Charlie Ergen, chairman and co-founder of Dish Network, was the keynote speaker on the first night of the D:Dive Into Media conference in Dana Point, California., and without question, he’s going to be a tough act to follow. The hour-long conversation touched on everything from Ergen’s expertise at the blackjack table to his belief that there are just two kinds of people in the world — “those who get results, and those who make excuses” — but host Peter Kafka dove right into the major issue at hand: the Hopper. Head on past the break for a rundown of the interview.
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We’ve seen Christmas trees built out of spare car parts, discarded SCSI drives, OLED panels, and quadrocopter stacked boxes, but Germany? Their taking the old tannenbaum back to its roots — and tweaking its genetic code. With the aide of a government grant, scientists in Germany are trying to develop a method of tree cloning suited to Nordmann Fir. The native pine is popular for yuletide trimmings, but can be difficult to grow — as much as 40 percent of trees grown for the season wind up the wrong shade of green or have their growth stunted by frost. Plant biologists hope to have a healthy stock of cloned trees ready by 2016, assuming nothing goes terribly wrong. Perfectly cultivated clones or not, we still prefer ‘ol Chuck Brown’s charming twig.
There are few more bizarre or successful pairings in cinema than Spike Jonze and Charlie Kaufman. Now, the two aren’t teaming up again (at least not just yet), but the writer of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich is teaming up with stop-motion studio Starburns Industries on a new project called Anomalisa. The animators, whose past credits include Moral Orel, don’t want any interference from the traditional studio system and have turned to Kickstarter to fund the film. The roughly 40 minute feature will follow a motivational speaker whose life has become “hollow and meaningless.” Sounds like a right, fun romp! There’s little doubt that the movie will get made — it’s more than half way to its $ 200,000 goal and there’s still more than 50 days left to the funding period. Kaufman is hardly the first big name in Holywood to turn to crowd-sourcing, but he’s part of a growing trend of artists bucking the traditional system and sustaining themselves and their craft with direct support from fans. Check out the plea for funding after the break.
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The Google Project Glass team is aspiring to change the way we work with mobile devices, says Sebastian Thrun taking a photo without so much as a tap and a couple of nods. What we’ve got here is an interview Google X’s leader Thrun took with Charlie Rose, he using the opportunity to wear and
A new venture firm is launching in Silicon Alley today. VC Charlie O’Donnell, who has worked as at both First Round Capital and Union Square Ventures, is launching his own venture firm today, New York-based Brooklyn Bridge Ventures.
O’Donnell says that Brooklyn Bridge Ventures will make investments in early and seed stage technology
companies in the “Greater Brooklyn Area” (which includes Manhattan and other boroughs) across a variety of information technology sectors. The fund will also be looking to lead or co-lead seed rounds.
Developer Loud Crow has crafted a digital pop-up book based on the classic TV special. Available at the App Store, the Android Market, and the Amazon Appstore, it features narration by Peter Robbins, the original TV voice of good old Chuck.
Dr. Charlie Miller — a man who has been covered extensively here at Engadget — snagged a doctorate in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. He spent five years working on cryptography for the National Security Agency. And, after heading into the wilds of security analysis, he was the first to find a bug in the battery of the first MacBook Air, various bugs within Mac OS X and the Safari web browser and assorted bugs within iOS itself, all while racking up thousands of dollars in hacking contest prize money.
Last week, this came to a head, as Miller created a controversial proof of concept application that both proved the existence of an iOS security hole as well as got him expelled from the App Store’s developer network. Given that he’s driven Apple Inc. somewhat nuts over the past few years, we sat down with the good doctor to see how he felt about Apple, iOS, security, technology, sandboxing, the pros and cons of modern security and the ups and downs of one of the weirdest career paths for any aspiring technologist today. Join us after the break for the full interview in both textual and audio form.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sanderberg will appear in an hour-long interview with broadcast journalist Charlie Rose Monday night on PBS.