‘Bones Brigade’ Exposes Skateboarding’s Golden Age At Sundance – There were many laughs and some tears, but mostly the crowd switched between adoring focus and roaring applause at the Sundance Film Festival screening of Stacy Peralta’s newest skateboarding documentary, The Bones Brigade: An Autobiography, at Salt Lake’s Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. [wired]
Minister Enters Row Over SABC Top Job – Communications Minister Dina Pule has told the SABC board to start afresh in its quest for a new chief operating officer after criticism that its internal recruitment process had been tailor-made to catapult a staunch supporter of President Jacob Zuma into the job. [iol]
Sanlam To Buy Local JPMorgan With Old Mutual – Sanlam yesterday confirmed its plan to acquire the local fund-administration unit of US-based JPMorgan, as SA’s largest long-term insurer continues to find assets in which to invest its excess capital. [businessday]
Now Twitter Can Write From Right To Left – Now even more people can tweet in their native tongue. Twitter on Wednesday added right-to-left languages to its Translation Center, starting with Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, and Urdu. [pcmag]
Europe Poses Global Recession Threat: IMF – Europe’s debt crisis could tip the world economy into recession and a bigger firewall is urgently needed to keep the damage from spreading, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. [reuters]
Hollywood’s Sexual Liaison Fixer Opens His Little Black Book – His story has floated through moviedom’s clubby senior ranks for years: Back in a more golden age of Hollywood, a guy named Scotty, a former Marine, was said to have run a type of prostitution ring for gay and bisexual men in the film industry, including A-listers like Cary Grant, George Cukor and Rock Hudson, and even arranged sexual liaisons for actresses like Vivien Leigh and Katharine Hepburn. [nytimes]
Alex Baldwin Apologises To Himself – Dressed as pilot Captain Steve Rogers, Baldwin joined Seth Myers for SNL’s Weekend Update to extend a heartfelt apology for his famous airline incident to, well, himself. “It was awful Seth,” mustachioed Captain Rogers said. “Which is why it was important for me to come here and on behalf of everyone at American Airlines, issue an apology to Mr. Alec Baldwin!” [nydailynews]
Aston Martin V12 Zagato Set For Debut – Luxury British automotive brand Aston Martin is to unveil the first production model of its V12 Zagato in Kuwait next month. The V12 Zagato first premiered at the Villa D’Este Concours in May last year, but has until now only been seen in race specification whizzing around the Nürburgring. [luxuo]
Gary Speed Inquest: Wales Manager Argued With Wife Louise Before Death – Gary Speed, the former Wales football manager, had argued with his wife Louise before he was found hanged, an inquest heard today. [telegraph]
The Man Who Turned Down Facebook – Joe Green, Harvard University roommate of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has revealed how he turned down an offer to drop out and co-found Facebook with Zuckerberg, a decision said to have cost him about $US400 million. [theage]
Shirley MacLaine Joins Downton Abbey Cast – Oscar winning actress Shirley MacLaine is to join the cast of Downton Abbey, it has been revealed. The Hollywood star will appear as the mother of Lady Grantham – played by Elizabeth McGovern – in the third series of the ITV1 show. Her character, Martha Levinson, will go head-to-head with current matriarch Maggie Smith who plays the dowager Countess of Grantham. [skynews]
Facebook Wants To Put You On A Times Square Billboard – Facebook is offering users a moment of glory on a Times Square billboard — all you have to do is tell them what you care about in the 2012 election. The new campaign, called “What Matters Most,” asks you to prioritize the three issues you care most about, heading into the 2012 election season. [mashable]
Unknown Search Engine Gets Boost Following Google Revolt – Recent changes to Google’s privacy policies, as well as changes to how it organizes search results, have some people crying foul. Launched in 2008, DuckDuckGo is a search engine that has recently gained traction among technology pundits because of its dedication to user privacy as well as the accuracy of results. [thedaily]
The Most Lethal Sniper In US History – “I looked through the scope of the sniper rifle, scanning down the road of the tiny Iraqi town. Fifty yards away, a woman opened the door of a small house and stepped outside with her child. The rest of the street was deserted. The local Iraqis had gone inside, most of them scared.” MORE.. [huffers]
Fran Drescher Had An Alien Encounter – Fran Drescher recently said in an interview that she believed she and her ex-husband had shared similar extraterrestrial experiences, asserting that they may have been implanted with alien chips in their skin. Baking. [abcnews]
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