Archive for July, 2012

Castillo’s ‘Thursday’ wins New Horizons

July 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Fipresci fetes 'Neighboring Sounds'

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Key Witness No Longer Works At Apple, Doesn’t Want to Testify at Samsung Trial

July 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Shin Nishibori, the Apple designer whose Sony-infused iPhone designs have become a central issue in the Samsung patent case, apparently has no plans to testify in the upcoming trial. In a letter to the court on Sunday, a lawyer representing Nishibori said that his client has no plans to appear at the trial, which begins Monday in San Jose. The lawyer said Nishibori no longer works at Apple and is in Hawaii “trying to recover from several health issues.” Nishibori’s LinkedIn page has also been updated to reflect the fact he no longer works at Apple. Apple is listed among Nishibori’s past employers, with his resume reflecting the fact he left Apple sometime this month, following a 10 year career there. It was Nishibori who created a series of designs in 2006 that show what a Sony-like iPhone might look like, allegedly at the direction of Apple design chief Jony Ive. Samsung has argued that Nishibori’s designs show that Sony influenced the iPhone design that Samsung is accused of copying. Apple has both denied the charge and argued the designs should be inadmissible , while Samsung has been seeking the court to allow them. Both sides have continued to file briefs on the issue, with the latest round being filed on Sunday. Nishibori has been listed as among the witnesses Samsung is seeking to call. It’s not the first time that Samsung has struggled to get a hold of Nishibori. The company has argued in court papers that Apple would not make Nishibori available for months, noting he was on a leave of absence

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In Week Two, Marissa Mayer Googifies Yahoo: Free Food! Friday Afternoon All-Hands! New Work Spaces! Fab Swag!

July 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer’s second week is showing even more signs of what the company will be like under her regime. In short: It will be just like Google, from whence she came. Praise be: Yahoogle lives! Wasting little time, Mayer has added a weekly Friday afternoon all-hands meeting, which kicked off this past week at the company’s Sunnyvale HQ. Just like it has been done at the search giant for eons. And, at the 4:30 pm PT confab, she announced — to the shock of some bean counters at Yahoo, worried about the cost, but to the thrill of hungry engineers — that henceforth the food in Yahoo’s URLs Cafe — but only in Silicon Valley for now — will be free. Just like it has been done at Google for eons. (Until now, only the coffee-bar drinks for Yahoos have been paid for by co-founders Jerry Yang and David Filo.) And, several sources note, Mayer is also prepping major changes to the layout of the work spaces and buildings of Yahoo to make it feel more collaborative and cool, as well as upgrading swag in its stores. Just like, well , you get the idea. (Can someone let me know when the cute beach bikes and Segways arrive? Or if purple exercise balls start to pop up everywhere like kudzu?) Such focus on improving cultural issues is an interesting initial move by the neophyte CEO, since the care and feeding and, most of all, cosseting of employees has been a critical element to Google’s success at creating an always sunny work environment. Yahoo has been anything but blue skies over the last few years for staffers, who have been hit by layoffs, ugly management shakeouts and ever-declining business prospects. In fact, as the classic Creedence Clearwater Revival song goes, in what has been Yahoo’s theme music for far too long: Long as I remember the rain been coming down/Clouds of myst’ry pouring confusion on the ground/Good men through the ages, trying to find the sun/And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain.

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When Two Phones Are Better

July 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As Mary Alice Stephenson bounces between her two smartphones, sending emails with one and tweeting photos with the other, it often leads her to wonder: “Why can’t the iPhone and the BlackBerry have a baby?” Ms. Stephenson, a style and fashion consultant in New York, has tried using each phone alone. She liked the ease of typing on the BlackBerry’s keyboard, and she also liked the photo-sharing tools on the all touch-screen iPhone. A few months ago, she ditched her BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone but quickly became frustrated with the touch-screen keyboard and its autocorrect function. So, despite the hassle, she now always carries both. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Eklund buzzes to ‘Hive’

July 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Thesp joins Berry, Breslin in thriller

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Eklund buzzes to ‘Hive’

July 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Thesp joins Berry, Breslin in thriller

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Eklund buzzes to ‘Hive’

July 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Thesp joins Berry, Breslin in thriller

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Eklund buzzes to ‘Hive’

July 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Thesp joins Berry, Breslin in thriller

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Digital drives uptick in homevid biz

July 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Digital Media: Electronic sales, kiosk usage gain popularity

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Durban film fest loves ‘Amour’

July 29, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: Haneke's Cannes winner nabs best film

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