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The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ "Abbey Road" album has been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000.

The suit and other Beatles memorabilia were sold Saturday at the Braswell Galleries’ annual New Year’s Day auction to an online bidder who wished to remain anonymous.

- Tuesday 4 January 2011


United States

News Corp.’s MySpace is preparing to unveil a major round of layoffs as early as this month in its latest restructuring step, the Wall Street Journal, which is also owned by News Corp., reported Monday.

The social networking site has roughly 1,100 employees, but the report didn’t detail the amount of likely job cuts. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin reported that the network is eyeing cuts of around 50% of its workforce. A MySpace spokeswoman wouldn’t comment.

- Tuesday 4 January 2011


United States

Everyone wants a piece of Facebook Inc.

News that investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Digital Sky Technologies, a Russian Internet investment firm, will invest a combined $500 million in the social networking site has only whetted the voracious appetite of investors seeking to own a chunk of the wildly popular but privately held company, which now has an implied value of $50 billion.

- Tuesday 4 January 2011


Australia

The Australian city of Rockhampton is bracing itself as devastating flood waters are expected to reach their highest levels in the next 12-18 hours.

Military aircraft are rushing to get supplies to remaining residents, via the only land access route left.

Police are urging people to stay out of the snake-infested waters, that have claimed the lives of three people.

- Tuesday 4 January 2011


United States

Times Square had the ball drop, and Brasstown, North Carolina, had its descending possum. But no place had a New Year’s Eve as unusual, or freakishly disturbing, as Beebe, Arkansas.

Around 11 that night, thousands of red-winged blackbirds began falling out of the sky over this small city about 35 miles northeast of Little Rock. They landed on roofs, roads, front lawns and backyards, turning the ground nearly black and terrifying anyone who happened to be outside.

- Tuesday 4 January 2011


Haiti

More than 100 protesters angered by a dysfunctional election commemorated Haiti’s Independence Day on Saturday by burning tires and demanding that President Rene Preval be arrested.

The demonstrators blocked roads and filled streets with garbage in the capital, Port-au-Prince, before police dispersed them.

- Monday 3 January 2011


International

There was further alarm for Apple over the weekend as iPhone and iPod users complained they had missed wake-up calls because of a software programming error.

The new year malfunction followed problems with late alarms for users in Europe and Australia and New Zealand as the clocks changed last year and an embarrassing hiatus over how their grip might affect signal reception for the then new iPhone4 in the summer.

- Monday 3 January 2011


Panafrica - United States

When a flick of the switch Saturday activates OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, making it available in 85 million homes, another marker will be laid in the quest for media ownership by people of color.

The new lifestyle channel — called the most-watched experiment in the television industry — will be available in both standard and high-definition on what is now the Discovery Health channel.

- Monday 3 January 2011


The clock struck midnight and brought good news for Lady Gaga fans.

As promised, the pop superstar tweeted a big announcement with regard to her forthcoming album, Born This Way. While others were sipping champagne to trumpet in the new year, the Gaga faithful were awaiting news from their beloved. And at midnight, the singer tweeted that her third album will be released in stores on May 23 and the first single from it will be released on February 13.

"THE SONG 2 13 11 THE RECORD 5 23 11," is all she wrote.

- Monday 3 January 2011


United States

A counterfeiter at a Georgia state prison ticks off the remaining days of his three-year sentence on his Facebook page. He has 91 digital “friends.” Like many of his fellow inmates, he plays the online games FarmVille and Street Wars.

He does it all on a Samsung smartphone, which he says he bought from a guard. And he used the same phone to help organize a short strike among inmates at several Georgia prisons last month.

- Monday 3 January 2011

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