Archive for June, 2012

Waintrop re-upped at Directors’ Fortnight

June 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Cannes News: Renewal rolls off 2012 success

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‘Ted’ on top at Friday B.O. with $20.2 mil

June 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Box Office News: 'Magic Mike' finishes a close second with $19.4 mil; 'Ted' expected to win weekend

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Twitter Cuts Off LinkedIn — Who’s Next?

June 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Throughout Twitter’s infancy, the company had a loose philosophy toward its APIs. In the quest for a user base, developers were welcome to do much anything they wanted in integrating with Twitter, which often mean creating spin-offs that muddied Twitter’s original intended experience. Six years later, Twitter has grown up. And as the 140-million-plus user service continues to expand to reach main stream audiences, Twitter knows it needs to assert and define itself more than ever. Which is why when it was announced on Friday that Twitter had ended its tweet syndication partnership with LinkedIn, it signaled Twitter’s continued shift towards controlling the way users experience their tweets. Previously, LinkedIn had a deal with Twitter which allowed for syndication of users tweets inside of LinkedIn’s flowing user activity stream. As a result of that syndication, much of the recently added tweet features — expandable tweets, threaded conversations, and the like — weren’t showing up on users’ LinkedIn pages. “Ultimately, we want to make sure that the Twitter experience is straightforward and easy to understand,” wrote Twitter consumer product lead Michael Sippey in a company blog post, “whether you’re on Twitter.com or elsewhere on the web.” I’ve heard from several sources that while ending the LinkedIn deal was big, more of the same is coming. Twitter Product Manager Sippey’s blog post, which went up just minutes before LinkedIn’s, contained some especially strong wording, a harbinger of what’s to come for other developers: “…we’ve already begun to more thoroughly enforce our Developer Rules of the Road with partners, for example with branding, and in the coming weeks, we will be introducing stricter guidelines around how the Twitter API is used,” Sippey wrote.

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Microsoft’s Top Liason to PC Makers to Leave Post

June 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The head of Microsoft’s unit responsible for interactions with PC makers is shifting jobs. Steve Guggenheimer, a longtime Microsoft veteran, will move to a new, unspecified role at the company. Bloomberg quotes a Microsoft spokesman as saying that Guggenheimer would take a sabbatical before taking on the new role. The move comes just days after Microsoft introduced the Surface tablet, its first effort to compete with its computer maker partners in the market for Windows computers. A version of the Surface running chips from Nvidia is due to ship around the same time that computer makers release their own Windows 8 machines. Computer makers are said to have been given only a very limited heads-up on what Microsoft was planning and sources say many companies are unhappy to find themselves competing against their software provider in the tablet market–one they had hoped would provide a new growth opportunity. Microsoft said in a statement that the leadership change was “as a result of long term planning” and designed to coincide with July 1, the start of Microsoft’s new fiscal year

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RIM May Not Survive, but Its Founders’ Non-Profit Side Projects Will

June 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

About four years ago I visited Waterloo, Canada. The main purpose of the trip was to visit the headquarters of Research In Motion, the now-floundering maker of the BlackBerry line of smartphones. RIM was at that point at the zenith of its power. Its share price earlier that summer had hit a historic peak of $144.56 — or about 19 times the price it was trading at today — that it would never see again. Apple’s iPhone had been on the market for a little more than a year, and Google’s Android was barely on the scene. RIM’s co-CEOs, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, both of whom I interviewed, seemed in utter denial to the threat the iPhone and Android so clearly represented, even then. With the shares trading at $7.39 as of the close of market today, the devastating slide in RIM’s share price has done incredible damage to the personal fortunes of the two founders: As of April, Lazaridis and Balsillie together still owned nearly 11 percent of the outstanding shares of RIM. As of today’s closing share price, the paper fortunes of RIM’s two founders, once about $4 billion each, has declined to $219.2 million for Lazaridis and $198.8 million for Balsillie, according to Canadian regulatory filings. So it goes. RIM’s survival as a going concern is now officially in doubt . Investors now value the company as being worth less than $4 billion, and of that more than half is its $2.2 billion in cash. With operating expenses at their current level running at about $307 million per month, RIM has enough cash on hand to fund operations for another seven months or so. The company will be firing people and restructuring its operations to lower those costs and buy time. But time is not on its side . Its options are dwindling and it will either end up in the hands of another company, be chopped up into pieces in a bankruptcy proceeding, or cease to exist

