Syfy goes to Comic-Con

Hot off the NBC Univeral Media Village press site, here’s Sci Fi Channel’s schedule of events for Comic-Con International, July 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center: SCI FI FEATURES FAN FAVORITE SERIES AND STARS AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2009 New York, NY – June 30, 2009 – In keeping with its longstanding tradition of hosting […]

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Avast! Pirate Bay bought out, plans to go legit

To the disappointment of many, the biggest Internet piracy site, The Pirate Bay, has been purchased by software company Global Gaming Firm X.  GGF paid out 7.8 million dollars for the torrent tracking hub, which will now become a publicly traded company. The Pirate Bay has recently been fighting a copyright infringement conviction in Sweden. […]

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ASU sued by blind groups over use of Amazon’s e-book device

Arizona State University is being sued by advocates for the blind, who say the school is discriminating against vision-impaired students by offering textbooks via Amazon’s Kindle DX electronic reading device, according to a story by Courthouse News Service. Darrell Shandrow, an ASU journalism student who is listed as a plaintiff along with the National Federation […]

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Another case of life imitating art

Comic book writer Mark Sable was detained at Los Angeles International Airport when TSA agents found the script for an issue of his comic book “Unthinkable” in his luggage. The script which mentions 9/11 and other terrorist plots was enough to earn him a stern interrogation by TSA agents before finally being allowed to go […]

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‘The Simpsons’ honor Michael Jackson

So The Simpsons on Sunday night got into the act of honoring Michael Jackson — who, you might have heard, died on Thursday. The venerable primetime cartoon didn’t air the 1991 episode in which Jackson — uncredited — provided the voice of an obese white man who was institutionalized because he thought he was Michael […]

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Weekend Reading

Infographic: Inside the Disneyland Matterhorn (on the occasion of its 50th birthday) — Orange County Register, via Cool Infographics Remembering Michael Jackson as Tomorrowland’s Captain EO — Around Disney blog at OCRegister.com (What little I can remember is here.) Plus: Hidden treaures at Disneyland Same ‘Bat’ channel? io9 has an interesting look at the state […]

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Put your feet up

Boy, have the D&D folks at Wizards of the Coast have gone contest-happy, or what? Their latest competition lets fans design a set of Dungeons & Dragons-themed sneakers with a chance to win $1,000 and gamer swag.

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The King of Pop’s forgotten pop culture empire

Michael Jackson was so much more than music videos, money troubles and legal problems. Remember this? Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker rocked arcades and home video game consoles in 1990. The game, a tie-in to the Moonwalker film, features Michael going after kidnapped children with the help of Bubbles the chimp (who gave him the ability to […]

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Is television more valuable online?

Online broadcasters Hulu and TV.com are charging more for commercials online than during traditional network showings. Television advertisers usually pay $20 to $40 per thousand viewers. Hulu charges $60 per thousand viewers for a commercial during online broadcasts of “The Simpsons“. It makes sense given the rise of home digital video recorders that allow viewers […]

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