $499.99 for a 16GB iPhone 4S or $399.99 for the 8GB iPhone 4, with both models going on sale June 22. Those prices are still lower than the amount typically charged for an unlocked iPhone, however. “Our customers want the best products available and we are excited to bring iPhone to our pre-paid consumers with an industry leading $55 per-month service plan,” Leap CEO Doug Hutcheson said in a statement. “Launching iPhone is a major milestone for us and we are proud to offer iPhone customers attractive nationwide coverage, a robust 3G data network and a value-packed, no-contract plan.” Leap is investing heavily to be able to make the move. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, the company said it has signed a three-year deal with Apple that requires the company to buy roughly $900 million worth of devices over three years. The deal begins when the company starts selling the iPhone and the minimum commitment increases moderately over each year of the deal.

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Day Two at D10 in Tweets and Pictures

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[ View the story "Day Two at D10, in Tweets and Pictures" on Storify ] Day Two at D10, in Tweets and Pictures Storified by Eric Scott Johnson

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Pepsi to launch Twitter push with video, free song

Pepsi to launch Twitter push with video, free song

May 31, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. is lifting the curtain on its music partnership with Twitter, saying it plans to offer its followers chances to win free downloadable songs through the social media site starting Wednesday and that it will stream video of live concerts this summer. The No. 2 soda company says the first "pop-up" concert will be in late June. The company's Twitter followers will be able to influence aspects of the concerts, such as the set list, by tweeting the names of songs they want played. Pepsi was mum on which artists it has lined up for the concerts.

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‘Dogs’ bow fetches OK ratings for CBS

May 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: It trails Fox's 'Dance' in demos; NBC's hockey down

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General Motors expected to unveil marketing deal with Manchester United soccer club

General Motors expected to unveil marketing deal with Manchester United soccer club

May 31, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

DETROIT — General Motors is preparing to announce a marketing deal between Chevrolet and the Manchester United soccer club. A deal with Manchester United would be significant for Chevrolet. The club claims to be the most popular sports franchise in the world. Its fan base has doubled in the past five years to 659 million people — nearly one-tenth of the world’s population. GM wouldn’t give details about the announcement, but said it has scheduled a press conference with the United Kingdom-based soccer club on Thursday in Shanghai, the center of GM’s largest sales market. GM’s marketing chief also will announce a

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Zynga CEO Hints At Facebook Independence

Zynga CEO Hints At Facebook Independence

May 31, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (Dow Jones)--Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) Chief Executive Mark Pincus suggested Wednesday his social gaming firm is eyeing a number of potential gateways apart from Facebook Inc. (FB), which has seen its vaunted initial public offering go sideways in recent days. Zynga, of San Francisco, has disclosed in regulatory filings that for the quarter ended in March it made 92% of its revenue through Facebook, the social site that touts more than 900 million users. However, Zynga has made moves to gain some independence by offering games through its own online platform and via mobile phone applications. "There's nothing stopping us

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Big Data in NYC is all business, and that’s a good thing

Big Data in NYC is all business, and that’s a good thing

May 31, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

I’ve now attended two meetings of the NYC Data Business Meetup, a group that serves as a scale model for the wider Big Data phenomenon.  The group is run by Matt Turck and Shivon Zilis of Bloomberg Ventures, and that’s a good start right there.  Turck and Zilis are involved in the funding side financial technology and seem to have both the connections and good taste to pull in executives from some of the hottest Big Data startups.  And they do good venues too, having so far booked very nice rooms in the Midtown Manhattan headquarters of parent company Bloomberg

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We will vigorously defend our reputation.

May 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

… our firm does not discriminate on the basis of gender. – KPCB Partner John Doerr , on the company’s blog

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U.K. pol admits to Murdoch ties

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TV News: Jeremy Hunt gives evidence to media enquiry

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Piracy, Google and Facebook Crowdfunding: Ari Emanuel Lets Loose At D10 (Video)

May 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Separated by only a few hundred miles, Northern and Southern California still remain worlds apart. Viewers want a la carte content, and Silicon Valley has created easier ways to give it to them. But Hollywood still wants its money. Enter Ari Emanuel , one of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, who is just fine with Hollywood’s way of doing things but isn’t keen on any new tech that enables the dreaded “P” word (piracy). That’s especially with respect to Google, whose technology Emanuel thinks makes theft easier. As for Emanual changing his traditional notions of Hollywood funding, he seems open to new ideas. Most recently, he said he got his hands on a new film script for “Friday Night Lights” and found himself musing on funding options while visiting at Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg’s house. Possibilities included a Kickstarter-like crowdfunding initiative powered by Facebook “Likes,” or even Pinterest pinning actions. During his D10 interview with Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Emanuel demonstrated some relative restraint. But once the Q&A opened up, he let loose the notorious temper on which the popular “Entourage” character Ari Gold is based. After seeing him lambast The Verge’s Joshua Topolsky, I’m feeling thankful that Ari hasn’t opened up a Silicon Valley office. [ See post to watch video ] Full D10 Conference Coverage

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