Bondgate: The ANC Reckons The Media Are Being ‘Deliberately Misleading’ on Nkandla Reports - The ANC has called on the media to desist from “peddling malicious statements” on whether Jacob Zuma has a bond on his Nkandla home without proof. [mail&guardian]
Kate Middleton Pregnant, According To Close Friend – Kate Middleton has been on pregnancy watch since she and Prince William tied the knot in April 2011. After all the scrutiny, the couple may make a baby announcement next month, according to Jessica Hey, Kate’s former roommate. [fox]
Lance Armstrong Stripped Of Honorary Degree – An American university has stripped disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong of an honorary degree after a unanimous vote by the school’s trustees. Tufts University rescinded the doctor of humane letters bestowed on the former American icon six years ago. [afp]
Windows 8 Sales Weaker Than Expected, Reports Survey - New data suggests that the launch of Windows 8 might have been even weaker than previously thought. According to a survey shared exclusively with the Huffington Post, less than two in five Windows users have any intention of upgrading. [huffpo]
Israel and Hamas Strike Peace Deal - Israel and Hamas have agreed to a ceasefire but little else after a mediation effort fell short of resolving the broader issues that led the two sides to their worst flare-up in almost four years. [dailybeast]
Powerball Rollover Sees Gigantic $325 Million Jackpot for Saturday – The biggest Powerball jackpot ever was $365 million (R2.9 billion) – so you can work out for yourself that Saturday’s draw is gong to be pretty spectacular. That’s after last night’s Powerball lottery rolled over for a 12th time! Get tickets [here]
United Found Not Liable For Alleged 9/11 Security Lapse - United Airlines bears no responsibility for the collapse of a third World Trade Center building on September 11, 2001, stemming from suspected airport security lapses that allowed hijackers to crash an American Airlines plane into the complex, a federal judge ruled yesterday. [huffpo]
Facebook Moving Away From Voting Scheme - A Facebook experiment in democracy is fading. On Wednesday the social network announced several updates to its governing policy that may ultimately limit the community’s ability to overturn future policy decisions. [wsj]
Man Arrested For Telling Kids Santa Doesn’t Exist - A 24-year-old Kingston man was arrested during Saturday’s Santa Claus parade after police received a complaint about a man walking along the parade route telling children that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. [van24]
No-Confidence Vote: ANC Outfoxes DA (For Now) - ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga has proposed that the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma be debated in the National Assembly in February next year. [timeslive]
The Pope Reckons There Were No Animals At The Birth Of Baby Jesus - With just over a month to go before Christmas, the Pope has declared that the presence of animals like cattle and donkeys in traditional Nativity scenes is based on little more than a myth. [telegraph]
DA Welcomes New ANC Info Bill Changes - The ANC proposed changes to the contentious protection of state information bill again on Wednesday, this time tending to the liberal. The move was welcomed by the Democratic Alliance as “indeed very good” [news24]
US Government Hacked Into Sarkozy’s Computer - Using the sophisticated Flame malware first developed to spy on and sabotage Iran’s nuclear program, U.S. spymasters were able to gain almost unlimited access to the computers of senior French officials in the last days of former president Nicholas Sarkozy’s reign. [atlantic]
Koos Bekker’s New Entry On The Forbes List - Koos Bekker has turned South African media company Naspers into a global media powerhouse, with investments in China’s instant messaging giant Tencent Holdings and Russia’s Internet player Mail.ru. As the CEO, Bekker has overseen a rise in the market capitalization of Naspers from about $600 million in 1997 to a recent $25 billion – all the while drawing no salary, bonus, or benefits. What.a.legend! [forbes]
Passenger Helps Land Plane After Co-Pilot Falls Ill – An off-duty pilot stepped in to help out in the cockpit after the co-pilot on a transatlantic flight suddenly fell ill. The plane was forced to declare a medical emergency but a Good Samaritan was among the 264 passengers on board. [independent]
Amazing Picture Shows Baby Yawning In The Womb – and could reveal clues to how we develop – These remarkable pictures show a baby yawning in the womb. They were taken by Durham University researchers who were fascinated by whether foetuses yawn and, if so, why. They gave 15 mothers-to-be sophisticated 4D ultrasound scans four times during their pregnancy. [dailymail]
Bin Laden Movie Hits US Theaters December 19 – Kathryn Bigelow’s new film detailing how the C.I.A. and military hunted down the terrorist will hit theaters 19 December. Drawing from intensive research, “Zero Dark Thirty” – which stars Jessica Chastain as a dogged C.I.A. agent — is part procedural and part true-life action thriller. [insmov]
Has the White House Turkey Pardon Jumped The Shark? [Video] - The annual Thanksgiving turkey pardon, dating back to JFK, is now a highly choreographed affair, involving two turkeys, their ‘bios,’ and a Facebook vote to decide who gets to be the official White House bird. [csm]
Watch the World’s Oldest Digital Computer Get a Reboot [Video] - It runs using gas-filled tubes, mechanical relays, and paper tape. It’s a giant, and it’s slow. But it runs, dammit. On Tuesday, volunteers at Britain’s National Museum of Computing rebooted the Harwell Dekatron — a 2.5-metric-ton monster from the early 1950s — making it the oldest working digital computer in existence. [wired]
Emma Stone Has A Sex Tape – Emma Stone has a sex tape, and it’s not with her Amazing Spider-Man co-star and boyfriend Andrew Garfield, a source tells Radar. [radar]
COMING UP TODAY
Gadget Review – Pi the Gadget Guy joins Josie at 13h15 today to review his gadget pick of the week. Up for review today, is the Sony Xperia Go. This smartphone is made to last, with a high level of dust and water resistance. They will also be giving away tickets to watch the James Bond Film, Skyfall. [justjosie]
Sunglass Hut Out Of The Box Party – SA’s leading sunglasses retailer and curators of all things glamorous and cool, will be hosting two Out of the Box VIP parties in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Bailey chats to Brand Manager, Widaad Adams ahead of the bash in Melrose Arch JHB tonight. Tune in from 14h00-15h00 to catch the interview. [baileyschneider]
Those Figians Are Physical Freaks! – Tank Lanning’s guest on the Front Row Grunt show last night was naturally talented Blitzbok stalwart Paul Delport – a man who captained his country at both Under-19 and Under-21 levels before moving to the shortened version of the game where his speed and skill make him a lethal weapon around the fringes and have seen him develop into a world-class player. In the podcast, Delport defends his school SACS, and goes onto to chat about his lack of FUB while sporting a mo that a drug lord would be proud of, his time under P Divvy while U21, playing without Cecil Afrika, the IPL like seven a side tournament in George after the PE 7’s, and the Cape Crusaders in Kiwi jerseys. [podcast]
Is Child Sleep Training A Hoax? – This week on the Mommy Matters show, Jess and Kath discussed the importance of routine and how that influences sleep patterns. There’s definitely controversy around the ever-growing “Sleep Training” industry, if it’s purely a money making scheme or does this exercise of having someone come into your home for a night or two to teach you how to get your child to sleep, indeed work for every child and personality. Listeners got involved, shared their stories, and tips, and frustrations, and we’d love to have more. [podcast]
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