Archive for August, 2012

Rondor, UMPG to oversee Billy Joel catalog

August 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Music News: Singer-songwriter signs worldwide publishing agreement

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Amazon Stops Selling the Kindle Fire (For a Week)

August 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Via a press release, Amazon announces that its Kindle Fire is “sold out.” And, sure enough, if you head to the shopping giant’s site , you can no longer place a direct order for the media tablet. Good thing Jeff Bezos and company have an event scheduled for next week, where they’ll be introducing at least one successor to the Fire . Amazon says the original Fire has “captured 22 percent of tablet sales in the U.S.,” but doesn’t cite the data source for that one. Wonder what Apple and Google have to say about that. For giggles, here’s the complete text: Kindle Fire—The #1 Best-selling Product on Amazon Since Launch—Now Sold Out In just 9 months, Kindle Fire captures 22% of U.S. tablet sales 10 of the top 10 best-selling items on Amazon since Kindle Fire launched are Kindle devices and content SEATTLE—August 30, 2012—(NASDAQ: AMZN)—Less than one year ago, Amazon introduced Kindle Fire —combining 15 years of innovation into a single, fully-integrated, end-to-end service for customers. Kindle Fire quickly became the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon.com, earning over 10,000 5-star customer reviews, and is the #1 best-selling product across the millions of items available on Amazon since its introduction 48 weeks ago. Today, Amazon announced that Kindle Fire is sold out, and that in just nine months, Kindle Fire has captured 22% of tablet sales in the U.S. “We’re grateful to the millions of customers who have made Kindle Fire the most successful product launch in the history of Amazon,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “This has been a big year for digital products on Amazon—all of the top 10 sellers on Amazon.com since Kindle Fire launched just less than a year ago are digital products. Kindle Fire is sold out, but we have an exciting roadmap ahead—we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.” Kindle Fire offers customers a vast selection of digital content—over 22 million movies, TV shows, apps, games, books, magazines and more—in one seamless, end-to-end experience, making it easy for customers to browse, discover and purchase. Since Kindle Fire launched last September, all of the top 10 products on Amazon—across all products—are digital products.

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Twitter Makes Clear Who’s in the Popular Club, Announces ‘Twitter Certified Products’

Twitter Makes Clear Who’s in the Popular Club, Announces ‘Twitter Certified Products’

August 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

After making the rounds on its whirlwind tour of alienating everyone–by revoking API rights from products and developers left and right–Twitter would now like to tell you who is cool enough to meet its exacting standards. Today, the company launched “Twitter Certified Products,” tools and platforms for the microblogging service that it has deigned to approve of. Think Dick Costolo gave the CEOs of these companies BFF bracelets? According to the Twitter blog: Today we are launching the Twitter Certified Products Program to bring some of the most innovative products and services from Twitter developers to businesses and organizations that need them

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Apps Dominate Mobile Time Spent Accessing Travel in U.S.

Apps Dominate Mobile Time Spent Accessing Travel in U.S.

August 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

As the summer travel season comes to a close, Nielsen looked at the usage of travel-related mobile apps and websites during June 2012. Findings showed that U.S. Android and iOS users spent 95 percent of their time accessing travel information from travel apps, versus only 5 percent from the mobile Web. This discrepancy was largely driven by Google Maps—the top Travel category app and mobile website during June—which accounted for 78 percent of all mobile time spent on Travel. Americans’ decision on whether to open an app or their mobile Web browser depends on the type of travel information they seek.

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5 startups that stood out at Excelerate's demo day

5 startups that stood out at Excelerate’s demo day

August 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Chicago’s Excelerate Labs held its annual demo day on Wednesday, trotting out the 10 fledgling companies that underwent its intensive accelerator program this summer. At the end of that program come $50,000 grants from Chicago’s New World Ventures as well as the chance to pitch their companies for 200 angel and early-stage venture capital investors from both the Midwest and other regions of the country. While Excelerate focuses on Chicago-based startups this particular class had a much broader background with entrepreneurs temporarily relocating to the windy city from as far away from India and France. The graduates also spanned every corner

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AT&T U-verse brings Facebook to your TV screen

AT&T U-verse brings Facebook to your TV screen

August 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

AT&T has released a Facebook app for its U-verse service, allowing subscribers to access to the social network on their TVs. The app lets you do pretty much everything you can do on Facebook (browse your news feed, post status updates, check out friends' profiles and photos), on your TV, and you can also share what shows you're watching. Just last month AT&T updated its U-verse app for the iPhone and iPad with social network integration and other features, so it's clear the company is pushing social integration with its U-verse service. What's not entirely clear is why someone would

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Pandora Mobile Revenue Outpaces Overall Growth, Yet Losses Grow

Pandora Mobile Revenue Outpaces Overall Growth, Yet Losses Grow

August 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Pandora Media grew its revenue 52% to $89.4 million in its fiscal quarter ended July 31 while increasing mobile revenue 85% to $59.2 million. Total revenue for the first six months of the company's fiscal year was $182 million with $160 million coming from advertising and $22 million coming from paid subscriptions. The company posted a slight loss of $5.4 million for the quarter and $25.6 million in the first six months of its fiscal year. It posted a net loss of $3.7 million in the same period a year ago. Content acquisition costs continued to drag on Pandora's earnings but improved

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Ultrabooks Still Racking Up Infra Sales

August 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Intel Ultrabooks have been on the market now for nearly a year, but they haven’t made much headway toward mass-market acceptance. According to new research from Barclays, Ultrabooks accounted for only about 5 percent of all laptops sold in the second quarter. That’s not even half of what the PC manufacturers who make them had been expecting. Clearly Intel’s Ultrabook concept, which was supposed to prop up the PC market and win over consumers to whom Apple’s MacBook Air and iPad appeal, isn’t gaining quite the sort of traction the chip giant had hoped for. And that traction isn’t likely show up until PC manufacturers are able to lower their prices. According to Sterne Agee analyst Vijay Rakesh, 75 percent of the Ultrabooks currently available at Best Buy cost more than $950. Of those, a number command prices of over $1300. Those are heady prices, and they have been putting consumers off. Said Rakesh, “We believe overall the high price points continue to be a challenge for the PC manufacturers and also consumers. This has held back [Ultrabook penetration], well below the expectations of the PC market.” Of course this could all change in the months ahead

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National books Lithgow

August 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit News: Actor joins winter slate of London theater

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National books Lithgow

August 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Legit News: Actor joins winter slate of London theater

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