Amanda Knox Wins Murder Appeal – Amanda Knox and ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have been cleared of killing UK student Meredith Kercher following a successful appeal in Perugia, Italy. Miss Knox, 24, and Mr Sollecito, 27, had been convicted in 2009 of murdering the Leeds University student, 21, from south London, two years earlier. [bbc]
SA Counterfeit Industry Fastest Growing In The world - The South African counterfeit industry is estimated at approximately R362bn and is viewed as one of the world’s fastest growing industries, with seizures of fake goods up 46% annually according to a counterfeiting expert at attorneys Adams & Adams. [news24]
David Hasselhoff Rides Toy Horse In The Clouds For Air New Zealand – The Internet’s fascination with David Hasselhoff continues this week with this odd ad for Air New Zealand that features the Hoff doing just what the title of this story says. The premise is that “The Inseparable Sheep Twins,” as they’re known, are enjoying the airline’s Skycouch when one asks the other what he dreams about. Cut to the Hoff bucking a toy bronco in the clouds. [mashable]
Australia Sets Bikini Parade Record [Video] - The world record for the largest bikini parade was broken this week in the City of the Gold Coast, Australia The event was organised by a local newspaper, the Gold Coast Bulletin. Officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were there to confirm that with 357 women in the procession, a new record had been set. Cape Town is keen to beat that.. [telegraph]
Chaos At ANCYL Meeting – Malema Called A Fool And A Gangster - Pandemonium has broke out at the ANC’s eThekwini regional offices in Durban when a handful of ANC Youth League protesters opposed to Julius Malema tried to storm the league’s regional general council meeting. They also chanted slogans branding Malema a “gangster” and isibhanxa, a Xhosa word for a fool. [timeslive]
Bob Dylan Accused Of Plagiarism - The paintings in Bob Dylan’s “The Asia Series,” which are currently on display at the Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan, have come under fire for their resemblance to widely available pre-existing photographs. The series of paintings, which are said to part of a “visual journal” made by the singer during his travels through Japan, China, Vietnam and Korea, have been compared to famous photos by well-known photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Léon Busy. [rollingstone]
Downton Abbey Star Sybil Shows Her Wild Side - Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown-Findlay has revealed her wilder side in her debut feature film, Albatross. The actress, 22, who plays Lady Sybil Crawley the hit ITV drama has ditched her corset to play a teen rebel in the low-budget Brit flick. [skynews]
Wine Fraud On The Rise In China – With its growing wealth, China is turning to the finer things in life, like a bottle of Bordeaux. Wine consumption has grown by 16 percent in past three years, making China the ninth-largest wine-drinking country in the world in 2010, according to the Wine Institute, a wine advocacy group based in California. But as China’s appetite for wine increases, so do the prices — and the chances for wine fraud. [thedaily]
Second Week Of Jackson Trial Underway - An emergency room physician told jurors on Monday that Michael Jackson’s doctor never mentioned that he had given the singer the powerful anaesthetic propofol, but acknowledged the disclosure probably wouldn’t have saved the King of Pop. [mg]
Man Dies Days Before Winning Nobel Prize – In a first for the prestigious organization, a Nobel Prize will go to a man who died just days before being named a winner. Ralph Steinman, a biologist with Rockefeller University, was named a winner Monday of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He would have won half the prize of approximately $1.5 million; the other half will be shared by scientists Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann. [cnn]
Napster Sold – On-demand music service Rhapsody will acquire competitor Napster in an effort to expand its user base, the companies have announced. Under the terms of the agreement, Rhapsody will acquire all Napster subscribers and certain other assets. Meanwhile, Best Buy, Napster’s current owner, will receive a minority stake in Rhapsody. [techcrunch]
Anderson Cooper Guest In Coma After Practicing For His Show – A teenager is in a coma after Anderson Cooper‘s daytime producers encouraged him to “film the crazy stuff you do” for a show on the “teenage mind.” While recording himself “skateboarding adventurously”, sources told John Cook, the teen fell and sustained a severe head injury which left him “comatose.” [mediate]
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