Master Moose writes: There were rumors and there were conversations, but to almost everyone in Hollywood the possibility of Spider-Man joining his Marvel Universe brethren on the big screen was dead.
Obviously, anyone who reads Marvel Comics knows nothing stays dead forever. In a major announcement on Monday night, Walt Disney's Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed that the Wall Crawler would join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The partnership will begin with Spider-Man appearing an an upcoming Marvel Studios film. Spider-Man will then appear in the third installment of the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise on July 28, 2017. That film will be produced by Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, the current co-chairman of the studio who is stepping down following the fallout of the Sony Hack in late November.
In a release, both parties noted "they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films."
More intriguingly, Marvel and Sony Pictures are also working together on opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future "Spider-Man" films.In a deal between Marvel and Sony pictures, Spiderman will feature in future MCU movies.
Master Moose writes: New Zealands Government wants to override privacy laws to supply the US Government with private details about Americans living in New Zealand.
As part of a global tax-dodging crackdown, the US is forcing banks and other financial institutions to hand over the private financial details of US "persons" and companies based overseas.
From July this year, Kiwi banks and insurers will be required to provide US tax authorities with American customers' contact details, bank account numbers and transaction history.
The move comes amid continuing criticism of New Zealand's participation in Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement talks, aimed at securing a wider-reaching free trade deal with the US and other countries.
Critics say the secretive talks could restrict New Zealand's ability to make its own laws on everything from the environment to employment.
Master Moose writes: The "peepshow" scanners that have caused an uproar at airports are finally getting the heave-ho.
It took more than two years of passenger complaints, but the US Transportation Security Administration says it is pulling the plug on the Rapiscan backscatter scanner. The move was made because the manufacturer did not meet a deadline to come up with new software that would create less revealing images. In all, 174 machines at 30 airports will be shut down and moved out.
Rapiscan could not create new software for its backscatter machines and threw in the towel this month. The TSA cancelled its contract with the company.
Master Moose writes: Brisbane-based entrepreneur John Lambie currently has in beta an alternative to what he calls the "dysfunctional" QWERTY keyboard.
Given the way the world is abandoning their keyboards for smartphones he sees now as the perfect time to introduce a new layout.
He calls his new keyboard Dextr and believes it is the natural progression from using a number pad to enter text — This is especially so in developing countries where users have not grown up with QWERTYs on thier phones.
While he is not the first to ever propose an alternate or alphabetical keyboard — Are we locked into QWERTY for familiarities sake, or as we shift to smaller, more mobile and new devices, is Mr Lambie's project coming at the right time?
Master Moose writes: Kim Dotcom claims the United States criminal case against him is collapsing but he is offering to go there without extradition provided federal authorities unfreeze his millions of dollars.
In a now hallmark style, he made the offer on Twitter.
"Hey DOJ, we will go to the US," he tweeted, "No need for extradition. We want bail, funds unfrozen for lawyers & living expenses."
Master Moose writes: When Apple's next iPhone hits store shelves, Technicolor's engineers will rush to get the handset — not to make calls or play games, but to rip it apart.
Technicolor, an unprofitable French company that invented the process for colour movies used in The Wizard of Oz and countless other classics, plans to cash in on its 40,000 video, audio and optics patents to turn its fortunes around.
Although Technicolor signed its first licensing deal in the 1950s, de Russe (executive vice-president of intellectual property at Technicolor) said, "it feels like the rest of the world has just woken up to why patents are interesting".
Patent licensing is the most profitable business of the company.
Master Moose writes: The criminal charges against Kim Dotcom in the United States may never get to trial, the judge overseeing the case has told the FBI.
United States district court judge Liam O'Grady said he didn't know if "we are ever going to have a trial in this matter" after being told Dotcom's file-sharing company had never been formally served with criminal papers by the US.
The comment has been seized on by Dotcom's lawyers, who say it could lead to the extradition case in New Zealand being tossed out.
Master Moose writes: Movie studios are about to push the New Zealand Government to lower the fees they have to pay internet providers to out copyright pirates under the so-called "Skynet" law that took effect last year.
The Economic Development Ministry has kicked off a promised review of the $25 fee that rights holders must pay internet providers to send infringement notices to customers accused of piracy under the "three strikes regime"
Master Moose writes: British actor Stephen Fry says he is ''ashamed'' of the film industry following news a popular English pub called The Hobbit is being threatened with legal action.
Fry, who is in Wellington, New Zealand filming Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, this morning tweeted: "Honestly, @savethehobbit, sometimes I'm ashamed of the business I'm in. What pointless, self-defeating bullying".
The popular Southampton music venue has traded with the name for more than 20 years, the Mail Online reported.
Master Moose writes: A man who never played higher than the Portugese third division (soccer) is suing the Baptist church for $NZ19 million — claiming it ruined his chances of playing for Manchester United.
Nganga spent 19 years as a 'fervent evangelist'.
He is now suing the leaders of the Baptist Union of Great Britian, who, he says "conspired to defraud me of my finances, time and my life".
Master Moose writes: Once a year a document called The Black List is released.
It is a list of what several hundred executives, assistants and other industry professionals collectively consider to be the best unproduced scripts in Hollywood.
An informal list that has taken on slightly formal connotations, it is a fascinating insight into the vast world of speculative screenwriting and script development, where the best ideas in the world can end up gathering dust for a variety of reasons.