Microsoft and Barnes & Noble today announced the formation of a new Barnes & Noble subsidiary focused around the existing Nook digital e-reader and e-book business, as well as Barnes & Noble’s college business. Microsoft will make a $300 million investment in the subsidiary, which is preliminarily being called Newco until an official name is chosen, and receive 17.6% ownership of the business.The Microsoft/Barnes & Noble venture seeks to increase competition in the e-book market, taking on both Amazon’s dominant position and Apple’s upstart status that has seen the iPad become a popular e-reading option for consumers but much lower adoption of iBookstore content. Barnes & Noble has had some success with Nook, but its momentum has slowed recently and recent antitrust suits against Apple and book publishers breaking down the new agency model for e-book distribution have raised concerns that the industry will quickly return to a near-monopoly for Amazon.
One of the first benefits for customers will be a NOOK application for Windows 8, which will extend the reach of Barnes & Noble’s digital bookstore by providing one of the world’s largest digital catalogues of e-Books, magazines and newspapers to hundreds of millions of Windows customers in the U.S. and internationally.The inclusion of Barnes & Noble’s College business is an important component of Newco’s strategic vision. Through the newly formed Newco, Barnes & Noble’s industry leading NOOK Study software will provide students and educators the preeminent technology platform for the distribution and management of digital education materials in the market.
As part of the deal, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble have also settled their patent dispute, which saw Microsoft suing for infringement by the Nook reader in a move Barnes & Noble had positioned as an attack on all Android-based systems. The new deal will see Barnes & Noble and Newco holding a royalty-bearing license on the Microsoft patents in question.
Marion Cotillard’s New Lady Dior Ad, was shot at the Communist Party Headquarters in Paris.Dior has released a new ad campaign for the classic Lady Dior bags. Shot in elegant cream-colored dress with light careless curls, in one of the most exotic variations of the usual leather Lady Dior – a model that Marion is holding, is made primarily from palm fibers are raffia and only slightly supplemented crocodile skin. Lenased by famous photographer Peter Lindbergh.Peter Lindbergh shot it in (or “infiltrated” as WWD writes) the Communist Party Headquarters in Paris because the ceiling of its conference room resembles the crocodile and raffia texture of the new handbag.
22-year-old Kristen stewart looks absolutely stunning on the cover of ELLE magazine’s June issue.
On being a role model:
“I don’t apply [being a role model] to the choices I make. I feel like a role model is not necessarily somebody you want to imitate, just someone you admire.”
On her love of acting:
“It’s a physical thing. I f***ing love everything about [acting]. I love movies, I love what they do. I am just so fueled by it like nothing else.”
On her choice in clothing:
“I just wear very functional clothes. When I’m in London I feel so dressed down and young and Californian. Even if I try to look nice when I go out for dinner, I just don’t have that thing. I will always wear no socks in be like, ‘F***, it’s freezing; what am I doing?'”
On whether she’d like to direct:
“I want to direct movies. Sometimes I think, ‘God, I want to do that, I want to do that next.’ But then I work with someone who’s great at what they do and I think, ‘I’m not there yet.'”
On when she’s really happy:
“In my car with the right friend – I like to drive and I love being in LA, it always feels like, ‘Ahhhhh.’ So I would say if the right song came on, windows down, that’s a great feeling. To just be excited to be moving, to be like, ‘Here we are.'”
On how she’d describe herself:
“I don’t know. I was going to say that I really like what I do. I really love what I do. I think the most interesting part of me, literally, is what I do.
Tom Cruise on the Cover of W Magazine June 2012 issue – http://wp.me/p2bjQ7-rk
Angelina Jolie Covers Marie Claire June 2012 – http://wp.me/p2bjQ7-rf
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Kim Kardashian out and about – http://wp.me/p2bjQ7-tI
Nigerian Football striker Osaze and his fiancée Sarah, they have fixed their wedding date for May 19th, the date of the Champions League final and one week after the close of the Premier League. However, his would-be father-in-law insisted he would not attend if Manchester City survived to the end of the competition. ∞
You guys should please vote my dear friend Vivian for the Most Beautiful girl in Nigeria. To vote,text Niger to 33383.Every little vote counts,thanks guys.
