Friday’s Funny Feature – Grim Reaper Drone

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By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS) You may have seen this, but it's still worth showcasing... The Grim Reaper Drone prank, from comedian Tom Mabe. He had the brilliant idea to scare the heck outta people, by taking a grim reaper Halloween costume (or decoration), and putting it over a drone. … [Read more...]

Film Gear Classifieds is Craigslist for the Film Industry

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The wife and I have a deal... If there's something new in the tech or filmmaking world I want, I have sell something old to pay for it. It's served us well over the last twenty years, and it's also kept my film closet from being cluttered with gear I don't use … [Read more...]

Did the FCC Just Pave The Way For The Apple Television?

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New Proposed rules allow for live broadcast streaming on the Internet, Could be Aereo's Salvation By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) It's the rumor that just refuses to die. Even though the Apple television (sometimes called 'iTV') had all but turned into vaporware, this hasn't been from technical … [Read more...]

Comcast settles lawsuit over overcharging cable TV subscribers

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By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) Comcast Corp has reached a $50 million settlement in a decade-old lawsuit accusing it of overcharging cable television subscribers, 1-1/2 years after the U.S. Supreme Court threw out a larger version of the class-action case. The preliminary settlement, which … [Read more...]

Aereo Loses Quest to Become Labeled Cable Company

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) In hopes of keeping their dying business model on life support, Aereo went to court in the quest to be reclassified as a cable company in order to skirt around this past summer's crushing legal defeat that all but ended their broadcast-leaching TV service. Last … [Read more...]

Rite Aid becomes latest retailer to shut off Apple Pay

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CHICAGO (Reuters) U.S. drugstore chain Rite Aid Corp will ban Apple Pay, Apple Inc's new electronic payments service in its 4,572 stores as it commits to joining a consortium of other large retailers developing a rival payments system. Retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp, Kohl's … [Read more...]

Film Producer Says Likability Is More Important For Crowdfunding

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Why you're making the film is what backers are interested in By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) When filmmakers are creating a crowdfunding campaign for their project, they may be focusing on the wrong subject in their videos. According to a producer and crowdfunding pioneer, the why is a heck of a … [Read more...]

Friday’s Funny Feature – Calvin and Hobbes: The Gritty Reboot

Calvin and Hobbes: The Gritty Reboot

By Heath McKnight Like many comics fans, I was a huge fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Growing up, I would read Iron Man and other Marvel comics, then flip open the local paper and read Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, and others. My first exposure to Calvin and Hobbes was in the mid-1980s, … [Read more...]

Fandor Invests In Filmmakers With Initiative

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By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) The online distribution platform Fandor has decided to go beyond featuring independent content to funding it, with a new initiative designed to build a community of filmmakers, connect them with their audiences, and to finance their projects through crowdfunding. … [Read more...]

Microsoft sales beat Street hopes, shares rise

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SEATTLE (Reuters) Microsoft Corp reported higher-than-expected revenue for its fiscal first quarter on Thursday, helped by stronger sales of its phones, Surface tablets, and cloud-computing products for companies, while keeping its profit margins intact. The results allayed fears of investors in … [Read more...]

FCC pauses clock on AT&T-DirectTV, Comcast-TWC merger reviews

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday paused its informal "shot clock" deadline on the reviews of the proposed mergers of AT&T Inc and DirecTV, and of Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc over the issue of confidential programming agreements. The FCC, … [Read more...]

Hungary plans new tax on Internet traffic, public calls for rally

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By Marton Dunai - BUDAPEST (Reuters) Hungary plans to impose a new tax on Internet data transfers, a draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament late on Tuesday showed, in a move that could hit Internet and telecoms providers and their customers hard. The draft tax code contains a provision for … [Read more...]

Big Tech winning battle with ‘patent trolls’

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By Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of … [Read more...]

Angie’s List revenue jumps 24 percent as ad sales rise

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(Reuters) Angie's List Inc, which operates a website that allows users to review local businesses, reported a 24 percent jump in quarterly revenue as it earned more from advertising and fees. The company's net loss narrowed to $5.2 million, or 9 cents per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. … [Read more...]

Apple CEO discusses security with top Chinese official amid hacking claims – Xinhua

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BEIJING (Reuters) Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook discussed user data security at a meeting on Wednesday with a top Chinese government official in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The meeting comes days after a Chinese web monitoring group published a report saying Apple … [Read more...]

Behind The Scenes With Ridley Scott’s New Halo Series

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Halo Nightfall to Premiere with Master Chief Video Game Collection By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS) Although Microsoft has decided to shutter their XBox Originals production studio, that doesn't mean a Halo Cinematic Universe is dead. Quite the contrary. When Machinima showed the Halo web … [Read more...]

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