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South Korea already claims the world’s fastest Internet connections — the fastest globally by far — but that is hardly good enough for the government here.

By the end of 2012, South Korea intends to connect every home in the country to the Internet at one gigabit per second. That would be a tenfold increase from the already blazing national standard and more than 200 times as fast as the average household setup in the United States.

- Tuesday 22 February 2011


United States
George Washington’s name is inseparable from America, and not only from the nation’s history. It identifies countless streets, buildings, mountains, bridges, monuments, cities – and people. In a puzzling twist, most of these people are black. The 2000 U.S. Census counted 163,036 people with the surname Washington. Ninety percent of them were African-American, a far higher black percentage than for any other common name. - Tuesday 22 February 2011


New Zealand’s prime minister says at least 65 people have died after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit Christchurch.

John Key said the toll was expected to rise further, adding: "We may be witnessing New Zealand’s darkest day."

The tremor caused widespread damage as it occurred at a shallow depth of 5km (3.1 miles) during lunchtime when Christchurch was at its busiest.

- Tuesday 22 February 2011


United States
US antitrust enforcers have begun looking at the terms Apple Inc. set this week for media companies who want to sell their content on its popular iPad and other devices, according to people familiar with the matter. - Tuesday 22 February 2011


United States

After not being able to agree on a budget last year, Congress passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through March 4.

Here’s what would and wouldn’t be affected if Congress can’t come to an agreement by the deadline.

- Tuesday 22 February 2011


International
For its 90th-birthday issue, French magazine L’Officiel will feature Beyoncé in an African-themed photo shoot. In the shoot, which is a tribute to musician-activist Fela Kuti, the pop songstress’s skin will be darkened. (She volunteered.) But only on the inside of the magazine will readers see Beyoncé with the new skin tone. - Monday 21 February 2011


United States

For technology spectators, a dinner on Thursday evening with President Obama and a dozen Silicon Valley executive seems like a scene straight out of an Agatha Christie novel: a pile of questions and very few answers surrounding the dinner and its guests.

Who determined the seating arrangement? What did they all eat? How did Steve Jobs look? Did Mark Zuckerberg really wear a jacket and not his signature hooded sweatshirt? And of course, what did this group of tech executives talk about?

- Monday 21 February 2011


United States

This year’s Grammy Awards pissed off just about everyone minus Esperanza Spalding, but while the industry tweeted their disappointment, top seed industry veteran Steve Stoute recently pulled out his blow horn.

In an open letter published in today’s New York Times the man responsible for Rihanna’s, Jay-Z’s and Lebron James’ unstoppably successful brand empires expressed his dismay at the Grammy Awards’ committee for being biased against pop artists when it comes to awards, yet exploiting their popularity for show ratings when it comes to performances. Stoute also called out the committee for using their peer voting system as a means of rationalizing suspect winners.

- Monday 21 February 2011


International

When Hasbro showed a new version of Monopoly last week at the Toy Fair, people were aghast that an infrared tower in the center of the board would squawk instructions, track players’ money and make sure that everyone abided by the rules.

A generation of children may never learn to make change. They may never learn to argue about rules and change them. And they may never, as I and a group of Monopoly fanatics in college did in a great all-night game, learn important economic lessons. “There might not be the attention span for that anymore,” said Mike Zelenty, one of the players.

- Monday 21 February 2011


International

In an interview with HLN’s Richelle Carey, Janet Jackson gets personal, talking about her memories of her late brother Michael, her relationship with their father Joe, and if another marriage and kids are in her future.

On becoming a mom, Jackson told Carey that she’s hoping it’ll happen.

“But you know I really do leave it [to] God,” Jackson added, noting that filmmaker Tyler Perry has told her that statement is her way of saying she doesn’t really want kids. But, Jackson said, “That’s not the truth... if it’s really meant to be it will happen. God will bless me with that.”

- Monday 21 February 2011

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