NBC's hit sitcom,
The Office is going to be getting a big shakeup later this season when Steve Carell, Michael Scott, leaves the show. To ensure the transition is as erratic as possible, Anchorman co-star Will Ferrell will be joining the cast for a total of 4 episodes. He will be playing a branch manager who is as clueless as Michael himself.
After 7 years as the district manager of Dunder Mifflin, Carell leaves the series 4 episodes before the season finale and Ferrell will join the cast 3 episodes before that, leaving one episode after Carell leaves. Speaking about Ferrell's guest role, Paul Lieberstein, executive producer, said,
We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star, and we turned him into a television star. We are proud to continue The Office's tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they'll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality.
Intel's just been doing everything right lately. It seems that when they said they were going to
spend $8 billion to open new manufacturing plants that would create over 1,000 jobs that something in their brain set them off on a helping spree. More recently, Intel pledged to help the NFL analyze quarterback concussions with real-time data and even teamed up with rival company AMD to rid the world of the pesky blue analog input known as VGA. Well, let the good karma roll, because this week Intel said that it is going to invest $100 million through the next five years in US university research.
For more on Intel's good deeds, click the break.
Hulu has tried to stick to their guns as long as it possibly could, with creators of the service doing everything in their power to get users to support the free-with-ads business model they have been running with. Unfortunately, the bigger guns behind the content Hulu provides is threatening to back out and pull shows and movies unless Hulu can find a way to monetize the users that come to the site, and fast. We have heard rumors of Hulu considering restructuring their business model and moving towards an Internet-based television provider that users would subscribe to, similar to the way they would for satellite or cable TV. With providers like Disney and News Corp threatening to pull their free broadcasting, Hulu better do something quickly, especially when these companies are able to make money with services such as Netflix, Apple and Microsoft.
That repackaging, however, is just one of the options we've heard tossed around the Inter-tubes this week. Follow after the break for more on the other possibilities.
Google's biggest problems has been the relevancy of their search results. Apparently, someone at Google HQ decided that the best way to solve that problem was to start censoring the results available in Autocomplete and Instant. The first target of their wrath? The word "torrent."
Starting this week, a search for any word combination containing "torrent" will not return results for instant search and will not autocomplete in standard search. In addition, other terms have been removed, such as "RapidShare" and "Megaupload." This comes as pressure from RIAA and MPAA has apparently gotten so strong that the company that
abandoned China over censorship laws caved.
BitTorrent Inc. and RapidShare are not pleased about this move. Hit the break to read their reactions.
Facebook always seems to find a way to put itself into the news. This time, with their not-so-beloved Facebook Credits currency system. In the past, we have talked about companies like
Zynga that were trying to be coerced to solely use Facebook Credits. It now appears that the idea will actually hold water. Amidst a time where Facebook is looking to prove itself to investors and analysts that it is a commercially viable and money-making creature, the company has made it a mandatory policy beginning July 1, 2011 that all games use Facebook Credits as the only way to include real money purchases into games. Developers will still be able to use their in-game currencies but only as an exchange, i.e. Facebook Credits for Farmville Coins.
This change applies to Canvas games only and games used with Facebook Connect do not have to make the change.
Why does this move have such an impact? Follow the break to learn more.
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Take a look at the progression of popular social media sites from
Friendster to Facebook, and you will find that despite the thousands and thousands of competitors out there, a select few will compete for the top spot. If you remember Friendster then you will probably remember MySpace taking them down and later Facebook devouring them along with all the others. In fact Facebook beat MySpace down so badly they changed their logo and were forced to revert to their only remaining strength, social media. Today, they are the 2nd most visited website in the world behind Google and boast over 500 million users. So why will Facebook fail with so much going for it?
Hit the break to find out why.