‘Lego Movie’ Producer Bringing ‘Minecraft’ Game to Theaters

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Following in the footsteps of the hit film The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has acquired the rights to the popular video game Minecraft

The game’s creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson broke the news via Twitter on Thursday

Someone is trying leak the fact that we’re working with Warner Brothers on a potential Minecraft Movie. I wanted to be the leak!

— Markus Persson (@notch) February 27, 2014

Lego Movie producer Roy Lee (with his company Vertigo Entertainment) has signed on to oversee the project, Deadline reports

No surprise there, considering the similarities of the two gamesMinecraft, which has sold more than 35 million copies since its beta release in 2009, is essentially a digital Lego set, allowing users to create avatars and build structures using various materials Read more…

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Los smartphones de entrada son los de mayor crecimiento en la región – Entrevistamos a César Castro, responsable de Mobile Phones de Nokia para las Américas

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Nokia es sin lugar a dudas una compañía importante en Latinoamérica, de forma que no podíamos perder la oportunidad de entrevistar en la Mobile World Congress a César Castro, responsable de Mobile Phones de Nokia para las Américas. César nos ha puesto en situación acerca de cómo se está manejando la compañía dentro del gran mercado latinoamericano, nos ha contado qué debemos esperar de los nuevos Nokia 220 y Asha 230 y, por supuesto, ha dedicado tiempo para hablarnos sobre la nueva familia Nokia X -desvelándonos de paso qué modelos concretos se venderán en la región. ¿Con ganas de verlo? Pues lo tienes tan fácil como hacer clic y mirar tras el salto. No te lo pierdas.

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Must Reads: Striking Gold, the WikiLeaks Ghostwriter and More

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During the week, we consume words in snackable, tweetable bites. But on the weekends, we have the time to take a dive into the murkier, lengthier depths of the Internet and expand our attention spans beyond 140 characters. We can brew a cup of coffee and lie back with our iPads, laptops, smartphones and Kindles.

Since you’re bound to miss a few things during the daily grind, we present to you, in our weekly installation of Mashable Must Reads, a curated list of can’t-miss stories from around the web to read and reflect on. (You can find last week’s must reads here.) Read more…

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‘Maxim’ Magazine Sold to Operator of Steak ‘n Shake Restaurants

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A smart business deal can help diversify a business or appeal to a core user. Sometimes the best do both.

Maxim magazine has been bought by Biglari Holdings, a company that operates Steak ‘n Shake among other businesses, according to a press release. Biglari currently does not operate any other media outlets, according to its website

Maxim will continue to operate independently.

“Maxim’s inclusion into our collection of companies will benefit from our financial strength. We plan to build the business on multiple dimensions, thereby energizing our readership and viewership,” said Sardar Biglari, chief executive of Biglari Holdings.

The magazine was said to be entertaining bids of around $20 million in summer 2013. The company that operates Maxim, Alpha Media Group, was most recently sold in September to Darden Media for an undisclosed sum.

After a strong run in the early 2000s, Maxim may be remembered as one of the prime examples of a magazine industry that was ravaged by a combination of falling subscriber demand, a reader migration to digital and a recession that took a particular toll on print advertising.

However the publication has found some success in its tablet edition, which AdAge notes is second in circulation only to Game Informer.

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The Key To Helping San Francisco’s Homeless: Cellphones

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You won’t find “cellphone” listed within Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, but the device is certainly making a case for inclusion.

A new San Francisco-focused website, Link-SF, was unveiled Friday with the goal of helping the city’s homeless population connect with resources like shelter, food and medical assistance.

The idea for a website alone isn’t necessarily groundbreaking, but the intended use case is. Site creators built the service specifically for mobile phones, which have become an important tool in the everyday lives of America’s homeless population, too, says Kenshiro Nakagawa, a software engineer at Zendesk who helped develop the site Read more…

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Sony venderá su antiguo cuartel general en Tokio para aliviar pérdidas

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Sony necesita dinero. Como mínimo, tanto como está perdiendo. La reestructuración de la compañía y las últimas penurias económicas han obligado al fabricante japonés a tomar medidas drásticas, y su división informática VAIO no es la única propiedad a la que ha colgado el cartel de Se vende. Apenas formalizada la despedida de su departamento dedicado al diseño y la producción de ordenadores personales, Sony ya estaría pensando en seguir llenando sus arcas con la venta de su antiguo cuartel general en el centro de Tokio; una operación que le reportaría 15.000 millones de yenes (147 millones de dólares al cambio) según fuentes del Wall Street Journal y el diario Nikkei.

La venta de su antiguo centro de operaciones en Tokio se sumaría a las de sus edificios centrales en Osaka y Nueva York, por los que obtuvo 2.300 millones de dólares en el año 2013. Esta maniobra ha encontrado cierta oposición, pero no entre los accionistas de Sony; las voces más críticas son las de los propios residentes de la zona, que consideran el antiguo edificio el lugar de nacimiento de la firma, el laboratorio de ideas donde Akio Morita y Masaru Ibuka trabajaron en productos legendarios como los Walkman y los televisores Triniton.

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Moscow’s ‘Gay Olympics’ Are Off to a Nightmare Start

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Outraged by the 2014 Winter Olympics being held in Sochi despite Russia’s harsh anti-gay climate, LGBT activists there and elsewhere had a dream they hoped would counter their disappointment

The first Russian Open Games — an Olympics for LGBT athletes meant to also promote LGBT equality in Russia — would feature more than 200 athletes from more than 10 countries competing in Russia’s capital city of Moscow from Feb. 26 through March 3. Hotels were booked, as were sports venues, and the Open Games looked set to fill an attention gap between the Olympics’ closing ceremony on Feb. 23 and the start of the Paralympics on March 7 Read more…

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