Archive for December, 2013

Does ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Glorify Criminals? No.

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With the debate raging over whether Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” celebrates the excesses it portrays or makes a moral case against them, Variety‘s Whitney Friedlander and David S. Cohen square off over the picture. Read Whitney Friedlander’s take here. Below is David Cohen’s take: “The Wolf of Wall Street” may or may... Read more

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Does ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Glorify Criminals? Yes.

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With the debate raging about whether Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” celebrates the excesses it portrays or makes a moral case against them, Variety’s Whitney Friedlander and David S. Cohen square off over the picture. Read David Cohen’s opinion here. Below is Whitney Friedlander’s take. It should be obvious, but THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS.... Read more

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Warner Bros. Leads Global 2013 Market Share; Sony, Paramount Falter

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

In a major market share shake-up, Warner Bros. ruled the movie world in 2013, with $4.95 billion globally ($3.1 million from overseas and $1.85 billion Stateside). Sony fell the furthest — from last year’s global and Stateside leader to fourth place domestically, with $1.1 billion, and fifth worldwide ($3 billion-plus) in 2013. Warner Bros.’ biggest... Read more

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You Say Goodbye and We Say Hello

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This is the last day of the All Things Digital site, which began life in April of 2007 as a year-round extension of the D conference we launched in 2003. Since then, we have published nearly 40,000 posts and attracted millions of loyal readers. Starting January 2, we’ll have an all-new site and suite of conferences, with a different name and Web address, run as an independent company with great investors and partners. It’s likely you’ll hear a lot about it. But before we go — this will be our last post here, by the way — we want to say we are intensely proud of what we did on this tech and media news and analysis site.

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Another Longtime Windows Exec Heads for the Exit as 2013 Draws to a Close

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Grant George, a longtime head of software testing at Microsoft, is leaving the company, AllThingsD has learned. Like Jon DeVaan, who announced Monday he was retiring from Microsoft , George was left without a clear role following a September reorganization of the Windows unit . That reorg followed the departure of Windows head Steven Sinofsky. George joined Microsoft in 1994 as a tester in the then-newly formed Office unit following 14 years in testing at Tandem Computer. Sinofsky, who worked with George on both Office and Windows, praised the contributions George made at Microsoft. “Grant always represented the pinnacle of customer focus,” Sinofsky said. “His contributions to both Windows and Office were without parallel in the engineering discipline of testing, automation and quality.” A Microsoft representative confirmed George’s departure, which he announced earlier Tuesday in a memo to colleagues, saying, “We thank him for his contributions to the company and wish him all the best.”

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Some of Our Fave D Conference Videos Before AllThingsD Signs Off in 3 … 2… 1 …

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Before we end our reign of terror, oops , tech at AllThingsD , I wanted to post a few of my favorite videos from D: All Things Digital conferences that we have done since 2003. While we are proud of all we have created on the news site, I think it is fair to say that the conferences have also been pretty dang fine and mores taken as a whole. We’ve had a panoply of bigs in tech and media up there over the 11 conferences, all sitting in our signature red Steelcase chairs, with some memorable moments, including: More than a half-dozen appearances by the late, great Steve Jobs of Apple, including an joint interview with Microsoft’s Bill Gates; the famous hoodie incident with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who managed to ably recover from the very sticky situation; the testy interview with former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; the hysterical one with former Sony head Howard Stringer; the sassy one from former Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz; the future-is-here one with former DARPA head Regina Dugan; the silent-off with former Groupon CEO Andrew Mason; the geek-out with Hollywood director James Cameron; the epic Elon Musk chat from last year. And many, many more, now numbering in the hundreds, most of which you can find here . We did not publish the videos for the first five conferences, as we did not have a site to post them too, but here are my top seven from each year we did, all joint appearances with Walt Mossberg, as well as one each from the smaller Dive and other conferences, featuring Peter Kafka, Liz Gannes and Ina Fried. D5 (2007) Hands down, the historic — and decidedly poignant — joint interview of Gates and Jobs: D6 (2008) New Corp’s Rupert Murdoch in a surprisingly — to the crowd, at least — avuncular mode (this is part one of six — here are the rest ): D7 (2009) Twitter’s Biz Stone and Evan Williams in simpler days: D8 (2010) Mark Zuckerberg and the hoodie that saved the day: D9 (2011) Browser man and VC Marc Andreessen on software eating the world: D10 (2012) Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel is not shy: D11 (2013) Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk is Tony Stark: Dive Into Media (2012) Rust never sleeps for Neil Young: Dive Into Media (2013) Vice’s Shame Smith and College Humor’s Ricky Van Veen are also not shy: Dive Into Mobile (2010) Google’s Susan Wojcicki is the most powerful Internet exec you don’t know as well as you should: Dive Into Mobile (2013) Google’s Eric Schmidt will take your questions now: AsiaD (2011) Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square is very inventive: D@CES (2010) Netflix’s Reed Hastings knows video: D@CES (2011) Twitter’s Dick Costolo is the fashion police of Las Vegas:

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ABC to Limit New Episodes Online to Paying Subs for One Week

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

ABC starting Jan. 6 will restrict next-day access to new episodes of TV shows to subscribers of participating pay-TV affiliates and Hulu Plus. Whereas ABC shows were available to anyone previously for free, under the new system only paying subs will have next-day access. The shows will be free without a subscription after one week.... Read more

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Digital Stats Foretold Which New Movies Would Fall Flat

December 31, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

2013 was not only an all-time record year for domestic and global box office, it was also a big year for digital marketing and social media in Hollywood. We have seen some of the biggest viral campaigns in 2013, and YouTube and Facebook have finally arrived at the center of every digital marketing mix. Twitter... Read more

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HP Affirms Higher-End Layoffs Figure

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. confirmed it has increased by 5,000 the number of layoffs it plans to implement under the restructuring plan it adopted in May 2012, bringing the expected number of job cuts to 34,000. When the company first announced the plan, it targeted the number of job eliminations at 27,000 by October 2014 and later raised the figure to 29,000. But HP had suggested at its analyst meeting in October and again during its quarterly earnings call in late November that the cuts would affect 33,000 to 34,000 people. Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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Apple Denies Working with NSA on iPhone Backdoor

December 31, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple just responded to newly released documents claiming that the U.S. National Security Agency has a method for gaining backdoor access to its iPhone. It says it has never worked with the agency, and is unaware of the alleged program targeting the iPhone known as DROPOUTJEEP. The program was disclosed in a trove of documents leaked yesterday and shared by the security researcher Jacob Appelbaum and the German news magazine Der Spiegel. Here’s Apple’s statement in full: Apple has never worked with the NSA to create a backdoor in any of our products, including iPhone. Additionally, we have been unaware of this alleged NSA program targeting our products. We care deeply about our customers’ privacy and security. Our team is continuously working to make our products even more secure, and we make it easy for customers to keep their software up to date with the latest advancements. Whenever we hear about attempts to undermine Apple’s industry-leading security, we thoroughly investigate and take appropriate steps to protect our customers. We will continue to use our resources to stay ahead of malicious hackers and defend our customers from security attacks, regardless of who’s behind them. According to the Der Spiegel documents, DROPOUTJEEP is software that can be implanted on an iPhone. It provides SIGINT or signals intelligence including the ability to push and pull files from the phone, retrieve text messages, contact lists, voice mail messages, the phone’s location, and turn on the internal microphone and activate the camera. Data can be removed or “exfiltrated” as the slide reads, over wireless data connections. Here’s another interesting line, which you can read in the original slide below

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