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Revolt Against Zuma – ANC leadership fault lines got deeper yesterday when youth league members called on President Jacob Zuma to step down. Packed at Limpopo’s Nkowankowa stadium to celebrate the ANC centenary, youth league members openly revolted against Zuma and endorsed his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe. [timeslive]
Beach Rugby Practice Ends In Tragedy – It has emerged that the rugby players who died after being swept out to sea by rip-currents at Port Elizabeth’s Blue Water Bay, had gone for a swim to cool off after a training session. One player’s body has been found and five of his Motherwell club team-mates are missing, presumed drowned. [sport24]
Afghan Killing Spree Victims’ Families Get $50k Per Death – The U.S. paid $50,000 in compensation for each villager killed and $11,000 for each person wounded in a shooting rampage allegedly carried out by a rogue American soldier in southern Afghanistan, Afghan officials said Sunday. [associated]
Tiger Woods Nails First Win In 30 Months – His ball safely over the water, Tiger Woods walked toward the 18th green Sunday as he had done over the last 30 months on the PGA Tour, with one big difference. There was no mistaking that smile. “Pure joy,” he said. [abcnews]
Belvedere Vodka Retracts Offensive Ad, Flubs Apology – Belvedere celebrates its vodka’s superior drinkability — but a new ad for the liquor producer is hardly in good taste. The ad, which reads “Unlike some people, Belvedere goes down smoothly,” got its share of outraged reactions on Twitter, where the ad first appeared as part of a new marketing campaign. [time]
Facebook Condmns Companies That Demand Facebook Logins From Employees – “In recent months, we’ve seen a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information. This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends. It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability,” Facebook chief privacy officer Erin Egan writes in a Friday blog post. [wired]
SA’s Mobile Internet Explosion – Telecommunications giant Cisco’s network index shows that the amount of mobile data (the internet on cellphones, tablet computers and laptops) in South Africa will increase 49-fold over the next four years. In other words, from today the volume of data consumed on mobile devices will more than double each year. [fin24]
Obama Tells China To Reign In North Korea – U.S. President Barack Obama urged China on Sunday to use its influence to rein in North Korea instead of “turning a blind eye” to its nuclear defiance, and warned of tighter sanctions if the reclusive state goes ahead with a rocket launch next month. [reuters]
North Korea Warns That Criticism = War – Only days before the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea began, North Korea issued a stern warning not to criticize its nuclear program, saying through its state media that any inclusion of it in a statement would be a “declaration of war.” [voa]
Iraqi Woman Beaten To Death In California – A 32-year-old woman from Iraq who was found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying “go back to your country, you terrorist” died on Saturday. Police said the family had found a similar note earlier this month but did not report it to authorities. [huffers]
The Queen Gatecrashes A Wedding – A pair of newlyweds who were met by the Queen minutes after they tied the knot have told Sky News of their delight at getting the royal seal of approval. The monarch and the Duke of Edinburgh were on a visit to Manchester Town Hall when they were introduced to a surprised John and Frances Canning at the venue. [skynews]
Ferrari’s Alonso Storms To Victory In Malaysia – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso claimed his first victory in eight months in thrilling style at the rain-interrupted Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. [mail&guardian]
James Cameron Breaks Deep-Sea Dive Record – At noon, local time (10 p.m. ET), James Cameron’s “vertical torpedo” sub broke the surface of the western Pacific, carrying the National Geographic explorer and filmmaker back from the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep—Earth’s deepest, and perhaps most alien, realm. [natgeo]
Angelina Jolie Responds To Oscar Leg Uproar – Much ado was made post-Oscars about Angelina Jolie’s bare leg emerging from her inky black Versace gown, spawning one of the Internet’s silliest memes. But what does the actress have to say about it? Turns out, not much. [huffpo]
‘Hunger Games’ Breaks Box Office Records – Lionsgate hit a bull’s-eye with “The Hunger Games” this weekend, as the story of expert archer Katniss Everdeen and her battle for survival debuted with a record-breaking $155 million at the box office. [latimes]
The Web Needs To Get Ready For The High Resolution Future – The high-resolution retina display iPad has one downside — normal resolution images look worse than on lower resolution displays. On the web that means that text looks just fine, as does any CSS-based art, but photographs look worse, sometimes even when they’re actually high-resolution images. [wired]
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