September 4, 2009 |
With the future of Hollywood storytelling in flux -- movies, video games and social media are mashing into new shapes -- who knows how stories will be told in five years? Tough to say, but Anthony E. Zuiker, the architect of the massively successful "CSI" television franchise, is taking a stab at that future with "Level 26," a grisly hybrid of crime fiction, motion picture and online social community. Trademarked as a digi-novel, "Level 26" is both a book that arrives on store shelves Tuesday and a key that unlocks an enhanced companion experience online.
June 13, 2009 |
A Santa Barbara company said Friday that the Internet-filtering software that China has mandated for all new personal computers sold in that country contains stolen programming code. Solid Oak Software Inc. said parts of its filtering program, which is designed for parents, can be found in the Green Dam Youth Escort filtering software that must be packaged with all computers sold in China starting next month.
April 18, 2009 |
When Adam Hendricks wants an obscure film that isn't available on Netflix, he isn't exactly out of options. The 26-year-old West Hollywood resident turns to one of the dozens of "torrent tracking" websites that index and make searchable the hundreds of millions of files -- some legal, most not -- distributed on the Web via the BitTorrent file transfer technology. "It's really easy," he said, listing a number of popular sites. "I use isoHunt first and Pirate Bay sometimes.
April 3, 2009 |
Walt Disney Co., the world's biggest media company, is exploring ways to provide cable channels, including ESPN and Disney Channel, on the Internet. The company must first find a way to protect pay-television services that carry the networks, Chief Executive Robert Iger said Thursday at the Cable Show in Washington. Media and pay-TV companies are considering ways to let cable and satellite TV subscribers watch channels over the Internet. "Streaming full networks online would be an interesting and potentially compelling feature," Iger said.
March 18, 2009 |
In an effort to help struggling newspapers stay in business, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is asking the Justice Department to broaden its view of media competition when reviewing merger proposals. Pelosi sent a letter to the Justice Department on Monday saying any antitrust concerns that arise from proposed mergers between newspapers should take into account online news sources and nearby daily and weekly papers "so that the conclusions reached reflect current market realities." The Hearst Corp.
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March 9, 2009 |
It won't have professors, not in a traditional sense. And no tuition either. Still, the University of the People, a Pasadena-based venture envisioned as the first global, online, peer-to-peer university, will be a real institution of higher education, its founder says. Shai Reshef, the Israeli entrepreneur behind the idea, said the response has been overwhelming since news of his in-the-works university started spreading earlier this year.