Archive for December, 2012

Academy extends noms deadline to Jan. 4

December 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Oscar nominations ballots now due at 5 p.m. PT Friday

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Irving Azoff ankles as Live Nation chair

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Music biz vet sells his shares to Liberty Media

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Colony Capital takes over hotel distrib LodgeNet

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Sets DirecTV pact as part of accelerated Chapter 11 filing

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Palm Springs fest sets Talking Pictures program

December 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Tom Hooper, Peter Greenaway among the participants

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Weighing In on Wi-Fi Scales

December 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Over the past week, I’ve been posting my weight all over my social networks. It’s not a sick joke, and I haven’t been hacked, as some concerned friends suggested after seeing updates like “My weight: 124.3 lb. 5.9 lb to go” on Facebook and Twitter. The too-much-information blasts were part of my test of Withings WS-30 and the FitBit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale , two high-tech scales that measure your weight, body mass index (BMI) and, in some cases, body fat percentage. Digital scales have long offered these measurement categories — and often cost less than the scales I’ve been testing — but a growing trend is the ability to wirelessly share this health data to smartphones and your social networks, with apps that analyze the data for you. Some might cringe at the idea of sharing their weight, but for others the social sharing can be motivating, especially around the time of New Year’s resolutions. Whether consumers opt to publicly share the data or not, these scales can still save the time of manually logging your weight into a notebook, smartphone or computer. [ See post to watch video ] You might know FitBit for its tiny, clip-on activity trackers that measure your movement throughout the day, and also your sleep patterns. The FitBit Aria scale began shipping in the U.S. in April of this year, and costs $130. The WS-30, which launched in November, is the second scale made by France-based Withings; at $100, it costs $60 less than the company’s first scale. The two I tested looked nearly identical, with all-white bodies and gleaming surfaces. But the more costly FitBit Aria scale measures weight, body fat and BMI, an estimated calculation of your body fat based on weight and height, and the Withings WS-30 measures just weight and BMI. The Aria relies solely on your home Wi-Fi network, while the Withings WS-30 adds a twist with Bluetooth options. From left to right: The Withings WS-30 and the FitBit Aria Smart Scale. With both scales, interoperability with software and other hardware can get confusing. The Aria shares data to FitBit apps on the Web, iOS and Android devices, while the Withings won’t have full Android compatibility until sometime in January. Both Withings and FitBit say they work with dozens of other health and fitness apps, though sometimes they pull the data in and sometimes they share it

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Disney, Charter ink carriage deal

December 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC News/Univision channel part of the pact

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NBCU inks broad carriage deal with NCTC

December 31, 2012  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Follows pacts with Cablevision, Verizon, others

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Levinsohn and Liguori Join Board of Newly Restructured Tribune Company

December 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Former Yahoo exec Ross Levinsohn and Yahoo director Peter Liguori will be joining the board of the Tribune Company, which will emerge from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization tomorrow. Levinsohn was most recently was interim CEO of Yahoo before the appointment of former Google exec Marissa Mayer and Liguori is a former News Corp. and Discovery Communications exec, who is also on the Yahoo. Both will become directors at the Chicago-based media giant as it completes a complex and contentious restructuring process, which includes new owners and directors about $1.4 billion in loans and credit facility and a new stock structure. Oaktree Capital Management, Angelo, Gordon & Co. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are the 165-year-old media giant’s new senior creditors. The current CEO of the Tribune Company — which owns or operates two dozen television stations and a variety of prominent newspapers, including The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun — is Eddy Hartenstein.

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Huawei Implicated in Effort to Sell HP Servers to Iranian Mobile Carrier: Report

December 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Despite trade sanctions, a close partner of Huawei Technologies tried to sell Hewlett-Packard computer servers to the largest mobile operator in Iran in 2010, according to a new report from Reuters based on proposal documents. However, it’s unclear why the deal did not come to fruition, and it appears that none of the discussed equipment actually entered Iran.

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Gadget Batteries Get New Scrutiny

December 31, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Stricter international safety rules will kick in next year to tackle hazards from shipments of lithium batteries aboard planes, but pilot groups and power-cell makers are battling over whether there should be even tougher measures. Each year, more than one billion rechargeable batteries — used in mobile phones, laptops, electric cars and other products — are produced globally, with a total value exceeding $9 billion, according to several industry estimates. The ubiquitous batteries normally are safe, but damaged or overheated cells can spontaneously ignite and create fierce fires — especially when thousands are jammed in cargo planes. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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