Julian Assange Voted Readers’ Choice For TIME’s Person Of The Year – The man behind WikiLeaks has won the most votes in this year’s Person of the Year poll. Readers voted a total of 1,249,425 times, and the favorite was clear. Julian Assange raked in 382,020 votes, giving him an easy first place. He was 148,383 votes over the silver medalist, Recep Tayyip Ergodan, Prime Minister of Turkey. [time]
Zuma Attempts To Sue Avusa For Zapiro Cartoon – President Jacob Zuma has slapped Avusa Media with a R5-million defamation lawsuit after the Sunday Times published a cartoon depicting him preparing to rape Lady Justice two years ago. This will be interesting – not many people have succeeded in winning a defamation lawsuit in SA. Check out the cartoon after the jump. [timeslive]
Shane Warne Leaves Wife Following Liz Hurley Affair – Australian cricket legend Shane Warne is back home in Melbourne with his children today, leaving Elizabeth Hurley to deal with the scandal over their alleged romance. But in much the same way as this unusual alleged affair came to light, Warne took to his much used Twitter page to convey a short message directing his followers to a statement on his website. And yesterday he confirmed he had split from wife Simone some time ago. [dailymail]
Mark Madoff’s Suicide Tightens Screws On Brother – Bernie Madoff’s son Mark may have committed suicide on Saturday but the lawsuits against him and his brother, Andrew, stemming from their father’s Ponzi scheme are alive and well. Andrew Madoff, now Bernard Madoff’s only surviving son, had the same responsibilities as his brother at the family firm, and is now expected to be the focus of even more attention than before in civil and criminal investigations. [dailybeast]
iPhone Sensation Angry Birds Grabs 50 Million Downloads – The extremely popular iPhone and iPad game Angry Birds has accumulated 50 million users who play it for 200 million minutes a day, according to its maker. Humongous. The game’s success was brilliantly engineered. Angry Birds has a really sharp style, fits in an accessible game genre and features a physics-based gameplay that creates a ton of different situations to keep the game interesting. On top of that, it’s priced at an irresistible 99 cents. [wired]
Putin Croons In English For Hollywood Stars [VIDEO] – It does sound like a bizarre dream: Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia joining a Funkadelic saxophonist in an ice hockey arena to sing “Blueberry Hill” to Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Kevin Costner, Gerard Depardieu and Mickey Rourke. But video posted online by Russia Today, the Kremlin’s English-language satellite channel, confirms that this event did take place Friday night at a benefit concert for children with cancer in St. Petersburg. [nytimes]
Dexter Files For Divorce – After nearly two years of marriage, Dexter stars Michael C. Hall, 39, and Jennifer Carpenter, 31, are divorcing. An exclusive joint statement to EW from their representatives read: “Having been separated for some time, Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall have filed for divorce.” Both reps add that the split was amicable. The couple — who met on the set of the Showtime drama, in which she plays his foster sister — married on December 31, 2008. [entweekly]
Rolling Stone’s Best Singles of 2010 – Eminem got sober, Arcade Fire got spooked, Katy Perry flashed her hits, and Kanye sang one for jerk-offs everywhere. But Kanye did pretty well, I must say. Cee Lo Green came second, Katy Perry came fourth and Sade came third. But who came first? Check it out after the jump. [rollingstone]
And The Top Twitter Trends Of 2010 Are… Twitter has analyzed the 25 billion tweets sent in 2010 and published the list of top overall trends in the year behind us, as well as the top 10 trending topics in eight categories: news events, people, movies, television, technology, World Cup, sports and hashtags.Twitter’s top 10 overall trends actually paint quite a good picture of what the world was interested in in 2010; definitely more so than Google’s list of the fastest rising search topics. [mashable]
Video Surfaces Of Nic Cage Flipping Out In Romanian Nightclub – Nicolas Cage is currently in Romania shooting Ghost Rider 2. Last weekend, the actor known for flipping out on screen had a real life meltdown when he got into a screaming match with a friend. Watch inside.Here’s video of the altercation, during which the worst actor of his generation screams lines such as, “I thought we were brothers, man,” “Don’t fucking touch me,” and “I’ll die in the name of honor!” Hectique! [gawker]
Why Nicole Richie Didn’t Invite Paris To Her Wedding – So apparently Paris Hilton blew it when she got bust recently for cocaine, just weeks after being bust for weed. That’s why Nicole scrapped her from the wedding list at the last minute, citing that Paris hadn’t moved on from where they were five years ago. Still taking drugs and getting into trouble with the law. Nicole’s wild-child days, however, are over. [popeater]
Table Mountain Is Open Until 1am On New Year’s Eve, and is perfect for those wanting a quiet one. Who knows, maybe you gave it horns on the 30th and need somewhere to chill. Tickets are half price too, after 6pm. Adults pay R90 and children under 18 years pay R45 per person return. Fabulous! Table Mountain Cableway extends its operating hours (weather permitting) with the last car up at 11pm and the last car down at 1am. [tablemountain]
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