Hollywood Writers Strike To Put Web Video On TV?

first_imgThe much hyped web drama “Quarterlife,” which is set to debut on MySpace on November 12, may be making the jump to television as a result of the Hollywood writers guild strike. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick-backed web show is rumored to be in talks with NBC to be used as strike-contingency programming.Zwick and Herskovitz, the creative team behind the cult hit TV show “My So-Called Life” and the Oscar-nominated film “Blood Diamond,” make up one of the more high profile teams to try their hand at a web-only production. They would follow the successful run of Michael Eisner’s “Prom Queen” earlier this year.According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Quaterlife” could appear on NBC as early as February. The show, which was initially developed for ABC three years ago, will go on with its Monday MySpace debut as planned, a spokesperson for Zwick and Herskovitz told the paper. However, Herskovitz has gone on record as saying that their MySpace contract only covers the first four hours of the show and the team would like to explore other distribution channels.This would, of course, not be the first time NBC has looked to the web for talent for its television network. The network’s late-night staple Saturday Night Live famously hired Andy Samberg after viewing some of his popular web video shorts. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img josh catone 1 Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Unveils Slicker, Faster iPhone Interface

first_imgrichard macmanus Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement According to our network blog last100, Google unveiled a new user interface today for its iPhone Web apps. Daniel Langendorf reports:“With Google for the iPhone, users will get an improved UI optimized for the touch screen, customization of default tabs (easy access to favorite applications), faster Gmail (email automatically show up, no refreshing needed), a speedier Calendar (including a new month view), and iGoogle.”According to Vic Gundotra, VP of engineering at Google, over Christmas the number of queries on Google search from iPhones surpassed the number of queries from Symbian-based phones for the first time. “It’s about usage, not just units,” Gundotra said in an interview with CNet. “The data proves that people are using the browser on the iPhone.” Dan noted:“By providing a quicker, slicker user interface, more customization, iGoogle gadget integration, and more speed for all apps, Google is acknowledging the iPhone’s rosy future. iGoogle on the iPhone can be reached by pointing the phone’s browser at google.com/ig/i.The standard mobile version of Google, made available just over a month ago, is still available at google.com/m, but it’s more limited and is available only in the U.S. It brought together a suite of applications like search, Gmail, Calendar, and Reader into one easy-to-use interface.”It should also be noted that iGoogle integration enables developers to create widgets for the iPhone, an option not available to them natively on the iPhone because it is not an open platform.Full story on last100…center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Google#mobile#Product Reviews#web The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

‘Shree Rajneesh and Anand Murti’s spiritual values and ethical norms seem distorted’

