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|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM||comments (0)|
Were it not for the presence of brainy director Steven Soderbergh, it might be easy to write off the male-stripper movie "Magic Mike" — which features Hollywood beefcakes Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello and Matthew McConaughey in various stages of undress — as mere eye candy. But many reviewers are finding the film, which is informed by Tatum's own experiences as an exotic dancer, to be a sly entertainment with some impressive performances, onstage and off.
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 18, 2012 at 4:20 PM||comments (0)|
A 56-page document from Microsoft, dating back to mid-2010, reveals company plans for an "Xbox 720" gaming console. The recently leaked document has been removed since its discovery.
Notable features include Xbox SmartGlass, Blu-ray support, 3-D glasses, cloud-based gaming and an improved Kinect system. If the Xbox 720 described in the document is true, Microsoft's next-generation entertainment console could change the future of gaming.
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 18, 2012 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
(CNN) -- As "faster than real time" technology capable of predicting our every move is discussed at LeWeb in London this week, it seems prudent to ask whether such developments will actually improve our lives.
Always-connected apps and platforms currently have us texting, networking and even talking to Siri while driving. As if that wasn't bad enough, we're unveiling applications that not only know where you are now, but where you're probably going next. They'll also guess what you'll buy while you're there and who you'll most likely be talking to.
Thankfully, our overmedicated and undisciplined youth are predicated to thrive in this information overloaded, attention deficit disordered world, so most don't see any problem with more data, features and apps.
Facebook threatens to 'Zuck up' the human race
At what point does this real-time and "faster than real time" push become creepy? Who will step in to say, "Okay, let's not get carried away?"
But at some point, someone will have to draw the line. Unfortunately, if we don't start paying attention to the social and legal implications of this technology, that duty will fall to the government. And who thinks that will work out well?
As Jeremiah Owyang of digital advisory firm Altimeter Group wrote recently, store clerks could soon be using facial recognition and online influence scores to help them prioritize who needs help.
But tell a politician that his or her score on Klout, the social media influence ranking website, may prioritize the attention they get from a voter -- or even the level of service they receive from a bartender -- and let's see how many injunctions get filed by the end of happy hour.
Fast-forward to the anticipatory software of the future. I imagine someone is already building an app that scrapes location-based data to tell marketers where you'll eat next and who will be with you. I don't think this exists yet, but the brilliant brains behind today's start-ups will come up with it soon enough.
In the digital age, everyone is becoming a spook
At what point does this real-time and "faster than real time" push become creepy? And when it does, who will step in to say: "Okay, let's not get carried away?"
It will probably happen in Europe before it does in the United States, where lax privacy regulations reign. But shouldn't it be tackled sooner rather than leaving it until it triggers a heavy-handed response.
If it's left to parliament in the UK, Congress in the U.S. or legislators in other countries -- democratic or not -- then we are setting ourselves up for disappointment.
Whenever preferential treatment to one set of people, governments usually intervene. But surely playing favorites with race, sex, and religion is a far cry from the marketing segmentation delivered by "faster than real time" technology? Or is it?
The real-time technology of today is already frightening for some, although it is becoming less so as the over sharing of personal data becomes culturally more acceptable. But this notion of "faster-than-real-time," while fascinating, may predict a much darker, more Orwellian future.
Tread softly LeWeb. We don't want you to get carried away.
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM||comments (0)|
Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Montpellier striker and France international Olivier Giroud for £12m.
He will have a medical and paperwork will be completed after Euro 2012.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger intends to play him alongside fellow new signing Lukas Podolski and Dutch striker Robin van Persie in a front three.
Giroud was playing in French's Ligue 2 as recently as 2010, and only made his international debut last November at the age of 25.
The 6ft 3in forward, who was an unused substitute in France's 1-1 Euro 2012 draw with England, scored 21 goals in his club's run to the Ligue 1 title.
Giroud is one of only two recognised strikers in the French squad, alongside Karim Benzema. He has six caps for his country and one goal.
Earlier this week, Montpellier manager Rene Girard told French radio station RMC that Wenger was leading a chase of top sides for the striker, who became his club's record transfer two years ago when he cost them £1.7m.
"Arsenal are very interested and Giroud wants to play in England. If Arsene agrees with the president, he will sign for them," he said.
