Archive for June, 2013

Verizon Wireless Finishes New Network as 4G Race Heats Up

June 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Verizon Wireless said it has essentially finished upgrading its network, as the race to provide speedy wireless service heats up. Verizon Wireless, a joint venture between Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC, said it now provides so-called long-term evolution wireless service to more than 99 percent of its network footprint, covering 298 million people in 500 markets. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

Read More
What do you after making it big in online advertising? Try to cure cancer, of course

What do you after making it big in online advertising? Try to cure cancer, of course

June 28, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If they had sold a startup to Google for $81 million, plenty of entrepreneurs would be happy to kick back, play the role of investor, or start another company in the space they know best — in this case, ad tech. But about a year ago, Invite Media founders Zach Weinberg and Nat Turner left Google to tackle one of the toughest industries around – healthcare. This week, at an event announcing the finalists in a New York City-backed program to pair up startups and city organizations for pilot programs, Weinberg gave a little update on where their company, Flatiron Health,

Read More
Why Instagram Isn’t a Vine Killer

Why Instagram Isn’t a Vine Killer

June 28, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Make no mistake about it. The launch of Instagram Video (wholly owned by Facebook) is a shot across, if not directly into, the bow of Vine’s ship (wholly owned by Twitter). Instagram’s already established community of 130MM members has given Instagram a major jumping off point for its video feature, which is built into the popular photo-sharing app. But Vine isn’t dead, and Instagram will not be a Vine killer. In fact, I think Vine offers brands something unique enough that it can thrive alongside Instagram video. Welcome Instagram Video Instagram’s new video feature allows users to share videos up to 15 seconds

Read More
Pirouetting For Profit: How Mulu's Makeover Monetizes Content And Just Might Save Publishing

Pirouetting For Profit: How Mulu’s Makeover Monetizes Content And Just Might Save Publishing

June 28, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

When I first met the 28-year-old founder of a commerce platform called mulu in 2011, she had recently wrapped up several years of work in counter terrorism and was hell-bent on changing the world through commerce. Her plan? A site that would allow celebs and brands to curate shopping lists and consumers to directly donate to social causes through every purchase. “There’s so much pain and poverty abroad,” she said at the time. “And I believe if you give people the chance to make a difference on a small scale, while doing something they love, it can amount to something

Read More

Marriage Equality

June 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

I dunno, Sean Parker spent tacky millions on a wedding vs. cynical lobbying like Zuckerberg; nowhere near as gross as Larry Ellison’s MiG. – Anil Dash , via Twitter

Read More

Comedian Amy Schumer Worries About Mixing Ambien and Snapchat

June 28, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Amy Schumer Age 32 Accomplishments Comedian, actress, writer; star of sketch comedy series Inside Amy Schumer (Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. on Comedy Central); former finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing Base New York What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I had a stalker, so I had to open a different email account. But I never really made the transition to just one, so I have to check two email accounts when I wake up. So I start the morning with a little bit of a shame attack that I wasn’t able to commit to taking care of myself. What’s your social media routine like? I kind of check the news on Twitter. And I seriously Instagram like an elderly woman. I post photos that your parents would post—like, I just was in Sydney, and I was posting pictures of animals in the zoo.

Read More

Netflix Renews ‘Orange is the New Black’ Before Season One Debut

June 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a serious showing of confidence in the program, Netflix has renewed dramedy “Orange is the New Black” for a second season before the first has even bowed on the streaming platform. “Jenji and her team have produced a phenomenal series and we’re eager to get a second season to our viewers,” said Cindy Holland,... Read more

Read More

Karlovy Vary’s Karel Och Explains His Love of U.S Cinema

June 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Like so many international cinephiles, Karel Och considers American movies of the 1970s among the high points of film history. The difference between Och — who serves as artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival — and many of his movie-loving peers is that the Czech enthusiast was raised in a communist country where access to foreign pics was forbidden until the Velvet Revolution of 1989.

Read More

Oliver Stone Insists Latest Cut of ‘Alexander’ Is the ‘Ultimate Version’

June 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Accepting a lifetime achievement award at Karlovy Vary doesn’t mean Oliver Stone is now resting on his laurels. “On the contrary, it’s spurring me on creatively,” says the director.

Read More

Oliver Stone Insists Latest Cut of ‘Alexander’ Is the ‘Ultimate Version’

June 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Accepting a lifetime achievement award at Karlovy Vary doesn’t mean Oliver Stone is now resting on his laurels. “On the contrary, it’s spurring me on creatively,” says the director.

Read More