Archive for December, 2012

Johnny Foursquare (No More Johnny F.) Has Checked in at a New Privacy Policy

December 30, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Foursquare told users via email that as of Jan. 28, it will show their full names by default, instead of first name-last initial, and that business locations will be able to see more than the current three-hour history of their visitors’ check-ins. Both privacy policy changes make the service more friendly to businesses, and the first clears up inconsistency in how names were displayed throughout the product. The company is trying to be uber-careful about rolling out privacy changes in light of other service’s recent screwups .

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Foreign pics that clicked overseas in 2012

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'Intouchables' shines in several int'l territories

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‘Skyfall’ reaches $1 bil global cume

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Bond installment becomes14th film to reach mark, third pic to do so this year

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Filmmaker Irving Saraf dies at 80

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Won Oscar, Emmy for documentaries

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‘Hobbit’ retains top spot with $33 mil; domestic B.O. tally nears record $10.8 bil for year

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'Django,' 'Les Miserables' vie for second, third; holiday weekend totals surpass $180 mil

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Pakistan blocks YouTube

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Government shuts down service for second time in response to 'Innocence' trailer

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2012, The Year I Basically Stopped Using Apple’s iOS Apps

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As I took a moment to edit my iPhone homescreen this weekend, I realized that I use very few of Apple’s iOS apps anymore. There are several iOS apps I have barely ever opened — Stocks, Compass and the other random preloads. But for most of the most essential apps, one by one, I’ve found alternatives that I prefer to Apple’s defaults. Instead of Music, I like Spotify, TuneIn and Songza. Instead of Weather, I prefer Weather Live.

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Samsung Confirms Four New Bay Area Offices

December 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Samsung is in the process of building four — count ’em, four — new offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, though they are oddly scattered in four different towns all within a half-hour’s drive of each other. We have previously reported on the start-up incubator in Palo Alto ; there’s also the 8.5-acre planned campus in Mountain View  and a new strategy and innovation center in Menlo Park. And now comes the official announcement of a 1.1-million-square-foot sales and R&D headquarters north of downtown San Jose.

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Deals Year in Review: Only Facebook Lifted the Tech World

December 29, 2012  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Wall Street was captivated by Facebook’s’ so-called bake off of banks looking to run the biggest offering in years. Turns out, it was also among the few events global tech investment bankers had to fight over this year. Outside of Facebook’s $16 billion offering, the tech world’s deal activity dropped across the board this year. Global mergers and acquisition volume in the industry slid 10% from the prior year to $198 billion and follow-on offerings dropped 31% to $16.2 billion, according to Dealogic. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Producer J. Mark Travis dies at 61

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Theatre, film and TV vet produced 'Richard Pryor: Live in Concert'

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