Archive for November, 2012

How T-Mobile Has Been Getting Itself Ready for the IPhone

November 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

T-Mobile USA has long been on the sidelines of the iPhone revolution, but the carrier is working hard to change that. Until very recently, T-Mobile had very little shot at being able to carry the iPhone. Although it uses the same type of network technology as AT&T, it uses a different band of spectrum for its higher-speed data network. That has meant that one of two things would have had to happen in order for there to be a T-Mobile-capable iPhone. Either Apple would have to build in support for T-Mobile’s unique spectrum band, or else T-Mobile would have to rework its entire network to carry data over a more iPhone-friendly piece of spectrum. For much of the past year, T-Mobile has been doing the latter Several cities are already up and running , with T-Mobile promising even more progress by the end of the year. Merrill Lynch said this week that the T-Mobile will be taking things a whole lot further with plans to finally start selling the Apple phone. Without the iPhone, T-Mobile has been bleeding contract customers. In the past two years, not only have Verizon and Sprint started carrying the iPhone, but also a variety of regional and prepaid carriers, as well, leaving T-Mobile (and merger partner MetroPCS) among the few major carriers without an iPhone to sell.

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‘Dead Ones’ lively at Macondo kudos

November 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Film News: Colombians heap trophies on Sundance hit

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The Art and Science of How Techmeme Curates News

The Art and Science of How Techmeme Curates News

November 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

hroughout the discussion about Techmeme at Content Conversations in New York this week, the relationship between algorithms and human curators when it comes to publishing stories was a constant theme. How do they intersect? What happens when they overlap? Wednesday’s Outbrain-hosted meet-up, “Is Curation an Art or a Science? A Discussion with Techmeme’s Gabe Rivera,” was co-sponsored by Outbrain and Contently. Rivera, founder and CEO of the seven-year-old technology-news aggregator, spent much of his time answering questions about the decision-making and inner workings of his business, but almost every path led back to the question: Is Techmeme weighted toward automation or is it

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The new YouTube app: way better than the one Apple kicked off the iPhone

The new YouTube app: way better than the one Apple kicked off the iPhone

November 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

I love YouTube—everything about it. So I am bound to praise the YouTube app for iPhone and iPad, which was updated last month. And I will praise it without reservation. The YouTube app looks nifty, steers like a BMW, has swift navigation and lavish sharing features. But most of all I’ll praise it because the YouTube app is YouTube. YouTube is a Fort Knox of digital video: It seems clear by now that no company will match YouTube’s staggeringly successful combo of invaluable content and impeccable code. It’s a massive public service—and ad-supported, so free to users. Seventy-two hours of video

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The Unlocked iPhone 5 Hits The Apple Store

November 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Contract-haters rejoice. The unlocked version of Apple’s iPhone 5 is finally available in the U.S. On Thursday evening Apple quietly updated its online store to offer an unlocked GSM version of its latest iPhone, untethered from any carrier and contract. But the device comes at a significant additional cost. Without a carrier subsidy to lower it, the unlocked iPhone 5′s price ranges from $649 for 16GB of storage to $849 for 64GB. Quite a bit more than the device’s subsidized pricing which starts at $199 for an entry-level model and tops out at $399. But that’s the price of flexibility. The unlocked iPhone 5 supports any GSM network in the U.S. — AT&T and T-Mobile, for example — but not CDMA networks like those run by Verizon and Sprint. It’s not clear when the unlocked iPhone 5 will be available for purchase in Apple’s retail stores, though 9to5Mac reports that some locations have been receiving inventory.

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Information Diet: Ana Gasteyer

November 30, 2012  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Age 45 Accomplishments Stars on ABC’s Suburgatory ; Saturday Night Live cast member from 1996 to 2002 (famous characters included Martha Stewart and Celine Dion) Base New York and Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? If I’m in L.A., I read my texts, then my email, then my mentions and interactions on Twitter, then a search for #Suburgatory, then I do a meditation on selflessness and get out of bed. If I’m in Brooklyn, I look out the window at the weather on the giant clock on the Jehovah’s Witness’ Watchtower building. What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table? My children. What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus? The many moving parts of my family’s calendar. I use Google calendars and iCal, and BusyCal to manage both.

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BBC greenlights Nicholls’ ’7.39′

November 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: 'Jonathan Strange,' Whithouse's 'Game' get go-ahead

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BBC greenlights Nicholls’ ’7.39′

November 30, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

International News: 'Jonathan Strange,' Whithouse's 'Game' get go-ahead

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I, Editor

November 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

There’s value in being divorced from your friends … I’d rather see what’s on the front of the New York Times. – Techmeme founder Gabe Rivera on the value of human editing and curation

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Facebook Is Quietly Making a Killing With Ads That Pursue You

Facebook Is Quietly Making a Killing With Ads That Pursue You

November 30, 2012  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Wall Street wants Facebook to find a new source of aggressive growth, and the social network appears to have done just that — with ads that follow you from site to site and remember you for lengthy periods of time. Facebook publicly launched its Facebook Exchange ad-bidding network less than three months ago and has been testing it only since June. But the system is already shaking up the ad business, say partners who have been on the exchange since the beginning, delivering a huge volume of users with a strong propensity to click on ads and helping advertisers follow those

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