Archive for March, 2013

Showbiz Hasn’t Caught Indonesian Fever, But Pop-Culture Scene Is Booming for Developers

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Indonesia has a quarter-billion people, most of them young consumers in the primo demographic range. But showbiz hasn’t caught Indonesian fever yet.

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Adria Richards’ Response, Facebook’s New Ad Plan and Finding the Next Steve Jobs: The AllThingsD Week In Review 3/24/13 — 3/30/13

March 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Photo by Asa Mathat For our readers who are not inclined to constantly hit the refresh button, here’s a quick look back the top 10 stories that drove AllThingsD this week: 1.) Yahoo Paid $30 Million in Cash for 18 Months of Young Summly Entrepreneur’s Time 2.) iTunes Not Exactly Break-Even Anymore 3.) Fired SendGrid Developer Evangelist Adria Richards Speaks Out 4.) Another Reason Google Reader Died: Increased Concern About Privacy and Compliance 5.) A Smarter Calendar for iPhone 6.) BlackBerry’s Million-Smartphone Mystery Partner: Brightstar 7.) Facebook’s New Ad Plan Is the Web’s Old Plan 8.) New Flipboard: News and Posts Handpicked and Shared 9.) Sony’s High-End Xperia ZL Comes to U.S. at a Hefty $719 10.) Q&A: Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell on Innovation, the “Next Steve Jobs” and Why Mobile Games Are “Over” For more of the week in review, you should follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Introducing Livefyre Commenting at AllThingsD

March 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

AllThingsD is changing its commenting system on our site to Livefyre from Disqus. We did so for a lot of reasons, including being able to offer a social layer to our comments that has been dormant until now. Through this new commenting system, readers can: more readily share comments to Facebook and Twitter (or choose not to) follow conversations across multiple platforms tag friends and draw them into the stream accurately flag other comments as spam or offensive As part of the change, users will have the option to sign in to comment using their Twitter, Facebook, Google or LinkedIn credentials, or you can create a user ID specific to AllThingsD . And don’t worry, the comments left on the site since it launched are being imported into this new system and should still be entirely accessible. If you don’t see posts you’ve made or comments in a thread you’ve been following, give it a little time and they will appear. In other words, no pixels were harmed in the making of this move — except the troll ones. On the back end, Livefyre will be working to reduce spam before you have to see it, as well as making it easier and faster for us to moderate the comments that you want to see (and excise the ones all of us don’t). Although we have done everything in our power to minimize any hiccups in the process of installing Livefyre, all changes come with bumps in the road. Ideally, you will not really notice the new interface and only see a new ease in commenting. Still, we fully expect you to have an opinion about the switch, so, as always, feel free to comment. Just keep in mind that, new commenting software or not, we still actively monitor our comment threads . In short: Play nice. Rude, derogatory, defamatory stuff?

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Music Producer Phil Ramone Dies at 72

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Phil Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, has died at 72. Ramone’s son, Matt Ramone, confirmed the death. The family did not immediately release details of the death, but Matt Ramone says his father was “very loving and will be missed.”... Read more

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Box Office: ‘G.I. Joe’ Expected to Lead Easter Haul with $100 Million Global Bow

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Easter weekend moviegoers appear to be putting most of their eggs in Paramount’s basket as “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” looks to top the holiday frame with a domestic cume close to $50 million. The actioner got a jump-start on Friday’s openers by bowing Thursday, and earning $10.5 million. Add to that $15.5 million from Friday, and... Read more

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Tim Cook’s Dazed and Confused Years

March 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

If you want to see what Apple’s CEO looked like in the mid-70s, head over to Reddit , where user whitbaker has uploaded images of what appear to be Tim Cook’s yearbook from Alabama’s Robertsdale High School . Is there news value in any of this? Nope! But you’ll probably want to click anyway. Meanwhile, since you’re here, this is not a home video of Cook and some of the other winners of the optimist oratorical contest . Still here? Alright alright alright!

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Here’s Why You Hate Your Cable Company

March 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Hate your cable TV (or satellite TV, or telco TV) company? Here’s why — and why it’s not going to change anytime soon — explained in 98 concise seconds. Hard to believe no one has done this before, but kudos to Extremely Decent Films for nailing it. Warning: If your workplace or home isn’t cool with some well-placed profanity, then this video isn’t safe for your workplace or home.

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WB, Legendary Swing Away With Jackie Robinson Biopic

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

That’s the challenge Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are facing with Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” touting it as “The true story of an American legend.”

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‘Need for Speed’ Release Date Pushed Back

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Disney has moved DreamWorks’ “Need for Speed” back five weeks to March 14, 2014. Dominic Cooper (pictured above) and Aaron Paul are starring in “Need for Speed,” directed by Scott Waugh from a script by George Gatins, who developed the original story with John Gatins. Pic is based on the Electronic Arts video game franchise... Read more

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Judge’s Ruling Favors Angelina Jolie in ‘Blood and Honey’ Suit

March 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A federal judge has ruled in favor of Angelina Jolie and producers of “In the Land of Blood and Honey” in a suit in which an author claimed that the project lifted from his novel about war-torn Bosnia. U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee, in a ruling issued on Friday, wrote that she failed to find... Read more

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