Archive for June, 2013

Czech Biz Encourages Incentives

June 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Czech industryites say they are worried that the slowly returning tide of foreign productions could fall off again if politicos don’t pony up more coin for incentives.

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Why Is Apple Still Wrangling Over E-Books?

June 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A question hangs over Apple Inc.’s e-books trial: Why is Apple fighting the U.S. Department of Justice when the book publishers the agency also sued chose to settle? The answer lies in part in what’s at stake. Apple says it is fighting the high-profile case, now in the hands of a federal judge, on the principle it did nothing wrong. But the company is defending a lot more than its tiny digital-books business. A win would help Apple maintain negotiating clout with media companies, which are searching for new ways to make money in markets shifting online. A loss could hamper its ability to compete with rivals like Amazon.com Inc. to land increasingly important media deals on favorable terms. The government in April charged Apple and five publishers with conspiring to drive up the price of e-books for a new offering on the iPad. The publishers all settled, while Apple, whom the government has frequently painted as the “ringmaster” of the operation, fought on. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Why ‘White House Down’ Doesn’t Measure Up for Channing Tatum

June 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

The pretty-boy image of Channing Tatum may have gotten its first major box office blemish.

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Mark Zuckerberg Leads 700 Facebook Employees in SF Gay Pride

June 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Two years ago, Facebook employees marched in San Francisco’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration with a contingent of about 70 employees and one jeep with a broken stereo. For this Sunday’s Pride parade, the company geared up to bring a team of 700 — more than 15% of its staff — a decorated trolley, and its chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, who is expected to march alongside his employees for the first time, the company said. Facebook’s bolstered presence at this year’s Pride reflects a larger push by some in Silicon Valley to champion gay rights in hiring practices, and even in their products Google is sending about 1,400 employees marching in San Francisco on Sunday, about 40% more than last year, according to a company spokeswoman. An Apple spokeswoman said a large group of employees will participate, though declined to provide specific details. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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‘White House Down’ Can’t Stand ‘The Heat,’ But ‘Monsters U’ Wins

June 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox's estrogen-infused buddy comedy "The Heat," which estimated a strong $40 million opening, easily won the arm-wrestling match with Sony's bro actioner "White House Down" as it sputtered with a projected $25.7 million.

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Sheena Wright, President & CEO of United Way

Sheena Wright, President and CEO of United Way
June 30, 2013  |  NGE  |  No Comments

Sheena Wright was named President and CEO of United Way of New York City in October 2012.  Prior to joining United Way, she served as President and CEO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC), where she was responsible for leading and managing one of the nation’s premiere community and economic development organizations.  During her tenure, ADC built 785 units of residential housing in 78 buildings and nearly a half million square feet of community, commercial and retail space, including the first new high school building in Harlem in 50 years, creating over

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Washington Post Reveals New Details, Slides on PRISM Data Collection Program

June 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Washington Post has revealed a new set of slides regarding PRISM, the government program aimed at collecting information such as emails, photos, messages and voice call data from nine of the world’s largest Internet companies. The new set of slides — which come nearly one month after the original disclosure of the top-secret program by ex-N.S.A employee, whistleblower and now fugitive Edward Snowden — give greater insight into the inner workings of how the PRISM program operates. The slides include details on how an NSA analyst requests information from a particular company, the number of active surveillance targets in PRISM’s database, as well as the dates the Internet companies began participating in the project. Microsoft was the first company to participate with the PRISM program, according to the slides, beginning in September of 2007. In subsequent years, other Silicon Valley mainstays such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo joined as well. The slides come as technology companies over the past few weeks have scrambled to reassure the public that their compliance with the government were only in response to reasonable requests for specific users, reviewed and occasionally challenged by internal corporate legal counsel. As a result of being unable to defend themselves from an initial wave of public outcry and misinformation, companies like Facebook, Google and Microsoft have pushed the government to allow for greater transparency in disclosures of governmental requests for user data. Read the full Washington Post report, complete with new slides, here .

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Investors Dump RIM Shares

June 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Research In Motion Ltd.’s executives won’t say the company’s new line of BlackBerrys is a flop, but some investors have already made up their mind. The company’s shares tumbled 28 percent on Friday after RIM reported it shipped far fewer new BlackBerry phones than analysts had expected in its fiscal first quarter. Chief Executive Thorsten Heins has staked the company’s future on a new operating system, BlackBerry 10, which it unveiled early this year, and a bevy of phones that run off it. Many investors have bet this turnaround plan could work, sending RIM’s shares up 59% in the 12 months before Friday’s news. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Variety’s Picks: 15 Symptoms of Life in L.A., New Burt Bacharach Book, Goodie Mob Album, More

June 29, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

More than a little inspired by the now-classic "Shit People Say in L.A.," one of Buzzfeed’s highly shareable series of lists includes Only-in-L.A. observations such as “You refuse to walk anywhere, but you love to ‘hike,’” and “$16 cocktails seem normal.”

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Instagram Suffers Weird, Fruit-Based Flood of Spam

June 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Strange things are afoot on Instagram. The service seems to be suffering from a spam attack, spreading in the form of — get this — pictures of fruit. Users are reporting the same types of fruit photos auto-posted and appearing in their friends’ Instagram feeds, with a similar caption under each one: “Ever seen this stuff? I guess it’s super healthy. I’m giving it a try. I saw it on Dr. Oz’s show. Link is in my bio. #lovemyfollowers #health.” At this point, it’s unclear how widespread the attack is, or just exactly how the problem is spreading. Instagram and Facebook have not yet responded to a request for comment. Update 12:59 pm PT : An Instagram spokeswoman responded to our request for comment with the following: “Earlier today a small portion of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were posted from their accounts. Our security and spam team quickly took actions to secure the accounts involved, and the posted photos are being deleted.” Anecdotally, it’s happened to multiple tech-savvy users in AllThingsD staffers’ feeds, including at least one Facebook employee

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