The new issue of People magazine features Beyoncé on the cover as the World’s Most Beautiful Woman. As People editor Janet Mock notes, it’s the “first time in 9 years that a black woman lands this coveted cover.” In 2003, Halle Berry was named World’s Most Beautiful Woman; she and Beyoncé are the only two black women to hold the honor in 22 years.Beyonce has become PEOPLE’s 2012 World’s Most Beautiful Woman .Apart from being a 16-time Grammy winner, an actress and a style and style icon all at age 30. On her new title,she says”I feel more beautiful than I’ve ever felt because I’ve given birth,” . “I have never felt so connected, never felt like I had such a sense of purpose on this earth.”
Hey guys Wats up? Sorry i have been AWOL for a while. i am back now ,new posts coming soon. Special thanks to all my readers ,i see the views in my statistics for each day and i am humbled,people are actually reading my blog. I love you guys. You are the ones that motivate me. I just want to say thanks.
The eight Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), held on Sunday night, at The Expo Centre, Eko Hotel & Suite in Lagos, Nigeria.Nigeria was the most awarded country on the night, receiving 12 awards, followed closely by South Africa with 10.In attendance were Hollywood stars Morris Chestnut, Lynn Whitfield,Maya Gilbert, Rockmond Dunbar amongst others.
List of winners
Best short films – Braids on a bald head
Best Documentary – African Election: Nigeria/Germany
Best Diaspora Feature – Toussaint Louverture: France
Best Documentary in Diaspora – The Education of Auma Obama: Germany
Best Diaspora (short film) – White Sugar in a Black Pot
Best Animation – The Legend of Ngog Hills – Kenya
Best Film by an African Living Abroad – Mystery of Birds
Achievements in Production Design – Phone Swap: Pat Nebo
Achievements in Costume Design – Adesuwa Iyen Agbonifo
Achievement in Make-up – Shattered: Sarah Wanjiru
Achievement in Soundtrack – Alero’s Symphony: Chibuzor Orji (Faze)
Achievement in Visual Effects – Adesuwa: Victor Ehi-Amedu
Achievement in Sound – State of Violence: (S.A) Jim Petrack
Achievement in Cinematography – Otelo Burning: Lance Gewer
Achievement in Editing – How to Steal 2 Million: Mick Audsley
Achievement in Screenplay – Ties that Bind: Leila DJansi (Ghana)
Best Nigerian Film – Adesuwa: Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen (Nigeria)
Best Film in African Language – State of Violence: (South Africa)
Best Child Actor – Reginna Davies
Best Young/promising Actor – Ivie Okujaye: Alero’s Symphony
Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Fano Mokena: Man on Ground
Best Actress in Supporting Role – Terry Pheto: How to Steal 2 Million
Best Actor in Leading Role – Majid Michel: Somewhere in Africa
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Rita Dominic: Shattered
Best Director – Charlie Vundla: How to Steal 2 Million
AMAA Jury Award – Man on Ground
Movie of the Year – How to Steal 2 Million
UNESCO seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright by celebrating this Day throughout the world, .
23 April is a symbolic date for world literature, since 23 April 1616 was the date of death of Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. 23 April is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors such as Shakespeare, Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.
This year’s edition of the WBCD also marks the 80th anniversary of the Index Translationum. The Index Translatonum is an international bibliography of translation which provides a unique tool for the monitoring of translation flows in the world.
14-year-old Christian Combs has been picked to front the Sean John Boys spring / summer 2012 collection. Christian is Diddy’s second child with long-time on and off girlfriend Kim Porter.
Veroniek is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore May issue. On the cover she is wearing a Prada swimsuit from the label’s spring 2012 collection. Photographed by Gan and styled by Kenneth Goh.