Archive for August, 2012

Stand in the Place That You Work? (Comic)

August 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

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Judge’s Hearing Schedule Offends Apple’s Sense of Symmetry

August 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Judge Lucy Koh’s decision to schedule a hearing on Apple’s request for an injunction against at least eight Samsung devices on Dec. 6 , weeks after another hearing concerning Samsung’s request to lift a ban on U.S. sales of its Galaxy 10.1 Tab tablet, isn’t sitting well with Apple. In a Thursday legal filing, Apple argued that the hearing schedule as it stands now is “asymmetrical” and creates a “severe imbalance” by addressing Samsung’s request to toss the Galaxy 10.1 Tab ban before Apple’s request for a new injunction is heard. “If Apple’s request for injunctive relief is not heard until December 6 … Samsung’s request to dissolve the injunction should also be heard on December 6 in view of the overlap with the same motions,” Apple argued in its filing. “Apple’s request for injunctive relief is, if anything, more urgent than Samsung’s attempt to dissolve the injunction, and should not be resolved on a slower schedule than Samsung’s motion.” Samsung, in a dueling filing of its own, disputed Apple’s claim, arguing Apple has no legitimate grounds to push for a new schedule. “Apple seeks to disrupt the court’s carefully crafted orders for post-trial motions by delaying consideration of Samsung’s motion to dissolve the Galaxy Tab 10.1 preliminary injunction and placing it on the same schedule as Apple’s motion for a permanent injunction,” Samsung said in the filing. “Apple offers no legitimate grounds to delay consideration and resolution of Samsung’s dissolution motion. There is no ‘asymmetry’ that the Court needs to correct.” And on it goes. At this point, I think we could all use some injunctive relief.

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Univision Earns IAB’s QAG Certification

August 31, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Univision Interactive has been certified by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) as compliant with the Bureau's Quality Assurance Guidelines, meaning that all of Univision's partner group sites will carry the IAB seal. Many of the organizations certified by the IAB are digital-only—Google, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo—so the company's efforts to obtain the certification are likely indicative of future plans in the digital sphere, given that the company's core business remains broadcast television.

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Univision Earns IAB Certification

August 31, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Univision Interactive has been certified by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB), meaning that all of Univision's partner group sites will carry the IAB's seal. Many of the organizations certified by the IAB are digital-only—Google, Microsoft, AOL, Yahoo—so the company's efforts to obtain the certification are likely indicative of future plans in the digital sphere, given that the company's core business remains broadcast television.

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Big Fish’s Cloud Gaming Service Expands to Google Play

August 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Big Fish Games, which launched its streaming game service in July for the PC, is now available for Android tablets on Google Play. Now games can be played across both the PC and tablets without losing any progress. As previously announced , monthly subscriptions cost $7.99 for unlimited access to more than 100 games; players can play a smaller catalog for free.

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WB to release third ‘Hobbit’ July 18, 2014

August 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Second 'Hobbit' pic now titled 'The Desolation of Smaug'

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Gucci Award for Women honors Schoonmaker

August 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: She nabs prize for editing Scorsese's 'Hugo'

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FCC Set to Decide on Program Access Rule

August 31, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Programming lineups at most cable and satellite systems look alike, carrying the same networks and channels, with only a few exceptions. That could be about to change. When the Federal Communications Commissions returns from the long Labor Day weekend, it will have a month to decide whether or not it wants to retire a 20-year rule that requires cable companies that own programming, like Comcast or Cablevision, to make their programming available to their competitors at reasonable terms. The rule, called the program access rule, was part of the Cable Act of 1992. Without it, DirecTV and Dish may have never gotten off the ground, let alone newer entrants AT&T and Verizon. The FCC has already renewed the rule twice, once in 2002 for five years and the second time in 2007 for another five. The deadline to extend, retire or modify it is Oct. 5. If the FCC does nothing, the rule goes away, leaving cable companies free to cut exclusive programming deals for their networks or to deny the programming to other distributors all together. Programming that could be at risk of disappearing from cable systems, satellite services or the telco TV services (AT&T and Verizon) that don't own the programming or aren't willing to pony up whatever fees the owners ask, could be Comcast-owned SportsNet, MSNBC, CNBC or Cablevision's MSG. It's easy to see how having exclusive programming translates into a competitive advantage for the cable company pitching exclusive sports networks to the consumer, especially the avid sports fan that can't live without Knicks or Rangers games who would select a pay TV distributor based on sports. The debate over the rule pits big cable up against smaller cable systems.

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Animation Guild ratifies three-year AMPTP pact

August 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: Vote in 87% favor of new deal

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del.icio.us founder's Tasty Labs launches Human.io micro-task platform

del.icio.us founder’s Tasty Labs launches Human.io micro-task platform

August 31, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Joshua Schachter, who in a past life founded the social-bookmarking service delicious and sold it to Yahoo, has released Human.io, the newest offering from his startup, Tasty Labs. Last year, Tasty Labs launched Jig.com, a “market place for things people need.” What is Human.io? To me it appears to be a micro-task platform that uses mobile devices as a way to distribute and aggregate tasks. Schacter defines it as a platform for doing micro-tasks. In a blog post announcing the launch he writes: Human.io provides a simple way to allow a publisher to turn a passive audience into a mobile army of

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