Archive for October, 2013

Kentucky Derby Longshot Film ’50 To 1′ Set For Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

October 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Indie racehorse drama “50 to 1,” the saga of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird (pictured above), has been set for a March 21 release in 260 theaters. “50 to 1” director, producer, co-writer and racehorse owner Jim Wilson — who won a Best Picture Oscar for “Dances with Wolves” — is self-distributing the... Read more

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The secret to getting featured on the App Store? You have to think like Apple

The secret to getting featured on the App Store? You have to think like Apple

October 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

We’ve been fortunate enough to have our apps featured a few times on both the iOS and Mac App Stores, and we often get friends and developers asking us what our secret is. Unfortunately, there’s no secret or shortcuts to getting featured… but then you probably knew that already, right? It’s worth understanding that Apple doesn’t feature apps to help us developers, it features apps because they benefit Apple and its customers – as long as you remember that, you’ll do just fine. That said, there’s a number of things that people often overlook that we feel can improve your odds. So

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In the New Economy, Everyone Is an Indentured TaskRabbit

In the New Economy, Everyone Is an Indentured TaskRabbit

October 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

It's not exactly news that in the absence of a solution to the unemployment crisis, Americans have learned to cobble together various odd jobs to replace the full-time, benefits-included positions they once had. What's surprising is how permanent the so-called gig economy is turning out to be. I once thought, perhaps naïvely, that they'd be temporary measures that would fade out of favor once the economic outlook had improved. But there's no sign of a slowdown in the creation of new and innovative ways for people to commit themselves to sub-optimal economic conditions, possibly for the rest of their lives. In this

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Content: Why Influence Matters

Content: Why Influence Matters

October 31, 2013  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Do name-brand journalists still require the backing of name-brand media outlets? Recent headlines strongly indicate that the byline is being rapidly decoupled from the masthead. Glenn Greenwald left The Guardian to start his own media venture, backed by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Technology veteran Walt Mossberg, together with the redoubtable Kara Swisher, are walking out of the Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal door, taking the AllThingsD team with them. David Pogue abandoned the venerable New York Times for (of all possible media properties) Yahoo. And, most recently, Rick Berke is to leave the New York Times for Politico. The quality these journalists have

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Report: California Lawmaker Took Payments for Pushing Expanded Production Tax Credit

October 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Al Jazeera America reported on Wednesday that California State Sen. Ron Calderon, one of the key champions of the film production incentive program, was the target of an FBI sting operation in which undercover agents posed as an independent movie executives who provided payments to his family in exchange for the lawmaker lowering the budget... Read more

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AFM: Chinese Market Presence At Record Level

October 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Mainland Chinese executives are expected to take part in record numbers at next week's American Film Market in Santa Monica.

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As Starbucks Chief Howard Schultz Departs Square’s Board, Former Goldman Sachs CFO Joins

October 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Spencer Platt | Getty Images News Digital payments company Square announced on Wednesday night that Howard Schultz, the Starbucks chief and an architect of the coffeehouse giant’s partnership with Jack Dorsey’s firm, had stepped down from its board of directors. Square has named former Goldman Sachs CFO David Viniar to replace Schultz. Viniar retired from Goldman Sachs in January after more than 30 years at the firm, the last 13 of which were spent in the CFO role. Described in a New York Times piece from last year as “a financial wizard and deft risk manager,” Viniar now serves on the Goldman Sachs board. His arrival will undoubtedly fuel some speculation that this is one of many personnel additions Square will make as it pursues a path toward an IPO. A Square spokesman said Schultz had only intended to serve on the board for about one year; he joined last summer when Starbucks invested $25 million in Square and announced a partnership that made Square the payments processor for all Starbucks credit and debit card transactions in the U.S. Still, his departure raises some questions, since Schultz was a key figure in Square’s push to recruit shoppers to the service. Part of the deal between the companies involved letting Starbucks customers use the Square Wallet mobile app to pay for purchases. A Square spokesman confirmed that Schultz’s departure wouldn’t affect the two companies’ existing partnership, detailed in full here .

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CBS In Talks For ‘How I Met Your Mother’ Spinoff

October 30, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“How I Met Your Mother” fans may not have to part ways with their beloved series at the end of this final season just yet. Variety has confirmed that CBS is in discussions with 20th Century Fox TV for a spinoff of the comedy, which will offer a femme spin on the original show. As... Read more

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CSC Acquires Cloud Service Manager ServiceMesh

October 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Information technology company CSC said today it would acquire ServiceMesh, a cloud services management startup that raised about $15 million from Ignition Partners in 2011. ServiceMesh specializes in technology that helps customers manage the many applications they run on various cloud computing platforms. Financial terms were not disclosed, but CSC described the deal as part of an effort to transform itself into what it called a “next generation IT company.”

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How the NSA May Be Tapping Yahoo’s and Google’s Fiber Optic Cables

October 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

While he didn’t “explode in profanity,” as some of his company’s engineers are said to have done, Google’s chief legal officer slapped the National Security Agency pretty hard in a statement just shared with AllThingsD in reaction to new revelations about the agency’s efforts to spy on its users. The Washington Post today reported , based on a set of newly leaked documents and slides from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that the NSA has been using the fiber optic cables between data centers operated by Google and Yahoo to collect email communications. The story said the NSA exploits its own back-door access to data links between data centers, under an intelligence collection program called MUSCULAR. Drummond said Google is “outraged.” “We have long been concerned about the possibility of this kind of snooping, which is why we have continued to extend encryption across more and more Google services and links, especially the links in the slide. We do not provide any government, including the U.S. government, with access to our systems. We are outraged at the lengths to which the government seems to have gone to intercept data from our private fiber networks, and it underscores the need for urgent reform.” The NSA issued its own statement , denying the Post’s reporting. “NSA has multiple authorities that it uses to accomplish its mission, which is centered on defending the nation. The Washington Post’s assertion that we use Executive Order 12333 collection to get around the limitations imposed by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and FAA 702 is not true. The assertion that we collect vast quantities of U.S. persons’ data from this type of collection is also not true. NSA applies attorney general-approved processes to protect the privacy of U.S.

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