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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

On million iPads, fastest growth of single electronics product

May 4, 2010: Apple has sold a million iPads in the 28 days since it introduced the tablet device. The company said iPad users have already downloaded more than 12 million apps from the app store and a million and a half ebooks from the new iBookstore.
"One million iPads in 28 days -- that's less than half of the 74 days it took to achieve this milestone with iPhone," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said. "Demand continues to exceed supply, and we're working hard to get this magical product into the hands of even more consumers."
There are more than 5,000 dedicated apps available designed to take advantage of the larger screen and multitouch interface, and the iPad will run most of the iPhone and iPod touch apps in the App Store.

Apple iPad Goes Platinum; Feds Take An Interest

Apple said yesterday that it had already sold a million iPads. And the papers reported that antitrust regulators are interested in the rules Apple sets for apps developers.
The news is a reminder that part of the burden of being World's Hottest Media Company is dealing with antitrust issues, as regulators try to figure out what's fair competition in the fast-changing technology/media universe.

In the 1990s, the government launched its big antitrust case against Microsoft. In 2008, Google pulled out of a potential deal with Yahoo after the justice department said the deal would "likely have denied consumers the benefits of competition." And just a few days ago, Bloomberg News reported that the Federal Trade Commission may challenge Google's acquisition of a company that sells ads on mobile phones.
Their feds' interest in Apple is very, very preliminary. The FTC and the justice department haven't even figured out who would take the lead, and no formal investigation has been opened, theFinancial Times reports.
The regulators may look into the fight over Apple's decision to make iPhones and iPads incompatible with Adobe's Flash. Whatever the details, the broader subtext seems clear: The wild success of Apple's mobile devices means it will face ongoing scrutiny from antitrust regulators.

Live theater at the local cineplex

The Future of Theater? Live Theater on-line from London

From Live Theater on the Internet....

Digital Theater puts shows online

Legit productions to be available for download

Digital Theater has announced that productions from high-profile Brit legit troupes including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Almeida, Royal Court Theater, English Touring Theater and the Young Vic will now be available as Internet downloads.

The productions -- filmed live in front of audiences over two or three performances, on between 5 and 11 remote-controlled, hi-definition cameras embedded in the staging -- will be offered as downloads priced at £8.99 (a bit more than $14.50). Offerings are available from the company's website or on the websites of the individual theaters, using a specially developed Theater Player compatible with all major browsers and operating systems.

Digital theater allows audiences to watch "live" theater while dividing the high cost of production and the stars audiences want to see over much larger potential audiences. It also is a percursor to the theater of the future, holograms.

Someday actors in various parts of the world will be able to perform together without leaving home, as part of projected "live" casts. That is a long way off, but hi-definition is here now and a full holographic projection of live theater is not as far off you might think.

See Also "Live from New York", and HD or not HD, the Future of Theater.

Publication Directory Note and Copyright for some of the content above (Variety).
For additional information please go to the link above. Variety is a subscription bases serviced which is reported to be ending open access January first, 2010. It is one of two primary industry news publicaitons, updated in print five days a week and 24/7 on-line. The other is the Hollywood Reporter. A weekly publication for LA and regional use (editions) is Backstage (formerly Dramalogue). It is also subscription based, but for now offers some free on-line product.Backstage is geared less toward the industry as it is for actors and performers, so it contains advice on the craft and casting listings

"Spotters" World Premier photo

The "Spotters" cast and crew plus me at the World Premier of the film in Boulder City. The ham in front of the bullhorn is Michael Toole, the author and co-star of the film.

Roger Ebert earns Webbie

Though Roger Ebert lost his ability to speak after surgery for cancer, he has found a new and powerful voice online. The film critic was chosen as person of the year by the Webby Awards.

The 14th annual Webbys, which celebrate Internet achievement, were announced Tuesday by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member group of Web experts.

Ebert was singled out for "raising the bar for online journalism" with his blog on the Chicago Sun-Times' website. He is also an avid Twitterer and is planning a new movie-review TV program that he says will have a strong presence online.

The awards are known for short acceptance speech. When given a life time achievement award, Al Gore simply said "will there be a recount?"