archives : March 2011


Apple has filed a lawsuit against Amazon accusing the Web retail giant of copyright infringement over the name "app store."

The complaint, filed Friday, is over the name of Amazon’s new store for mobile phone applications: It’s called "Amazon Appstore."

- Tuesday 22 March 2011

United States - International

The message was cryptic. Two words. No context, no punctuation, just: "inviting coworkers"

But that short statement proved to be enough to launch a global phenomenon that has launched careers, reunited long-lost relatives, and even, some would argue, topple dictators.

It was the first tweet.

Since Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey posted it on March 21, 2006, Twitter has registered nearly 200 million users who now post more than a billion tweets every week.

- Tuesday 22 March 2011 is entering the mobile app business with an Android app store that will open Tuesday.

The Amazon Appstore, accessible at and through a mobile app, will sell applications for Android phones and tablets. It will also encroach on Google’s territory by providing Android users with a new way to buy apps that cuts Google out of the equation.

- Tuesday 22 March 2011

Libya - International
My bigger brother Desmond recounted an experience he once had in the city of Stuttgart where he is undertaking further studies in the field of Engineering. On his way home from lectures one evening he witnessed an Asian couple in the middle of a scuffle. Quite frankly it was more of a young Asian guy beating on his partner. Desmond, who was unsettled by what he saw, intervened and sought information from the male aggressor. Agitated by Desmond’s query, the aggressor rebuked him for his intervention and proceeded to harass the poor girl. At this juncture, Desmond who is built like the incredible Hulk grabbed him by the collar pierced into his eyes with menace and fury forcing him to let the girl go. Interestingly, the aggressor who hitherto was enjoying the upper hand began to plead with my brother for his release. - Monday 21 March 2011

Ivory Coast - France
Henri Guaino, special advisor to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Monday announced that the departure of the outgoing president of Côte d’Ivoire is "on track". This comes after Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to step down following an advice from a panel of heads of state mandated by the African Union to find solutions to the Ivorian crisis. Informal discussions have been ongoing since the end of international mediation efforts. - Monday 21 March 2011

The discovery of 19 mass graves and exhumation of remains of an estimated 5 000 people from disused mines in Zimbabwe’s Mt Darwin district has sparked an explosive political debate as to what could have led to their deaths and when. - Monday 21 March 2011

United States
David E. Kelley’s new Wonder Woman project hasn’t even been greenlighted to series by NBC yet but it does have Tinseltown talking. The first photo of Adrianne Palicki as the superheroine launched a barrage of criticism, including Fox News’ reiterating its claim that the character has lost her "patriotic costume in favor of ’globalized’ duds." - Monday 21 March 2011


Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean was recovering Sunday after he was shot in the hand, his publicist said.

Spokeswoman Cindy Tanenbaum said Jean, who was in Haiti, was shot in Port-au-Prince on Saturday — on the eve of the country’s presidential runoff vote.

- Monday 21 March 2011

Gray smoke spewed Monday out of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant’s No. 3 reactor, a setback that came despite fervent efforts to prevent the further release of radioactive materials at the stricken facility. - Monday 21 March 2011

Libya - France - United States
Allied officials said two days of missile and aircraft strikes have effectively grounded Muammar Qaddafi’s air force, halting his advances into the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, Libya’s second-biggest city. - Monday 21 March 2011

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