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The Morning Lowdown 3-7-12

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Some of the stories people are talking about this morning: »  Netflix (NSDQ: NFLX) in talks for cable partnership (Reuters) »  Why tablet makers need to make iPad events matter (GigaOM) »  Is Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) getting into original TV? (Fortune) »   Cosmopolitan says it has 100,000 paid digital...
The Morning Lowdown 3-7-12

Nick Denton wants to turn the online media world upside down

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Over the past couple of months, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton has made it clear that he doesn’t like blog comments very much, and that includes the ones on his own sites such as Gizmodo and Jezebel. He said so during an interview at South by Southwest, where he...
Nick Denton wants to turn the online media world upside down

EU Commissioner Kroes Speaks Out On Internet Openness; Says We Cannot Allow ISP Disconnects

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EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, Neelie Kroes, has been saying a ton of smart things lately. A few months ago, we wrote about her pointing out that copyright is being used to punish & withhold and how copyright middlemen should get with the times and innovate, rather than looking...
EU Commissioner Kroes Speaks Out On Internet Openness; Says We Cannot Allow ISP Disconnects

Now ESPN Says It Isn't Talking To Apple About A TV App (AAPL, DIS)

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After Bloomberg quoted an ESPN exec who said the company was working with Apple to bring an app to the Apple TV, the company is now denying the report. An ESPN spokesperson told Bloomberg: We’re not having conversations with Apple about authenticating WatchESPN. Bloomberg has more details > Please follow...
Now ESPN Says It Isn't Talking To Apple About A TV App (AAPL, DIS)
Netflix signs deal with Disney to deliver movies to your living room while they're still in the theaters

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, FB, DIS, MSFT)

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Good morning. Here's the news. After, come back to SAI for live news and analysis all day. There are between 25 and 40 startups worth $1 billion in Silicon Valley. Facebook is building an app that will track the location of users and share it with their friends. Star Wars...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, FB, DIS, MSFT)

Marvel Comics Adds Digital-Only Line, New Pricing Strategy

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Marvel (NYSE: DIS) Comics is beefing up its digital presence with a new digital-only line and print-digital bundles. First up is Avengers vs. X-Men #1 Infinite, a counterpart to Avengers Vs. X-Men #1. Both will be released April 4. Marvel already releases its comics in digital formats, so what’s...
Marvel Comics Adds Digital-Only Line, New Pricing Strategy

Here Is A Video Of Two Kids Freaking Out About Star Wars Episode 7 Coming In 2015 (DIS)

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Disney bought Lucasfilm and says it will release a new Star Wars in 2015. Vox CEO Jim Bankoff just posted this video of his kids learning this news. SPOILER: They start freaking out like you know you want to. Please follow The Wire on Twitter and Facebook.Join the conversation about...
Here Is A Video Of Two Kids Freaking Out About Star Wars Episode 7 Coming In 2015 (DIS)

Hulu Goes to the Movies (That You've Never Heard Of) [MediaMemo]

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Yesterday marked the first time a feature film has appeared on Hulu before running anywhere else. So why haven’t you heard about it? Because if the people behind “In The Darkness” didn’t call their project a feature film, nobody else would. It’s a low-budget horror/suspense story that clocks in at...
Hulu Goes to the Movies (That You've Never Heard Of) [MediaMemo]
Netflix Stock Soars After It Announces A Big Deal With Disney (NFLX, DIS)

ESPN Could Be Coming To Your Apple TV Soon (AAPL, DIS)

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ESPN and Apple are holding talks about bringing the network's content to the Apple TV, Bloomberg reports. The app would give ESPN subscribers access to streaming web content. Bloomberg's report doesn't say what kind of content the app will run though. For example, ESPN's iPad app lets you stream the...
ESPN Could Be Coming To Your Apple TV Soon (AAPL, DIS)

Netflix's terrible, horrible no good, very bad week

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Investors are selling Netflix shares like mad, as if it weren't well-known that competition would soon be eating away at the company's prospects. FORTUNE -- The most surprising aspect of Netflix's (NFLX) earnings and future-guidance announcement on Monday is that anyone was surprised by it. The company reported that revenues...
Netflix's terrible, horrible no good, very bad week

Don't U Dis Txtspeak; It's a "Linguistic Miracle," Says Professor

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Calling the choppy language of text messaging a scourge on society would not be controversial. But Columbia linguistics professor John McWhorter has a different interpretation. He thinks texting, with its abbreviations and odd constructions and novel usage, is “a linguistic miracle happening right under our noses.” “A whole new language...
Don't U Dis Txtspeak; It's a "Linguistic Miracle," Says Professor

two ways of dis-embedding: zoom in, zoom out ? ~ http://j.mp/9u7uUZ #openpractice

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two ways of dis-embedding: zoom in, zoom out ? ~ http://j.mp/9u7uUZ #openpractice

Setting things straight about the AppGratis business model

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Simon Dawlat is the CEO and founder of AppGratis, whose app discovery app was pulled from the app store by Apple. Allow me to jump right into this by saying that yes, we have created a business while...
Setting things straight about the AppGratis business model

Bob Iger: Steve Jobs Used To Call Me And Tell Me My Movies 'Sucked' (DIS)

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Steve Jobs was kind of a jerk. But in an endearing way. From Bloomberg BusinessWeek's big story on Disney buying Star Wars, there is this nugget on Jobs relationship with Disney and CEO Bob Iger after Iger acquired Pixar: The transaction gave Disney a new source of hit movies. Jobs...
Bob Iger: Steve Jobs Used To Call Me And Tell Me My Movies 'Sucked' (DIS)

