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United Kingdom

The founder of whistle-blowing website Wikileaks, Julian Assange, will know by Thursday if he will be freed on bail.

Mr Assange remains in Wandsworth Prison after Swedish authorities appealed against a decision to grant him bail.

His lawyer Mark Stephens said about half the £240,000 bail money had been raised and the High Court appeal would be heard on Thursday at the latest.

- Wednesday 15 December 2010


Congo - United States

She may be retiring from the talk-show business but Oprah Winfrey isn’t giving up on her acting ambitions. The TV titan is set to produce and star in an HBO Films adaptation of the Pulitzer prize-winning 2009 off-Broadway play, "Ruined."

Deadline.com reports that Winfrey – whose last major role was in the 1998 drama "Beloved" – is expected to play Mama Nadi, a madam who runs a brothel in war-torn Congo and attempts to keep herself and her girls from getting caught between the rebel armies and the government.

- Wednesday 15 December 2010


The Golden Globe Awards are so yesterday. The big news is that Jon Favreau is not going to direct Iron Man 3 for Marvel Studios.

The move isn’t that much of a surprise but is no less shocking.

Favreau’s negotiations to direct Iron Man 2 was a tough slog, and while he got $10 million for the gig, plus backend, it came close to not happening. When he did Cowboys and Aliens, his ask went up. Marvel, known for keeping their costs as low as possible, wasn’t likely to pay him. He also took the job to develop and direct a big tentpole for Disney based on their theme parks called Magic Kingdom.

- Wednesday 15 December 2010


United States

Yahoo said on Tuesday that it would cut 4 percent of its work force.

Yahoo will lay off about 600 employees, mostly in the company’s product group, a spokeswoman, Kim Rubey, said. The company began notifying employees on Tuesday, she added.

Yahoo issued a statement on Tuesday that the company would continue to hire globally to support crucial priorities.

- Wednesday 15 December 2010


Germany

A man with HIV living in Germany may have been cured of his infection by a bone marrow transplant, researchers claim.

In 2007, the man received a bone marrow transplant to treat his leukemia. The transplant — which treats leukemia by essentially rebooting the body’s immune system and creating new white blood cells —also had the benefit of wiping out the HIV infection. Now, three and a half years later, the patient remains HIV-free, which suggests he is cured of the disease, the researchers said.

"I’m extremely excited about the result," said Jerome Zack, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, who studies HIV infection and was not involved in the study. "It suggests that at least in this one individual, there’s a long-term benefit to this approach."

- Wednesday 15 December 2010


South africa

South Africa’s president has filed a £440,000-defamation suit over a cartoon depicting him with his trousers undone, preparing to rape a blindfolded, female figure symbolising justice, a lawyer for the newspaper that printed it said today.

Eric van der Berg, a lawyer for South Africa’s Sunday Times, said notice from the president’s lawyers had arrived at the paper’s Johannesburg offices Monday.

The cartoon caused a storm when the Times published it in 2008, two years after Jacob Zuma had been acquitted of rape charges. But van der Berg said Zuma had not followed up on threats to sue until now.

- Tuesday 14 December 2010


United States

McDonald’s databases were recently hacked into and personal customer information was stolen, the fast-food giant said in a statement.

"Recently McDonald’s was informed by one of its partners that limited customer information collected in connection with our promotions or websites was improperly accessed by a third party," McDonald’s said. "Limited customer information such as name, address, phone number, birth date and gender was included in the information that was accessed."

The data that the hackers were able to get was compiled from consumers who signed up to receive e-mails from McDonald’s on the websites mcdonalds.com, mcdonalds.ca, mcdonaldsmom.com, mcdlive.com, meencanta.com, monopoly.com, playatmcd.com and 365Black.com, the statement said.

- Tuesday 14 December 2010


United States
Precious director Lee Daniels has signed on to develop and direct Anna in the Tropics, a film adaptation of Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer and Steinberg Prize-winning Broadway play being produced by John Torres Martinez and Joe Lamy of Austin-based Mankind Entertainment. The story is set in 1920s Tampa, then the seat of cigar-making industry and featured an imported Cuban tradition of lectors reading to workers. Inspired by Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Tropics centers on a family of cigar rollers whose lives are changed by the power of literature. - Tuesday 14 December 2010


United Kingdom

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has said he is determined to continue releasing secret documents, despite being held on remand in a British jail. Mr Assange, 39, said his "convictions are unfaltering", in a statement read out by his mother on Australian TV. The Australian, who faces extradition to Sweden over sex offence claims, will appear in court later to ask for bail.

His website recently embarrassed the US by publishing thousands of classified diplomatic cables. Mr Assange, who denies sexually assaulting two women in Sweden, was remanded in custody last week, ahead of a full extradition hearing. His lawyers have repeatedly claimed that the charges against him are politically motivated.

- Tuesday 14 December 2010


United States

Americans are now spending as much time using the Internet as they are watching television, and the amount of time people spend on the Internet has increased 121 percent over the last five years, according to a survey published Monday by Forrester Research.

While people younger than 30 years old have spent more time with the Internet than television for several years, Forrester’s survey shows that this is the first year that people in older age groups are also doing so. The amount of time spent on the Internet for personal uses tails off among older groups, ranging from about 12 hours for adults under 30 to about eight hours for people over 66 years old.

- Tuesday 14 December 2010

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