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Imagine an opinion poll of African Americans on the topic, "Things that would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. turn over in his grave on his birthday." Along with racial disparities in health and economics, widespread casual use of the n-word and the Wake County, N.C., school board’s recent Tea Party-backed efforts to abolish its diversity policy, you can bet you’d hear quite a few responses condemning Black Entertainment Television. - Monday 28 February 2011


MTV’s new awards show will be called the OMAs and it’s scheduled for April 28. By the way, the "O" in OMAs doesn’t stand for anything because according to MTV, they want to leave it open for people’s interpretation. - Monday 28 February 2011


International

Over nearly 70 years as the World’s Greatest Detective, Batman has followed clues, pursued investigations and pounded out confessions from a diverse rogues’ gallery as tight-lipped and unresponsive as they come. But never mind the Joker or the Penguin: If the Dark Knight wanted a real challenge, he should try getting information from his director, Christopher Nolan.

The ever-reserved Nolan was predictably and amusingly coy when asked about "The Dark Knight Rises" on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, where the 40-year-old was a double nominee in the categories of Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for "Inception."

- Monday 28 February 2011


It’s an old pattern by now. Phase 1: Apple introduces some new gadget. The bloggers and the industry tell us why it’ll fail. Phase 2: It goes on sale. The public goes nuts for it. Phase 3: Every company and its brother gets to work on a copycat.

It happened with the iMac and the iPhone. Now the iPad is entering Phase 3. Apple sold 15 million iPads in nine months, so you can bet that 2011 will be the Year of the iPad Clone.

Starting Thursday, you’ll be able to buy one of the most eagerly awaited iPad rivals: the Motorola Xoom. Like most iPad aspirants, this one runs Google’s Android software — but the Xoom is the first that runs Android 3.0 (code-named Honeycomb), which Google designed for tablets instead of phones.

- Monday 28 February 2011


International

The global box office success of The King’s Speech has seen it take more than $230m (£142m).

British film The King’s Speech has been crowned best picture at the Oscars, with star Colin Firth named best actor.

Tom Hooper was named best director for the film, which also won for best original screenplay at the ceremony.

Its best picture rival, The Social Network, won for adapted screenplay, film editing and score. Natalie Portman won best actress for Black Swan.

- Monday 28 February 2011


Libya - International

WikiLeaks cables also claim that Beyonce and Usher performed at a family function.

The Qaddafi family paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing only four songs at a New Year’s Day family bash in the Caribbean, according to American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, as picked up by the New York Times.

- Wednesday 23 February 2011


Somalia - United States

Four Americans hijacked by Somali pirates off the coast of Oman have been killed by their captors, US defence officials say.

The US military said its forces trailing the vessel had responded to gunfire heard aboard but found all the captives shot when they arrived.

- Wednesday 23 February 2011


United States

The estate of sultry jazz singer and actress Lena Horne is selling some of the fancy gowns, jewelry, fine art and books that filled her New York City apartment.

More than 200 items are for sale at the Doyle New York auction house Wednesday. They include a sequined cardigan evening coat estimated to sell for as little as $100 and an abstract painting by artist Charles Alston expected to bring up to $50,000.

- Wednesday 23 February 2011


United States

Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Barack Obama, won the Chicago mayoral election over five other challengers Tuesday, topping the 50% threshold to avoid a runoff vote, CNN projects.

With almost 75% of the vote counted, Emanuel had almost 55% of the vote, far outdistancing his rivals.

- Wednesday 23 February 2011


International

If you are thinking of buying an iPad, you may want to hold off a bit.

In an article about iPads in the enterprise published on Monday, we reported that Apple plans to unveil a new iPad as soon as next month. Now people with knowledge of the matter say that Apple will host an event on Wednesday, March 2 to showcase its new iPad. The people agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss Apple’s product plans. Reporters and other guests are likely to receive invitations in the next couple of days.

- Wednesday 23 February 2011

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