Archive for October, 2012

The Police Cost Of Facebook And Twitter

The Police Cost Of Facebook And Twitter

October 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Surprising figures from the UK on the number of people who are being arrested for sending offensive messages or threats over Facebook and Twitter. Would you believe three a day, each and every day? New figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday show that at least three arrests are being made every day for sending offensive messages via phones and computers, including people harassing ex-partners by text message and making hoax threats as well as comments on social media. And that is only the number that lead to arrests. There’s a vastly greater number of complaints made all of which have to

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Gadget-Case Maker Targus Acquires Sena Cases

October 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Laptop-case maker Targus just got a bit fancier. Targus, the Anaheim, Calif.-based company known for its laptop and tablet cases, has acquired Sena Cases, another Southern California company that makes premium phone cases. One of Sena’s leather iPhone 4/4S cases. The 30-year-old company announced today that it had bought Sena for an undisclosed amount. A spokesman for Targus said that Sena would continue to operate under its own brand name, and that Sena’s co-CEOs, brothers Ramsey and Fevzi Oten, will continue to lead the company. For Targus, buying Sena (pronounced “Senna”) helps the company expand into the the phone accessory market, specifically high-quality cases. Until now, Targus has mainly focused on laptop and, more recently, tablet bags. Thirteen-year old Sena Cases, on the other hand, makes fine leather and luxury smartphone cases (like the one I mention in this wallet-case roundup ). Last month, Targus made its own foray into phone accessories, with three different styles of cases for iPhone 5.

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Sky Italia to adapt ‘In Treatment’

October 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

TV News: Saverio Costanzo helms; Sergio Castellitto toplines

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The Spot: TV’s Best Friend

October 30, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

IDEA : Cookies and milk. A prom queen and her limo. A slow-running teenager and a horror-movie monster. Some things were meant to be together. You can add Zeebox and your TV to that list, says a new campaign from Mother for the second-screen app, which is jumping from the U.K. to the U.S. via partnerships with NBC and Comcast (and soon HBO, Cinemax and Viacom). Rather than squeeze in product demos, agency and client figured the entertainment app deserved ads that were themselves entertaining. Six new spots, each cut into 15-, 20- and 30-second executions, present Zeebox simply as something that makes TV more awesome than it already is— through amusing metaphors showing other great partnerships, from the familiar to the obscure. "We were given a lot of creative license to express this idea that with TV plus Zeebox, one plus one equals three. When they come together, something even more magical happens," said agency mother (aka account leader) Krystle Loyland. The ads are pretty magical, too— quirky, witty, sure-footed, and destined to be cult favorites.

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HP’s New Printers: A Big Launch for the Battered Company

October 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to unveil a new line of printers for businesses Tuesday, one of the first fruits of Chief Executive Meg Whitman’s efforts to invest more in research and development as she tries to turn around the struggling technology company. The printers, so-called multifunction machines that combine standard printers with scanners and software to manage electronic documents, are among the fastest-growing segment in the printing industry. But H-P, the world’s largest printer maker by units, has just a middling share of the multifunction printer market — less than 12 percent of such laser color printers by its own estimate. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Andreessen-Backed Start-Up ItsOn Raises $15 Million to Help Make Mobile Service More Flexible

October 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Just recently, major carriers such as Verizon and AT&T started allowing customers to share a pool of data among several devices. But that’s just the start of how flexible cellular options could be. “Most people don’t use the majority of the service they purchase,” says ItsOn CEO Greg Raleigh. Imagine a world where one could buy a day of streaming video, or a week’s worth of Facebook. ItsOn says its technology — which requires special software on a smartphone — can do that and more. However, ItsOn doesn’t plan to reveal exactly the kinds of service options it will power until it is ready to launch commercially with carriers next year. ItsOn is announcing on Monday that it has raised a further $15.5 million from backers, including Andreessen Horowitz, Silver Lake AG Fund and SV Angel. “We like the big challenges and this is definitely a big challenge and a big opportunity,” Andreessen Horowitz general partner Marc Andreessen told AllThingsD . Andreessen notes that carriers have had to spend a fortune on capacity to meet growing data demand, but still don’t have all of the commercial options they need to profitably deliver that service without overcharging the average user. “Today,” he said, “a large number [of customers] who don’t use much data are subsidizing a small number of people who use a ton of data.” Technology such as ItsOn’s also opens up the ability for sponsors to pay for specific types of data use. A commerce company like eBay or Amazon might happily pay for high-speed access for those browsing the virtual shopping aisles. Indeed, eBay already does something similar for inflight Wi-Fi access on Virgin America

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Twitter isn't a tool for groupthink

Twitter isn’t a tool for groupthink

October 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Is Twitter forcing journalists to march in mindless lockstep? On the surface, the notion seems absurd. Media folks may hang out on Twitter as the new cool-kids' club, but isn't the point to broadcast your own brand? Why would anyone in the news racket want to echo what the rest of the gang is saying? Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank conjured up the thesis after seeing hordes of colleagues tweeting away at a presidential debate. It is on all those laptop screens, he says, that "the conventional wisdom gels -- and subsequent tweets, except those from the most hardened partisans, increasingly reflect

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In Any Language, Content is Still King: New Survey Finds Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanics Interested in More Spanish-language Digital Content

In Any Language, Content is Still King: New Survey Finds Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanics Interested in More Spanish-language Digital Content

October 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Hispanic consumers in the U.S. spent more than five hours a month per person watching video on a mobile phone during the first quarter of 2012, a 22 percent increase in usage over a year ago, according to Nielsen’s Cross-Platform Report. With video now available across a variety of devices, it’s to be expected that Hispanic consumers want more content options, a topic explored in a recent Nielsen consumer study commissioned by Univision. When it comes to digital video—specifically content viewed through a subscription service such as Netflix, an ad-supported service like Hulu Plus, or purchased individually through a service

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Social TV and second-screen viewing: the stats in 2012

Social TV and second-screen viewing: the stats in 2012

October 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

In 2012, a lot of people are using smartphones, tablets and/or laptops while watching TV. But how many, what are they doing, and what might it mean for the TV industry? It's a question being chewed over at pretty much every industry conference, and there is no shortage of research companies conducting surveys to try to help them understand viewer habits, and respond accordingly. I thought it might be a good time to round up some of the latest studies, all from 2012, and draw a few conclusions. Starting with the latter: Somewhere between 75% and 85% of TV viewers use other devices

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Ruhl snags U.K. award

October 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Top News: Regional 'Vibrator' takes play honor

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