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For decades — dating back to the 1980s — Apple and Adobe Systems have had a deeply troubled relationship. The most recent phase of their ongoing struggle has been over whether Flash (Adobe’s hugely popular proprietary format for adding animation, video, and interactivity to web pages) would run on Apple mobile devices.

Apple has always resisted putting Flash on the iPhone, because Flash has performed notoriously poorly on Macintosh computers.

- Wednesday 16 March 2011


Director David Slade is shifting his filmmaking focus from vampires to superheroes. According to Variety, 20th Century Fox has tapped the "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "30 Days of Night" director for their next "Daredevil" film.

Undisclosed sources close to the project told the industry trade publication that the untitled film will be a continuation of the 2003 version, which starred Ben Affleck, but will not contain any material from that film, which was mostly panned by critics.

- Wednesday 16 March 2011


Janet Jackson is becoming a movie producer. The performer-actress has signed a production deal with Lionsgate to select, develop and produce a feature film for the independent studio. - Wednesday 16 March 2011


United States

When Alexandra Wallace recorded her rant about Asian students using cellphones in the library at the University of California, Los Angeles, she was alone, speaking to her computer.

But since she posted the three-minute video to YouTube, Ms. Wallace, a third-year political science student at U.C.L.A., has achieved a sudden, unwelcome celebrity: her video has been viewed by millions of people, and she has become the subject of nationwide condemnation and the catalyst of a debate about racial intolerance and free speech.

- Wednesday 16 March 2011


Japan
Reporting from Sendai and Tokyo, Japan A series of grim developments hit a shaken Japan on Wednesday, including reports that high-level radiation may have leaked from a second damaged nuclear reactor and emergency workers being forced to temporarily abandon the crippled complex. - Wednesday 16 March 2011


United States

Apple Inc.’s new iPad 2 flew off of the shelves on its first weekend.

The company’s stores in major U.S. cities had sold out of the updated tablet device within hours of its introduction at 5 p.m. local time Friday, according to surveys by analysts. On Sunday, Apple’s online store was showing a shipping delay of three to four weeks for all of the versions of the iPad 2.

- Tuesday 15 March 2011


United Kingdom - International

Tickets for the London 2012 Olympics have gone on sale, 500 days ahead of the event.

Some 6.6 million tickets are available from the London 2012 website over a six-week period and organisers say all applications will be treated equally.

- Tuesday 15 March 2011


The Walt Disney Co. has deep-sixed Mars Needs Moms producer Robert Zemeckis’ planned next project for the studio, the high-profile remake of the classic Beatles film Yellow Submarine, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

Submarine was already facing a few rocky reefs before this weekend. There were budget issues, and a key presentation Zemeckis was to have made before the Beatles heirs kept being pushed back. A December date for the confab was scrapped and never rescheduled. But sources say the disastrous $6.9 million opening for the $150 million-budgeted Mars, produced by Zemeckis, guaranteed that Submarine would never set sail at Disney. The producer-director is now free to shop the project to another studio.

- Tuesday 15 March 2011


International

Since becoming chief executive of Hewlett-Packard four months ago, Léo Apotheker has remained mostly silent about his plans for the world’s biggest technology company.

He finally unveiled his strategy to investors on Monday, saying that H.P. would build out its tiny software business and expand into the cloud — a term used to describe products and services delivered online.

- Tuesday 15 March 2011


Japan

An escalating crisis at a nuclear power plant compounded the human devastation in Japan Tuesday.

As the death toll from the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunami steadily ascended, residents waited with anxiety about radiation exposure.

- Tuesday 15 March 2011

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