More Than 70 Die In Egyptian Football Riot – At least 74 people have been killed and 1,000 injured after a football pitch invasion in Egypt, according to reports. Clashes are said to have broken out as fans flooded the field seconds after the game in the northern coastal city of Port Said finished. There were reports of rocks, bottles, flares and fireworks being thrown as politicians in the country criticised a lack of security at the match. [skynews]
ANC Study Advises Against Nationalizsation – The African National Congress (ANC) research team on nationalisation has resubmitted its report to the party, and while it is confidential, it is reliably understood to discourage ” asset grabs” and buying stakes in mines. The report could go some way towards settling the vexed question of nationalisation in the ANC. [businessday]
With IPO, Facebook’s Valuation Could Reach $100 Billion – Facebook is currently trading at a valuation of $89.4 billion on Sharespost, a private market, but the company could be worth as much as $100 billion or more after the IPO, once public investors get a chance to buy a piece of the company for the first time. That would make its market capitalization greater than than iconic American companies like McDonald’s and Citigroup. [time]
Facebook IPO Filing Reveals First Look At Company’s Finances – Declaring that Facebook was built to be not just a company but also to “accomplish a social mission,” the idealistic young creator of the world’s largest online social network launched what will be the biggest Internet IPO in Silicon Valley history Wednesday, as the Menlo Park-based company revealed the long-secret details of its business for the first time. [mercury]
Div Feels Sorry For Meyer – Former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers admitted to being bitter at the way he left the job, and has said he “feels sorry” for new coach Heyneke Meyer, who is already “on the back foot.” [sport24]
White Stripes’ Jack White Releasing Solo Album In April – Jack White will release Blunderbuss, his debut album as a solo artist, on Third Man Records/Columbia on April 24th. “Love Interruption,” the first track to be released from the record, was released On Monday – first as a stream on White’s official site, and later as a digital single on sale in the usual shops. [rollingstone]
Science Works Out How To Read Our Thoughts – Researchers have demonstrated a striking method to reconstruct words, based on the brain waves of patients thinking of those words. The technique reported in PLoS Biology relies on gathering electrical signals directly from patients’ brains. Based on signals from listening patients, a computer model was used to reconstruct the sounds of words that patients were thinking of. [bbc]
Prince Harry To Take On Usain Bolt – The H-Factor will meet 100m world record holder Usain Bolt when he stops off at the Olympic champion’s training track in Kingston during his first solo foreign tour. Royal sources have told The Daily Telegraph that the Prince, who is an Olympic ambassador for Team GB, is hoping to challenge Bolt to a “fun” race if does not interrupt the athlete’s training schedule. [telegraph]
Treasure Hunter Reckons He Has Found $3 Billion Of Platinum – A treasure hunter said Wednesday he has located the wreck of a British merchant ship that was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Cape Cod during World War II while carrying what he claims was a load of platinum bars now worth more than $3 billion. [huffpo]
Amy Winehouse Death Verdict May Be Unlawful – The coroner who oversaw the inquest into the death of singer Amy Winehouse has resigned after her qualifications were questioned, officials in Britain said on Wednesday. Suzanne Greenaway ruled in October that the 27-year-old soul singer had died from accidental alcohol poisoning. [msnbc]
Pigeon Sells For $328,000 – Wealthy Chinese have been snapping up contemporary art, top wines and some the world’s most expensive cars. Now they’re adding pigeons to their must-have list. A Chinese shipping magnate last weekend spent 250,400 euros ($328,000) for a Dutch pigeon, a new world record according to Pipa, the firm that ran the online auction. [wallstreetjournal]
The Hoff Proposes To His Girlfriend For The Fifth Time – David Hasselhoff has proposed to his girlfriend for a fifth time. The 59-year-old actor has been dating former shop assistant Hayley Roberts for almost a year and although she has refused to marry him four times already, he has gone down on one knee yet again. It is unclear if Hayley accepted the latest proposal. [ctv]
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