Clooney And Ronaldo On Berlusconi Trial Witness List – Actor George Clooney and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo could be called as witnesses in the trial of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on charges of sex with an underage prostitute, the court announced Wednesday. [cnn]
James Murdoch Resigns Amid Hacking Scandal – James Murdoch has resigned as director of the companies that publish The Times, The Sunday Times, and the Sun. Records at Companies House show James Murdoch stepped down from the boards of News Group Newspapers Limited, publisher of The Sun, and Times Newspapers Limited in September. [bbc]
ANC Outraged Over Wikipedia Page Censorship – The African National Congress feels the “censorship” done to their entry on internet encyclopædia, Wikipedia, is “outright vandalism” and uncivilised, it has been reported. Certain phrases on the webpage that described information about alleged corruption within the party were blacked out. [timeslive + wiki]
Production Begins On iPad 3 – Production has started on the high-resolution displays destined for the next-generation iPad, while Apple eyes a 7.85-inch iPad further down the road, an analyst told CNET today. “It’s happening–QXGA, 2048×1536. Panel production has started [for the next-generation iPad]. There’s three suppliers,” Richard Shim, an analyst at DisplaySearch, said in an interview today. Shim confirmed other reports that cite three companies, Samsung, Sharp, and LGD. [cnet]
Nicole Sherzinger Exposes Bum In P Diddy’s New Book – Nicole Scherzinger has posed for daring new coffee table book which may leave some spluttering into their lattes. The X Factor USA judge and former Pussycat Dolls singer was among a host of stars including Lady Gaga and Irina Shayk to strip of for P Diddy’s new release, Culo. [dailymail]
Barack Obama Joins Google+ – Debate is still raging about how many people are really using Google+ and whether it can ever overtake Facebook. But at least one prominent user is making active use of the site Friday: President Barack Obama. Obama’s profile, which just gained a “verified account” tick mark, appears to have been launched first thing Wednesday morning. [mashable]
Man Catches 400kg Tuna – Local fishing boat owner Carlos Rafael was elated when one of his trawlers snared an 881-pound bluefin tuna earlier this month. But the joy was short-lived. Federal fishery enforcement agents seized the fish when the crew returned to port Nov. 12. Rafael had tuna permits but was told catching tuna with a net is illegal. [ap]
$1 Million Left Behind In Sydney Cafe – A suitcase reportedly containing “a million dollars” was left in a Sydney cafe yesterday morning in an episode befitting a Hollywood film. The two owners of Caffe Marco in Burwood, in Sydney’s inner-west, thought the deserted suitcase was a bomb at first and calmly placed it on the footpath of George Street until police arrived. [smh]
Have You Had A Look At The Rand? – The rand tumbled to its weakest level since May 2009 against the dollar on Wednesday, with market players seeing further losses as investors dump risky assets on worries that eurozone leaders are not getting to grips with the debt crisis in that region. The rand fell 1.7% to a session low of R8.53 against the dollar and was last trading at R8.50, from Tuesday’s New York close of R8.3880. [fin24]
Apparently Kris Called Kim Kardashian ‘Fat’ – Kim Kardashian has been raked over the coals in the court of public opinion ever since she filed for divorce from Kris Humphries Oct. 31. But the real villain in the 72-day marriage, pals tell the new Us Weekly, was out-of-work NBA star Humphries, 26. Allegedly, he could be downright cruel to Kardashian, 31. “He belittled her in front of people,” one insider tells Us. “He’d call her stupid. It was truly sickening.” [usmagazine]
Petra Ecclestone’s Mum Says R160 Million Wedding Was ‘Worth Every Penny’ – The ex-wife of Formula 1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone, has spoken out to defend the £12 million she spent on their daughter Petra’s wedding. Speaking to Grazia magazine, Slavica, a former model from Croatia, said: “I don’t care how much the wedding cost, as it was once in a lifetime occasion.” “It was worth every penny because it made my daughter happy. Who cares about money?” Awesome! [hellomagazine]
Texas Judge Suspended Following Beating Videos – The Texas Supreme Court suspended a judge Tuesday whose beating of his then-teenage daughter in 2004 was viewed millions of times on the Internet. Aransas County court-at-law Judge William Adams was suspended immediately with pay pending the outcome of the inquiry started earlier this month by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct. [associated]
New Trove Of Stolen Emails From Climate Scientist Revealed – The anonymous hacker who shook the world of climate science two years ago by posting a trove of stolen e-mails delivered a new batch on Tuesday, stirring up climate-change contrarians a little more than a week before global negotiations on greenhouse gases are to begin in Durban, South Africa. [nytimes]
Swearing Will Ease The Pain – Letting loose with a satisfying string of expletives can significantly reduce physical pain, research has shown. But according to a new study, it doesn’t work as well if you make a habit of cursing frequently. Shit. Balls. [time]
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