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As a big Disney fan, and someone who studied business in college, I love reading about the inner workings of The Walt Disney Company. (When Tom Staggs and Jay Rasulo flipped roles, that was a big deal in my world.) Before, I’d sift through various blogs in order to find the stories I wanted. But now, a San Francisco-based startup delivers the news about the people behind the Disney brand in a way that puts Google Alerts to shame.

Newsle filters through the “social noise” to bring you the news you care about. It finds articles about yourself, your Facebook friends and LinkedIn connections, as well as any public figures you decide to follow. What’s really cool about it is that it can tell if it’s your friend “John Smith,” or some other “John Smith” that you don’t know. (For a more detailed description of the service and how it works, check out this write up for Huffington Post Tech.)

So if you want to follow along as well, sign up for Newsle, follow @Newsle on Twitter, and click the pictures below (the jump) to follow a few Disney executives.

Hello, and welcome to the D23 Expo, Day 2 (for more expo coverage read my D23 Expo Day 1 and Alison’s D23 Expo Day 3 recaps!) where things were taken up a big ol’ notch. I know, I couldn’t believe it either.

This is where you say, “How in the world did they top the first day? Nothing could be sweeter than Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog singing a tribute to the late, great Jim Henson! Nothing could be better than Dick Van Dyke in concert!

Fair enough. However, where Day 1 was a tip of the hat to Disney legends, Day 2 was about the now and the immediate future. Hence John Lasseter introducing Billy Crystal to a standing ovation (Lasseter also received a standing ovation) while discussing the upcoming Pixar film Monsters University. Also, Jason Segel coming out with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to discuss the new Muppet Movie. And of course, the Avengers assembling. On stage. That’s right, with the exception of the Hulk and Captain America, the entire team came out to watch a trailer that they had never seen. Robert Downey, Jr. made us watch it twice. Basically, it was a parade of celebrities (including Jennifer Garner, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Cryer, to name but a few) and Disney awesomeness (including Rich Ross, Andrew Stanton, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige, to again name but a few). My inner geek setting was at 11.