Archive for February, 2013

‘Duck Dynasty’ sets A&E record

February 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

It draws 8.6 million, ties as TV's top show of night in 18-49

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Salesforce Soundly Beats Earnings Expectations for Q4

February 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Salesforce.com just announce earnings that beat the expectations of the street, and its shares are soaring in after-hours trading. Sales were $835 million, up 32 percent over the year-ago period and were well ahead of the $831 million that had been the consensus expectation of Wall Street analysts. Earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis were 51 cents, 11 cents above the consensus of 40 cents. On an old-school GAAP basis, like most cloud companies, Salesforce lost $20.8 million or 14 cents a share. Salesforce shares rose by more than $6 or nearly 4 percent in after-hours trading. The company also finished its fiscal year with more than $3 billion in sales, a goal that CEO Marc Benioff (pictured) had set last year. Here’s Salesforce’s original announcement: Salesforce.com Announces Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results - Quarterly Revenue of $835 Million, up 32% Year-Over-Year - Full Year Revenue of $3.05 Billion, up 35% Year-Over-Year - Deferred Revenue of $1.86 Billion, up 35% Year-Over-Year - Unbilled Deferred Revenue Increases to Approximately $3.5 Billion - Full Year Operating Cash Flow of $737 Million - Raises FY14 Revenue Guidance to $3.82 – $3.87 Billion - Initiates FY14 Non-GAAP EPS Guidance of $1.93 – $1.97 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Salesforce.com (CRM), the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/) company, today announced results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full fiscal year ended January 31, 2013. “Salesforce.com had a spectacular finish to its fiscal year.

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Esquire adds ‘Late Night’ to lineup

February 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fallon talkshow to have weeknight presence on rebranded cabler

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UpTo Picks Up $1.5M in New Funding, Opens Event Streaming Platform

February 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

UpTo , which makes an app that lets users feed event streams into their calendars, said today that Detroit Venture Partners and Ludlow Ventures had injected a fresh $1.5 million into the company . UpTo also announced that it was opening its platform to allow any business or organization to create an event stream for free.

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Jory Benerofe, Vice President of Branding at Vineyard Vines

Jory Benerofe, Vice President of Branding at Vineyard Vines

Jory Benerofe, Vice President of Branding at Vineyard Vines
February 28, 2013  |  Engage  |  No Comments

Jory Benerofe is the Vice President of Branding for the lifestyle apparel brand, vineyard vines. He originally joined the company as a tie designer, but quickly focused his efforts to help shape the visual presentation and voice of the company. Over the past 12 years, Jory has been responsible for the creative direction of the vineyard vines catalog and website as well as building and leading the Creative Services Team. Currently, his focus is on pushing the overall brand presentation and voice to customers across all areas and touch points.

‘Tabu’ tops Cartagena

February 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Toon pic 'Anina' wins Colombian showcase

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Apple’s iTunes U Hits 1 Billion Downloads

February 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A new milestone for Apple’s iTunes U, the company’s vast catalog of lectures from colleges and universities around the world. Apple said Thursday that since its debuted in 2007, iTunes U has served up more than 1 billion downloads . That’s a nice, big number ( Stanford University alone has seen more than 60 million downloads ). But a perhaps more impressive one is this: Apple says that some iTunes U courses boast enrollments of more than 250,000 students. Even accounting for Apple hyperbole, the idea that there are virtual lectures being attended anything close to 250,000 students is pretty astonishing. Also of interest: 60 percent of iTunes U downloads originate from outside the United States

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Weather Channel Soaks People at Bus Shelters in Real Dick Move

February 28, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Marketers just won't let people waiting in bus shelters have any peace. Case in point: The Weather Channel and ad agency Iris recently tricked out one shelter with hidden sprinklers to promote the client's latest Android app. The app apparently provides such precise forecasts that you might never again be caught in surprise downpours. As an actor checked the app and hurriedly opened his Weather Channel umbrella, the sprinklers were activated, putting a damper on the other people's daily commute. (At certain bus stops, the sudden shower would also have washed away a buttery baked-potato smell.) Bottom line: I feel empowered knowing that, thanks to the Weather Channel, humankind will no longer have to guess what the weather will be like inside covered spaces!

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Dish: CBS Demanded Big Bang’s Kaley Cuoco Remove Hopper Tweet

February 28, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Never missing an opportunity to slam broadcasters in order to promote the Hopper, Dish lashed out Thursday at CBS for demanding that The Big Bang Theory's Kaley Cuoco remove from twitter a sponsored tweet endorsing Dish's Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR.

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Shopping in the Future: Glasses.com’s Augmented-Reality Fitting-Room App

February 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“Online shopping today is just a digital version of Sears catalog from 100 years ago,” according to Jonathan Koon, co-founder and CEO of 1-800 Contacts. “The days of putting a photo of a product up on a white background with a price are over.” So what’s the alternative? Koon and his team have developed an in-home augmented-reality shopping experience for glasses, set to launch in April as an iOS app for Glasses.com. There have been all sorts of virtual fitting rooms over the years, but this is pretty nifty. Glasses.com set up a hallway exhibit at TED in Long Beach, Calif., to show how a beta version of the product will work in people’s homes. This is a bit different from what I’d seen before, so using myself as a dummy/model, let me walk through what happens. First, you’d download the app and hold your iPad out in front of you with the front-facing camera on. You slowly turn your face to one side and then the other, while the camera captures some 300 to 450 frames. The app then isolates 15 key angles to build a manipulable 3D representation of your head. Then, you take the iPad and hold up a screen with a QR code next to your face in front of a mirror. This determines the size of your face so the app can effectively scale the representation. Koon described it as a sort of inverted augmented reality. “We’re using the virtual to calculate the real thing for first time,” he said. Then comes a sort of personal fitting room, with pairs of various glasses on your own face, which you can swipe back and forth to see from different angles. And then you’ll be able to pick and compare your favorites, ask friends to help you narrow them down, and purchase glasses within the app. That seems far preferable, argued Koon, to “asking a stranger on commission for advice.” Will people really download a full app just to make a single purchase? Koon admitted he’s not sure. But in his opinion, there’s a larger significance here. “The real story here isn’t virtual try-on of glasses,” he said. “The Glasses.com application will be to augmented reality shopping what ‘Toy Story’ was for computer-generated animated films.

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