(Source: TUAW) Rumors about an Apple “netbook” or “tablet” have been rampant for years, but if a report today on the Taiwanese news site Info Times is any indication, a touchscreen Mac may finally be coming to market in October of this year. This would put the new device in stores in time for the prime holiday buying season. 

MacRumors has published a translation of an Info Times article that states that Taiwanese manufacturers Foxconn, Dynapack, and Wintek have all received orders from Apple for components or (in the case of Foxconn) finished product with respect to a 9.7″ diagonal screen tablet device. Foxconn reportedly lost out on much of the manufacturing of the new generation of MacBooks, but has been tapped for the touchscreen netbook due to the success they had working with Apple on designing and manufacturing the iPhone.

(Source: Variety.com) Warner Bros. — the studio that births the most tentpoles — hopes that the end of the Harry Potter franchise in 2011 won’t mean the end of the tentpole production line.

More than any other studio, Warners’ focus is on delivering blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” and the Harry Potters. Of the 16 highest worldwide grossers, five have come from WB along with New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

Tentpoles, the thinking goes, can justify megabudgets for top talent, lavish action sequences and special effects since they’ll rake in dough for other divisions (TV, homevid, merchandise and vidgames). And in the case of new properties like “The Green Lantern” and “Sherlock Holmes,” it can also establish an evergreen franchise.

(Source: Chronicle.com) The LA Scholars program is starting an effort to place undergraduates from Los Angeles Southwest College into internship positions in the video-game industry. “That it’s video games is a popular lure,” said Rebecca M. Goldberg, co-director of career and welfare development for the South Bay Center for Community Development, a program sponsor. She points out that the game industry is local, so there are opportunities for local students.

The program, also supported by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and LA Youth at Work, receives money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 as part of the recent federal stimulus bill.

    
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