Angry Birds Series Coming To TV – Appy days are here for obsessed “Angry Birds” fans jonesing for more of the insanely addictive game. Rovio, the Finnish company which created the mobile app, will produce an animated “Angry Birds” series for TV or the Web. “We have been looking at that for quite a while, and that is definitely one of my personal big focus areas right now — to work on broadcast content for ‘Angry Birds,’ ” Rovio CEO Mikael Hed told the British TV industry site C21media.net. [nypost]
Kidnapped Baby Found 23 Years Later – Carlina White was just 19 days old when she disappeared from Harlem Hospital on Aug. 4, 1987. Police searched for her kidnappers but never found enough evidence to charge any suspects. Her mother, Joy White, always had a feeling that her baby was alive. On Jan. 4, a woman known as Nejdra Nance contacted White, sending along baby photos that looked nearly identical to shots of Carlina posted on a missing children’s website. Nance told White she thought she may be her daughter. [thegrio]
Beaufort West Man Caught With R19m Of Cocaine – A man was caught with cocaine with an estimated street value of R19m in Beaufort West on Thursday, Western Cape police said. Police stopped and searched a yellow Volvo bus near a garage in the town shortly after 02:00, Captain Frederick van Wyk said. A sniffer dog did the job and the rest is history. I had no idea that farmers partied that hard. [news24]
Google Gets A New CEO – Eric Schmidt is stepping down as CEO of Google and cofounder Larry Page is taking over, the company just announced in its earnings release. Schmidt will become Executive Chairman, focused on “deals, partnerships, customers and broader business relationships, government outreach and technology thought leadership.” What’s more, Eric enjoyed a $334m payday. Shame. [businessinsider]
Shrien Dewani Is Stressed – Surprisingly, Shrien Dewani, who stands accused of paying someone to execute his wife, is stressed. South African authorities have applied for the 31-year-old businessman to be brought to this country to stand trial for the murder of his wife, Anni, 28, in November. Westminster Magistrate’s Court heard that Dewani had been diagnosed by a psychiatrist as having acute stress and depressive adjustment disorders, and was therefore not able to attend yesterday’s hearing. [timeslive]
Sandra’s Ex Engaged To Tattoo Artist – Start your engines. Motorcycle king Jesse James and tattoo artist Kat Von D are going to be married.”You know sometimes the public and press gets it wrong. This is one of those times. 2010 was actually the best year of my life because I fell in love with my best friend. An amazing woman who stood behind me when the world turned their backs,.” I know – how harsh were we! [people]
Brits Ban That Preacher Who Wanted To Burn The Koran – Controversial US pastor Terry Jones has been barred from entering the UK for the public good, the Home Office says. The pastor, who last year planned a Koran-burning protest in the US, had been invited to address right-wing group England Is Ours in Milton Keynes. The Home Office said Mr Jones could not enter the UK as the government “opposes extremism in all its forms”. [bbc]
Mother Of Late Anorexic Model, Commits Suicide – In a sad twist, the mother of the late model Isabelle Caro, who became the haunting face of anorexia before dying last year, has committed suicide. Marie Caro was suffering from “enormous guilt” about the illness and death of her daughter, according to her husband, Christian Caro, who was Isabelle’s stepfather. [aolnews]
Sacha Baron Cohen To Play Saddam Hussein – Sacha Baren Cohen, the funny man and character actor behind ‘Borat’ and ‘Bruno,’ is gearing up to play his most political role to date. The actor will be playing the role of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in an upcoming film titled ‘The Dictator.’Cohen is set to star in a comedy inspired by a book thought to be written by Hussein titled ‘Zabibah and the King.’ [popeater]
South Korea Ready To Talk – South Korea said it will accept North Korea’s proposal to hold military talks, their first contact since Kim Jong Il’s regime shelled a South Korean island in November, killing four people.South Korea decided to hold talks with North Korea after the communist nation yesterday said it was willing to discuss the artillery attack as well as the March sinking of a South Korean warship, according to an e-mailed statement from the Unification Ministry in Seoul. North Korea proposed discussing “ways to defuse military tensions,” the statement said. ie. ‘Make peace?’ [businessweek]
The Digital Industry’s White Boys Club – Since founding Csonke Holdings a decade ago, Zibusiso Mkhwanazi has helped build South Africa’s biggest black-empowered digital agency in KrazyBoyz. Year after year he sees the same white faces as he goes up against his peers for business. He believes it is high time that changed – despite the fact there’s no easy solutions to transforming the burgeoning digital industry. [dailymaverick]
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