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Apple Teams Up With IBM For Huge, Expansive Enterprise Push

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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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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo in Victory for Broadcasters

Originally posted on Variety:

The Supreme Court delivered a big blow to Aereo on Wednesday, ruling that its streams of broadcast TV channels violated copyright law.

The justices ruled 6-3 that because Aereo functioned essentially like a cable system, its streams of broadcast signals violated the public performance clause of the Copyright Act.

“Aereo claims that because it transmits from user-specific copies, using individually assigned antennas, and because each transmission is available only to one subscriber, it does not transmit a performance ‘to the public,’” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion. “Viewed in terms of Congress’ regulatory objectives, these behind-the-scenes technological differences do not distinguish Aereo’s systems from cable systems, which do perform publicly. Congress would as much have intended to protect a copyright holder form unlicensed activities of Aereo as those of cable companies.”

The justices also ruled that their ruling as limited, and they did not believe that it should…

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‘Orange is the New Black’ is ‘Our Next Mad Men,’ Lionsgate Exec Says

Originally posted on Variety:

“Orange is the New Black” will take over from “Mad Men” as TV’s buzziest show, Lionsgate’s TV distribution chief said Thursday at the Gabelli & Company Movie and Entertainment Conference in Gotham.

“That’s our next ‘Mad Men,’ ” said Jim Packer, Lionsgate’s president of worldwide TV & digital distribution.

Lionsgate’s television arm produces the Netflix series about the rough-and-tumble residents of a women’s prison, just as it backed the ground-breaking AMC period drama set in the advertising world. He noted that it took “Mad Men” five years to snag a cover story from Time magazine — a feat that “Orange is the New Black” pulled off in its second season.

“Mad Men” is slated to end its seven-season run next year.

Packer also hit back at suggestions that Lionsgate’s film division may be in trouble once “The Hunger Games” films wrap up in 2015 and the “Divergent” series concludes the…

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Opinion: Has Apple finally promoted iCloud from a hobby to a serious service?

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I wrote a piece last month arguing that it was time for Apple to up its iCloud game, showing that the company is serious about cloud storage by focusing more on fast, reliable syncing, and by matching the functionality, storage capacities, and pricing of Google Drive.

In the WWDC keynote, Apple did exactly that. MobileMe may not, in Steve Jobs’ words, have been Apple’s finest hour, but it did at least include iDisk – an online drive we could access directly to store anything we liked – not just documents created in Apple’s own apps. It’s been a long time coming, but iDisk is finally back in the form of iCloud Drive.

The new iCloud pricing, too, looks set to be exactly what I asked for – comparable to Google Drive… 

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New for audio in iOS 8 & Yosemite: MIDI over Bluetooth LE, new inter-app audio features, more

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There are some interesting new advancements for audio coming in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite that Apple didn’t discuss during its keynote presentation earlier this week. Two of the big new audio based features for end users, in addition to revamped CoreAudio APIs for developers, include MIDI over Bluetooth LE support and new features for the inter-app audio feature Apple first introduced with iOS 7.

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Robert Downey Jr. to Produce Rehab Drama for Showtime


Can’t wait!

Originally posted on Variety:

Showtime is in early development on a drama following a 1980s rehab, with Robert Downey Jr. on board to produce.

“Orange is the New Black” and “Justified” writer Gary Lennon will write the currently untitled drama. It comes from Sony Pictures TV and Lennon, Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s production banner Team Downey.

It will follow a rehab community in Venice Beach in 1983. Lennon will exec produce, with Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Amanda Burrell for Team Downey and the company’s Chris Mammolito as c0-exec producer.

Team Downey and Lennon are repped by CAA.

News was first reported by Deadline.

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Star Trek-Like Molecular Food Scanner SCiO Tops $2 Million On Kickstarter

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Consumer Physics, the Tel Aviv-based startup behind the handheld molecular food scanner dubbed “SCiO” – basically a pocket-sized spectrometer that tells you the chemical makeup of what you eat, including nutritional info like calories, carbs, sugars, and more – has now topped $2 million in crowdfunding via its Kickstarter campaign, with 11 days still left to go. Over 10,000 backers have donated to the startup, which also has funding from Khosla Ventures, Dov Moran (Comingo founder, flash drive inventor), and other angel investors.

The company also previously raised money through OurCrowd, a hybrid VC-equity crowdfunding platform. According to Crunchbase, Consumer Physics has $4 million in prior funding. [Update: the company says it's actually closer to "more than $5 million" but won't disclose the exact figures.] They’ve been raising the additional funds on Kickstarter for under a month.

We first got hands on with the SCiO scanner at this year’s…

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