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Jun 16, 2011

“Green Lantern” emerges from obscurity; critics pounce

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The universe has probably never been safer if the proliferation of comic book superheroes on the big screen is any indication.

Marvel adventures “Thor” and “X-Men: First Class” have sold nearly $800 million worth of tickets combined at the worldwide box office in recent weeks, and “Captain America” is getting ready for a July 22 release across North America.

Jun 2, 2011
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Groupon’s Andrew Mason demonstrates how to stonewall

By Sarah McBride in Palos Verdes

Once he got entrepreneurial, Groupon founder and CEO Andrew Mason had to change his stance on copycatting. What he once considered plagiarism – after a few years in the wild and woolly world of business – he now considers fair game. Sorta.

“They call it competition,” he told conference-goers at All Things Digital in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Jun 1, 2011

Google reveals Gmail hacking, likely from China

SAN FRANCISCO/LOS ANGELES, June 1 (Reuters) – Google Inc
(GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Wednesday that unknown hackers likely
originating from central China tried to hack into the Gmail
accounts of hundreds of users, including senior U.S. government
officials, Chinese activists and journalists.

The world’s largest Internet company said on its official
blog that the hackers, who appeared to originate from Jinan,
China, recently tried to crack and monitor email accounts by
stealing passwords, but Google detected and “disrupted” the
campaign.

Jun 1, 2011
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Rupert Murdoch shakes up empire….kinda

Rupert Murdoch didn’t open the D9 conference this year as he’s wont to do. So, his alter ego did.

Jane Lynch — the acerbic, sarcastic and domineering Cheerios coach of Fox’s “Glee” — stood in for the News Corp chieftain in a brief stand-up spiel for the 600 attendees at the tech industry conference.

May 31, 2011
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D9 kicks off in style…LA style

If you can say one thing about those folks at AllThingsD, it’s that they really know how to throw a party. This year’s premier U.S. tech conference, at the swanky Terranea Resort in upscale Rancho Palos Verdes just an hour south of LA, brought out the Ferraris, CEOs and fancy gizmos in droves.

Such an event deserves a worthy schwag bag, and the folks at AllThingsD did not disappoint. This year’s trove of goodies for the 600 monied attendees included a brand-new HP Veer smartphone,   a “Pogoplug” personal cloud box (for backing up content and stuff), a Disney skull-shaped decanter meant to commemorate the release of the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean, a Lenovo wireless keyboard-and-mouse.

May 11, 2011
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Wanna direct Cars 2? There’s an app for that.

By Poornima Gupta

You could call it another victory lap for Steve Jobs.

John Lasseter, chief creative officer for Disney and Pixar and an old chum of the Apple CEO, credits the making of the new “Cars 2″ film to a single device: the iPad. 


Being the creative guru at Pixar and Disney, as well as an adviser for Walt Disney Imagineering — Walt Disney Co’s design and development arm — means Lasseter has less time than he’d like to review materials for the movie, which he directed. 

May 4, 2011

A minute with: Kenneth Branagh about “Thor”

By Edwin Chan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – British actor and director Kenneth Branagh is best known for his deft handling of Shakespearean material.

So the choice of Branagh to direct the hotly-anticipated comic book movie “Thor,” which makes it U.S. debut on Friday, came as something of a surprise.

May 3, 2011

‘Thor’ thunders into superhero movie summer

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – “Thor”, the first of several superheroes debuting on movie screens this summer, hits U.S. theaters on Friday with out-sized hopes resting on the Norse deity’s expansive shoulders.

Hollywood is praying that the God of Thunder and Marvel Comics staple will electrify a dismal 2011 box office, and squeeze more life out of a superhero genre that — with some of the most iconic characters already established franchises — is beginning to look tired.

Apr 19, 2011

Intel, VMWare give downtrodden tech sector a lift

SAN FRANCISCO, April 19 (Reuters) – Strong results from a
clutch of technology heavyweights, led by top global chip maker
Intel Corp (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and “cloud computing” specialist VMware Inc
(VMW.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), may give the battered U.S. tech sector a boost.

International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) also blew past
Wall Street targets, raising its profit forecast and citing
strong sales of mainframe computers and brisk business in
emerging markets.

Mar 17, 2011

Apple clobbered by rare Wall St downgrade, Japan looms

LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A rare Wall Street downgrade stoked fears that Apple Inc’s torrid growth is slowing and sent its shares sliding for the second straight day as nervous investors ponder the impact on the tech industry from Japan’s largest-ever earthquake.

The world’s largest technology company lost about $14 billion of value on Wednesday after JMP Securities’ Alex Gauna downgraded the stock, pointing to a sharp pullback in sales growth at Apple’s largest Asian contract manufacturer as a sign that business was also slowing at the iPhone and iPad maker.

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