CEO Of Cricket SA Cries Like A Baby – Cricket SA (CSA) CEO Gerald Majola burst out in tears after appearing in front of a commission of inquiry into the organisation’s bonus scandal. He was questioned at length about the fact that he and Don McIntosh, the IPL tournament director, received more than two-thirds of a pool of money meant for bonuses after the tournament. [sport24]
Hillary Clinton Not Digging Russian Elections – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the US has “serious concerns” about the conduct of Russia’s parlimentary elections. “We do have serious concerns about the conduct of the elections,” Clinton told a press conference, citing a preliminary report by the OSCE about alleged attempts to stuff ballot boxes and manipulate voter lists. [telegraph]
Mass Protests In Russia – Russian protesters defying a ban on unapproved rallies have faced off with supporters of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow city centre. Protesters chanted slogans against the ruling party as the Putin loyalists beat drums and chanted “Putin, Russia”. Police arrested at least 250 protesters, including veteran liberal politician Boris Nemtsov. Ah, yes – how is Boris? [bbc]
Public War Over Daniel Craig Movie “Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” – David Denby, the critic from the New Yorker, announced that his review of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” would be published in the coming week’s issue, a full eight days before the embargo date to which critics belonging to the New York Film Critics Circle agreed to hold their verdicts. That’s when the shit hit the fan. [huffpo]
Steve Jobs Bio (Released October) Is Amazon’s Best Selling Book Of 2011 – Walter Isaacson’s bio of late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs topped Amazon’s list of the top-selling books of 2011. While Amazon had predicted the bio, called Steve Jobs might take the number one spot for the year, the achievement is still impressive since the book wasn’t released until late October. [mashable]
DSK Might Have Ruined France’s Prostitution Business – Disgraced International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn has already destroyed his political career, and now he might be responsible for ruining one of France’s most enduring institutions: prostitution. The French parliament discussed yesterday a new law that would outlaw prostitution, making it punishable by up to six months in prison. Shame, poor little hos. [thedaily]
405 Rhino Slaughtered So Far This Year – Rhinoceros poaching in South Africa climbed to a record for a second year in 2011 amid growing demand from Asia, where the animal’s horns are used in medicine. As many as 405 rhinos have been killed so far this year, 22 percent more than in 2010, the South African National Parks authority said. [bloomberg]
Google’s Antitrust Inquiry Is On – Google’s chairman, Eric Schmidt, has met Europe’s competition commissioner amid signs that the search giant will be accused of abusing its dominant position in the market. If found guilty, Google could face fines of 10% of its annual turnover in the region, or oversight of how it runs its online search and advertising businesses in Europe. [guardian]
Antitrust Proceedings Open In Apple ‘Cartel’ Probe – The European Commission this morning announced that it has opened formal antitrust proceedings to investigate whether a number of international ebook publishers have engaged in anti-competitive practices affecting the sale of e-books in Europe, “possibly with the help of Apple”. [techcrunch]
Alec Baldwin Does Tracy Morgan Impression – So Good – Last night on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Alec Baldwin discussed moving to Greenwich Village, tweeting from the bathroom, and his run for mayor of NYC (or non-run, as he insists on insisting). Along with each charming anecdote, he did at least one impression of someone else. Sometimes multiple impressions! [crushable]
Alec Baldwin’s Mobile Game Addiction Gets Him Booted Off Flight – Alec Baldwin’s addiction to the cell phone game “Words with Friends” got him booted from an American Airlines plane parked at a Los Angeles International Airport gate Tuesday afternoon, the actor’s spokesman said. “He loves WWF so much that he was willing to leave a plane for it,” spokesman Matthew Hiltzik said. [cnn]
Panel Finds Olympus “Rotten To The Core” – The secret held for a quarter-century, quietly passed among senior executives. Within Olympus Corp. the goal was clear. Hide some $1.5 billion in investment losses from public view. The toll on Olympus mounted as time went by. “The core part of the management was rotten, and that contaminated other parts around it.” [wallstreetjournal]
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