Monica Lewinsky Back In Spotlight With PBS’ Two-Part “Clinton” – Monica Lewinsky has attempted to keep a low-profile after her role in President Bill Clinton’s impeachment scandal made her name the butt of many late-night jokes. But she’s likely to become a topic of discussion again when PBS airs its much anticipated two-part, four-hour documentary on the former president, titled “Clinton.” [LA Times]
Whitney Houston Had Premonition About Death – Whitney Houston told friends she “really wanted to see Jesus” in the days before her death and claimed she had a feeling the end was near for her, this according to several of Whitney’s friends. Whitney had been very spiritual in her final days, quoting the bible, singing hymns and engaging in intense conversations about Jesus Christ and the afterlife with her close friends and family members. [TMZ]
Zimbabwe Needs Diamond Money: PM – Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said on Thursday the government desperately needs revenue from diamond sales, after the lifting of a global ban imposed over military abuses. “You are aware that the government needs resources, and we regard diamond revenue as a major contributor to the fiscus,” Tsvangirai told journalists after a tour of four mines operating in the Marange region, about 200km east of the capital Harare. [News24]
Apple Asks Amazon Not To Sell iPad In China – Apple has asked online retailer Amazon.com to stop selling the iPad in China, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal said Thursday that Apple pulled the iPad 2 from websites of some unauthorized merchants in China. This includes Amazon’s Chinese site. The report comes amid an escalating trademark dispute between Apple and a company that claims it owns the iPad name in China. [MSNBC]
Hands Off Our Julius, League Tells The ANC – A defiant ANC Youth League has declared that its embattled president, Julius Malema, will not quit. The declaration, which is likely to create tensions within the ANC leadership, was announced yesterday by league deputy president Ronald Lamola. He said the league would not agree that its leadership be banished for narrow political purposes. [Times Live]
NORAD Intercepts Drug Plane In Restricted Airspace – If you’re planning to transport marijuana in a private plane, you may want to check the president’s schedule before taking off. That was the apparent lesson Thursday when two fighter jets under the direction of the the North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a general aviation plane that had flown Thursday into temporarily restricted air space over Los Angeles, NORAD said. [CNN]
U.N. General Assembly Condemns Syria – The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a nonbinding resolution that further isolates Syria and its backers, while calling on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside. The resolution “fully supports” an Arab League plan for Mr. Assad to relinquish power to a vice president while a national unity government is formed, leading to a general election. Damascus has already rejected the plan. [WSJ]
Zuma Klaps Mulder – President Jacob Zuma rebuked Freedom Front Plus leader Pieter Mulder, warning him to tread carefully on the issue of land and not to make comments that were “careless” and “callous”. Responding to the debate on his State of the Nation address in the National Assembly yesterday, an emotional Zuma accused Mulder – whom he appointed deputy minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in 2009 – of failing to show good leadership after he told MPs that Africans could not lay claim to 40% of South Africa’s land. [Times Live]
Chris Brown’s New Pickup Line: “I Promise I Won’t Beat You” – Chris Brown — who pleaded guilty in 2009 for felony assault for hitting then-girlfriend Rihanna — confidently approached an attractive brunette Feb. 10 at the Lasio Professional Hair Care suite Grammy gift lounge and asked her, “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you!” the woman tells Us Weekly. [US Weekly]
Kate Sends Pants Prezzie to Prince – Prince William’s wife Kate made him a hunk in trunks with a saucy Valentine’s gift — a pair of boxer shorts. The Duchess of Cambridge popped into one of her favourite shops for the £25 Ralph Lauren pants. It is understood she posted the medium-size undies to the Falkland Islands, where Wills is serving as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot, in time for Valentine’s Day on Tuesday. [Sun]
The Virus In Your Pocket: A Boom In Android Malware – Android has become the top smartphone operating system and now, sure enough, here come the bad guys. As hackers target mobile devices, Google’s software is being hit hard. The first of Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics was that a robot may not allow a human being to come to harm. But apparently that little Android smartphone in your pocket didn’t get the memo.[Daily Beast]
Bruce Springsteen: I Enjoy Artists Who Take On The World – Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album is his most overtly political yet. At its launch in Paris, the blue-collar icon reveals why. “You can never go wrong in rock’n’roll when you’re p—ed off,” according to Bruce Springsteen. [LA Times]
Former Executives, Bankers Arrested Over Olympus Fraud – Japanese police and prosecutors have arrested seven men, including the former president of Olympus Corp and ex-bankers over a $1.7 billion accounting fraud — one of the country’s biggest corporate scandals. Tokyo prosecutors arrested ex-president Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, former executive vice president Hisashi Mori and former auditor Hideo Yamada on suspicion of violating the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law, officials said Thursday. [Reuters]
Why Facebook Is Missing From Apple’s New Desktop OS – When iOS 5 launched last year, Apple sent the world a very strong statement: It wants to embrace social media, but in its own way. But a bigger, bluer presence is conspicuously absent from Apple’s OS integration. Facebook is the dominant player in social media, but its direct integration is nowhere to be found in Apple’s desktop and mobile operating systems. It’s a glaring omission considering Facebook updates are a simple drop-down menu choice in Android and Windows Phone. [WIRED]
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