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Twitter Chirps, BlackBerry vs. iPhone, iPad vs. WePad

Twitter is all over the news. Not only is everyone trying to make sense of the just-announced Twitter advertising model and the new Google Follow Finder, but the Library of Congress is acquiring the entire Twitter archive: every tweet ever. That could be a lot of tweets, admits the Library of Congress blog: "Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions."
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  • April 14, 2010 10:29 AM
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Internet Goes Nuts Over iPad

Reviews of the new multi-media iPad are flowing in.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 5:30 AM
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MSpot Streams Movies to PCs and Mobiles

I streamed The Hunt for Red October on my office computer the other day. Now that I have a fast cable modem and a nice big monitor, it flowed beautifully. No glitches. And in theory--although I couldn't get my BlackBerry to cooperate--if I had wanted to stop the action and continue watching on my PDA, I could do that too, for the price of a $4.99 24-hour rental on mSpot.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 1, 2010 1:02 AM
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Monsters vs. Aliens Brings 3-D Invasion

One of the surprises of the year so far is how well Henry Selick’s 3-D animated gothic fairy tale Coraline lasted at the b.o.; this weekend brings DreamWorks Animation's Monsters vs. Aliens and a spate of 3-D offerings are on the way. Even the venerable Cannes Film Festival, which has made an annual tradition of unveiling the latest animated fare, will for the first time open the 62nd fest on May 13 with not only an animated movie but Disney/Pixar’s 3-D balloon adventure Up, which opens May 29.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 24, 2009 7:11 AM
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SXSW: Berney, SnagFilms, IMDb

originally posted on Variety.comEx-Picturehouse chief Bob Berney is chasing financing for a planned new distrib outfit--still unnamed. He did try to retrieve his Picturehouse name, but it was impossible. Here at SXSW, he's tracking possible later acquisitions. Here's what Berney told John Pierson at the SXSW Q & A, reports Indiewire in its report on indie distribution:
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 16, 2009 8:47 AM
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Oscar Watch: Bay Hosts Transformers Tech Show

Transformers director Michael Bay returned to the scene of the crime Thursday night at the Cary Grant mixing stage at the Sony lot to revisit the Oscar-nominated achievements in VFX and sound. The place was packed with filmmaking geeks eager to hear and see the behind-the-scenes machinations that go into a formidable FX epic like Transformers.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 8, 2008 7:42 AM
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