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Remember the Last Big Thing in computing? You’ll be forgiven for having forgotten it was the netbook — a small notebook computer with a slender price tag, about $300.

Today, tablets are all the rage, including the iPad from Apple and a host of new entries starting to come from rivals like Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Research In Motion and Samsung. But less than two years ago, in 2009, netbooks were seen as the earth-shaking force in the industry, potentially changing the economics of the business and undermining the technology leaders, Intel and Microsoft.

- Monday 14 February 2011


Production company Morgan Creek announced that the new Tupac biopic is scheduled to begin principal photography in the late spring and early summer with director Antoine Fuqua.

The Tupac film, which will be shot in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas, chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac

- Monday 14 February 2011

China - International

China has overtaken Japan as the world’s second-biggest economy.

Japan’s economy was worth $5.474 trillion (£3.414 trillion) at the end of 2010, figures from Tokyo have shown. China’s economy was closer to $5.8 trillion in the same period.

- Monday 14 February 2011

Crammed into this year’s field of 10 best picture Oscar nominees are British aristocrats, Volvo-driving Los Angeles lesbians, a flock of swans, a gaggle of Harvard computer geeks, clans of Massachusetts fighters and Missouri meth dealers, as well as 19th-century bounty hunters, dream detectives and animated toys. It’s a fairly diverse selection in terms of genre, topic, sensibility, style and ambition. But it’s also more racially homogenous — more white — than the 10 films that were up for best picture in 1940, when Hattie McDaniel became the first black American to win an Oscar for her role as Mammy in “Gone With the Wind.” In view of recent history the whiteness of the 2011 Academy Awards is a little blinding. - Monday 14 February 2011

United States
The 53rd Grammy Awards telecast was all about the grandeur, with enormous production numbers crowded with as many pop stars as the presenters could announce in one breath. But glitz wasn’t always rewarded. Traditional country trio Lady Antebellum earned five awards, including two of the biggest, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, for their hit "Need You Now." - Monday 14 February 2011

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continually avoided interview requests from Swedish authorities who wanted to question him about allegations that he sexually abused two women last summer, a British prosecutor said Tuesday.

Assange’s apparent reluctance to be interviewed made him a flight risk and justified the move to arrest him, a London courtroom heard on the second day of a hearing to decide whether the 39-year-old Australian should be extradited from Britain to Sweden.

- Wednesday 9 February 2011

United States - International

Facebook announced Tuesday that it is moving its more than 2,000 employees — and 600 million friends — to a new campus in Menlo Park, Calif.

The company’s new offices were the former home of Sun Microsystems, which was purchased by Oracle last year.

In a company press release, Facebook said it had been looking for a new location for some time, but struggled to find a place that could accommodate its “long-term business needs” as it continues to grow. Although the new offices are larger, the company said it hoped to create the same “small-community feel” that Facebook said it enjoyed on its previous campus in Palo Alto.

- Wednesday 9 February 2011

United Kingdom

A portrait of the muse who transformed painter Pablo Picasso’s life has sold for £25.2m ($40.7m) at Sotheby’s auction house in London.

La Lecture went to an anonymous phone buyer after six minutes of bidding.

- Wednesday 9 February 2011


Britney Spears announced on Tuesday (February 8) that she’ll premiere her "Hold It Against Me" video on Thursday, February 17, on MTV. The much-anticipated clip, directed by Jonas Åkerlund, airs at 9:56 pm ET, right before a new episode of "Jersey Shore." The video will also premiere on at the same time.

"Feb. 17th...9:56 PM...MTV....The WORLD PREMIERE of the Hold It Against Me video...directed by Jonas Akerlund," Spears tweeted, adding a link to a new preview of the clip.

The song is the first single from Brit’s new album, Femme Fatale, whose release has just been pushed back from March 15 to March 29.

- Wednesday 9 February 2011

United States
The Obama administration is proposing to spend $53 billion over the next six years to help promote the construction of a national high-speed, intercity passenger rail network, Vice President Joe Biden announced Tuesday. - Wednesday 9 February 2011

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