Usain Bolt Becomes A True Legend – Cheeky enough to give a stiff-wristed royal wave as he was introduced to the Olympic Stadium crowd, Bolt completed a golden grand slam by becoming the first man to win the 100- and 200-meter titles in two successive Olympics. “I am now a living legend,” he said, and few would argue. [chictrib]
Libya Elects New President – Libya’s first elected assembly picked Mohammed Magarief, leader of the National Front party, as its president. The elected assembly has taken power from the National Transitional Council, which has ruled the country since last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi. [rte]
Caster Semenya Is Confident For Final – Closing in on an Olympic medal three years after being forced to undergo gender tests, Caster Semenya of South Africa won her 800m semi-final heat in 1 minute, 57.67sec on Thursday night. [sport24]
SA Team To Run 4X400m Relay Final – South Africa’s men’s 4x400m relay team will run in the London Olympics final after a successful appeal for reinstatement following a dramatic crash. [mail&guardian]
SA Wins Kayak Medal – Bridgitte Hartley won South Africa’s first bronze medal at the Olympic Games, in the women’s kayak single K1 500m race at Eton Dorney on Thursday. [businessday]
Kodak Patents Attract ‘Low Bids’ From Apple And Google – Kodak’s efforts to save itself from collapse have been dealt a setback after initial bids for some of its patents came in significantly below target. The firm’s court filings suggested its 1,100-plus digital imaging innovations were worth as much as $2.6bn (£1.7bn). But two offers are said to have only ranged between $150m (£95.6m) and $250m (£165m). [bbc]
Beck’s New Album Will Be Sheet Music – Beck will release a new album in December, but it won’t come in the form of MP3s, CD or vinyl – instead, Beck Hansen’s Song Reader will be released by the publishing house McSweeney’s as individual pieces of sheet music. [rollingstone]
Coertzen Comes 9th In Decathlon – South African athlete Willem Coertzen finished ninth overall in the men’s decathlon at the London Olympic Games on Thursday night. The 29-year-old Coertzen, who holds the SA record in the event, finished on 8173 points, 696 behind American winner Ashton Eaton. [sport24]
Manchester United Raises $233 Million In IPO – Manchester United and a shareholder who is selling off a stake in the company raised $233 million through an initial public offering that priced after Thursday’s closing bell. [cnn]
Mad Rush For R1.9 Billion Lottery Tickets – Online ticket sales for tonight’s biggest ever Euromillions lottery jackpot are going through the roof. At EUR190 million, the options available for a lifestyle second-to-none are virtually limitless. In today’s economic climate, only a fool would give this a miss. [tickets]
Face-Eating Victim Speaks For The First Time Since Attack – Two months after he was viciously attacked on the MacArthur Causeway by the so-called Miami Zombie, Ronald Poppo succinctly summed up the events that captured the world’s attention. [cbs]
US Runner Finishes Race With Broken Leg – Just after the U.S. team finished second in its 4×400-meter relay heat, a limping Manteo Mitchell told reporters his injury was nothing serious. “It might be a simple cramp,” he said. Turns out it was a lot more than that. [cnn]
Nivea Drops Rihanna – Rihanna has been branded “too sexy” to be the face of Nivea. The Good Girl Gone Bad star appeared in a series of adverts for the skincare brand last year, including one where she posed naked as part of Nivea’s 100-year anniversary, and the company sponsored her tour. [pressass]
Batman Killer Suspect’s Lawyer Says He Is Mentally Ill – The attorney defending the man accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 in an Aurora movie theater last month told a judge Thursday that his client is mentally ill and complained that prosecutors had not turned over enough information to properly assess “the nature and depth of Mr. Holmes’ mental illness.” [latimes]
N2 Closed In Cape – The N2 has been closed between the R300 and Borchards Quarry in Cape Town due to protest action, according to reports. The SABC reports that both the inbound and outbound lanes of the N2 have been closed. [iol]
Iran Plans To Stop Using The Internet By 2013 – Iran is planning on on joining the list of nations abandoning the global internet for their own national intranet, and officials say that the transition may be completed by 2013. [businessinsider]
Amy Winehouse Ex In Overdose Coma – The ex-husband of Amy Winehouse is on life support in a British hospital after an apparent drink and drug binge just over a year after the untimely death of the “Rehab” singer. Well done guys. [reuters]
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The Premier Show With Seth And Bruce 10h00 to 13h00 – Easing you into your Friday, Seth and Bruce discuss the topics of the day, with a smattering of sport, entertainment and finance. Powered by Jack Daniels! [2ovfm]
Oppikoppi Fever as Taxi Violence, Jeremy Loops and 340ml Chat To 2ovfm – For all of us that aren’t at Oppikoppi and that have a mild amount of FOMO, 2 Girls 1 Mic will be chatting to Taxi Violence, Jeremy Loops, 340ml, Peachy Keen and The Brother Moves On. Tune in between 13h00-15h00 to catch Angel and Kamini getting the insode scoop. [2girls1mic]
Biz Connect With Vanessa Raphaely – Bob interviewed the vibrant and spirited Vanessa Raphaely as a forerunner to Women’s Day. They covered an array of topics ranging from business achievements and social prominence in SA, to media loyalty and how interaction has changed in print media. We also get an insight into Vanessa’s childhood and how it was to grow up as a Raphaely. [podcast]
Biz Takeouts – Agency Focus – This agency focused episode of the Biz Takeouts Marketing & Media radio show, streamed live Wednesday’s 5pm-6pm via 2oceansVibe Radio, will feature full service digital agency, Native. The studio guest was Ben Wagner, head of Native Cape Town and chief marketing warrior. [podcast]
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