Kenny Kunene Launches Reality TV Show – There was plenty of sushi – in fact, too much of it – but there were no naked women lying on their backs last night as Kenny Kunene hosted a preview of his reality TV show So What, premiering on e.tv tomorrow night. Wow. This is going to be something to behold. [timeslive]
Facebook Makeover Reveals New Vision For Sharing – Facebook announced a slew of new products at its f8 developer conference in San Francisco on Thursday, aiming to fully integrate users’ lives through a series of major media and lifestyle-centric application integrations with its social network. [wired]
Does Facebook Really Care About You? – “The boardroom discussions at Facebook are not about how to help little Johnny make more and better friendships online; they are about how Facebook can monetize Johnny’s “social graph” — the accumulated data about how Johnny makes friends, shares links and makes consumer decisions.” [cnn]
SA Gets UFO Conference – South Africa will experience its first ever conference on Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) in November. “Millions of people in SA have had their own personal experience with ETs and UFOs – but most have in the past been too nervous to raise the subject, afraid of ridicule,” conference host Michael Tellinger said on Thursday. [news24]
Elton John Biopic In Development – Elton John may be the next musician to follow Ray Charles, John Lennon and, er, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart into silver-screen immortality. The singer is working with Billy Elliot writer Lee Hall on a musical biopic of his “surreal” life. “I’d just like to make a really great film about my life story,” John told Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2. [guardian]
Speed Of Light ‘Broken’ By Scientists – The science world was left in shock when workers at the world’s largest physics lab announced they had recorded subatomic particles travelling faster than the speed of light. If the findings are proven to be accurate, they would overturn one of the pillars of the Standard Model of physics, which explains the way the universe and everything within it works. [telegraph]
Avusa’s CEO Desai Cashes In – It was only a matter of hours after the news came that Mvelaphanda’s Mikki Xayiya had officially been appointed as interim non-executive chairman of Avusa, that a SENS announcement revealed that embattled Avusa CEO Prakash Desai was R3,694,752 richer. [dailymav]
Springboks Punish Namibia 87-0 – In a beautiful display of running rugby the Springboks demolished Namibia 87-0 in their Rugby World Cup Group D encounter on Thursday. Twelve tries were run in as Namibia cut the figure of a troop of deer caught in the headlights. [mail&guardian]
Brad Backtracks On Jen Comments Again And Again – Brad Pitt is trying to promote Moneyball, his film coming out tomorrow, but everyone keeps insisting on asking him about his Jennifer Aniston non-slam from last week. The whole thing was made into something it wasn’t by the tabloid press, Pitt tells Matt Lauer. [newser]
No More Last Meal Requests On Death Row – Houston State Senator John Whitmire, who wields great influence on prison issues, says he wants to do away with granting last meal requests for inmates about to be executed. The over-the-top meal of Lawrence Brewer, executed last night for the dragging death of James Byrd, was the last straw. [houstonpress]
Troy Davis’ Last Words: “I Am Innocent” – Strapped to the lethal-injection gurney, Davis lifted his head and looked at the MacPhail family, and said, “The incident that night was not my fault, I did not have a gun. … I did not personally kill your son, father and brother. I am innocent.” He then said for “those about to take my life, may God have mercy on your souls, may God bless your souls.” [ajc]
Family Feud Over Lotto Cash – A lucky Lotto ticket set in motion a train of events that has led to a brother and sister slugging it out in the Port Elizabeth High Court over the R7.5-million win. The dispute relates to a July 2006 lottery windfall, which came into the formerly close-knit Groener family when there were only two winning tickets for the R15-million jackpot. [tlive]
ICASA Conerned SA Not Ready For Digital TV – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has recently indicated that South Africa’s switch over to digital terrestrial television (DTT) will be delayed until at least 2013. This is over a year and a half later than cabinet had initially envisaged. [mybb]
U.S Diplomats Walkout On Iran’s Ahmadinejad [Video] – On the day after Iran released two Americans it had held for more than two years on spy charges, U.S. diplomats have walked out of the U.N. General Assembly during a speech by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. [washpo]
Global Markets Buckle On Fears Of New Financial Meltdown – The strain of deteriorating economic conditions and the failure of governments to contain the damage are raising fears that a new financial market meltdown may be unavoidable. [latimes]
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