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Skype’s Tony Bates Talks About Talking Online: The Full D10 Interview

June 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

When Microsoft bought the global Internet communications company Skype for $8.5 billion eight months ago, there was some worry about it being well integrated into the software giant. But, as Tony Bates — the former Skype CEO who now runs the Microsoft division — said onstage at the 10th D: All Things Digital conference, the service now has 250 million monthly connected users, up from 170 million then. Among the many topics he covered in this interview with me — mobile efforts with Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, prospects for video and, of course, how integration is going with Microsoft’s slew of products, such as Windows 8 and its mobile platform. “We’re on that journey,” he said. “You’ll have to wait and see.” Until then, here is the full video of the interview at D10 :

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Apple Wins Order Barring Sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus Phone

June 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In another major patent victory on Friday, Apple won an order barring the Galaxy Nexus, a phone designed by Google and manufactured by Samsung. U.S. District Court Judge Lucy Koh ruled that Apple is likely to be able to prove at trial that the Galaxy Nexus infringes on four Apple patents, though the injunction is based specifically on one particular patent, the so-called ’604 patent , which covers core voice and search functionality. The ruling was issued minutes ago by Koh in San Jose. The injunction becomes effective as soon as Apple posts a $95.6 million bond securing against the damages Samsung would incur if the injunction were found to have been wrongfully issued. Koh’s ruling prevents Samsung from selling the Galaxy Nexus or any other product that is “no more than colorably different” and infringes on the Apple patent in question. However, Koh set a hearing for Monday morning to decide whether to put the injunction on hold pending an appeal by Samsung. It follows an order by Koh earlier this week that would halt sales of another Samsung product, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 . The Galaxy Nexus is strategically important to Google as its lead device for Ice Cream Sandwich and for being the phone given to I/O developers this week to test out Jelly Bean, the next version of Android. Google said that the Galaxy Nexus would be among the first devices to receive the final release of Jelly Bean. Asked for comment, Apple reiterated a past statement

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FTC Requests Documents From Google in Probe Over Motorola Patents

June 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Google is now the target of a probe by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, investigating whether its Motorola unit has been abusive in enforcing its standards-essential patents. Sources say that the FTC served Google with a civil investigative demand. “We take our commitments to license on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms very seriously and are happy to answer any questions,” Google said. Bloomberg reported on the FTC inquiry earlier on Friday. Microsoft and Apple have both criticized Motorola’s handling of patents that are used in various wireless standards.

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HTC One V Lands at Virgin Mobile

June 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The iPhone 4 goes on sale today at Virgin Mobile, but if you’re more of an Android guy or gal or just can’t afford the iPhone’s $550 to $650 price tag, the carrier has another option for you. The HTC One V is available now from Virgin Mobile for $199.99 without a contract. First introduced at Mobile World Congress, the One V is more of an entry-level smartphone and features a 3.7-inch touchscreen, a five-megapixel camera and 3G and Wi-Fi for connectivity options. The handset is running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, along with HTC’s Sense user interface. Included in the software is 25 gigabytes of free storage for two years on cloud-based service Dropbox. In addition to Virgin Mobile stores, the One V will be available at Best Buy, RadioShack and Walmart in July and August. Virgin Mobile’s voice and data plans start at $35 per month for 300 anytime minutes and unlimited messaging and data.

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By the Big Numbers: The Apple iPhone, Five Years Later (Infographic)

June 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

It’s been five years since fans first lined up for iPhones at Apple Stores across the country. In its short life, the smartphone and its mobile operating system have grown so far, so fast that it’s easy to lose track of it all. So here’s a look back at the past and present of the iPhone, in numbers:

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