Archive for May, 2012

Amazon fights multi-front war

May 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Technology News: No longer just a retailer, giant faces rivals in entertainment space

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Oracle’s Larry Ellison and Pixar’s Ed Catmull on Their Friend, Steve Jobs (Video)

May 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple CEO Steve Jobs appeared on the D stage six times before he passed away last October, leaving behind a storied legacy that plenty of memorials have explored and summarized but few have truly managed to capture. Not an easy task, but certainly quite a bit simpler for those who knew him well. And at D10 , we were lucky enough to have two of them. During a wide-ranging discussion with Walt Mossberg today, Jobs’s longtime friends — Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and Ed Catmull, president and co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Walt Disney Animation Studio — discussed Jobs’s life and his impact: [ See post to watch video ]

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Jeff Weiner and Reid Hoffman Speak off the Cuff at D10

May 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

AllThingsD ’s Katie Boehret grabbed a minute with the LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner and CEO Reid Hoffman after they left the D10 stage. [ See post to watch video ]

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LinkedIn Execs Discuss Being the Entrepreneur of Your Own Life at D10 (Video)

May 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Reid Hoffman said people benefit from using LinkedIn three ways: It allows them to be “the entrepreneur of their own life,” “the CEO of their own career,” and “to be in the business of yourself.” While those are all roughly the same thing, he was clear about what LinkedIn is not — it is not Facebook for professionals. That’s because LinkedIn came first. “We started before Facebook, so no,” said Hoffman, the co-founder and executive of what might just be the most even-keeled consumer Internet company  right now. Here’s highlights from Hoffman’s and LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner appearance at D10 . The two executives covered a wide range of timely topics from career advancement in a down economy to how the company’s IPO fared compared to Groupon, Facebook and Zynga. [ See post to watch video ]

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CBS Halfway to a Super Bowl Sellout

May 30, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

General Motors may have motored away from its traditional Super Bowl advertising commitments, but the loss of the auto giant hasn’t had a material impact on CBS. According to CBS Corp. chief financial officer Joseph

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A VOD bite of B.O.?

May 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Dimension sequel set for limited release, VOD on Friday

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Henry Denker dies at 99

May 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit News: Novelist also wrote for Broadway, TV, film

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‘Casa’ maker folds tent on production

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Film News: Nala Films shutters arm, cites drain of overhead costs

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Otoy Takes Movie Production to the Cloud

May 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

If you have dreams of creating the next Hollywood blockbuster but don’t have the budget of a big movie studio, a company called Otoy wants to help. At the D10 conference today, the Los Angeles-based software provider demoed its cloud-based 3D rendering service called Octane Reader, which aims to bring cinema rendering power to any laptop or tablet and at a fraction of the cost. “What we’re offering lets you render at a higher quality than ILM [Industrial Light & Magic] and other high visual effects studios,” said Jules Urbach, co-founder and CEO of Otoy. Rendering is the process of creating photo-realistic images, such as buildings and animated characters, on a computer using effects like lighting, shadows, texture and then bring that to film. The process can take a lot of time and power, not to mention money, so if you don’t work for a film company, creating the next “Transformers” or “The Avengers” can be challenging. That’s where Octane Reader comes in. The service allows you to use your own computer or tablet to work on rendering but moves the processor-intensive task to its servers, which are equipped with powerful graphic chips. To demonstrate this, Otoy showed at D10 how it created “Transformers” characters for a TV commercial using just an iPad and Octane Reader. Another advantage of Octane Reader is that you will be able to see any modifications you make in real time, whereas the traditional rendering process can take hours. “Not only is our software cheaper and more efficient, it gives filmmakers more creativity because you’re able to see things instantaneously, so if an artist doesn’t like the lighting or material, you can change it and get instantaneous feedback,” said Alissa Grainger, co-founder and president of Otoy. Octane Reader has been in development for three years and in beta, or testing mode, for the past 18 months, with about 10,000 users. Otoy will open up the service to everyone later this summer, but the company did not reveal pricing at this time. It did say, however, the cost would be “minimal.” Otoy was founded in 2008 by Urbach, Grainger and Malcolm Taylor. In addition to Octane Reader, the company offers a game streaming service that competes with OnLive and Gaikai . Otoy investors include technology writer and host of the Gilder Telecosm Forum George Gilder and capital management firm Taylor Frigon.

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Grauman’s sets Marilyn Monroe festival

May 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Seven day event kicks off Friday

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