Archive for May, 2013

Film Reviews: Opening This Week (May 27-31, 2013)

May 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A critical digest of the week’s latest U.S. theatrical releases. Where applicable, links to longer reviews have been provided. After Earth Distributor: Sony The last time M. Night Shyamalan tried his hand at a big-budget “Man vs. Wild” episode, with 2008’s “The Happening,” the unseen villainess was none other than Mother Nature herself

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What Happens When You Wear Your Computer? D11 Speakers Sound Off. (Video)

May 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Your smartphone is an incredibly powerful computer that fits inside your pocket. So, what happens when you put that technology on even smaller devices, like glasses, watches and other stuff you wear? We’re starting to see a glimpse of that future now, with the first iteration of Google Glass . And the notion of what’s to come seemed to captivate many of the speakers and attendees at our D: All Things Digital conference — even if most of them weren’t wearing Glass during the event. Here’s a compilation reel of D11 speakers talking about wearable computers, and what they do and don’t intend to do with them in the next few years. The list includes: Apple CEO Tim Cook Kleiner Perkins’s Mary Meeker Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Disney Parks head Tom Staggs Twitter CEO Dick Costolo Motorola Mobility’s Regina Dugan Google’s Sundar Pichai Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers and Sony head Kaz Hirai [ See post to watch video ] Full D11 Conference Coverage

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Yahoo, meet your new users: Tumblr adds sponsored posts, and the grumbles begin

Yahoo, meet your new users: Tumblr adds sponsored posts, and the grumbles begin

May 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Tumblr hasn’t even been under Yahoo’s ownership for two full weeks, and already the “Yahoo” tag on Tumblr has become a colorful collection of rants and expletives from angry users, many of whom are convinced Yahoo has ruined their community. Disgruntled users aren’t anything new when a company changes hands. But the complaints by Tumblr users speak to the challenges Yahoo faces in winning over the young audience it acquired and in turning Tumblr into a money maker by introducing advertising where it didn’t previously exist. Yahoo announced Thursday that it would begin showing ads in the form of sponsored stories on

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The startup factory behind the hit game 'Dots'

The startup factory behind the hit game ‘Dots’

May 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The failed-startup story is familiar by now. A pair of Stanford grads come up with a million-dollar idea, let's say Uber for cats. "Mewber" joins a startup accelerator, builds an iPhone app, gets a few million dollars from a venture capital firm, moves into a hip office in San Francisco and hires a handful of bright 20-something employees. Things are looking great. Then they discover that cats hate cars, rarely have important appointments they need to keep and are all mysteriously using Windows Phone 8 devices. The product fails, and Mewber shuts down. Betaworks is a New York-based startup studio that does things differently.

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Jeremy Heimans, Co-Founder and CEO of Purpose

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May 31, 2013  |  NGE  |  No Comments

Jeremy Heimans (@jeremyheimans) is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and ventures that use the power of participation to change the world. Since its launch in 2009, Purpose has launched several major new organizations including All Out, a 1.5 million-strong LGBT rights group, built the world's first open-source global activism platform, and advised institutions like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACLU and Google. Jeremy has been building movements since the age of 8 when, as a child activist in his native Australia, he ran media campaigns and lobbied leaders on issues like children's rights and nuclear

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Francois Ivernel Leaves Pathe

May 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Leading Pathe exec Francois Ivernel is to leave the European mini-major to start up a production company. Ivernel’s new company Montebello Productions will be based in London and will be operational from June 3. Most recently, Ivernel had been serving as chairman of the board and managing director of Les Cinemas Gaumont Pathe, deputy managing director of... Read more

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On the Set of Mad Men, Everyone Plays Cribbage

May 31, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Who Kevin Rahm Age 42 Accomplishments Stars as ad exec (and amateur pilot) Ted Chaough on AMC’s Mad Men ; previously played Lee McDermott on ABC’s Desperate Housewives and Kyle McCarty on CBS’ Judging Amy Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Whether I’m winning or losing in Words With Friends. I’ve heard that’s pretty popular on the Mad Men set. Yeah. Most of the people I play are those guys. We’ll all have our phones—especially Jon [Hamm] and Lizzie [Moss] and Lana, the head of makeup—and we’ll be playing against each other online and at the same time playing either dominoes or cribbage on the table. What occupies your mind in the car? Usually NPR. If I’m not into it, I turn on country music. I switch between classic rock and country. Are you a TV junkie? I am. I watch a lot of TV. Especially when you’re not on a show, you never know what you’re going to read for. So I always want to see shows—especially the new ones—at least once so I can get a sense of the tone and what the show is so I can bring that if I audition. But then I get hooked on them, and even if I don’t really like them, I want to see how they end. What’s on your viewing list right now? Mad Men, of course.

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HTC One Unlocked, Siri’s Source and the 49ers’ New Stadium — Five Things You Missed From Day Three of D11

May 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Asa Mathat / D: All Things Digital And that’s a wrap — our third and final day of D11 finished strong yesterday with more high-caliber interviews and some awesome tech demos. For those of you who couldn’t join us in Rancho Palos Verdes, here’s a good starting place for catching up on all the action. Google SVP Sundar Pichai announced that his company will sell an unlocked version of the HTC One with the stock Nexus UI for $599, starting on June 26. Pichai also said he’s not worried about Samsung’s dominance among Android manufacturing partners. When asked why Microsoft started making hardware, ex-Windows boss Steven Sinofsky said great user experiences come from an interconnected ecosystem. “That’s an engineering thing,” he said. While many have long suspected as much, Nuance CEO Paul Ricci officially confirmed that the company’s technology is a “fundamental provider” present in Apple’s voice-controlled personal assistant, Siri. Atheer, SmartThings and Fanhattan demoed three next-gen control interfaces: A wearable computer controlled by motion-sensing 3D glasses; a home full of everyday devices controlled by a phone ; and a TV set-top box controlled by a “little zen rock” remote with 200 sensors, but no buttons. San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York and Sony CEO Kaz Hirai discussed the 49ers’ new home , Levi Stadium, which will offer a “tech-immersive experience” by, for example, letting fans watch instant replays on their tablets. The stadium will play nicely with whatever tablets customers bring in — not just Sony-made devices . These five blurbs only scratch the surface, though. For more, please check out our full list of stories from D: All Things Digital

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No, the job of social media editor isn’t dead — but it sure as heck better be evolving

No, the job of social media editor isn’t dead — but it sure as heck better be evolving

May 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you want to get a lot of people to share your post on social media, here’s a tip: Take a shot at the whole idea of social-media editors. BuzzFeed writer Rob Fishman (himself a former social-media editor at Huffington Post) may or may not have had that principle in mind when he wrote a post entitled “The social media editor is dead,” but it worked like a charm anyway: his piece burned up Twitter and Facebook like a flash fire on Wednesday and sparked a passionate debate. The somewhat inflammatory headline aside, I think Fishman makes some good points in

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How 3 Startup Executives Reacted When They Realized They Were About To Become Rich

How 3 Startup Executives Reacted When They Realized They Were About To Become Rich

May 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Sometimes, wealth comes unexpectedly. Like for lottery winners. In the startup world, there's usually time between buyout discussions and the money hitting your bank account. At the very least, you have a few days to mull over what you'll do with your new-found wealth. How do people react when they realize they're about to be rich? Here's what three startup executives did when they found out their companies were about to sell for big bucks. OMGPOP founder Charles Forman wandered into traffic. Last year OMGPOP founder Charles Forman had $1,700 in his bank account, and he was working on a new venture, PictureLife. He had

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