Celebrations In Malema’s Home Town – Seshego, Julius Malema’s home town, erupted into wild celebrations last night following the firebrand’s suspension as president of the ANC Youth League. Malema and his lieutenants, who had been hero-worshipping him, were nowhere to be seen. “It’s over with Malema. There will be peace in South Africa,” sang the group. [timeslive]
ANC Youth League To Appeal Malema Ruling – The African National Congress Youth League said on Thursday it had already found an argument to appeal against the suspensions of its leadership. Not being able to present mitigating circumstances ahead of the suspensions would be a good enough ground for appeal, said secretary general Sindiso Maqaga. [mail&guardian]
Emergency Landing At OR Thambo – An Airlink plane on Thursday night had to make an emergency landing at OR Tambo International Airport after problems with it’s nose-wheel. “The aircraft, an Avro RJ85, with 73 passengers and 4 crew on board, landed safely with its nose-wheel retracted,” the airline said in a statement. [news24]
The Voice Behind Siri Breaks His Silence – Apple has been keeping a secret from iPhone users: the company may call its new “humble personal assistant” Siri, but the real name of the UK version is Daniel. And Daniel’s real name is Jon Briggs. The story of Siri begins long before the Apple CEO, Tim Cook, announced it last month. [telegraph]
James Murdoch Claims Phone Hacking Truth Was Hiden From Him – James Murdoch was embroiled in a rancorous war of words with two of his former senior News of the World executives after he told MPs during a marathon questioning session that they had failed to tell him the truth about the scale of phone hacking at the paper and had misled parliament. [guardian]
Billy Crystal Replaces Eddie Murphy As Oscars Host – Billy Crystal is coming back to host the Oscars next year. The comedian, who has hosted the show nine times, tweeted the news this afternoon. “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.” [nypost]
John Smit Welcomes Expanded Tri-Nations – The expanded Tri-Nations rugby tournament is a welcome change to the previous tournament, outgoing Springbok rugby captain John Smit said on Thursday. “Its time for a change in terms of the Tri-Nations which has been going a little long,” Smit said in news conference broadcast to Cape Town from London. [mg]
Facebook Nears Settlement With Government Over Privacy Claims – Facebook Inc. is close to a settlement with the U.S. government over charges that it misled users about its use of their personal information, the latest sign of widening public concern over privacy in the digital age. [wallstreetjournal]
Kim Kardashian Wedding Staged – According To Ex-Publicist – Kim Kardashian is a master of media manipulation, claims her former publicist Jonathan Jaxson. Jaxson, who worked with Kardashian from 2007 to 2009, says that he believes Kardashian’s wedding to Kris Humphries was staged. “She knew weeks before getting married she didn’t want to do it,” he alleges. “She’s never gotten over [ex Reggie Bush].” [nypost]
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S&P Downgrades France By Mistake – Standard & Poor’s accidentally released a message to some of its subscribers on Thursday saying that it had downgraded French debt from its top AAA rating. S&P said it was investigating what had gone wrong and stressed that France still had an AAA rating. [bbc]
Conrad Murray Reckons Michael Jackson ‘Entrapped’ Him – The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson has said he was “entrapped” by the late singer in the run up to his death. Jackson’s personal physician Dr Conrad Murray said he had felt obliged to stay with his patient, who wanted his doctor at his side. But once he got there, he claims he was ‘entrapped. [skynews]
Nixon’s Watergate Grand Jury Testament Unsealed – Richard Nixon’s secret grand jury testimony about the Watergate scandal was unsealed Thursday and the former president shed no light on the infamous 18 1/2-minute gap in the White House tapes. Nixon told grand jurors that he believed it was simply an accident that some of the tape got erased. [politico]
Apple Releases iOS5 Battery Fix – Apple has released its first over-the-air update for iOS — known officially as iOS 5.0.1 — that promises to bring relief to iPhone owners who have been complaining about terrible battery life. To get the iOS update, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners have to go into their “Settings” app, select “General” and then select “Software Update.” [latimes]
Madonna Upset At New Song Leak – Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary has said the US singer was “very upset” that a demo of her new song Give Me All Your Love had leaked onto the Internet. The song, which hit the web on Wednesday and has been listened to by fans around the world, is expected to be the debut track from Madonna’s upcoming album, her first studio release since leaving Warner Bros to join Live Nation. [stuff]
Billionaire Converts Ferry Into Luxury Superyacht – An unnamed billionaire has just acquired the 146-metre fast ferry Capricorn, built by Fincantieri in 1999, with plans to convert it to the world’s 4th largest private yacht. It will then be considerably larger than the yachts currently owned by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, the Emir of Qatar, David Geffen and Paul Allen. [luxuo]
Cruel Cat-Swinger Caught On Camera – A shocking video has emerged, showing a cruel thug dancing down the street — swinging a cat by its tail. The man is seen spinning while swinging the black moggie at arm’s length, nearly smashing its head on the pavement. [thesun]
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