first_imgMGR’s Popularity I read with interest your report on M. G. Ramachandran. Many top leaders as well as the Tamil newspapers criticize him. But, he is the most popular man in Tamil Nadu. It is foolish to think that he has reached the top in the political firmament, simply because,MGR’s Popularity I read with interest your report on M. G. Ramachandran. Many top leaders as well as the Tamil newspapers criticize him. But, he is the most popular man in Tamil Nadu. It is foolish to think that he has reached the top in the political firmament, simply because he is a film star. He is sincere and earnest, and will be able to achieve something, given the time. Under the circumstances, it would be only fair to allow him a full term of six years before arriving at any conclusion about his achievements. Hassar S. P. Raman The “air of mystery and aura of secrecy” that surround this celluloid politician, and which seem to have impressed your correspondent very much, are essential for him to keep up his triple image of an actor, politician and philanthropist. He is known primarily through his films. The simple, illiterate people who see his films believe that he is a “hero” in real life too. And it is from such people that he gets 90 per cent of his votes.Madras J. Padma Sunil Sethi’s revelations of M. G. Ramachandran’s personal background (India Today, August 1-15) seem to be guesswork. MGR did not come from a poor Tamil family, as Sethi claims. His mother, Sathabhama (his studio ‘Sathya’ was named after her), belonged to a poor family of Vadakanyapuram in Palghat District in Kerala. He and his brother, M. G. Chakrapani. (also an actor), spent their childhood in Ceylon, where their father worked.advertisementWhen their father retired, they returned to their village. It was after the death of their father that the two brothers came to Madras. Then began MGR’s Tamil Nadu connection. New Delhi K. Mahendra Menon Rajneesh Clarified Two points in your report on Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (India Today, August 1-15) and his ashram in Poona need clarification. First, Bhagwan Shree does not have a bank account, nor does the have anything to do with the ashram’s finances. All business is handled by the Rajneesh Foundation-a charitable trust established in 1974-to provide a platform from which Bhagwan Shree can work directly with large numbers of people.Secondly, not every new sanyasi is assigned therapy groups by Bhagwan Shree; it depends totally on the needs of the individual. For example, it is very unusual for Indian sanyasis to be assigned groups, because such techniques are alien to their social conditioning and culture.Poona Krishna Prem Minhaz Merchant has touched the core of controversy around Rajneesh in the first objective resume in any Indian publication about this superguru. As expected, lots of my friends have memorized the paragraph on therapy where Merchant quotes a 21-year-old German girl as saying that sex “just happens”, and they keep flinging it at me. I wish he had mentioned that only Europeans are allowed to go in for group therapy which is held in camera and non-participants are not even allowed to peek at what’s going on. Nairobi Kul Bhushan It was disconcerting to read the views of Shree Rajneesh and Anand Murtiji. They preach no religion. Their beliefs in acts of repression and achieving objectives through violent means are unheard of in the doctrines of the world’s greatest religions which are based on love, benevolence, piety, faith, peace, and non-violence.The tenets of these two spiritual leaders are in fact a negation of the eternal values of existence which have inspired men through the ages. Shree Rajneesh and Anand Murti’s spiritual values and ethical norms seem distorted. They see normal religious faiths through jaundiced eyes. Calcutta Bhaskar Sen This Sporting Life I fully agree with Shivnath Singh’s statement about money and fame not being in athletics (India Today, August 1-15). However, taking into account the glamour attached to any sport, athletics is far down on the list. Games like cricket and tennis in the country are played throughout the year.Our leading cricketers keep themselves busy with Test matches, while tennis players have their hands full with Wimbledon and other international tournaments in the USA. Athletics, on the other hand, is restricted to a few major meets like the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and the Olympics, all of which are held once every four years. Kerala Sanjai BanerjiAdvice To Swamy Subramaniam Swamy’s criticism of the Boothalingam report (India Today, August 1-15), makes interesting reading. In the 1880s, Major Powell submitted a settlement report on Alwar State. At the beginning of this century, Sir M. O’Dyer submitted another settlement report. He asked his second-in-command about his views on the report. The reply was that it was excellent, and much better than the former one. O’Dyer smiled and said that this was incorrect, because Major Powell created something out of nothing, whereas he only improved on the first report. His was, therefore, a second-hand report.advertisementOur advice to Swamy is that he should resurrect the Boothalingam report from the dustbin, and try to improve upon it, rather than describe it as “trash”.Jaipur R. Shivpuri Workings Of CBI The cover story “Emerging from the Shadows” (India Today, July 1-15) in which laurels have been showered on the working of the CBI, makes interesting reading. It will, however, be in the fitness of things if the records are put straight to enable your readers to know where this agency stands.The CBI initially established a reputation for fair investigation without resorting to false evidence. But, during the past decade or so, political pressures began influencing the organization. It is wrong to say that the CBI has now made a remarkable recovery. The facts are otherwise, and the CBI officials still dance to the tunes of politicians. Jaipur S. L. Talwar Foreign Cars You reported that the Mercedes (1977 Model 280 SE) has been bought by industry tycoon K. K. Birla and that “Birla is believed to have paid a Rs 2 lakh deposit to clinch the deal” (India Today, July 1-15).I would like to inform you that your story is incorrect and that no offer, direct or indirect, has been made by Birla for the car, not to speak of having paid a deposit of Rs 2 lakh “to clinch the deal”. Birla is content to ride in an Ambassador or some other car of moderate value rather than throw away over a million rupees, which is seven times the original price of the Mercedes. Calcutta K. L. Sharma, Secretary to K. K. Birlalast_img read more

