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31 Mar 2011 21:57


Culture: AMC, Matt Weiner agree to new deal

  • $30 million for Mad Men creator Matt Weiner in new deal source
  • » Patching things up: Weiner and AMC had been butting heads over some rather unglamorous specifics of the award-winning show, the sorts of arguments that chill the blood of television fans. AMC had wanted to reduce the production budget by shaving two minutes off the running time of each episode, as well as killing off characters to save on the actor’s pay, which is a pretty brazen demand to make in an artistic sense. As the compromise stands, all but the first and last episode will be two minutes shorter, but character deaths won’t be mandated by management.

14 Sep 2010 23:37


Culture: Jennifer Lopez on “American Idol”: She’s gonna make bank

  • $12 million deal for being bubbly and offering non-opinions source

27 Jul 2010 22:00


Tech: Is Google doing a good job of courting government contracts?

  • yes … Google has a new Google Apps for Government, designed to bring the cloud to groups once the jurisdiction of Microsoft Word and the like.
  • … but Google had a chance to prove itself with the city of Los Angeles, only to miss a June 30 deadline for a contract over security concerns. source

21 Jul 2010 21:26


Tech: Mark Zuckerberg: My lawyer isn’t “unsure” about anything

  • If we said that we were unsure, I think that was likely taken out of context. Because I think we were quite sure that we did not sign a contract that says that they have any right to ownership over Facebook.
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg • Responding to the widely-reported claim that Zuck’s lawyer is unsure that Zuckerberg signed a contract with Paul Ceglia. Despite this, he did reportedly have a contract with the wood fuel salesman. Just not one that gave the sketchy dude the right to 84 percent of Facebook. On a funny side note, Facebook has a lawyer named Lisa Simpson. Which is what we expected her to be all along. Right? source

18 May 2010 10:18


Culture: Charlie Sheen decides not to cut down “Two and a Half Men”

  • Dude was talking about leaving the series. Look, Charlie Sheen‘s had a weird year. He’s been the subject of domestic violence calls (and hilarious mug shots). Some guy ganked his SUV and drove it down a cliff. And he’s constantly in the tabloids. It’s hard to forget sometimes that he still has time for a hit series. But the “Two and a Half Men” star will stay with the show for at least two more seasons, building it’ll likely be on for nine total. Well, as long as that domestic violence trial in Aspen goes his way. source

10 May 2010 20:29


Tech: Things that may end in 2012: The world, AT&T’s contract with Apple

  • 2007 Apple sets a contract with AT&T to be the exclusive distributor of the iPhone, but nobody knows how long.
  • 2008 In the midst of a class-action lawsuit, the end date comes out, and
    it’s in 2012. The market begins to evolve.
  • 2010 Engadget finds this
    detail and posts about
    it, but suggests that
    the contract may have
    changed. source

08 Apr 2010 11:00


Culture: Avant-garde film or Nike commercial? Tiger Woods ad a bit odd

  • If you can’t get rid of him, might as well traumatize him. Woods, who lost his beloved father a couple of years ago, gets to hear his voice asking the kind of questions one in Woods’ situation might not want to hear. It’s a vaguely brilliant move on Nike’s part, but on Tiger’s, it doesn’t really help him.

29 Mar 2010 20:13


Tech: Apple may be taking the iPhone to Verizon, or maybe not

  • Seems the one thing iPhone users hate the most about their phones is the carrier. Apple’s had an exclusive contract with AT&T for nearly three years now, and with the dropped calls and lack of network expansion, users want another option. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon will get a version of the iPhone this year. It’d be awesome, but let’s remember that analysts have been burned before by the promise of Verizon. source.

16 Mar 2010 09:52


Culture: Dead guy surprises everyone by signing recording contract

  • $250 million for King of Pop’s recordings and soul source

07 Mar 2010 22:39


Culture: The Oscars return just in time for unlucky Cablevision subscribers

  • 20 minutes into the big show,
    the Oscars popped on source