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Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin Team Up to Tell the Tale of Steve Jobs

Not but two years after the Jobs biopic, director Danny Boyle and writer Aaron Sorkin take up the task of depicting the innovator's life, with Michael Fassbender stepping into the Apple guru's shoes.

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The Power of the Reader in ‘A History of Reading’

Alberto Manguel takes a thematic rather than linear approach to a history of reading, offering an entertaining and impassioned account of reading practices and readers' agency.

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16 Oct 2014 // 10:26 AM

Amazon Bets on Bold Programming to Woo TV Viewers

Amazon has made its fortune offering consumers a safe way to spend their money. When it comes to television production, though, the company is making a name for itself by taking on some of the riskiest projects coming out of Hollywood.

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Songs of Simulation and Discouragement: Bowie, Bono, and Authenticity

With its Apple-sponsored free public release, U2's Songs of Innocence betrays just how far the band has come from their past, despite its attempts to bring back a Dublinesque vision.

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9 Oct 2014 // 12:00 PM

Amazon, Google, and Sony Fight for the Smallest Spot in Your Living Room

Sleek, tiny boxes that can deliver a near-endless stream of music, television, movies and games are starting to nose their way into the multi-billion dollar video game industry.

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Stream of (Music) Consciousness

The 'Marshall McLuhan' message borne by the MP3 revolution is clear: music is endlessly plentiful and entirely disposable. So what's the message of streaming?

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In Defense of Reading Books, Not E-Readers

Even if an e-reader might be more practical than a heavy book, there isn't an electronic screen on the planet that rivals the prestige attached to such a time-tested medium.

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‘Jobs’ Is Merely Steve Jobs Lite

Beyond reimagining the universe or how forces in it might work, Jobs sorted out how minds work, how to sell to consumers, how to manipulate and bully and instill belief.

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Too Many Books, Too Little Time: The Synthetic Reader Solution

Audio and e-books help fill the need to get in as much reading as possible in one's limited, mortal lifespan.

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In Defense of Cutting the Cord on Conventional Cable Television

With websites developing original programming and cable companies raising prices each year, there has never been a better time to turn away from your television and toward your computer.

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26 Oct 2011 // 6:30 AM

The iPod’s impact: ‘Wonderful and terrible’

Artists and fans discuss the impact of the iPod: HOW WE LISTEN: Alex White, singer-guitarist in White Mystery: “The iPod created a new format for

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iPod turns 10: Has convenience and portability made music more disposable?

CHICAGO — A cultural shift that eventually became a landslide began 10 years ago this month, though almost no one noticed at the time. Apple Inc. rolled

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9 Oct 2011 // 9:00 PM

Björk: Biophilia

Maybe one day app albums will be commonplace or maybe they won't, but, for now, it's enough to know that if it's possible to merge human imagination and artificial intelligence, Björk's working on it.

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Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley pioneer Steve Jobs dies at 56

Steve Jobs, who sparked a revolution in the technology industry and then presided over it as Silicon Valley’s radiant Sun King, died Wednesday. The

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27 Sep 2011 // 5:15 AM

LOS ANGELES — Amazon.com is set to host a media event on Wednesday morning in New York City, and the expectation is that the world’

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Talking With David: Radical’s Visionary Chief Marketing Officer

How does Radical enter the digital economy in a groundbreaking way that both redefines the entertainment industry and yet remains true to core values of support for creativity and precision of user-driven environments?

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West Coast Sound: Is Disney Victim to the “Decision Illusion”?

Is Disney's decision to let go of its subsidiary Marvel's entire West Coast marketing team a sound one? The question is certainly nowhere near as interesting as what this decision signals about the entertainment industry as a whole.

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‘Ghost Story’: Harry Dresden Is a Detective, a Magician, a Ghost

In life and death, in any examination of the past, there is regret; for loss, for suffering, for pain and failure. Here, Harry Dresden comes to terms with why he is who and what he is.

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12 Aug 2011 // 7:35 AM

Rise of E-books Will Benefit One Group: Readers

Rather than the first steps of a funeral cortege, the death of Borders is really just the first little dip on a wildly careening roller coaster ride for the people who write, publish, buy and sell books. It's going to shake us up, down and sideways, industry figures say, and some people may get thrown from their cars. But one group is sure to be happy at the end: readers.

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The Return of 120 Minutes

120 Minutes returns to guide us through the alternative/indie/hip-hop/whatever-else universe. But what's a show to do when nothing's as hard to find as it used to be?

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'Wanted' Is a Spaghetti Western That Will Leave You Wanting

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"The charisma of Giuliano Gemma and some stellar action sequences can't save this sub-par spaghetti western.

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