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New Breed of Online Stars Rewrite the Rules of Fame


So interesting a new channel to emerge into the entertainment scene, and from the looks of it, they are not doing too shabby with their YouTube channels. A far cry from the struggling waiters.

Originally posted on Variety:

He may be huge on YouTube, but few in Hollywood know who Shane Dawson is. Not yet, anyway.

The 26-year-old is best known to 12 million-plus subscribers across three differentYouTubechannels, but he’s about to make a name for himself in film and TV, too. Dawson is directing a movie commissioned by Starz for upcoming docuseries “The Chair,” which follows two filmmakers who are given the same script to shoot. And NBC ordered a script for “Losin’ It,” a sitcom based on Dawson’s life working at a Jenny Craig weight-loss center, which he is developing with Sony Pictures Television.

“YouTube opened up a lot of doors,” said Dawson, who is repped by UTA. “It’s the best place to be discovered, because it’s something that you personally have done, rather than (you) reading someone else’s words.”

But Chris Moore, (“American Reunion,” “Project Greenlight 3”) executive producer of “The Chair,”…

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Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to also lead iTunes Radio at Apple, according to report



Originally posted on 9to5Mac:


The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Ian Rogers, the head of Beats Music, will now also lead iTunes Radio following the Apple acquisition. Apple wants to increase collaboration between both Beats Music and iTunes Radio by having both streaming services led by Rogers. Up to now, iTunes Radio has been headed by Jeff Robin’s team, best known for creating the software that became iTunes.

The Journal says that Rogers’ leadership will increase ‘cohesion’ between the services, which currently offer a lot of app in their end-user experiences. It is still unclear whether Apple has plans to consolidate the brands.

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Hexapod then and now.

spider robot

My hexapod from 2000 had a PIC 16C84F and the servo leg positions for its gaits were precomputed,  the data filled the entire micro-controller.  Linear interpolated gait look-up tables were the way to go. It seems that the approach is still a sound one.  http://techcrunch.com/2014/07/31/watch-this-robot-learn-to-walk-off-an-injury/

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Apple Has Paid $20 Billion To iOS Devs, Half Of It In The Past Year

Originally posted on TechCrunch:


A quick update for those keeping track of how well the iOS developer money train is chugging along: As of its earnings call this morning, Apple has paid out over $20 billion to iOS developers.

More surprising than the overall amount, however, is the rate at which the money is coming in. Of the $20 billion paid out since the App Store launched in 2008, “nearly half” of it has been paid out in the last 12 months.

As of January of this year, Apple had paid out $15 billion. That means around $5 billion was paid out in the last six months. By comparison, Google mentioned back at I/O that they’d paid out $5 billion to developers in the past year.

(For those curious about what Apple’s cut of all this was, a quick calculation: Apple’s share is 30 percent, with the developer taking 70 percent. $20B is…

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Apple Teams Up With IBM For Huge, Expansive Enterprise Push

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Apple has announced a strategic partnership with IBM that will see the enterprise giant transfer over 150 of their enterprise and IT apps and tools to Apple platforms natively, and will also have IBM selling Apple iPhones and iPads to its business clients all over the world. In an interview with CNBC, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Virginia Rometty both told the network that Apple and IBM are like “puzzle pieces” that fit perfectly together.

“We knew that we needed to have a partner that deeply understood each of the verticals,” Cook told CNBC. “That had scale, that had a lot of dirt under their fingernails so to speak from really understanding each of these verticals and we found a kindred spirit in IBM.”

Apple touts the access the partnership gives them to IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities, and talks about how the apps that it…

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