US lays down line with China on next Dalai Lama

first_imgWashington DC: As Tibetans start grappling with the once unthinkable prospect of the octogenarian Dalai Lama’s passing, the United States is looking to lay down a red line against China handpicking his successor. Through a warning from a senior official and legislation under consideration in Congress, the United States is hoping to make clear in advance that Beijing would face international opprobrium if it tries to take over the reincarnation process. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAt 84, the 14th Dalai Lama has slowed his once incessant travel down a notch and earlier this year was hospitalized for a chest infection, although there is no indication he faces serious health issues. Nonetheless, both Tibetan activists and Beijing are keenly aware that his death will mark a major setback in his push for more autonomy for the Himalayan region, depriving the cause of a Nobel Prize winner whose moral teachings and idiosyncratic humor have made him one of the world’s most popular religious leaders. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsChina has not held talks with the Dalai Lama’s representatives for nine years and has increasingly hinted it may identify his successor — who, Beijing would presume, would back its iron-fisted rule of Tibet. A bill recently introduced in the US Congress would call for sanctions on any Chinese official who interferes with Tibetan Buddhist succession practices. Testifying Wednesday before Congress, David Stilwell, the top State Department official for East Asia, vowed that the United States would keep pressing for “meaningful autonomy” for Tibetans. “Disturbingly — and ironically — the party continues to assert its role in the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation process, even as President Xi has urged party members to remain ‘unyielding Marxist atheists,'” he said. “We believe that Tibetans, like all faith communities, must be able to practice their faith freely and select their leaders without interference,” he said. Tibetan monks traditionally choose the Dalai Lama through a ritualistic search that can take years, with a wandering party seeking telltale signs that a young boy is the reincarnation of the last spiritual leader. The 14th Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since fleeing an aborted uprising in 1959, has mused of a non-traditional succession that would throw off China. He has said he could choose a successor while he is still alive — possibly a girl — or even decide that he was the final Dalai Lama.last_img read more

NDMC holds personal hygiene drive

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to sensitise slum dwellers in the New Delhi area about the need for and benefits of personal health and hygiene in day-to-day life, the New Delhi Municipal Council held a Swachhta-Hi-Sewa awareness programme, with Secretary Rashmi Singh saying that small activities like washing hands before meals will go a long way to maintain personal hygiene and avoid diseases.Singh was speaking to children and women from the Vivekanand JJ Cluster in Chanakyapuri at the event organised in collaboration with citizens groups, where she also gave away cloth bags, kits containing sanitisers, soaps, toothbrushes and other items of personal healthcare to the residents of the cluster, also asking them to not us plastic items. The NDMC Secretary also spoke about the negative impact of using single-use plastic, keeping in line with the Prime Minister’s call to eliminate the use of plastic items.last_img read more

20000 apply for chance to vent anger at Hong Kong leader

first_imgHong Kong: Hong Kong’s embattled leader said Tuesday more than 20,000 people have applied to take part in a dialogue session with her and “vent their anger” at the government after three months of huge pro-democracy protests. It is the government’s first attempt to reach out to the protestors since millions took to the streets in the biggest challenge to China’s rule since the city’s handover from Britain in 1997. Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Thursday’s meeting would be an opportunity for people to have their voices heard but some protesters said they were not interested as their demands are already clear. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report “We have promised that participants from different background, with different political stands could express their opinions freely, even vent their anger,” Lam said. While thousands have applied, just 150 people will be chosen at random to attend the two-hour session with Lam, and protest equipment such as umbrellas, helmets and gas masks will not be allowed. “I hope the community dialogue could be held in a peaceful, rational and calm environment,” Lam said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Hong Kong has entered a 17th week of political unrest which seen hundreds of rallies, some of which ended in violent clashes between police and protestors. More than 1,500 people have been arrested, the youngest aged 12. Lam said she felt “heart-ache” seeing children being arrested and asked “how well can children understand the current political issues?” “Here I need to urge parents, teachers and principals must let children know that political problems are not that simple,” Lam added. Her remarks drew criticism from opposition legislators. “You never under-estimate the young’s voice,” pro-democracy lawmaker Claudia Mo said. “Many young people these days are very mature-minded and they knew perfectly what they are thinking… and what a civilised society should be.” The protests were initially against a bill that would have allowed extradition to China, but have snowballed into wider calls for democracy and police accountability in the semi-autonomous city. Video emerged over the weekend of officers kicking a detained man wearing a yellow shirt in an alley. At a press conference Monday a senior police officer suggested it was not clear the “yellow object” was a man and claimed the video might have been doctored, sparking ridicule online. Higher resolution footage of the same incident shows a man on the ground, surrounded by police, one of whom kicked him. Police have repeatedly denied using excessive force and Lam insisted they had exercised restraint. “The fact that over three months, we have not seen major fatalities in Hong Kong, by world standard … it is quite remarkable,” Lam said.last_img read more