Flixter acquires Rotten Tomatoes

As both being movie review Web sites, it’s not that hard to imagine this two going well together.

Flixter, a user-generated movie review Web site, has acquired Rotten Tomatoes from the IGN division of News Corp. The announcement was revealed in a statement released today.

Rotten Tomatoes, also a movie review Web site, has premium contents that include professional reviews from critics, trailer videos, and news.

Although the acquisition was made official today, rumors about it have been circling the blogosphere since December when Kara Swisher

The exact terms of the acquisition was not made public but equity definitely is one reason for the acquisition as New Corp. will be receiving a minority stake in Flixter.

Flixter, besides its Web site, also offers the most popular movie app for the iPhone and apps for Android, Palm Pre and Blackberry.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-10424598-93.html

iTunes says goodbye to Palm Pre…Again

Apple scores another point in their cat-and-mouse game with Palm.

Last Thursday, Apple released iTunes 9.0.3 update. Apparently, besides adding support for the new Apple TV 3.0 software and touting a new look for easier navigation, it also once again blocks the Palm Pre from automatically syncing into iTunes.

Since its release in July, Palm has manipulated the Pre to sync iTunes songs and other files. Apple didn’t like this arrangement though and released the iTunes 8.2.1  software update which “ no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players”, according to Apple’s support site.

Palm decided to fight back and  and released WebOS 1.1 for the Pre, their own software update. Among other things, the update allowed media synching with the 8.2.1 version of iTunes. In a blog announcing the release, Palm nonchalantly added at the end of the article: “Oh, and one more thing: Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That’s right–you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).”

Palm also complained to the USB Implementers Forum that Apple was abusing the principle of open gadget connectivity, however the USB-IF decided to side with Apple and issued a warning against Palm.

Instead of backing out, Palm went ahead and released another software (webOS 1.2.1) that enabled media syncing with iTunes again.

So what will all of these come to? Who knows? You better keep posted though as this is getting more and more interesting.  🙂

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20091030/bs_nf/69800;_ylt=AnQQm06Siwj4dsQ4x3dPKrUjtBAF;_ylu=X3oDMTJidDlpZG80BGFzc2V0A25mLzIwMDkxMDMwLzY5ODAwBHBvcwMxNgRzZWMDeW5fYXJ0aWNsZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrA2FwcGxlMzlzaXR1bg–

Apple and Palm: Bickering dates back two years ago

Wow, it seems like Apple’s making a lot of news in our site today, this is the third time they’ve made it to our news list.  🙂

Anyway, Apple and Palm’s apparently started bickering two years ago – August of 2007 to be exact.

According to Bloomberg News, Ed Colligan – Palm’s CEO at that time – rejected a proposal from Apple chief Steve Jobs to refrain from recruiting and hiring each other’s employees.

Apparently, Jobs was worried that he’d lose his key employees to Palm and said “we must do whatever we can to stop this.” This proposal, according to Colligan, was ill-considered.

“Your proposal that we agree that neither company will hire the other’s employees, regardless of the individual’s desires, is not only wrong, it is likely illegal,” Colligan told Jobs, according to the communications reviewed by Bloomberg.

When you look at Palm today, you’ll see that a few number come from Apple. Two months before that unspecified “communications” between the two companies’ executives, Palm had announced that Fred Anderson (former Apple CFO) would be joining its board of directors and Jon Rubenstein (retired iPod division head) would join as executive chairman of the board.

Rubenstein is now Palm’s CEO, replacing Colligan in June of this year.

Hmmmn, I wonder why all these have anything to do with the two companies most recent issue where Apple refuses to allow Palm’s Pre to have access to their iTunes. 😉

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10314059-37.html

Palm fights back: iTunes back on Pre

If Apple thought that they could easily get rid of Palm and their “unauthorized” synching with iTunes, they thought wrong.

You might remember my post over a week ago about Apple releasing iTunes version 8.2.1 which disabled the feature enjoyed by Palm Pre users.

Now Palm just made a bold move by releasing WebOS 1.1 for the Pre which, among other things, allows media synching with even the latest version of iTunes. The news of the release was posted in Palm’s blog which so nonchalantly added at the end of the piece:

Oh, and one more thing: Palm webOS 1.1 re-enables Palm media sync. That’s right–you once again can have seamless access to your music, photos and videos from the current version of iTunes (8.2.1).

Well, well, well. I guess Palm’s really serious in making iTunes accessible for their consumers even if it means stirring up a possible dispute (?) with Apple. 🙂

And on the not so controversial side, the WebOS 1.1 also includes more additions to Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support which now offers remote, PIN/password requirements, inactivity timeout, improved certificate handling and more, CNet report. Users can now also use emoticons with text, multimedia, and instant messages as well as set “personal reminders” in the Contacts app.

But still, I’m excited to see how Apple responds to Palm’s move. Are you?

Source:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10294633-1.html

Verizon to offer some of their phones to small wireless companies

AT&T has iPhone, Sprint Nextel has Pre, and Verizon has an exclusive deal to offer BlackBerry Storm; so what does that leave other wireless companies? Nothing, nein, nada.

Congress has been looking into the issue as to whether these giant wireless companies are hurting other smaller companies by shutting them out through exclusive contracts with the phone makers of popular phones.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are also looking into the issue.

So to fend off federal regulation of exclusive handset deals, Verizon Wireless announced last Friday that it would allow small wireless companies to have access to some of the cellphones that they offer exclusively to their customers.

When Verizon now strikes a deal with a manufacturer for exclusive handset access, it will allow the phone to be sold to any carrier after a six-month limit.. However, only those carriers with more than 500,000 customers are “qualified” to sell.

“Exclusivity arrangements promote competition and innovation in device development and design,” Verizon wrote in a letter to Representative Rick Boucher, the Virginia Democrat who is chairman of a major telecommunications subcommittee.

“When we procure exclusive handsets from our vendors, we typically buy hundreds of thousands or even millions of each device. Otherwise manufacturers may be reluctant to make the investments of time, money and production capacity to support a particular device.”

The New York Times reports that much of the political pressure on the issue is coming from rural carriers “that worry that they are being shut out from all the cool phones by one giant carrier or another.”

Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/18/technology/companies/18phone.html?_r=1

iTunes says goodbye to Palm Pre

“Apple is aware that some third parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple’s iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players.”

This was the content of the article which appeared on Apple’s support site last Tuesday. It wasn’t directed to any particular company, unless they mean “non-Apple digital media players” to be Palm Pre which Palm has manipulated the smartphone to sync with Apple’s music software. 😉

And lo and behold! An upgraded version from iTunes (iTunes 8.2.1)  is now available with a release note that states: “iTunes 8.2.1 provides a number of important bug fixes and addresses an issue with verification of Apple devices.” Apparently, addressing the issue meant disallowing Palm Pre to sync with iTunes.

Writers from CNET confirmed this by testing the software with their Pre. When they selected the Media Sync option, it did not launch iTunes automatically. “Instead, it was only recognized as a mass storage device, and manually launching iTunes did not surface the Pre either(*tears*), Bonnie Cha of CNET news says.

Well, what can I say? It was too good while it lasted. 😉

Source:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10287709-37.html

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