Murdoch Calls Scientology ‘Very Weird Cult’ On Twitter – Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter to lash out at the Church of Scientology and Tom Cruise following the announcement of the actor’s divorce. In a series of tweets Sunday, the 81-year-old News Corp. boss classified Scientology as “a very weird cult” and called actor Tom Cruise the “number two or three” man in the church’s hierarchy. [cnn]
Barclays Boss, Bob Diamond, Resigns – Bob Diamond has quit as chief executive of Barclays bank in a shock twist to the rate-rigging scandal. Marcus Agius, who resigned as chairman only yesterday, is to return to his role and will take over the running of the bank while a successor to Mr Diamond is found. [skynews]
Why Tom Cruise Is Looking Like A Loose Cannon To The Scientologists – His superstar status gave Scientology invaluable influence in Hollywood, but with a nasty-looking divorce looming, is Tom Cruise now a liability to the controversial Church? [telegraph]
Connor And Isabella Cruise Side With Dad After Tom And Nicole Kidman Split – After Tom and Nicole split, their adopted kids, Connor and Isabella, sided with dad. Chris Lee reports on what tore the family apart—and how they could impact the custody battle for Suri. [dailybeast]
Bad PR Further Damages Online Radio In SA – “SA’s burgeoning online radio industry has taken a hard knock amid the storm over listenership figures. But bad attitudes have only made things worse.” [mail&guardian]
ABSA Becomes Shrinking Giant As Profit Alert Hits Market Cap – ABSA ’S precipitous fall on the markets has shown how quickly today’s banking giant can become tomorrow’s struggling runner-up, no matter how much the bank may claim to be keeping it together. [businessday]
Apple Pays $60 Million To Settle China iPad Trademark Dispute – Apple Inc has paid $60 million to Proview Technology (Shenzhen) to end a protracted legal dispute over the iPad trademark in China. The lawsuit had hampered some sales and delayed the introduction of the new iPad in China. [reuters]
Facebook Introduces Same-Sex Marriage Icons – Facebook has introduced a new Timeline feature that allows same-sex couples to declare their marriage status on the site with icons that best reflect the relationship, rather than the standard icon of a bride and a groom used for straight couples. [mashable]
Evidence Of ‘God Particle’ Found – Physicists say they have all but proven that the “God particle” exists. They have a footprint and a shadow, and the only thing left is to see for themselves the elusive subatomic particle believed to give all matter in the universe size and shape. [ajc]
Katie’s Parents ‘Relieved’ By Divorce – Katie Holmes’ parents are reportedly sad she has split from husband Tom Cruise but glad to have their daughter back. Martin and Kathleen Holmes apparently didn’t want their youngest child to marry the actor but are relieved they have parted ways after five years. [channel24]
Tom Cruise Filing For Divorce In California – Because the laws about child custody will favour Tom Cruise mor in LA than in New York, he has filed for divorce in California. Whilst Katie filed the divorce, initially, in New York, where her lawyer claims they had been residents for two years. Tom Cruise is expected to argue that Katie doesn’t satisfy residential requirements of New York. Shit’s gonna get messy. [radar]
Naomi Watts As Princess Diana – With immaculately coiffured blonde hair and a stylish colour coordinated outfit, she bears an uncanny likeness to the woman she is portraying. New pictures have revealed how English-born actress Naomi Watts has captured the look of Princess Diana in a film about the last two years of the tragic royal’s life before her death in 1997. [dailymail]
Stunt Drivers Survive ‘Hot Wheels’ Double-Dare Loop – In a blend of precise speed, rogue physics and downright insanity, stunt drivers Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy have done what plastic track-obsessed kids have dreamed of for years: the Double Dare Loop. At this past weekend’s X Games in Los Angeles, California, the two drivers simultaneously traversed a pair of 66-foot-tall loops at an exact speed of 52 MPH, managing to pull 7 Gs as they ran up and over the two life-sized tracks. [wired]
Rihanna Blasted For Performing Smashed – Rihanna has been blasted for a “disgusting and shameful” performance in Sweden just hours after the death of her grandmother. Fans accused the 24-year-old of miming and being under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the Peace & Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden. [newsau]
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Bailey Schneider And Watershed – Bailey interviewed Watershed on The Bailey Schneider Show, from the 2oceansVibe Radio Melrose Arch studio. The Johannesburg founded band decided to kick off with their signature tune ‘Indigo Girl’. [podcast]
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