Archive for May, 2013

Digital Magazines Popular With Tablet Owners

Digital Magazines Popular With Tablet Owners

May 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

A recent survey by the media consultancy Mequoda Group found that one quarter of tablet owners polled engaged with digital magazines on a monthly basis. Of the 1,293 respondents, 23 percent prefer reading magazines on their tablets. Mequoda Group—a company paid by legacy publishers to assist them in transitioning to digital—went on to predict that the majority of readers will prefer digital magazines to print by 2020. About 13 percent of the respondents purchased a digital magazine or subscription in the past 30 days. The majority of participants (57 percent) said they prefer to consume content on their tablets in general. The study

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How newsrooms are using Reddit & what they’re learning from it

How newsrooms are using Reddit & what they’re learning from it

May 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Throughout 2013, Reddit has been referring more and more users to news sites, according to several online editors. Gary Nielson, digital news specialist at McClatchy Interactive, noticed this recently. First, an online producer in Charlotte spotted huge traffic for a particular story that had been posted on Reddit. Then, a monthly report came out, Nielson said in a phone interview. Reddit had moved up to No. 10 as a referral site. Previously it sat down at No. 22. Tom Moore, online editor at the Santa Cruz Sentinel, noted the same trend. Throughout 2013, he told me in an email, referrals from Reddit

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Electric Cars, Wearable Computing and TV Disruption — 10 Things You Missed During the First Two Days of D11

May 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Asa Mathat / D: All Things Digital As always, D11 is proving to be a diverse, star-studded tour through the “all things digital” that give this site its name. It kicked off Tuesday evening with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg’s interview of Apple CEO Tim Cook, and carried right on into Wednesday with onstage appearances from the likes of Mary Meeker, Sheryl Sandberg, Dick Costolo, Aaron Levie, Elon Musk and many more. We understand that those of you who aren’t with us in Rancho Palos Verdes may have jobs where they expect you to do more than read AllThingsD all day. Please accept, as a public service, this rundown of 10 of the day’s top highlights. Asked about the potential of wearable computing , Cook said it could be “profound” and “interesting,” but that the form factor of eyewear and smart watches limit their “broad-range appeal.” Young people don’t wear watches, he said, because they already use their phones to check the time (among quite a few other things). In her second annual Internet trends presentation at D , Mary Meeker from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers said photo uploads in 2013 are poised to be double what they were in 2012. She also predicted that the next cycle of technology will encompass “wearables, drivables, flyables and scanables.” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg talked about both “Lean In” — noting that employees who call women “bossy” should be asked if they would use the same word to describe a man doing the same things — and Facebook’s mobile plans . She said the company is “unequivocally” stronger post-IPO. Disney Parks chairman Tom Staggs demoed the MagicBand wristbands that will soon replace paper tickets, and which can also open hotel rooms, pay for food and merchandise and interact with park attractions. Staggs also described how the MagicBand could “unlock more special things” like personalized greetings from Mickey Mouse & Co. Box CEO Aaron Levie noted that enterprise software is judged by its consumer-friendliness, even though it doesn’t need to be made for consumers. IAC Chairman Barry Diller said the three companies poised to disrupt TV are Apple, Amazon and Microsoft

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Tesla CEO and SpaceX Founder Elon Musk: The Full D11 Interview (Video)

May 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX, Elon Musk is methodically and intensely focused, but in conversation he’s surprisingly easygoing and willing to poke fun at himself. Somehow he’s actually pioneering space travel to Mars and also the first person to make the joke about how ridiculous that sounds. Here’s the full video of the D11 interview of Musk by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, where he made some news about Tesla’s crosscountry Superchargers and forecast the feasibility of reusable rockets. He elaborated just a tiny bit on his future plans to build a “ Hyperloop ” that would be a “cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table” and replace a proposed high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco. [ See post to watch video ] Full D11 Conference Coverage

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Facebook kills our ad network dreams, again

Facebook kills our ad network dreams, again

May 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Speculation over whether Facebook will build an ad network has flip-flopped just about every month for the last year. Facebook should build an ad network. Facebook is laying the groundwork to build an ad network. Facebook should acquire an ad network. Facebook makes it official: it is building an ad network. Facebook kills plans to build an ad network. Facebook puts ad network “on pause.” Today at All Things D’s D11 conference, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg poured more cold water on the speculation. Building out an ad network, she said, is a “non-goal.” Facebook can’t execute on an ad network while

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Sheryl Sandberg on Why Facebook Home Isn’t an Immediate Hit

Sheryl Sandberg on Why Facebook Home Isn’t an Immediate Hit

May 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

As you may have heard by now, Facebook’s Home software for Android hasn’t exactly taken off. Of the billion-plus users on Facebook, only about one million have installed the software to very mixed reviews. But in conversation with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg at our D: All Things Digital conference on Wednesday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg reminded us that the company is in it for the long haul — even if Facebook didn’t hit the software out of the park right away. “We consider [Home] a v.1, a very early version,” Sandberg said. “We would love if we could put out a

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Self-Destructing Messages Enter the Workplace With Browser App

Self-Destructing Messages Enter the Workplace With Browser App

May 30, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

First came the self-destructing photos. Then the self-destructing text messages, videos, and PDFs, followed by the self-destructing tweets. Now up: self-destructing messages on your Web browser. Boutique app maker Lamplighter Games on Thursday launched OTR, a browser plug-in that lets you send self-destructing messages to your friends and colleagues while sitting in front of your computer at work. The messages disappear within a few seconds of being read. OTR is available for Google’s (GOOG) Chrome browser, with versions for Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari expected to come out shortly. Users can also set up OTR on Yammer, Microsoft’s (MSFT) workplace social network. Kris and

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Film Review: ‘After Earth’

May 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

M. Night Shyamalan's latest non-happening will prove a litmus test of Will Smith's continued drawing power.

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Elon Musk’s Plea to Internet Entrepreneurs: Do Something Different

May 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

After Elon Musk left PayPal, he set his sights on hugely ambitious endeavors outside of the Internet space: Electric cars and space exploration. Now he’d love to have Internet entrepreneurs follow his lead, he said on Wednesday evening at D11 during a conversation with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. When Swisher mentioned the current perception that a lot of smart Internet entrepreneurs are spending time and money solving relatively small problems, the Tesla and SpaceX founder nodded in agreement. “It’d be great if some of those people would go to other arenas that could use their talent,” Musk said. Then Musk spoke directly to Silicon Valley. “I recommend that people consider arenas outside of the Internet because there’s a lot of industries that could use that entrepreneurial talent and the skills that people have learned in creating those companies.” Full D11 Conference Coverage

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Brett Ratner Signs With WME

May 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Producer-director Brett Ratner has signed with WME after leaving CAA.

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