‘Think Like a Man’ ends ‘Hunger Games’ streak

April 22, 2012

 The box office competition finally overwhelmed “The Hunger Games” as the romantic comedy “Think Like a Man” beat expectations with a chart-topping $33.0 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales over the weekend. 

Watch out: A hearts and minds battle for your wrist

April 20, 2012

A Kickstarter project for a device you wear on your wrist, but that needs a smartphone to do anything really interesting, has raised more than $5.3 million in eight days. This is this far and away the most anyone has ever raised on Kickstarter, and it’s happening – with a gadget in a category that has a pretty dismal track record – at a sales pace that would make even Apple sit up and take notice.

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All your Tumblr are belong to Them

April 18, 2012

Forget Instagram’s billion-dollar payday. Forget IPOs, past and future, from Facebook, Groupon, LinkedIn and the like. And ignore, please, the online ramblings of attention-hungry venture capitalists and narcissistic Silicon Valley journalists with the off-putting habit of making their inside-baseball sound like the World Series. Their stories, to paraphrase Shakespeare, are tales told by idiots, full of sound and fury, but signifying very little about the impact of technology on most of our lives. (Sure, some of their tales are about great fortunes, but those are only for a select few; to summon the Oracle of Omaha rather than the Bard of Avon, only a fool ever equated price with value.) Their one-in-a-million windfalls are just flashes in the pan. Or, actually, they are solitary data points, meaningless when devoid of context.

Nigeria’s central banker could turn author

April 16, 2012

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Lamido Sanusi (Photo: Reuters)

What does a Central Bank governor do after leaving office? Many return to the private sector in some sort of consultancy role. Others, especially when they’re as outspoken as Nigeria’s banking chief Lamido Sanusi, tend to turn to politics. But Sanusi told Reuters in a recent interview he has no interest in politics and sees himself instead as something of a “public intellectual”. “I can do more good outside of government.”

As Gannett’s brand morphs, print still top of mind

April 16, 2012

Gannett's Detroit newspapers

 

For a handful of years now,  several newspaper companies have attempted to re-brand themselves into something — anything! — that doesn’t associate them with newspapers. Gannett is one of the latest examples trying to put some distance between itself and the industry despite the fact that it is still the largest newspaper chain by circulation in the U.S.,  it still derives the heft of its revenue from ink on paper, and it still is  a bellwether for other companies that count big iron as an asset.

Kleiner-backed Cooliris launches new website for photo-sharing service

April 13, 2012

Another photo sharing website has come into play. But this one is not new and already has a fairly decent following in the all-important mobile space.

Discovery Channel upstaged by murderers, stalkers

April 12, 2012

If the low ratings at Oprah Winfrey’s OWN weren’t evidence enough of viewer disinterest in programming that inspires, then perhaps the massive ratings growth at Investigation Discovery, a network whose shows are almost exclusively populated by murderers and stalkers, can provide convincing.

Even when Apple is losing, it wins

April 12, 2012

The Department of Justice, as anticipated, filed suit Wednesday against Apple and five of the Big Six publishers over alleged price-fixing. Three of those publishers have entered into a proposed settlement with the DOJ, but Apple is still on the hook.

Race On: Will the media outpace U.S. GDP growth as Veronis forecast?

April 12, 2012

Athlete Alyson Felix in training for this year's Olympics. Will U.S. economy keep pace? (Photo: Reuters)

Top Patch editor’s “bittersweet” exit

April 12, 2012

In case you haven’t had your fill of AOL news this week: Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham surprised employees today by declaring he will be out the door May 4.