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5 New Broadcast Series Worth Checking Out This Fall

September 16, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Feds, Cops and Fox Sleepy Hollow isn’t the only new broadcast series worthy of checking out this fall. Here, five more reasons to tune into the Big Four. (Note: Every show here could be canceled by Columbus Day.)

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed by Fox for Season 11

September 11, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox is heading back to the dance floor with its veteran competition program, renewing “So You Think You Can Dance” for an eleventh season. Announcement arrived during tonight’s live finale of the show, which was also interrupted by President Obama’s live national address to the American public regarding the crisis in Syria. “So You Think... Read more

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“Healthy Tension” Emerging Inside PayPal as It Looks to Reverse Poor Customer-Service Reputation

August 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

PayPal says it’s finally serious about addressing some of its biggest customer-service issues, which its president admits the eBay unit has at times “become known for.” But can a company that hasn’t been known to wow any of its customer groups — business owners, consumers and developers — now start excelling at servicing all three? “It’s hard, yes, it’s hard,” PayPal President David Marcus said in an interview on Tuesday. “You have to have a group solely focused on consumer problems, one focused on merchant problems, and one on developer problems. We have a healthy tension there because it’s a culture change for the company.” Since Marcus took the reins in March of last year, PayPal has made a list of the 30 top issues it needed to rectify. So far, 80 percent of those have been addressed, he said. The fixes are aimed at issues ranging from improving the password-recovery process to putting a system in place that is working hard not to penalize legitimate sellers in charge-back disputes with shady buyers. “We’ve tweaked our models to catch more bad guys and way fewer good guys,” Marcus wrote in a blog post published today. “Hundreds of thousands of customers who may have experienced holds last year based on our policies are no longer impacted.” The company said it has also started absorbing $2.5 million a year in losses related to disputes between buyers and sellers over claims of counterfeit, low-priced goods. In these instances, the company won’t pull money from a seller’s account — giving them “the benefit of doubt,” — but won’t penalize a buyer, either. The result? PayPal says it has experienced 40 million fewer customer issues this year compared to last. Sounds like a great start. But, as Marcus well knows, a tainted reputation is not cleansed overnight. Or even in a year.

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Acer to Expand Android, Chromebook Offerings

August 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Taiwanese personal computer maker Acer Inc. said it plans to offer fewer Microsoft Inc. products and more Chromebooks and Android-based mobile devices, after it posted a surprise second-quarter loss on lower sales and rising expenses. “We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible,” President Jim Wang told investors in a conference call. “Android is very popular in smartphones and dominant in tablets. … I also see a new market there for Chromebooks.” Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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David Levy Promoted to President, Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting

August 5, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

David Levy, the long-serving supervisor of ad sales, affilate relations and sports programming at Time Warner’s Turner cable-network unit, is being upped to president in a move that brings an important player at the company closer into its fold during a time of transition. Levy adds oversight of the company’s domestic entertainment and animation &... Read more

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With Obama Visit on Tap, Amazon Announces 5,000 New Warehouse Jobs

July 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A day before President Obama is set to deliver a jobs speech at its Chattanooga warehouse, Amazon today announced that it is adding 5,000 full-time jobs to its network of warehouses. The hiring will occur both at current and new fulfillment centers, as Amazon expands its AmazonFresh grocery delivery business and competes with eBay and others to bring same-day delivery to the masses. Amazon currently employs 20,000 full-time employees across its 40-plus U.S. warehouses.

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Oracle Taps Adrian Jones to Head Asian Operations (Read the Memo)

July 25, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Software giant Oracle named Adrian Jones to head its operations in Asia. The move was announced in an internal email from Oracle president Mark Hurd, obtained by AllThingsD . If the name sounds familiar, it may be because Jones (pictured) is a former Hewlett-Packard exec who was sued by that company in 2011 . HP had alleged that Jones stole trade secrets and shared them with Oracle. The suit dates back to one of the more rancorous periods in the relationship between those companies, and the aftermath of the days when Hurd, who was for five years the CEO of HP, joined Oracle following his surprise resignation in 2010. (That situation, you’ll recall, spurred its own legal merry-go-round .) In a lawsuit filed in the California Superior Court in Santa Clara County, HP had accused Jones of copying sensitive files concerning its strategic and financial plans, plus other information, to a USB drive, and not returning them when he resigned from the company. Among other things, lawyers for HP had sought to examine every electronic device Jones owned, including phones and iPads belonging to his girlfriend. It later turned out that the copying of the files in question didn’t take place at the time that HP originally said it did, but during a period when the computer Jones used was in the hands of HP’s corporate security office. Talk about awkward . Since then, the case has been forgotten. HP was eventually forced to withdraw the case against Jones entirely, according to people familiar with how it all turned out. Neither HP nor Oracle would confirm that, however. Entries in the case-record file on the court’s website make vague mentions of a dismissal that occurred on July 30, 2012 . The case against Jones was one of many HP filed during a period when Michael Holston was general counsel at HP. Remembered as a key aide to Hurd during the years he was running HP, Holston remained HP’s general counsel during the 11-month tenure of former CEO Léo Apotheker, but was among the first members of HP’s executive council to leave the company after Meg Whitman became CEO. Anyway, enough with the legal footnotes. Here’s the memo announcing Jones’ promotion: From: Mark Hurd Date: July 24, 2013, 2:00:02 AM PDT To: Oracle Asia Pacific Sales The business across Asia Pacific represents a significant opportunity for Oracle. We continue to invest in this region and it is poised for growth. I am pleased to announce Adrian Jones to the position of General Manager and Senior Vice President, Oracle Asia Pacific. Adrian will lead the region for hardware and software, and be responsible for accelerating market share, revenue, and margin growth

