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Wonderful Winklevoss Pistachios; Summers Calls Twins Assholes, Armie Hammer Escapes Their Fate

Mark Zuckerberg may be No. 1 on Vanity Fair's New Establishment list, but The Winklevoss Twins are in bed with big money Pistachios. Wonderful Pistachios that is, and what a wonderful Winklevoss way to wake up to Tuesday. HuffPo shares this video and also relates the exchange between the made-famous-by-the-Facebook-movie twins and Harvard president Larry Summers. He says, "One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o'clock, there are two possibilities. One is that they're looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an asshole, this was the latter case. Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind." They then responded with this letter.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 13, 2011 3:36 AM
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Media Watch: LATimes.com Traffic Rises, Facebook Hides Google+ Invites, Netflix targets Kids & Asia

Netflix is creating a Just-for-Kids streaming option, the company reported yesterday. Aimed at the 12-and-unders, it offers content like Dora the Explorer or SpongeBob SquarePants, and groups its elements into categories that operate with total child-logic: "Dinosaurs," "Girl Power," "Princesses," and "Superheroes." Meanwhile, Netflix is also aiming to distribute in select Asian locations, like Japan or South Korea, by the end of 2012.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • August 17, 2011 11:45 AM
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Sundance Institute Pushes Deeper Into Digital Distribution Alternatives--Analysis

Sundance Institute Pushes Deeper Into Digital Distribution Alternatives--Analysis
Two things pop from this week's announcement from Robert Redford's Sundance Institute about their "Artists Services Initiative." First, who it's for--Sundance Institute filmmakers only--and second, how it contrasts with Robert De Niro's for-profit New York-based Tribeca Films, which picks up films to release, some of them from its own festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 29, 2011 8:51 AM
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Paramount Makes Jackass Films Available on Facebook

The studios are all experimenting with how to compensate for declining DVD sales and rentals, which are plummeting at a rate no one anticipated. All over Hollywood, studio home video departments are constricting, and their formerly sidelined digital divisions are coming into prominence as they try to come up with innovative ways to sell their product.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 28, 2011 3:59 AM
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Media Watch: Fox Sets Up Sub Paywall, Time's High Digital IQ, Facebook vs. Nirvana, Google+

On Tuesday, Fox announced that it will stop free next-day streaming of its TV shows on Fox.com and Hulu.com, unless viewers subscribe to the services. Cable and satellite users will need to submit a user name and password; the shows will be available for free viewing eight days after their initial release date.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 27, 2011 4:03 AM
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Social Media Watch: Facebook Employees Sign Up for Google+, Most Active Users at Twitter or Facebook

While Google+ hopes to replace Facebook as a social media site that allows you to compartmentalize your image, high-ups at Facebook have been signing up in droves for Google's new platform. See the complete list of Facebook employees using Google Plus at All Facebook, including founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, vice president Christopher Cox and vice president of human resources, Lori Goler. So far, Google+ has accumulated 10 million users in just two weeks, good progress but nowhere close to Facebook's 750 million. Perhaps Facebook's principals are conducting some competitive research at Google+ or maybe this is a friendly gesture to say that all social media can coexist together?
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 20, 2011 8:00 AM
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Google+ Update: 20 Million Users Projected by This Weekend, User Tips, Will It Survive?

Will Google+ take off? According to this report from Paul Allen, Google+ will reach 10 million users today--thanks to the increasingly popular invitation button--and 20 million by this weekend. Google+ turns two weeks old today (here's Wired's must-read history), and Allen's statistics give evidence that there is in fact a demand for Google+, despite Facebook already having 750 million users. Moreover, Google is not doomed even if this social-networking attempt fails. Google+ has posted this message (pictured) for those not adequately connected to receive an invite.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2011 8:26 AM
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Disney and Time Warner Chase AMC, Soap’s Second Life on Internet, Google+ Brand Pages

After AMC Network spun off from Cablevision last week, such buyers as Time Warner and Walt Disney Co. have made a run at purchasing the network, reports AdAge. One fund manager at GAMCO, who oversees some four million AMC shares, says that the network would benefit from a sale because of its current popularity due to acclaimed shows Mad Men, The Walking Dead, and Breaking Bad (pictured). In addition to AMC, AMC Networks also controls IFC, WE TV and the Sundance Channel.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 8, 2011 6:43 AM
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Media Watch: Vogue Sells, Netflix Streams Southward, StumbleUpon Challenges Facebook's Media Command

Anna Wintour still rules the fashion roost. Vogue keeps flying off newsstands, leaving other high-end women's mags to wallow in slow sales. According to Adweek, Vogue’s sales are up 16% since last year’s first-half average, selling about 370,000 per month. Other fashion rags, including Harper’s Bazaar and Marie Claire, have faced a decrease in sales by 21%.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 6, 2011 4:01 AM
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Media Watch: Facebook Feedback Council, Hulu to Sell, Tablet Users Double by 2012, Salon Chief Out

-As Facebook looks to generate more ad revenues, the social networking hub is forming a twelve-member client council composed of leaders in the advertising world as well as Facebook’s largest clients, reports Ad Age. The group will rotate yearly, allowing a large mix of companies to participate. The first dozen include Nick Brien, CEO of McCann Worldgroup and Wendy Clark, Coca-Cola’s head of integrated marketing.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 23, 2011 6:13 AM
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