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First Look Media has forgotten the number one rule of startups

When you start with a commitment of $250 million before you even have a website, it’s probably inevitable that expectations will be dashed at some …

Fast, cheap and out of control: How hyper-consumerism drives us mad

<b>(Reuters/Jim Young)</b><p>Hyper-fast, hyper-modern markets demand more, new, now. But all this choice is inefficient and damaging<p>Mark C. Taylor<p>November 2, 2014 8:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Speed Limits: Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left”<p>Market capitalism has long been associated not only with …

Zombies Need Friends Too: AMC Orders Up The Walking Dead Companion Series

By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 6, 2014 | Comments ()<p>By Cindy Davis | Industry | September 6, 2014 |<p>As far as I’m concerned, you can never have …

There’s Something Rotten In The State Of Social Media

We need no ghost to tell us something smells increasingly rotten in the state of social media.<p>Facebook forcing users to download a separate messaging app if they want to carry on IMing their friends.<p>Twitter polluting its users’ carefully curated timelines with content they did not choose to …

Future of Film: Why Oculus Rift Was Worth $2B to Facebook

Racing against Sony's Project Morpheus, the virtual-reality firm has come up with a headset that creates a theater before your very eyes<p><i>This story</i> …

Virtual Reality

The War for Our Digital Future: Virtual Reality vs. Integral Reality

• Partner Content<br>• Author: Dan Ostrower, Altitude. Dan Ostrower, Altitude<p>Like most people I spend much of the day digitally connected, gazing at screens …

The Sad Saga of Korra: Or How a Network Screws Over its Fans

Exactly a week ago from today, fans of Nickelodeon's <i>The Legend of Korra</i> tuned their TV sets - for the last time - to see Korra's elemental-bending …

TV

Read Kanye’s Epic Wireless Festival Rant (With Auto-Tune) in Its Entirety

On July 4, Kanye West, wearing his face mask <i>du jour</i>, started singing "Runaway" from <i>My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy</i> for the crowd at the Wireless …

The hidden world of Video On Demand profits

Since we launched <i>The Dissolve</i> last July, one of the most persistent challenges we’ve faced is how to deal with Video On Demand—what to cover, when to …

Box Office

eSports viewing nearly doubled in 2013 as games-watching fanbase grew

For many people, the recent rumours that online video firm Twitch might be bought by Google for $1bn were the first they'd heard of the company and the world of professional video game competition – or eSports – that has fuelled its growth.<p>A new report from research firm IHS Technology suggests …

iBooks Author Is the Most Interesting Apple Software You Aren't Using

What is Apple’s iBooks platform?<p>The most obvious way to answer that question is to say that it’s the company’s equivalent of Amazon’s Kindle. And it …

Writing

VHX Has Sold Over $3.2 Million Worth Of Content Directly To Fans

<b>VHX</b> is getting hip to transparency. The direct-to-fan distribution platform that gives content creators the tools with which to sell their online …

The Anatomy of a Perfect Blog Post: The Data on Headlines, Length, Images and More

Phew! Talk about pressure. Writing a blog post about how to write a perfect blog post is the most meta of burdens. It’s a bit different than writing …

Infographics

Bob Dylan’s ‘Da Vinci Code’ Revealed

Researchers say they’ve uncovered more than 1,000 items lifted from other authors in Dylan’s ‘Chronicles.’ And that’s just the beginning.<p>For half a …

The Once And Future Web Platform

<i>Michael Bleigh is the CEO/Cofounder of static web hosting platform-as-a-service Divshot. Follow him at @mbleigh</i><p>As a developer, articles declaring the death of the web are easy to dismiss out of hand. It’s not unusual or unexpected for people to predict (or herald the arrival of) the next big thing …

The Zeus Is A 3D Printer, Scanner, And Teleportation Machine All In One

The future, as they say, is already here, but it’s just not very evenly distributed. To wit: the Zeus, a 3D printer that can scan and copy objects and, using the Internet, “fax” objects to other printers. That’s right – it’s the first 3D all-in-one.<p>Created by AIO Robotics, the $2,499 printer has a …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

Breathtaking Macro Portraits of Bees by Sam Droege

Bees have received an enormous amount of publicity lately due to the massive decline in their numbers across the globe. While most tend to focus on …

The Birth of the $60 Billion Videogame Industry

Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Mario Bros., and Sega’s war on Nintendo<p><i>Blake J. Harris’s</i> Console Wars <i>is a behind-the-scenes business thriller about the men</i> …

Marc Andreessen on Big Breakthrough Ideas and Courageous Entrepreneurs

Rethinking Mobile Tutorials: Which Patterns Really Work?

Smashing Newsletter<p>Upgrade your inbox and get our editors’ picks twice a month.<p>With useful tips for web devs. Sent 2× a month.<br>You can unsubscribe any …

Inside Bryan Singer's Wild Hollywood World

Known for surrounding himself with beautiful young men, X-Men director Bryan Singer has found his private life under intense scrutiny due to a lawsuit alleging sex abuse. BuzzFeed investigates Singer's tangled network of power, money, sex, and gay Hollywood.<p>On June 21, 2006, a gay screenwriter in …

How Google’s Redesigned Search Results Augur A More Beautiful Web

Google’s revamped search results page ditches underlined links. It’s a small tweak that means a lot to the web.<p>If you’ve searched anything on Google in the last day–and chances are you have–you might have noticed something different. The company’s newly designed search results page has ditched the …

Google Search

Emotion in Marketing: How Our Brains Decide What's Shareable

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.<p>According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long …

President Obama and Zach Galifianakis Grill Each Other On 'Between Two Ferns' (Video)

The most powerful man in the world poked fun at the actor for the terrible third “Hangover” movie, while Galifianakis called him “The last black …

Comedy

Reelio Raises “Seven-Figure” Seed Funding To Connect Advertisers And Creators On YouTube

Reelio, a startup that describes itself as “the Match.com of brands and creators on YouTube,” is announcing that it has raised a “significant seven-figure” seed round (so, more than $1 million).<p>As the description implies, Reelio’s goal is to help brands find creators YouTube who can post videos …

Vice's Shane Smith: 'Young people are angry and leaving TV in droves'

Shane Smith stayed up late getting drunk with one of his presenters, and now he is exhausted, hungover and behind schedule. Bottles of spirits stand, taunting him, from a table in the opposite corner of an office at Vice Media's headquarters in Brooklyn's voguish Williamsburg neighbourhood, while …

An Oral History of Ghostbusters

Who you gonna call? Everyone in the cast of Ghostbusters.<p><i>UPDATE:Soon, you can see it in theaters again!</i><p><b>Aykroyd. Murray. Ramis. Reitman. Believe it or not, it was 30 years ago that four brave men came together to battle ghosts, goblins, and, even scarier, New York City traffic. We take a look back</b> …