Microsoft stormed into Hollywood last week to pitch the screenplay for a movie based on its "Halo" video-game franchise. According to Variety, someone...

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Microsoft stormed into Hollywood last week to pitch the screenplay for a movie based on its “Halo” video-game franchise.


According to Variety, someone in a bright green futuristic soldier’s suit — apparently dressed as Halo’s hero, Master Chief — went to movie studios with the screenplay, waited as it was being read, and took the copy back after studio execs finished reading it.


That maneuver, plus Microsoft’s reported financial demands from the project, didn’t sit too well with the studios who are more accustomed to calling the shots, according to reports.


A sponsorship deal by Microsoft made any article on Variety’s Web site available free last week. People who wanted to read the Microsoft article had to watch an advertisement about Windows XP Media Center Edition first — a combination that strikes an uneasy chord.



Computer salutations



Last week, the Seattle area was ranked the “Most Unwired City” in Intel‘s annual survey by that name.


The region received the honor, in part, because of the proliferation of wireless Internet access that goes beyond cafes, restaurants and hotels and into laundries, marinas, truck stops, ferry boats, airports and entire neighborhoods.


But it goes even further than that, we have learned. Two more obscure locations popped up after our story ran: one at a hospital, another at a yoga studio.


The Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center installed Wi-Fi in its Seattle and Redmond reception areas. Patients can use it while they wait for appointments.


“It has been very well received by the patients,” Diane French, the center’s administrator, wrote in an e-mail.


Yogalife’s Green Lake location launched a network mostly for its employees who needed the mobility to do computer work because they all couldn’t fit at the front desk. At first it was password protected, but owner Michael Suzerris said he opened the network up after people started asking for access.


Although it’s not commonly used, he said he would understand if people logged in to get work done in the waiting area.


“We understand laptops and computers are a part of life,” Suzerris said. “A lot of times in yoga class we stop and do yoga-related activities for those who specifically use a computer. We acknowledge this is what we do.”



A big deal



Dan Hesse, the former chief executive of Terabeam and, before that, AT&T Wireless, was appointed CEO of Sprint‘s local telecommunications division, which plans to spin off after Sprint’s merger with Nextel Communications is completed.


The reason he took the job, he said last week, was his background in both wireline and wireless will allow him to bring the company into the next technology age. Now we know another reason.


Sprint said Friday that it was paying Hesse $7 million in salary, bonus and equity, according to The Associated Press.


The compensation package includes a base salary of $900,000, a signing bonus of $600,000, plus 157,000 restricted stock units and 408,000 stock options, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.


Besides salary, Hesse is also entitled to a bonus for the remainder of this year worth at least $1.05 million.


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