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Top TV Defies ICASA – Launching Porn Channel In 2 Weeks – TopTV is pushing ahead with its plans for porn and wants to launch its hardcore pornographic package within two weeks. Meanwhile South Africa’s broadcasting regulator is preparing a court interdict to stop the pay TV operator, should it launch its pornographic package before there has been a public hearing and a decision on the application. [channel24]
Jay-Z Pens Song For Newborn Daughter, Blue Ivy [LISTEN] – Through a rap verse, Jay-Z has confirmed the birth of “the most beautiful” girl in the world – his newborn daughter. The song “Glory” made its debut on his social website Life and Times on Monday – two days after he and wife Beyonce gave birth to daughter Blue Ivy. [huffpo]
Local Media Agency Planning Document Accidentally Leaked To Blog – Local blog Bangers & Nash got something off its chest yesterday, as Dan Nash detailed an agency planning document which was mistakenly mailed to him last year. If you’re ‘in’ media or anything to do with the net and digital world, you might want to give it a read, as he tackles common misconceptions, when it comes to ‘blogs’ and free stuff. [bangersandnash]
Gordon Brown Told Rupert Murdoch He Would ‘Destroy’ His Company – Rupert Murdoch said a “furious” Gordon Brown threatened to destroy his empire after The Sun switched its support to the Tories, Kelvin MacKenzie, the former editor of the paper, has told the Leveson Inquiry. Mr MacKenzie said Mr Murdoch told him that he had received a phone call in which the former Prime Minister “roared” at him “for 20 minutes”. [telegraph]
ANCYL Whinging About Gagged Message – Angry ANC Youth League members are demanding answers from the parent body about the omission of their message of support from the party’s centenary booklet. The ANC distributed the booklet, containing statements from ANC president Jacob Zuma and alliance structures, to members to mark its 100th anniversary at the weekend. [timeslive]
Corey Feldman To Name And Shame His Abusers – Dancing on Ice’s Corey Feldman has lifted the lid on paedophile assaults he endured as a young actor — and told how he plans to sensationally name two Hollywood perverts responsible. Corey — star of 80s classics The Goonies, Stand By Me and The Lost Boys — said the men often preyed on him. [thesun]
Finally, Waterproof Digital Gadgets – Admit it, you’ve used your favorite gadget gear in the bathroom and you fumbled and in it went into the toilet or sink — or perhaps the bath. If you have one of these new tablets and phones from Fujitsu, though, you don’t have to worry. They can survive a drop into the drink and even full submersion for up to 30 minutes. Fujitsu proved this simple fact in a live demonstration at this year’s CES 2012. [mashable]
Swiss Central Bank Chief Quits Amid Currency-Trade Scandal – Philipp Hildebrand, chairman of the Swiss National Bank (SNB), resigned with immediate effect on Monday, saying he could not prove he had been unaware of a currency trade made by his wife and wanted to protect the integrity of the central bank. [businessday]
Snoop Dogg Arrested For Weed – Rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested over the weekend after border control agents found what they said was a small amount of marijuana on his tour bus. The singer and record producer, 40, was stopped at the same Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint on Saturday where country singer Willie Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession in 2010, customs officials said. [stuff]
Iran Sentences Iran-American To Death – Iran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced an Iranian-American man to death for spying for the CIA, officials said on Monday, a move likely to aggravate U.S.-Iranian tensions already high because of Tehran’s disputed nuclear program. Apprently he was just there to visit his family. [reuters]
Vatican Uses Wikipedia To Compile Cardinals Biographies – Its ancient library holds more than 180,000 manuscripts and 1.6m books, and it describes its Secret Archive, which packs priceless documents on to 85km of shelving, as “one of the most important research centres in the world”. That is why eyebrows were raised when the Vatican resorted to Wikipedia when it released potted biographies of 22 new cardinals who were appointed on 6 January. [guardian]
Obama’s Chief Of Staff Steps Down – President Barack Obama announced Monday that White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is stepping down and will be replaced by Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew. Two senior Obama aides told CNN that Daley will stay in his job through January, including the State of the Union address. [cnn]
New Tom Hanks Series To Debut Online – “Electric City,” an animated futuristic series Hanks has been developing for years, will premiere on Yahoo this spring. The series includes 20 episodes, each three- or four-minutes long. Yahoo, along with Hanks and production partners Playtone and Reliance Entertainment, are set to formally announce plans for the series Tuesday at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. [newser]
Apple’s CEO Package For 2011 Is Over $350 Million – Apple Inc. (AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will receive compensation for 2011 worth $378 million, boosted by restricted stock awards that are payable over the coming decade. The total includes $376.2 million in shares that will vest starting in five years, Cupertino, California-based Apple said yesterday in a proxy filing to shareholders. Nice one. [bloomberg]
Lindsay Lohan In Talks To Play Liz Taylor – Cue the backlash in 3… 2… 1… Most recently seen posing nude in a Marilyn Monroe-inspired Playboy shoot, Lindsay Lohan may be headed back to classic Hollywood to play Elizabeth Taylor. With her clothes on. [huffpo]
The Race To Nab Web Addresses – This week will bring the long-awaited opening up of a new realm of Web addresses in which just about any word—such as dot-furniture or dot-arcticvacations—can serve as a domain name. And to some, that spells opportunity. Beginning Thursday, the organization that oversees the Internet will start accepting applications to manage new top-level domains—the names that appear at the end of website addresses, like dot-com and dot-net. [wallstreetjournal]
Eskom Announces The Return Of Load-Shedding – Eskom warns on load-shedding risk in ‘difficult year’ Eskom says although there are no immediate plans to reintroduce rostered power cuts, the risk that it will happen is high as the “system is tight” [businessday]
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