Reuters: Technology News
last updated: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:12:36 GMT

Amazon posts higher-than-expected first-quarter revenue
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc reported a 32-percent jump in first-quarter net income on Thursday as the largest U.S. online retailer's revenue rose a better-than-expected 23 percent.

full story

BBC News - Technology
last updated: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 20:47:39 GMT

Warhol works found on Amiga disks
A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks.

full story

PC World - News RSS feed
last updated: Fri, 25 Apr 2014 05:13:19 +1000

US tech spending to see 'solid, steady growth' this year and next, Forrester says
Combined U.S. business and consumer spending on technology will rise 5.3 percent this year to US$1.315 trillion and 6.0 percent to $1.4 trillion in 2015, thanks to an improving economy and an acceleration in purchases by businesses and government agencies, according to Forrester Research. Read More

full story

Tech News Headlines - Yahoo News
last updated: Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:28:50 -0400

Amazon's revenue increases even as spending climbs

A parcel moves on the conveyor belt at Amazon's logistics centre in GrabenBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Inc's revenue grew more than expected for the first quarter, offset by a sharp increase in spending on technology, content and new warehouses as the e-commerce giant branches into new businesses. The Seattle-based company's overall revenue growth bested the average Wall Street estimate of $19.4 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Amazon reported earnings per share of 23 cents, in line with expectations. Shares of Amazon, which is rapidly expanding its lineup of devices and computing services to sustain its pace of growth, rose 1.6 percent to $342.56 in afterhours trading. Amazon is spending big on a wide range of projects as its core retail business comes under pressure.

full story

TechNews AM - Technology news
last updated: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 15:51:00 EST

New year, new round of diet programs... (Advertising Age / TechNews AM)
NEW YORK ( -- Players in the $60 billion U.S. weight-loss industry are doing all they can to insure that people will continue spending money to shed pounds with new ad campaigns and product offerings...

full story

last updated: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:41:00 PDT

Mom tries to Facebook-shame daughter, gets pizza on face
A mother makes her daughter pose for a picture to prove that it will travel far and wide on the Web. She ends up getting prank calls, pizza deliveries, and a lesson for herself.

full story

BuzzFeed - Geeky
last updated: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:13:47 -0400

Meet The Woman (Besides Tatiana Maslany) Who Plays Every Single "Orphan Black" Clone

Kathryn Alexandre has been in every episode of Orphan Black , but you don’t know her face. The show’s clone double speaks about the behind-the-scenes role of a lifetime.

BBC America

Tatiana Maslany's astounding portrayal of 11 incredibly diverse clones on BBC America's Orphan Black has turned her into one of the most talked about actors — and there is one person the 28-year-old consistently cites for helping her bring this award-winning role to life: Kathryn Alexandre.

"I could cry thinking about her," Maslany said of Alexandre, her Orphan Black clone double, during a Screen Actors Guild Foundation interview. "She's so amazing. She memorizes all of the lines, all of my blocking, all of her blocking, my mannerisms, my impulses; she, somehow, memorizes all of that and gives it back to me with a performance I can play off of."

Logistically, Alexandre acts opposite Maslany any time two or more of the clones interact — which is quite frequently — and delivers a screen-worthy performance before being replaced during post-production. While many actors would balk at the seemingly thankless job, Alexandre considers it the role of a lifetime.

"I'd just graduated theater school and didn't have much experience working on camera," the 24-year-old told BuzzFeed of being cast in 2012. "I didn't really know how complicated the role would become, but I'm working on such a wonderful show with such skilled people and learning so much. It's incredible."

And Alexandre has actually been involved with Orphan Black since before the cameras started rolling on the series, which is now in its second season. "I actually worked as a reader for the initial auditions when they were trying to find actors to play Sarah and Felix," she said of roles that went to Maslany and Jordan Gavaris respectively. "I was aware of the show and already in the room with other people who were auditioning for the leads, so I knew the casting director, and she's the one who brought me in to read for the double."

Alexandre, standing in for clone Rachel Duncan, and Maslany, playing clone Sarah Manning.

BBC America

Maslany said that it was imperative to Orphan Black creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett that whoever was hired as the clone double be an actor, not a stand-in. And that led to an extensive — and elaborate — audition process. "The first audition I had was with a casting director and I did my interpretation of Sarah, Katya, and Alison," Alexandre recalled.

"Then I had a callback with John doing my interpretation of the clones. Then, for the third audition, they brought Tatiana in and we were acting off one another. We'd play a scene and I'd watch her while she played opposite me. Then we'd flip, and I'd mimic her. Because they were really adamant on finding an actor as opposed to just a double, they were comparing me to her and how I worked off of her."

In the two years that they've been working with one another, Maslany and Alexandre have developed an important short-hand and an unexpected reliance on one another. "There were times on set where I was so tired and I didn't know how I was going to get through the day, and she would show up and give me everything," Maslany said. "[She] knew how tired I was, and woke me up. She's so there for me and so giving of all her energy. It's the ultimate generosity."

And Alexandre feels the same way about Maslany. "I'm grateful she's created these characters, who are so interesting and layered, so I can explore them too," she said.

Later this season, Alexandre will have her first on-screen appearance. "Throughout the first season, there were little murmurings of how we could get my face in a scene," she said. "The writers kept saying they were going to find me something — and they did. I make an appearance as a character of my own in Episode 9. It's a dream."

