Since Disney picked up Marvel 3 years ago, there has not been a lot of Disney involvement in the comic company. Until recently, Marvel has been run as it always has been, being left alone by the parent company. With the recent successes of the live-action films, however, Disney cannot leave money on the table and has started discussions to bring a live-action Marvel series to Disney-owned network ABC.
According to reports from
Deadline, a television series based in the movie universe has already begun its life, described as "a kernel of an idea." What we know is that it will revolve around the Avengers aspects of the universe, but will probably not involve any of the main characters from the movies. What it could involve, however, are some of the lesser movie characters, such as Jasper Sitwell, whose movie actor could reprise his role to connect the two stories.
We could also see the series take on the role of launching characters who could be in the future
Avengers films, such as Ant-Man (a founding member so far ignored), Captain Britain, Marvel Boy or any other of the many members over the years. Such a connection between the movies and TV show could be dangerous, and certainly difficult, with the incredibly narrow timeline so far presented across all of the films, with Iron Man 2 taking place during the events of The Incredible Hulk. It would mean the movies would have to live in a wider timeline, meaning a lot of events between movies would not be covered, or the show would somehow have to exist within an incredibly narrow timeline.
The other possibility, of course, is that everything takes place in the current universe, but decades earlier. It would certainly allow them to have the existing characters without having to convince Robert Downey, Jr. to appear on television from time to time. As has been said, the series is in very early talks, so these details will be hammered out over probably the next 10-18 months before anything ever comes to television.
Zynga's incredibly low earnings have started the conversation among analysts that we started nearly 18 months ago: is Web 2.0 about to collapse? Based on stock prices for many of the large, public companies, it is starting to look like Web 2.0 is about to become dot com bust 2.0.
Zynga has seen a stock from from a high of $15 to a low of just under $5. Facebook seems to have given up on its stock, watching it fall faster than a skydiver. Netflix has been affected, with a stock drop over the past few months, despite work to
prevent customer losses. Groupon's failure has been legendary. Even Digg failed to fetch a decent price. The only giant in the industry succeeding is LinkedIn, and they are doing it well.
So, how does this affect us in the short run and also the long run? Hit the break for some answers.
While Facebook's Timeline
may have almost everything, one thing suspiciously missing is the ability to post your Netflix rental history automatically. Since people seem to enjoy sharing every aspect of their lives with their fringe acquaintances, then why would Facebook and Netflix not allow you to do the same with the movies and TV shows you watch?
The answer is simple: it's against the law. Yes, you read that right: there is a federal law prohibiting you from sharing your watch history from Netflix onto Facebook. More specifically, a law currently on the books prevents a video rental service from sharing your rental history. The law was passed after the
Washington City Paper published a list of videos rented by Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork during his nomination process. Congress was so concerned by the privacy breach that the law was passed quickly to prevent their colleagues and the rest of the nation from this type of breach.
Will this law stand forever or will we one day be able to let one of the last private pieces of our lives out of our control? Hit the break for more.
If you missed the Olympic opening ceremony, you missed one of the biggest honors that Sir Timothy John "Tim" Berners-Lee will ever receive. While you may not know the name, you know what he is responsible for: the World Wide Web. Because of his contributions to society, for better or for worse, the host nation of England honored one of their own with a segment titled "Frankie and June Say 'Thanks Tim.'"
While the segment was showing both the positive and negative impacts of constant technology on society, Berners-Lee certainly was shown the respect he deserved. Sitting at a desk, in the middle of the stadium, with a CRT monitor, he posted a message to the world through a series of thousands of tiny screens around the stadium: "This is for everyone." A simple message put exactly the way anyone who knows the man would expect.
If you truly have not seen the opening ceremony, you should. It was one of the most impressive I have experienced, and a shout-out to the creator of the technology that changed a generation and has spawned thousands of businesses was a highlight for tech junkies like us.
Remember the whole
Google Street View issue of May 2010? You know, the one where Google was tapping into your WiFi and collecting any and all information it could, only to have to pay $25,000 for the damages they caused? Well, if you thought the ridiculously low fine for Google was enough, think again. The Google anti-trust drama continues to get even more interesting.
It took everything for Google to admit they were collecting WiFi information from over 30 countries back in 2010, including England. Britain's Information Commissioner's Office then sent out a request ordering Google to delete all information they had on file aside from the actual Street View images they were supposed to be collecting. News has surfaced this week that Google did not really delete the information, even though the company signed an agreement in November 2010 saying that they would.
What happens now and did Google fess up to the new allegations? We talk about it after the break.
It feels like it was just yesterday that Microsoft had its
//build/windows Conference, even though in reality it was almost a year ago. In that event we were granted the access to the wonderful Windows 8 that we are all sorts of excited about. After it was all over, the only thing I could think about was when the next BUILD conference would be and what we'd see next.
Well, good news for you is that this week we learned of exactly that thing. Not to let the Windows 8 hype die out, shortly after
release of the new operating system and hardware on October 26th, Microsoft has set the date of this year's //build developer conference, and it will be from October 30th to November 2nd, right at the heart of the company's home operations base in Redmond, Washington. As always, the event is geared towards developers and how they can use the full potential of the Microsoft environment and the insane amount of products the company has. However, similar to Google's I/O and Apple's WWDC, the average consumer always wants to know what's coming next. Because of that the BUILD event will also have announcements about upcoming projects and updates and Microsoft said this year they will talk about Windows Azure, Windows Phone 8, Windows Server 2012, Visual Studio 2012 and a bunch of other exciting new products.
Microsoft's first annual developer event was last year in Anaheim, CA and had 5,000 people attend 275 sessions with 350 speakers. On moving BUILD back home to Redmond, GM Tim O'Brien said,
BUILD 2012 will be on the Microsoft campus, and I know what you're thinking... if it's not in some cavernous convention hall, then it must be a dialed-down version of last year's event, etc.... but don't be confused: this will be unlike anything we've held on our corporate campus in a long time.
We hope Microsoft lives up to its promise and delivers yet another exciting look into the world of Windows. This will also be where they will have all of the sessions that would have appeared at MIX, as the company has decided to
no longer host that event individually. Registration for BUILD is August 8th and that will also be the day Microsoft releases the sessions and speakers they have lined up for the conference. Of course, you can be assured we will deliver any awesome information we learn from the event. What are you looking for to hearing about? Let us know in the comments section below.