Here’s a trailer for Wil Wheaton’s (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “Stand By Me”) new YouTube show “Tabletop”. The show will feature Wheaton playing board games with a wide range of guests. This will be part of the “Geek & Sundry” YouTube channel. One of the new YouTube channels funded by Google. The show will air biweekly, beginning on April 2, 2012.
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With the doodle above Google celebrates the first man in space, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
And we’ve added some nifty Gagarin vids after the jump …
Today Google is celebrating the birthday of Will Eisner with the doodle (above) on their homepage. Will Eisner is a comic book pioneer. He invented many of the forms conventions, and created one of it’s most iconic characters … the Spirit. That’s the dude with mask (above). This is another example of Google choosing to celebrate some geekier figures and ideas through their special doodles.
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According to the Financial Times:
Google YouTube video site is in negotiations with Hollywood’s leading movie studios to launch a global pay-per-view video service by the end of 2010, putting it head-to-head with Apple in the race to dominate the digital distribution of film and television content.
This is a major play for the tech giant. And another sign of the future of movie consumption. We’re sure there’s going to be a lot more about this in the hours and days ahead.
According to Locus Online, Philip K. Dick’s estate has launch a cease and desist order against Google for the use of the name “Nexus One” for their new smart phone.
The family claims that the name Nexus One is a “clear infringement of our intellectual property rights,” referencing the Nexus 6 replicants in Bladerunner, the movie based on PKD’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The letter, a possible presage to a lawsuit, demands that Google cease using the name and requests that the company turn over relevant documents within ten days.
Google fired back claiming:
… the name has nothing to do with Dick’s work, and that it was simply using the word in its original sense – as a place where things converge. In 2009, Verizon Wireless licensed the Droid name from “Star Wars” creator George Lucas for use with the Motorola phone. However, unlike George Lucas and the Droid trademark, Dick’s estate does not have a trademark on the Nexus name.
We’re not lawyers, so Google may be in the clear on this. But Google’s obsession with all things Science Fiction has been pretty clear for some time. So we doubt that the “Nexus 6″ reference didn’t play a role in the naming of the phone.