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New and Noteworthy: Apple, Pixar and the Academy awards; "Lucky Bags" make US debut; more

New and Noteworthy: Apple, Pixar and the Academy awards; "Lucky Bags" make US debut; more

Apple, Pixar and the Academy awards Last night's 76th Annual Academy Awards presentation marked the seventh consecutive year Apple's Shake compositing software has played a crucial role in the film winning the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects. "The 2004 winners in this category from Weta Digital credited Shake as a key element in the creation of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.' Meanwhile, Pixar's "Finding Nemo" won best animated picture. More.

Apple "Lucky Bags" make US debut Apple has transferred its popular "Lucky Bags" concept - first used in Japan - to the United States in the form of an offering at the new San Francisco retail store. "Priced at $250, nearly the same price as the iPod mini itself, the lucky bags contain seven or eight items worth a total of $600 to $1,000." More.

Macworld attendees may have a neighbor The Boston Globe reports that fficials from the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said yesterday they have reached a tentative agreement with SAP Worldwide, a Waldorf, Germany-based business software company that plans to hold its SAP Midyear corporate meeting inside the new Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in South Boston July 12 to 14. "These dates coincide with the center's marquee opening event, the Macworld Conference & Expo, meaning the two would share space in the massive building." More.

Microsoft on every DVD? CNET reports that an industry standards group has made a preliminary decision to include Microsoft's video compression technology in a next-generation DVD format, giving the company a key boost in the digital media arena. "The steering committee for the DVD Forum on Friday announced provisional approval for Microsoft's VC-9 and two other video technologies--H.264 and MPEG-2--as mandatory for the HD-DVD video specification for playback devices. VC-9 is the reference title for the underlying video decoding technology within Windows Media Video 9. The approval is subject to several conditions, including an update in 60 days of licensing terms and conditions." More.

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