Facebook Mark Zuckerberg’s New Home – Zuckerberg’s new place is in the same small Palo Alto neighborhood of College Terrace as his old four-bedroom house, which was put up for rent last month. And while Zuckerberg’s former home is a mere seven blocks away, his new digs make commuting to work even easier: It’s just down the street from Facebook’s headquarters, where Zuckerberg reportedly spends 16 hours a day. Smaller than you expected? More pics after jump.. [gawker]
Dewani Extradition Is On Course – The extradition of Shrien Dewani, accused of plotting to murder his bride Anni in Cape Town last year, is on course and SA is waiting for response from Britain on the issue, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe said on Thursday. “I want to emphasise that Mr Dewani, like any other South African resident or foreign national is protected under our Constitution to have a free trial and very fair trial.” [timeslive]
Lady Gaga To Earn $100 Million In 2011 – Pop singer, eccentric fashionista and entrepreneur Lady Gaga is estimated to earn $100 million in 2011, Forbes magazine reported Wednesday. The 24-year-old — whose real name is Stefani Germanotta — earned $64 million in the preceding year, according to the magazine’s estimates. Shame. [nypost]
Spud Attack Alarming – Spud producer Ross Garland is shocked that the Constitutional Court’s Justice Edwin Cameron was offended by his film. In a letter, Cameron criticised Garland for what he believed was the “denigration” of gays and lesbians in certain parts of the hit film, which has grossed R15-million since opening. In a statement yesterday, Garland said: “In the five years since Spud was published, Justice Cameron is the first person to ever publicly take the view that the film is homophobic. [timeslive]
The Archbishop And The Zionists – A Comic Tragedy In One Act – This week, a petition demanding the removal of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as patron of the South African Holocaust Federation, over his long history of anti-Israel comments, has hit the news. Once again, we learn that playing Holocaust politics is a dangerous game, and that there are never any winners. [dailymaverick]
Megan Fox’s ‘Rose-Boy’ Is Still Stalking People – Remember Harvey Kindlon aka Rose Boy? That kid who tried to hand Megan Fox a rose two years ago but had his soul crushed when she walked by without even acknowledging him? Yea, that was hilarious.Well, he’s older now and it turns out he’s still stalking celebrities. This time he’s after Rachel McAdams. At this point it’s become less cute and more creepy. [theblemish]
10 iPhone Apps For Music Lovers – The technology available to us to make music an integral part of our lives is staggering, and luckily, it just keeps getting better. Whether you like to rock out on your iPod or you are still sporting a portable CD player (do those still exist?), music and its ability to transform moods is one thing that connects us all. The following 10 apps deserve props for making it easier for us to enjoy the music we love. [mashable]
Simon Cowell Plays Second Fiddle To Diddy – American Idol bigwig Simon Cowell got one-upped by Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in St. Barths over the New Year’s holiday where his superyacht played second fiddle to the rap mogul’s state-of-the-art iPad-controlled craft. Cowell chartered his favorite yacht, the 196-ft. Slipstream $450,000 plus expenses. Diddy’s yacht Solemates runs to $600,000 per week plus expenses and is a critical 12 inches longer than Cowell’s. Blind. [luxist]
Microsoft Empowerment Deal Gets The Nod – Microsoft’s R472-million black empowerment deal will finally come to fruition after months of delays and discussions with the Department of Trade and Industry. Microsoft was supposed to announce the names of four or five black-owned and black-managed software companies in August as part of an “equity-equivalence” plan that would have resulted in the United States (US) software giant assisting them financially and nurturing them. [mail&guardian]
Peter Fonda Finds Dead Body – Los Angeles police say actor Peter Fonda discovered a dead body in a car and they are investigating the death. Sgt. Carlton Cook at the West Los Angeles Community Police Station says the “Easy Rider” actor called 911 on Wednesday after he spotted a car parked on the side of Sunset Boulevard. Cook says the 70-year-old Fonda is absolutely not a suspect but did not have any more details. [associated]
Fall Of Roman Empire Linked To Climate Change – Centuries of unpredictable climate may have been partly to blame for the fall of the western Roman Empire. A detailed record of 2500 years of European climate has uncovered several links between changing climate and the rise and fall of civilisations. Climate fluctuation was a contributing factor alongside political failures and barbarian invasions, says the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. [newscientist]
Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Eminem To Perform At Grammy Awards – Eminem, Arcade Fire and Lady Gaga are among the first wave of performers confirmed for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony on February 13th. The initial line-up also includes Katy Perry, Cee Lo Green, and Miranda Lambert. Other artists are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. [rollingstone]
Paedophilia ‘Culturally Accepted In South Afghanistan’ – Older, powerful men boosted their social status by keeping boys as sexual playthings and the practice was celebrated in song and dance, a military study claimed. British officers in Helmand requested the study to help them understand the sexual behaviour of locals and Afghan comrades after young soldiers became uneasy they were being propositioned. Charming. [telegraph]
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