Archive for September, 2013

NSA Internet Spying Sparks Race to Create Offshore Havens for Data Privacy

September 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and other American technology companies were put on the defensive when Edward Snowden’s allegations about U.S.-government surveillance of Internet traffic emerged this spring. Outside the U.S., some companies and politicians saw an opportunity. Three of Germany’s largest email providers, including partly state-owned Deutsche Telekom AG, teamed up to offer a new service, Email Made in Germany. The companies promise that by encrypting email through German servers and hewing to the country’s strict privacy laws, U.S. authorities won’t easily be able to pry inside. More than a hundred thousand Germans have flocked to the service since it was rolled out in August. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Kids Cook for Fox, But CBS Wins Opening Friday of Season

September 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC’s “Shark Tank” remained the night’s top show among young adults and Fox’s “Junior MasterChef” opened to good numbers, but it was CBS that came away a winner in key demos on the opening Friday of the television season. According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened with “Undercover Boss” (1.5 rating/6 share in... Read more

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Conan: "I Don’t Know What LinkedIn Is" (But He’ll Conquer It Anyway)

September 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Conan O’Brien, who has done some very funny Web mocking lately on his talk show, takes on business network LinkedIn this week, simply by signing up . Among his jobs: Lighting designer at Applebee’s. Skills & Expertise: Pretending to listen and Microsoft Excel. Heh. Here he is talking about his dreams of becoming a LinkedIn “influencer” in this adorkable video:

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Former Rhythm & Hues Employees Reach Settlement Over Unpaid Wages

September 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Attorneys for two former employees of Rhythm & Hues and the debtors for the bankrupt company have reached an agreement to settle potential class action claims over the 238 employees who were laid off from the company in February. In a filing with U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Los Angeles on Friday, the proposed settlement calls... Read more

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CBS Renews ‘Unforgettable’ for Third Season

September 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

CBS has renewed its summer drama series “Unforgettable” for a third season. Skein from Sony Pictures TV was axed after its freshman season in 2011-12. But it was revived after CBS and Sony came to terms on a financial deal that made it feasible for CBS to run the show during the summer. CBS said... Read more

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Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake Offers ‘Breaking Bad’ Voice Over Spoof

September 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Rainn Wilson’s YouTube channel SoulPancake is getting into the “Breaking Bad” game, as the finale for the series rapidly approaches. Titled “Breaking Bad – The Animated Series,” the clip features two remarkable impressions of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman as thesps record voice over work for a kids’ toon version of “Breaking Bad.” What are... Read more

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‘Modern Family’ Spinoff Being Considered by ABC

September 28, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC is eying a spinoff for its hit comedy “Modern Family,” Variety has confirmed. Deadline broke word of the spinoff earlier today. Though in preliminary stages, ideas being tossed around for the spinoff include a project based on Rob Riggle’s character. “Modern Family” co-creator and exec producer Steve Levitan is spearheading the concept at the... Read more

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‘Love Boat’ Musical: Full Steam Ahead on Vegas Stage Version

September 27, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Come aboard: They’re expecting you. “The Love Boats,” a stage musical version of the book that inspired the long-running TV skein, is charting a course for Las Vegas, where a team of producers is targeting a 2014 opening. Songs for the show will be drawn from the hit tunes of the years during which the... Read more

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U.S. Says Iran Hacked Navy Computers

September 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

U.S. officials said Iran hacked unclassified Navy computers in recent weeks in an escalation of Iranian cyber intrusions that target the U.S. military. The allegations by U.S. officials, coming as the Obama administration ramps up talks with Iran over its nuclear program, demonstrate the depth and complexity of long-standing tensions between Washington and Tehran. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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The Value of a Board at the Seed Stage

September 27, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Image copyright http://www.shutterstock.com/gallery-923639p1.html For most startup founders, the idea of creating a board of directors early in the company’s life is as welcome as spending a week at Burning Man without water or sunscreen. Thinking about boards makes entrepreneurs imagine instituting process-laden corporate governance, spending hours drafting lengthy board presentations and potentially losing control of their startups — how un-Zuck! In reality, every startup is legally required to have a board (assuming it’s a C-Corp or S-Corp). But there is ongoing debate about whether that board should include anyone other than the founder(s). An outside Director, specifically one representing investors, is tremendously valuable for seed stage companies. Here’s why: Establishing a Cadence Much like sprints in agile software development , setting up a regularly occurring board meeting at the seed stage establishes a cadence for the work of building the company. A scheduled board meeting can also help address another common problem experienced by startups — figuring out how and when to properly leverage your investors and advisers. Board meetings become checkpoints for founders to ask for assistance from an investor and to seek feedback on developments at the company. It doesn’t matter whether the board meetings happen monthly, every six weeks or quarterly. What’s important is that a cadence gets set and that the meetings are used in ways that are productive for the team. Stepping Back and Getting Perspective When your hair’s on fire each and every day as an entrepreneur, it’s easy to spend all of your time firefighting

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