More Android Forking? Disney Teams Up With Japan's Docomo For 2 New Phones

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Disney (NYSE: DIS) Mobile, the short-lived U.S. MVNO that found a new lease of life in Japan through a Softbank JV in 2008, has now launched two new Android handsets in partnership with NTT Docomo, the country’s biggest carrier. Docomo says The two devices, available only in Japan, are...
More Android Forking? Disney Teams Up With Japan's Docomo For 2 New Phones
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, MSFT, DIS, GOOG)

Boot up: Swartz on Google in 2003, Java danger, CES's swag, and more

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Plus Samsung's Surface for Microsoft, spam feud reveals surprising online pharma truths, rural broadband gets some help, and moreA quick burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamFeb 2003: Google's Privacy Problems >> Aaron SwartzFebruary 2003: Conclusion: Google needs to stop sending the...
Boot up: Swartz on Google in 2003, Java danger, CES's swag, and more

10 Of The Saddest, Weirdest Kickstarter Projects We've Ever Seen

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Kickstarter is a tool for making your creative dreams come true. Of course, you have to convince others that that dream is worth pursuing. And then you have to convince them that it's worth giving you money for it. As you can easily imagine, this doesn't happen all the time....
10 Of The Saddest, Weirdest Kickstarter Projects We've Ever Seen

Disney's CEO Is Selling His Company's Stock And Buying Apple (DIS, AAPL)

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On Monday, Disney CEO Bob Iger bought $1 million worth of Apple shares, an SEC filing revealed. He's on Apple's board of directors. That's really interesting, because Iger exercised a million options on Disney stock last week, netting $17.9 million. "He's just diversifying his investments and still has a very large portfolio...
Disney's CEO Is Selling His Company's Stock And Buying Apple (DIS, AAPL)

Marissa Mayer's Morning Show Mess Up (YHOO, DIS, CMSCA)

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CEO Marissa Mayer introduced a new Yahoo homepage today - first on Yahoo's official blog, and then, moment's later on NBC's Today Show. This was huge exposure for Yahoo, Mayer, and Yahoo's new homepage. The Today Show has a huge audience - about 4.7 million people watched it last week....
Marissa Mayer's Morning Show Mess Up (YHOO, DIS, CMSCA)

Ronnie Screwvala: The Indian billionaire working for Disney

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Bollywood pioneer Ronnie Screwvala is Disney's point man in India. By Kurt Wagner, reporter FORTUNE -- Ronnie Screwvala believes in India. As a self-made entrepreneur, Screwvala turned his small cable television company, UTV, into a multimedia conglomerate worthy of Disney's (DIS) attention. (Disney fully purchased the company for an undisclosed...
Ronnie Screwvala: The Indian billionaire working for Disney

Angry Birds Starts Stuffing Cartoons In Its Apps As It Tries To Become Disney (DIS)

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Rovio, the company behind the runaway success Angry Birds, has long said it doesn't want to be just a gaming company. It wants to be a media giant just like Disney. It has started its trek towards Disney-like mega media success by putting cartoons in its app. BTIG analyst Richard...
Angry Birds Starts Stuffing Cartoons In Its Apps As It Tries To Become Disney (DIS)

Liverpool jail operated 'unofficial punishment wing', inspection reveals

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Report found that some of those in the unit were vulnerable inmates at risk of suicideAn "unofficial" punishment wing that fails to meet minimum prison service standards has been operating at Liverpool jail, the chief inspector of prisons has disclosed in a report on Friday.Nick Hardwick said that prisoners sent...
Liverpool jail operated 'unofficial punishment wing', inspection reveals

Coming soon to the EU: the used digital game market?

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A ruling by the European Court of Justice this week may have far-reaching implications for those seeking to sell second-hand digital gamesEarlier this week, you may have missed potentially the biggest gaming story of the year.On Tuesday, the Court of Justice of the European Union published its judgement on a...
Coming soon to the EU: the used digital game market?

Before The Paywall, Murdoch Stops Disclosing UK News Site Traffic

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With a month to go before News International raises its first paywall in June, both Times Online and Sun Online have stopped publishing their user numbers through the ABC. March monthly figures for UK newspaper sites were issued Thursday - but both Murdoch titles are absent. ABC (NYSE: DIS)...
Before The Paywall, Murdoch Stops Disclosing UK News Site Traffic
William Shatner Calls Out Reddit For Ignoring 'Horrifically Racist' And 'Sexist' Posts

Hollywood taps into the Twittersphere

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Disney tracks tweets about the Muppets to monitor its marketing campaigns. FORTUNE -- When Disney released its new Muppets movie, the studio made use of a different kind of focus group to predict box office sales: the Twittersphere. Big movie studios are increasingly tapping into hundreds of thousands of tweets...
Hollywood taps into the Twittersphere

"OMG it's Steve Jobs! I'm the only one yelling at him" [MediaMemo]

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That’s the most excellent caption for this photo, posted Sunday night by blogger Wayne Sutton. That’s the Apple (AAPL) cofounder and CEO in the middle of shot, standing next to the woman in the white dress (click to enlarge). Thanks to CNET’s intrepid Caroline McCarthy for spotting the shot. I...
"OMG it's Steve Jobs! I'm the only one yelling at him" [MediaMemo]
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