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Google’s display ads, or ads with images, have been showing up across the Web and even in Times Square. Now they are bound for Gmail.

Google started showing the ads alongside people’s e-mail in-boxes on Jan. 21. The company is still experimenting with them and not every Gmail user will see them, said Rob Shilkin, a Google spokesman.

- Monday 31 January 2011


United States
The 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards were handed out Sunday night (January 30), and awards-season favorites The King’s Speech and The Fighter continued to nab hardware. The ceremony, which only focuses on acting achievements, was dominated by Speech and The Fighter, which won two awards each. On the television side, HBO’s Boardwalk Empire ran the night, also garnering two trophies. While Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice winner Natalie Portman continued to collect statuettes for her Black Swan role, other hits like The Social Network and Glee were shut out. - Monday 31 January 2011


United States

Dr. Conrad Murray invoked his right to a speedy trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of Michael Jackson, requiring the case to begin by March 28.

"Your honor, I am an innocent man," Murray said after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked him to enter a plea during his arraignment Tuesday.

- Wednesday 26 January 2011


Japan - International

About 1.2 million models are being recalled in Japan and 421,000 overseas, including 15,500 Avensis and 3,100 Lexus models in the UK.

Japan’s transport ministry said slight cracks could appear in fuel pipes which could cause leakages if untreated.

- Wednesday 26 January 2011


International
When the nominees for the 83rd annual Academy Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (January 25), The King’s Speech came out on top with a field-leading 12 nominations. The critically acclaimed story of Queen Elizabeth II’s stuttering father was trailed by the remake of the western True Grit, which locked up 10 nods, followed by The Social Network and Inception, which each racked up eight nominations. - Wednesday 26 January 2011


United States

Yahoo disclosed plans on Tuesday to layoff around 140 employees in the latest in a series of job cuts.

The reduction comes a month after the Web portal let around 600 workers go as part of a strategy by Carol A. Bartz, the chief executive, to pare costs and reinvigorate a stagnant business. Previous rounds of layoffs took place in 2009 and 2008.

- Wednesday 26 January 2011


United States
President Barack Obama has used his annual State of the Union address to outline his plan for growing U.S. jobs and making America more competitive in the global economy. The president also proposed a partial government spending freeze, to help reduce the deficit. - Wednesday 26 January 2011


Russia

Who are the usual suspects in the bombings?

Islamist extremists from the Northern Caucasus region of Russia are almost always suspected in bombings that happen in Russia.

The area they come from, located in the country’s mountainous south, includes Chechnya — home to an insurgent movement carrying out attacks locally and throughout Russia, such as: the hospital hostage crisis in Budyonnovsk in 1995, the siege of a Moscow theater in 2002, the bombing of a Moscow rock concert in 2003, the siege of a school in Beslan in 2004, several bombings in the Moscow metro, and the in-flight suicide bombings of two Russian aircraft in 2004.

- Tuesday 25 January 2011


United States

British actor Colin Firth is expected to receive an Oscar nod later when the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards are announced.

His film, historical drama The King’s Speech, is one of the main contenders for this year’s accolades.

Actress Mo’Nique, winner of last year’s best supporting actress award, will join Academy president Tom Sherak to reveal the nominations at 1330 GMT.

- Tuesday 25 January 2011


Pope Benedict gave a qualified blessing to social networking Monday, praising its potential but warning that online friendships are no substitute for real human contact. - Tuesday 25 January 2011

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