Google: The Movie
Google Hangout premiered the official trailer for the movie The Internship Wednesday. The upcoming film reunites actors Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn for the first time since 2005’s Wedding Crashers. The plot follows two former salesmen as they start Google internships and compete with colleagues half their age. While some films seem predicated on product placement (examples: The Transporter, G.I. Joe, Transformers), Google makes little attempt to hide their involvement. Hopefully humor from eight years ago is well received, so the association pays off.
Kickstarter iOS App Release
The popular crowdfunding site Kickstarter is releasing an application on iTunes today. The app enables users to browse and fund projects based on category and popularity. Users can also follow the projects they have funded after logging in to their mobile account.
Project creators can use the app to manage their pages as well as upload video. The application will also send notifications to page owners when they receive pledges.
“The app is a whole new way to experience Kickstarter. We took things we’ve learned from the past three years of building the site, and applied them to a total redesign for the iPhone,” wrote Yancey Stickler, CEO.
Third YouTube Production Space Opens in Tokyo
Google has announced the opening of its third YouTube Space production facility today. This Tokyo location will be the first in Asia Pacific, located in the Roppongi Hills complex. The space is comprised of three production studious, equipment, a training/screening room, and post-production resources.
“We built the YouTube Space Tokyo as a way to support the incredible wave of Japanese creativity we have seen develop among our YouTube Partners over the last few years. The Space is an investment in these creators to support their quest to make even better videos and build even bigger global audiences,” Google VP Tom Pickett said in a statement.
Google’s investment is geared towards generating a larger interest in programming with overseas viewers.
Red Sues Sony Over Patents
Initially, Sony was targeting Red, a manufacturer of digital video equipment, during the creation of its new F-series pro camcorders. However, Red saw the situation differently, and is now suing Sony on claims of violating two of its patents. Not only does Red want sales stopped and to be awarded damages, but they are also requesting that the models in question be “delivered and destroyed”. The patents involve Red’s “RAW video” features, yet no details were given regarding how the processes were infringed upon.
Tesla CEO Calls Out NYT Writer for Fake Test Drive Article
Earlier this week Tesla Motors CEO and founder Elon Musk sent out a tweet regarding inaccurate details in a New York Times article. Writer John Broder had reviewed his experiences during a test drive of the S Model. The article reported a number of vehicle issues and was overall claiming dissatisfaction. Soon afterward, Musk delivered solid data that supported his tweet regarding vehicle issues. The evidence revealed that the car Broder was driving was improperly charged. Additionally, the test drive took an unscheduled trip and it seemed that the experience was set up for failure. Musk outlined each area that could have prevented vehicle problems. He also called attention to Broder’s pre-existing stance against the future of electric cars, further supporting the reason for false information.