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EU Commissioner: We Don’t Want U.S. Reading Our Mail and Listening to Our Phone Calls

July 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

While it is not yet clear that the NSA spying revelations will lead to any substantive change in the United States, the growing scandal is poised to spark even stronger data protection laws in Europe. European Union Vice President and Commisioner Viviane Reding said on Monday that efforts to strengthen existing privacy laws have gotten a boost from attention to the PRISM and other NSA data gathering efforts. “It was a wake-up call, thanks to the Americans,” Reding said, speaking at the DLDwomen conference in Munich. We do not want the U.S. government to listen to every phone call we make and read every e-mail, Reding said. “Data protection in Europe is a fundamental right,” Reding said. “Strong rules allow trust and, in the Internet world, without trust you cannot go ahead.” Speaking at the conference, which bridges women’s and technology issues, Reding said it is women that have been at the forefront of promoting privacy–a key ingredient to freedom and democracy. “It is mainly women that have understood that importance,” Reding said. Europeans as a whole, Reding said, are also more keenly sensitive to privacy issues after painful lessons of what can happen to citizens when governments misuse information collected about their citizens.

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Second Time’s Not a Charm: Hulu Sale Called Off Again, With Plans to Pump $750M Into Video Service

July 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

According to a press release just issued by the three companies that own the Hulu premium online video service, there will be no sale of the unit. It is the second time that Hulu has been on the block in recent years, and the second time it has been taken off. Talk about seller’s remorse. The companies — 21st Century Fox (formerly News Corp), Comcast’s NBCUniversal and the Walt Disney Company — said Hulu would be recapitalized with $750 million in new funding to propel growth. The other bidders left in the recent round was a joint effort by AT&T and former News Corp COO Peter Chernin. Earlier this week, as AllThingsD had reported, another bid by Guggenheim Partners was rejected by the owners. Sources close to the situation said that there is a possibility that some current bidders for the service — such as DirecTV or Time Warner Cable — could be part of that effort via new strategic distribution deals to make the service larger. It’s another abrupt end to what has been a very noisy and leak-filled auction process — the last time its owners tried this, Hulu was pulled off the market in 2011, after not attracting adequate bids. And while the press release from the companies was practically jaunty about the prospects of keeping the property, about which they have long had mixed feelings and even outright hostility at times. It’s the great conundrum of the digital age for old-media giants — get on the train, even grudgingly, or you end up getting left behind by massive consumer trends. The growth of other premium video sites like Netflix — as well as Apple TV and similar video efforts by Amazon and Google, all of which are now gaining steam and more meaningful revenues — has resulted in more than a bit of worry from the media giants. While it has resulted in many more buyers of its content, of course, not controlling the distribution has been a concern, too. That’s especially true as some of the video distributors of television and movie content have also become creators, such as some laudable efforts by Netflix. One big concern will be the ability of the trio of Hamlet-like owners to retain talent at Hulu. According to numerous sources, the team has been dissipating as the debate over the service’s fate has dragged on. While the current team has been larded over with retention packages, the company needs to convince its team that this time, the idea of growing Hulu is real. More to come, obvi, but here’s the release: 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company to Maintain Ownership Positions in Hulu Companies Make Commitment to Recapitalize Hulu with $750 Million in New Funding to Propel Future Growth NEW YORK & BURBANK, Calif. – -(BUSINESS WIRE) — 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company today jointly announced that they will maintain their respective ownership positions in Hulu and together provide a cash infusion of $750 million in order to propel future growth

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As Egypt Erupts in Political Tumult, Twitter Translates High-Profile Tweeters

July 3, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In an ongoing effort to make Twitter more widely accessible to the world, Twitter continued its efforts in experimenting with tweet translation on Wednesday, giving people the ability to see some high-profile Egyptian Twitter users’ tweets translated into local languages. The update is in lockstep with the tumult occurring in the Middle East, as the world watched Egypt’s military oust Mohammed Morsi from his elected position as President of the nation. “As part of our experiment with Tweet text translation, we’ve enabled translation for some of the most-followed accounts in Egypt, so people around the world can better understand and keep up with what’s happening there,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement. The move is also a part of Twitter’s ongoing experimentation with translation of tweets in general. Earlier this week, Twitter began dabbling in providing a Bing-powered translation feature to some users, which displayed a tweet in its original language, while also presenting the translated text beneath it.

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