Facebook To Buy Skype? – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is talking to Skype about either buying the company or forming a joint venture, according to Reuters. One of the sources said Facebook is considering a buyout of Skype at a price of between $3 billion and $4 billion. [mashable]
Shrien Dewani Will Get 5-Star Treatment – Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani would enjoy five-star treatment as an awaiting-trial prisoner in South Africa and would be given unprecedented protection in prison if found guilty of killing his wife, Anni. These assurances were given yesterday in his extradition hearing in the Belmarsh Magistrate’s Court. [timeslive]
US Won’t Release Osama Images – In an interview with Steve Kroft for this Sunday’s “60 Minutes” conducted today, President Obama said he won’t release post-mortem images of Osama bin Laden taken to prove his death. “It is important to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence or as a propaganda tool,” said the president. [cbsnews]
ANC ‘Holy Trinity’ Remark Worries Church – The Dutch Reformed Church on Wednesday expressed concern over comments by a pastor who said the ANC, Cosatu and SA Communist Party were the holy trinity and that Jesus was a communist. The church appealed to Zuma to “discourage the opportunistic misuse of religion” and to distance themselves from these practices. [news24]
Native Americans Upset About Geronimo / Bin Laden Connection – The reported use of “Geronimo” as a codeword in the operation that led to Osama bin Laden’s killing has angered some native Americans and threatens to become an embarrassment for the Obama administration. Nice one. [reuters]
Prince Charles Meets Obama At White House – The Prince of Wales has discussed energy and environmental issues with US President Barack Obama in Washington. Mr Obama also said he was impressed how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge handled the pressure of their wedding. Quite blind that he didn’t crack the nod. [bbc]
Naked Local Newsreaders Cause Stir – TV channel e.tv’ s new naked newsreaders “is disgusting, put women to shame, falls in bad taste and is evidence of the world’s moral decay”. This is how Beeld readers expressed their anger about the naked newsreaders who appear on the international news programme NakedNews. [channel24]
Afriforum / Malema Soap Opera Update – “It appears that the youth league is now at war with itself. Yesterday [Tuesday] Julius Malema said publicly that they instructed their lawyers to engage with us on possible solutions to the dispute. Today [Wednesday] Floyd Shivambu accuses AfriForum for ‘spreading stories’ that originated from Malema,” said AfriForum lawyer Willie Spies. [mail&guardian]
Why Was Bin Laden Buried At Sea? – Time reports that it would have been a challenge to find a country that would allow bin Laden to be buried in its soil, and there were “rumors” that Saudi Arabia refused the offer. Additionally, The New York Times reports that a sea burial also keeps his final resting place from becoming a shrine to extremists. More.. [huffpo]
Man Who Coaxed Two Suicides Over The Internet Gets Jail – A former nurse in Minnesota who encouraged an English man and a Canadian woman to kill themselves by chatting with them on the internet has been sentenced to almost a year in prison. Evidence provided to the judge that posing as a female nurse he had communicated with up to about 20 people on suicide chat rooms. [guardian]
Dagga Party Leader Arrested, Again – He is the leader of the Dagga Party and has recently been arrested for drug possession. But this will not stop 47-year-old Jeremy Acton (no relation) from contesting this month’s elections. Acton formed the Dagga Party in February 2009 and is now campaigning vigorously to win seats in Western Cape’s Langeberg municipality. [timeslive]
David and Victoria Beckham are worth £165m – David and Victoria Beckham are reputedly worth £165 million. The soccer superstar and his former Spice Girl spouse have made £20 million in the past year, mainly thanks to the success of Victoria’s fashion line Victoria Beckham, which has won critical acclaim as well as attracting A-list clients. [thisislondon]
Dalai Lama Is Cool With Bin Laden Death – As a human being, Bin Laden may have deserved compassion and even forgiveness, the Dalai Lama said in answer to a question about the assassination of the Al Qaeda leader. But, he said, “Forgiveness doesn’t mean forget what happened. … If something is serious and it is necessary to take counter-measures, you have to take counter-measures.” [latimes]
Jonathan Rhys Meyers Checks Into Rehab For Booze – The Tudors actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has checked into a rehabilitation centre to seek treatment for alcohol addiction, it has been claimed. The 33-year-old actor, who has a long history of battling alcohol addiction, is believed to have spent 10 days in a London clinic last month. [dailymail]
Jen Aniston’s Beverly Hills Mansion Up For Sale – Actress Jennifer Aniston’s luxurious Beverly Hills mansion has now hit the market for a whopping $42 million. The former “Friends” star purchased this Los Angeles home in 2006 for $13.6 million, and since then, she has been spending a lot of money to make it a lavish retreat. [bornrich]
Oksana Drops Charges Against Mel Gibson – In a shocking move in court yesterday … Oksana Grigorieva dropped her domestic violence claim against Mel Gibson. Oksana’s lawyer, Dan Horowitz, announced they would no longer be pursuing the claim that Mel’s alleged violence against her is grounds to change the custody order. Mel’s lawyer, Stephen Kolodny and the judge were visibly shocked. [tmz]
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