Archive for June, 2012

Dish drops AMC Networks

June 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Battle seen as possible industry bellwether

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Eric Schmidt Backs #waywire, a Media Site for Teens That is Part-Twitter, Part-YouTube

June 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A new start-up coming out of stealth today — that is backed by big names, like Oprah Winfrey, LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, First Round capital and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors — hopes to create a new platform for the teens to share important and relevant information about their lives. Think of this as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook with a purpose. In other words, #waywire wants to be a media company where teens and young adults can share user-generated content can kick off a debate and spur discussion. “There’s a big void out there,” said #waywire’s Founder and CEO Nathan Richardson. “There’s a lot of people using social utilities to say things, but very few places are bringing context around it. Richardson said his company is targeting millennials — defined roughly as people who grew up completely wired, and don’t ever read news from a paper, make calls from a landline, or take pictures that require developing. “There’s an opportunity to give them the way to give them a place to upload user-generated content that matters to them and marry it with curated content to give context and then anchor with original content,” he added. One of those contributors will be Newark, N.J.’s Mayor Cory Booker, who, as odd as it sounds, is also one of the company’s founders

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Five Years of Walt Mossberg’s iPhone Reviews

June 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As the iPhone turns five years old today, here’s a look back at WSJ columnist Walt Mossberg’s reviews of each iPhone over the years. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Storm Knocks Out Amazon’s Power, Taking Down Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest

June 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A severe patch of storms that rumbled across the Eastern US — leaving nine people dead and millions without power — also disrupted an Amazon Web Services data center, affecting service for social media sites like Pinterest, Instagram, and Netflix which host their services at Amazon’s data centers. Netflix and Pinterest had recovered most of their service by this morning. The worst affected appeared to be Instagram — the Facebook-owned social photo-sharing service remained offline for many users as of this morning, and as of 11 AM Pacific Time, hadn’t updated users on its status since its initial service failure. Some users reported on Twitter that service had been restored for them, while others said it remained offline. We’re currently experiencing technical difficulties and we’re working to correct the issues. Thanks for your patience about 15 hours ago via Twitter for Mac Reply Retweet Favorite @InstagramHelp Instagram Support Everyone should be back up shortly, if you aren’t already. Thanks again for being patient. And awesome. about 10 hours ago via web Reply Retweet Favorite @netflix Netflix We’re back! Our team is continuing to work on some remaining issues that may impact performance. Thanks for your patience and happy pinning! about 12 hours ago via Mobile Web Reply Retweet Favorite @Pinterest Pinterest Amazon confirmed that the power outage had affected its services in a statement on its AWS status dashboard at 8:40 PM Pacific Time. While power was restored only nine minutes later, technicians worked through the night to bring servers and customer data back to normal. The outage affected its Elastic Cloud Compute, Relational Database and Elastic Beanstalk services. 8:40 PM PDT We can confirm that a large number of instances in a single Availability Zone have lost power due to electrical storms in the area. We are actively working to restore power, Amazon technicians worked through the night to restore services and to recover data from applications running when the storm hit. 8:49 PM PDT Power has been restored to the impacted Availability Zone and we are working to bring impacted instances and volumes back online

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RIM Tumbles 19 Percent on Cash Concerns

June 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Investors appear to be betting Research In Motion Ltd. won’t have enough financial firepower to successfully launch its new mobile operating system as a stand-alone company. The company’s shares fell 19 percent to $7.39 on Friday, driving the company’s market capitalization to $3.81 billion, less than 1/20th of its peak value in 2008. The selloff came a day after a series of ugly announcements that included a delay in the debut of its next BlackBerry phone, a larger-than-expected loss and as many as 5,000 layoffs. Read the rest of this post on the original site

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Elizabeth Mitchell joins ‘Revolution’

June 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: 'Lost' thesp signs on for NBC's futuristic drama

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Sim Blaustein, Principal, Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments

Sam Blaustein
June 30, 2012  |  TMA Speakers  |  No Comments

Sim Blaustein is a Principal at BDMI, where he focuses on eCommerce, social discovery and seed-stage investments.  Before joining BDMI he co-founded High Line Venture Partners, a seed-stage fund that led many successful investments including Pinterest, Makerbot, LollyWollyDoodle and Refinery29.  Prior to High Line, he was a Senior Director of Strategy and M&A at IAC, where he focused on the local and gaming sectors.  Sim began his career in VC at Gabriel Venture Partners in Silicon Valley, after several years in telecom startups.  He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan, a Bachelor of Engineering from Cooper Union, and is a

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New news network to launch online

June 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Digital Media: Eric Schmidt, Cory Booker among Waywire backers

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New news network to launch online

June 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Digital Media: Eric Schmidt, Cory Booker among Waywire backers

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Wagner to receive Deauville homage

June 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Deauville American Film Festival: Fest hosts Franco-American conference

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