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Consumers Reports said Friday that the iPhone 4 that works on Verizon Wireless’ network has a similar problem to the original: Holding the phone in a certain way can cause dropped calls or problems dialing out.

In a blog post, Consumer Reports said it put the Verizon iPhone 4 through the same battery of tests it uses with all smart phones, plus some extra ones it used when the original iPhone 4 for AT&T Inc.’s network drew masses of complaints about poor reception.

- Wednesday 2 March 2011


United States

A New York City law firm says Prince owes more than $700,000 in legal fees for services that included helping to settle financial obligations to his former wife. The firm is suing the "Purple Rain" singer in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

The firm is suing the "Purple Rain" singer in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.

- Wednesday 2 March 2011


United States

More than 37 million Americans tuned into the 83rd Oscars ceremony on Sunday on the ABC channel, down 10% on the previous year.

But the show was still the most-watched of the night, with more than double the audience of other TV networks combined.

- Wednesday 2 March 2011


United States

One of the surviving shooting victims in the 1968 assassination of Robert F. Kennedy said he will not object to Sirhan B. Sirhan’s release if a parole panel OKs it.

Sirhan, who was convicted of the slaying, will appear before a California parole board for the first time in at least nine years on Wednesday, supported by two psychologists’ reports saying he no longer poses a threat to society, his attorney said.

- Wednesday 2 March 2011


Japan

Japanese mobile phones are a gadget lover’s dream. They double as credit cards. They can display digital TV broadcasts. Some are even fitted with solar cells.

And yet, for all their innovations, Japanese-made handsets have had little impact overseas. They account for just a sliver of a global mobile phone market dominated by the likes of Apple, Research in Motion and Samsung.

- Wednesday 2 March 2011


It seems the Iranian National Olympic Committee may be spending a little too much time playing Magic Eye.

Bahram Afsharzadeh, the secretary general of the country’s Olympic committee, told the country’s official news service that he believes logo for the 2012 Olympics spells out "Zion" — a term widely used to refer to Jerusalem.

- Tuesday 1 March 2011


International

It’s pretty much official: After months of anticipation, Apple on Wednesday sent out invitations to a March 2 press event where the company is expected to unveil the new version of its iPad tablet computer.

The invite, e-mailed to members of the news media at about 11 a.m. ET, features a picture of an iPad-shaped device with a giant "2" in the center, seemingly a sly reference to the date of the San Francisco event and also to the device’s rumored name: "iPad 2."

- Tuesday 1 March 2011


Panafrica
Over the weekend, as most of us were reveling in Academy Awards thrills and chills, the nominations for another major movie award ceremony were announced, many miles, across the Atlantic Ocean; I’m referring to the 7-year old (this year) Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), which will be held in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State (Nigeria) on Saturday, March 26, 2011. - Tuesday 1 March 2011


United States

Former Hollywood actress and sex symbol Jane Russell has died at the age of 89.

The brunette was discovered by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, who cast her in his 1943 Western The Outlaw.

Some of her most memorable films include the The Paleface (1948) with Bob Hope, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe.

She died on Monday at her home in California of a respiratory-related illness, her daughter-in-law confirmed.

- Tuesday 1 March 2011


France - United States
The actress Natalie Portman, who has an endorsement contract with Dior for its Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, has strongly condemned its chief designer, John Galliano, for anti-Semitic remarks after a video surfaced of Mr. Galliano appearing to deliver a tirade in a Paris bar. In a separate incident, he was accused of verbally abusing a French couple last week in the bar. He was suspended Friday from Dior. - Tuesday 1 March 2011

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