View Entire List ›

full story

The FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal: Why It Stinks and How It Could Affect You
MoreNet-Neutrality Advocates Angered by FCC’s Planned New RulesFCC Vote Clears the Way for Faster Wi-FiBy the end of this year, the Internet as you know it could change for the worse. MoreMeet the Most 100Fan TV Highlights Everything Wrong with Cable Right NowMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An…

By the end of this year, the Internet as you know it could change for the worse.

Under new rules proposed by the FCC, Internet service providers such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable could ask your favorite sites to pay for special treatment. Companies that refuse, or who can’t afford to pay, could be stuck with slower speeds or more congestion compared to companies in the fast lane. The next Netflix or YouTube could still exist as it does today, but without enough extra capital to pay the gatekeepers, it could be at an inherent disadvantage to incumbent services or services with deep pockets.

Put another way, the FCC plans to take an axe to net neutrality, the idea that all websites and services should be treated fairly.

Blocking vs. Throttling vs. Express Lanes

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says the press has got it all wrong, that the proposed rules will actually “restore the concepts of Net neutrality,” and that anti-competitive behavior won’t be allowed.

It’s an impressive bit of PR spin, straight from someone who used to be a cable and wireless industry lobbyist. Wheeler’s concept of net neutrality is focused on prohibiting straight-up blocking or discrimination. Essentially, he’s saying we won’t see the doomsday scenario of having paywalls thrown in front of certain sites or services. And that’s great, but it’s not the real danger here. The actual threat, in which companies get to pay for better service than they’re getting now, is much more insidious.

Let’s say you pay $35 per month for speeds of 10 Mbps, which is on the low end of what you’d want for streaming video. The proposed rules could let you to get faster speeds on sites like Netflix and YouTube for the same $35 per month, but only if those sites paid your service provider to be in the fast lane. You’d still get speeds of 10 Mbps for everything else–hence, no discrimination–but maybe you’d get 30 Mbps from services that are paying the toll.

If this scenario played out, service providers would surely promote it as a wonderful development for subscribers. What’s not to like about faster speeds at no extra charge? (AT&T recently pulled a similar tactic on the wireless side, allowing apps and services to pay for their users’ data consumption while calling it “an exciting new opportunity” for customers.)

How the Proposed Rules Could Affect You

The problem is that service providers would have little incentive to improve their baseline speeds for non-paying services, and lots of incentive to improve speeds for those in the fast lane. Over time, the gap in speeds would increase, to the point that new services would have a tough time competing without paying the gatekeepers. And while you may not pay directly for those fast lane speeds, participating services may be inclined to pass their costs along, ensuring that you’d shoulder the financial burden one way or another.

In the near term, the biggest risk is to online video. Services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and YouTube will feel the pressure to pay up if they want to stay competitive with one another. But in the future, many other emerging services would have to deal with the shakedown, from cloud gaming to virtual reality to things we haven’t even dreamed of yet.

Those potential services may require lots of bandwidth, and there’s definitely a reasonable discussion to be had about how service providers should manage the traffic. As GigaOm’s Stacey Higginbotham points out, that’s exactly what the FCC could be doing. Instead, the FCC seems content to let service providers take the lead, deciding which emerging services live or die based on whether they can pay the toll.

What Happens Now

The above scenarios are all realistic, according to the advocacy groups I’ve spoken to, but it’s important to note that the rules aren’t set in stone and they’re not even public yet. All we have to go on right now are statements from FCC officials, who say the proposal will allow Internet providers to negotiate directly with web companies on providing more than just the baseline level of service.

The finer details will be hashed out in the coming months, starting on May 15, when the proposed rules become public. It’s still unclear, for instance, exactly what the FCC means when it says service providers must act in a “commercially reasonable” manner, and how the FCC would take action against “unreasonable” behavior. (Is it reasonable, for instance, for fast lanes to exist if they’re open to any company? Because it would still favor the ones with the deepest pockets.)

In any case, the sparks are about to fly. Advocacy groups will likely launch petitions and protests, arguing that toll-based fast lanes will stifle innovation. Supporters of the proposal will likely argue that it’s a fair, free market solution (ignoring the fact that there’s a shortage of competition in the wired broadband market, so many users will have no alternatives if toll roads become a reality). So far, it’s unclear whether large tech companies will protest a potential shakedown or embrace their incumbent status.

full story

Twitter / liamalexander
last updated: Mon, 08 Oct 2012 07:22:42 +0000

liamalexander: My daily stats: 12 new followers, 9 new unfollowers via
liamalexander: My daily stats: 12 new followers, 9 new unfollowers via

full story

Twitter / Favorites from liamalexander
last updated: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 22:44:57 +0000

alanjonesUK: RT @PopSci: Scientists finally have some answers about the mysterious "dark matter" in the human genome:
alanjonesUK: RT @PopSci: Scientists finally have some answers about the mysterious "dark matter" in the human genome:

full story

Ask the Guru
last updated:

Captain marketing phone number - We are a SEO, SEM, and online advertising firm based in Los Angeles. Our experts specialize in search engine optimization, Intern

full story

last updated: Fri, 25 Feb 2011 22:09:15 +0000