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 13, 2012 at 9:50 PM||comments (0)|
WASHINGTON — Jamie Dimon, the outspoken chief executive of JPMorgan Chase under scrutiny for a multibillion-dollar trading loss at his firm, apologized for the mishap on Wednesday even as he mounted a fierce defense of his bank.
Testifying at a much-anticipated hearing before the Senate Banking Committee, Mr. Dimon said that he was “proud” of the bank, highlighting the firm’s “fortress” balance sheet and its performance during the financial crisis.
“We’re doing what a bank is supposed to do,” he told a panel of lawmakers, few of whom posed combative questions during the roughly two-hour hearing.
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 12, 2012 at 9:25 AM||comments (0)|
Evercore Partners Inc. suffered rejection in a key compensation vote last week, becoming the latest bank to face shareholder pressure concerning pay practices.
The boutique investment bank, founded by former Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary Roger Altman, disclosed that 57% of its stockholders voted against a proposal to increase the firm’s stock incentive compensation plan by 11 million shares, according to a recent regulatory filing.
Evercore recorded the results, based on 36 million votes cast, at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Thursday. If the proposal had passed, it would have added to the 20 million shares of common stock that Evercore has available for such pay awards under its 2006 incentive plan.
Evercore had sought approval of the amended incentive plan to “attract, retain and motivate employees and to align the interests of our employees with those of our stockholders,” the company said in its proxy statement.
The firm, which has been aggressive in adding bankers from larger rivals since the financial crisis, hired seven senior managing directors last year.
A spokesman for Evercore said, “We have sufficient equity under our current plan for us to continue to run the business and execute our strategy for the foreseeable future.”
He added, “We will continue to maintain an active dialogue with our stockholders about the best course of action for the company going forward.
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 12, 2012 at 9:10 AM||comments (0)|
There is a dead canary in the year’s biggest agreed-to merger.
The agreement between mining and commodities giants Glencore and Xstrata is facing increasing investor pressure, which could kill the deal and strike a devastating blow to this year’s M&A stats.
The two reached the long-anticipated $66 billion deal in early February. It is the year’s biggest deal by several multiples. The second-biggest targets deal across the globe would be Eaton Corp’s deal to acquire Cooper Industries for $12.7 billion, according to Dealogic.
But the rancor over the deal started soon afterward and is now increasing. WSJ colleague Dana Cimilluca reports today that Xstrata shareholders may vote down a lucrative pay contract for the miner’s executives. The incentives, which total $267 million, include $44.6 million for CEO Mick Davis that is not tied to any performance targets.
As Cimulluca writes, this comes as several other U.K. pay packages have led to shareholders voting no and a no vote here could scuttle the deal.
That would be a giant blow to an already weak global M&A market this year.
There have been $1.03 trillion in deals reached around the globe so far this year, the lowest level since 2009, according to Dealogic. Strip out this biggest deal and it is suddenly the lowest level since 2004, says the data provider.
In Europe, the picture is even more ugly. This year is currently the slowest year since 2010, which might not sound like a terrible start given the dark and gloomy status of Europe right now. But take out Glen-X and it is the worst year at this point since 2003, according to Dealogic.
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 11, 2012 at 10:30 AM||comments (0)|
When fans at Manchester, Tennessee's massive musicfest Bonnaroo headed to This Tent at midnight on Saturday for the Roots' "Superjam," they naturally expected to see some special guests. But they didn't know just how special, until the band's drummer ?uestlove announced, "I've been waiting 12 years to say this. Ladies and gentlemen...D'ANGELO!" And out strutted the legendary, reclusive neo-soulman, confirming the day's ongoing Twitter rumors and making his first U.S. stage appearance in more than a decade.
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 11, 2012 at 10:25 AM||comments (0)|
If you're looking for a stable career, you're probably not alone. While some careers are struggling, others are on the rise.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor projects many industries - including health care and education - to experience high growth between 2010 and 2020, according to a February 2012 economic news release.
And while there are quite a few careers that are on the rise, we've highlighted six of them - all from different industries. Keep reading to learn more?
|Posted by Nader Nazemi on June 10, 2012 at 9:40 AM||comments (0)|
With regrettable appropriateness League of Legends, the game which is either reinvigorating or dumbing to death PC multiplayer (depending on your outlook) has run into its own security issues.