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Google’s Dan Fredinburg Among Those Killed In Everest Avalanche Following Nepal Quake

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Google executive Dan Fredinburg was one those killed in an avalanche on Mount Everest, following the devastating 7.8 earthquake that rocked Nepal early this morning. Fredinburg served as Chief of Privacy for Google X, and headed up product management for the company’s Privacy team. His sister made the news public via Instagram, attributing his death to a “major head injury”. “We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his… Read

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Google Teams With Sprint And T-Mobile For New ‘Project Fi’ Wireless Service

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This might inspire a lot of wireless providers, and consumers, to rethink their mobile phone plans: Google formally unveiled today its long anticipated wireless service, called Project Fi. It costs $20 a month, and will route calls via WiFi, Sprint, or T-Mobile — whatever’s fastest. The fee includes talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering and coverage to more than 120 countries. It’s an additional $10 for 1 Gb of cellular data, or $20 for 2 Gb, etc. — and you get a credit for the… Read

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Nancy Tellem Plugs Back In As Chairman, Chief Media Officer At Interlude

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Nancy Tellem, who was CBS Network TV president and then launched Microsoft’s short-lived Xbox Entertainment Studios, has re-emerged as Executive Chairman and Chief Media Officer of Interlude. The company made its name initially in interactive music videos for Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Coldplay and others but is broadening its focus to other kinds of interactive video entertainment, both as a producer of original content and service provider for big brands. As CBS… Read

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Imax CEO Richard Gelfond On Large-Format Future: ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’, Rivals, TV Shows & Adult Fare – CinemaCon

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EXCLUSIVE: In 1994, Richard Gelfond didn’t know that much about the movie business.  He was an investment banker, a lawyer and an entrepreneur and together with his business partner Brad Wechsler, snapped up Imax, a nice purveyor of nature and science documentaries. When it came to expanding to more blockbuster fare, there was a bit of catch 22: Studios wouldn’t shoot movies in Imax unless there were more commercial theaters and exhibs wouldn’t build more theaters unless… Read

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Yahoo Shares Slip As Q1 Revenues Fall Short Of Wall Street Expectations

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More bad news for CEO Marissa Mayer: Yahoo shares — already down 11.6% so far in 2015 amid concerns about its ability to boost ad sales — are off 2.1% in post market trading after it reported disappointing Q1 financials. Revenues not including transaction costs came in $1.04 billion, down 4.1% vs the period last year, below expectations for $1.06 billion. Adjusted earnings at 15 cents a share — down from 38 cents last year — also fell short of forecasts for 18… Read

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DCDC Unveils Live-Event Streaming Technology For Theaters – CinemaCon

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The Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition announced a new live-streaming technology that will make it possible for theater owners to simultaneously book video from four different programs, two of them live streams, to an unlimited number of screens in their facilities. The coalition – which was founded by Warner Bros., Universal, Regal Entertainment, Cinemark and AMC Theaters – will unveil the new capabilities of the KenCast ‘catch server’ at CinemaCon this week in Las… Read

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‘The Screen Savers’ Relaunching As Hour-Long Variety Show From Tech Pundit Leo Laporte

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Long-time tech pundit Leo Laporte is relaunching his 1990s show, The Screen Savers, as an hour-long variety show focused on tech topics and available online in both video and audio versions. Check out the just-released trailer above. The New ScreenSavers will feature several of LaPorte’s long-time colleagues on his TWiT.TV network’s collection of tech-oriented programming, including Megan Morrone (who was part of the original show as Megan Olesky), Mike Elgan, Jason… Read

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Sony Slams WikiLeaks Document Dump; Do We Need A Sequel? – Update

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UPDATE, 1:03 PM PT: Sony Pictures, the victim in the hacking, has predictably condemned the WikiLeaks cataloging of the hacked trove of documents. "The cyber-attack on Sony Pictures was a malicious criminal act, and we strongly condemn the indexing of stolen employee and other private and privileged information on WikiLeaks,” said a spokesperson. “The attackers used the dissemination of stolen information to try to harm SPE and its employees, and now WikiLeaks regrettably… Read

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IMAX Shows Off Its First U.S. Laser-Projection System

IMAX Laser Projection System

Two weeks after its U.S. debut at the Furious 7 premiere at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood, the company behind the theater’s new razor-sharp laser projectors and overwhelming sound system gathered all its top brass to put the system through its paces before a critical group of media and exhibitors from as far away as Australia. With CinemaCon, the big exhibitors convention, next week in Las Vegas, it was a good chance to show what the IMAX with Laser system can… Read

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Netflix: ‘The Interview’ Showed Movies Can Coexist Online And In Theaters

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Sony’s experience offering The Interview simultaneously online and in theaters following last year’s hacking imbroglio whetted Netflix appetite for doing the same with other films, execs said today in a conference call with Wall Street analysts. The fictitious comedy about an assassination attempt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un generated $45 million, primarily from video on demand, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says. As a result, Sony “took what could have been a… Read

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The Pirates Of Periscope Bring Publicity To ‘Game of Thrones’

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Periscope, the Twitter-owned mobile video streaming app, is getting loads of good old-fashioned free publicity today via doddering news reports that some users of the app shared with their Twitter followers the first episode of HBO’s sex-and-swords series Game of Thrones. In a statement, Periscope told Deadline: “Periscope operates in compliance with the Digital Millenium Copyright Act. Periscope will respond to valid takedown requests.” HBO, meanwhile, is getting loads… Read

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European Union Plans To Charge Google With Antitrust Violations – Reports

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Google shares closed down 1.6% today on multiple reports that the European Union is about to charge it with antitrust law violations following a five-year investigation. Fines could exceed $6 billion. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager decided to go after the search giant, rejecting a company effort to negotiate a settlement, according to reports in the  Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. Officials believe Google’s Android  forced mobile phone… Read