October 30, 2002 Welcome to [fromleft] Filippo Bisconti, Rosario Bisconti, Salvatore Bisconti, andAngelo Barrale. This group has come from Sicily to instruct ourconstruction crew in a new building technique. [Photo & text: SA] [from left] Octoberworkshoppers Abigail Yeates and Eli Michael withRosario Bisconti. [Photo: Nabuya Katsuura & text: SA] Salvatore Biscontiwith volunteer Shinya Hirawaka and alumni Jeff Buderer. [Photo: nk &text: SA] The sicilian crewcooked a wonderful and authentic lunch for the performance ofMusicantica. [Photo: T & text: SA] This crew hasbrought an additional excitement to the East Crescent construction. [Photo & text: SA]
Cyfrowy Polsat will roll out a mobile TV service later this year.The Polish pay TV operator said the TV Mobilna service will launch in the second quarter and deliver free and premium TV programming to tablets and smartphones to a potential 15 million people.The service will be based on DVB-T technology and will offer access to eight TV and 12 radio services.
Media services firm RR Media has acquired Israel-based SatLink Communications for US$19 million in a bid to “increase scale and expand service capabilities.”SatLink is a global provider of content distribution, management and playout services. RR Media said that, with the deal, it will integrate the companies’ networks, expanding its global content distribution network and content management footprint. “This acquisition, along with the recent acquisition of ESS and the previous acquisitions made in recent years, form essential elements of our strategy to increase the scale of the company expanding our global presence, growing our smart global distribution network and content management services, expanding our service offering, enhancing our mix of premium customers and leveraging world-wide industry expertise,” said Avi Cohen, CEO of RR Media.“This acquisition is expected to contribute to our bottom line in 2015 and beyond. We have watched SatLink’s accomplishments over the years and we are extremely happy to have SatLink become part of RR Media.”RR Media said that as a result of the takeover it expects to generate incremental revenue of approximately US$25 million and adjusted EBITDA of $5 million in 2016.The business and operational integration is planned to be completed by the end of this year.
Facebook has hired former Xiaomi and Google executive Hugo Barra to lead all of its virtual reality efforts, including its Oculus team.Announcing the move in a post on Facebook, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Barra “shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform”.“They [VR and AR] will enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future and I’m looking forward to having him on our team,” he said.Barra, in his own Facebook post, confirmed that he would take up his new Silicon Valley-based role as Facebook’s VP of VR “in a couple of months”.He said his mission at the company would be to “make technology breakthroughs quickly and readily available to the widest possible spectrum of humanity”.News of the appointment comes in the same week that Barra announced he was leaving Xiaomi after three and a half years working for the Chinese electronics firm out of Beijing.In a separate Facebook post, Barra described his time at Xiaomi as the “greatest and most challenging adventure of my life”, but said he wanted to be back home in Silicon Valley, closer to friends and family.During his time at the company, Xiaomi launched its first US product – an Android TV set-top-box called the Mi Box that came out last year – and also made waves in the smartphone and TV space.Barra joined Xiaomi after a five year stint at Google, where from 2010 he helped to develop the Android mobile operating system.Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted it will take “at least 10 years” for the virtual reality ecosystem to be built out, but said he is confident VR will be an important technology.In an interview for Die Welt newspaper with Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of German media group Axel Springer, Zuckerberg likened the rollout of VR to the development of the smartphone and said “now is the time to invest”.