Zuma Drops Claim Against Zapiro From R4 Million To R100,000 – President Jacob Zuma has reduced his claim against cartoonist Zapiro from R4m to R100 000, media lawyer Dario Milo said on Wednesday. [news24]
Zuma Misses Spy Tapes Deadline – Lawyers acting for President Jacob Zuma have failed to meet the deadline to file court papers in response to the DA’s request for the spy tapes. [mail&guardian]
Ban Ki-Moon Introduces Gangnam Style Star To ‘UN style’ – In a departure from his usual schedule, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has found time to take a visit from the supersonic skydiver Felix Baumgartner and the global pop sensation Psy. [bbc]
France’s Biggest Rogue Trader Goes To Prison – Jerome Kerviel, the man behind France’s biggest rogue-trading scandal, lost his appeal Wednesday against his prison sentence for betting €50 billion (about $65 billion) of a French bank’s money without its knowledge. [cnn]
Donald Trump Makes $5 Million Offer To Obama – Donald Trump has challenged President Obama to release his college and passport records in return for a $5m donation to charity. [skynews]
The Billion Rand Lottery Is Back – Do You Have Tickets? (You Can Buy Online) – It’s our duty to inform you when the EuroMillion lottery jackpot goes over R1 billion. That is exactly what has happened as tomorrow’s prize is EUR90 million. Get your tickets online or on mobile [here]
British Vacuum Cleaner Manufacturer Accuses Chinese Spy Of Stealing Secrets For German Rival – It is a case of espionage involving top secret blueprints for the latest technology and an international trail that leads from a world-leading British company’s HQ to China, via Germany. [businessinsider]
North Korean Army Minister ‘Executed With Mortar Round’ – A North Korean army minister was executed with a mortar round for reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il’s death. Fair enough. [telegraph]
Inside The Rolling Stones’ Reunion – After half a century of hits, addictions, mayhem and enough bad blood to flood the Thames, the Rolling Stones have gotten it together just in time to celebrate their latest anniversary onstage. But Mick Jagger isn’t inclined to get all mushy about the achievement. “I wanted to call the tour ‘Fuck Off,'” Jagger says. “But no one went for that.” [rollingstone]
An Old Apple Computer Is About To Sell For More than $90,000 – One of the first computers Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs built together is heading to auction, priced at about $90,000. This is the famed Apple 1. [sfgate]
How Does Mit Romney Stay So Tanned? – A source lets BuzzFeed in on a campaign mystery: It’s a spray tan. “It’s not like Mitt Romney can go chill out on a beach right now; he needs a quick fix.” [buzzfeed]
Street View And Beyond: Google’s Influence On Photography – When Google Street View started as an experiment in 2007, the company sent SUVs equipped with cameras, GPS and lasers to collect its first pictures. The massive and growing archive has spawned a virtual world of images like we’ve never seen before in the history of photography. [time]
iPad Mini Could Cause Tablet Gaming to Explode – When Apple unveiled its new iPad mini, the big sales pitch was, “You can hold it in one hand!” That may sound like an anemic marketing line. But game developers say that the mini’s increased portability could have a huge impact on the mobile game industry and boost the importance of tablet gaming. [wired]
Einstein’s “I don’t believe in God” letter has sold on eBay — and you’re not going to believe the price – A handwritten letter penned by Albert Einstein shortly before his death in 1954 has sold to an unknown online bidder for $3,000,100.00. In the so-called “God Letter,” Einstein touched upon such themes as religion, tribalism — and his disbelief in a biblical God. [i09]
Jessica Simpson’s Parents Divorce: Dad Gay – According to a bombshell new report, Jessica Simpson’s world was turned upside-down when her manager-dad Joe Simpson recently dropped a bomb on his unsuspecting family: An insider says he confessed he’s gay! [radar]
New Fern Species Named After Lady Gaga – Scientists may seem like a pretty poker-faced bunch, but the botanists at Duke University, at least, have a sense of humor about their work and some pop-culture savvy to go with it. On Tuesday the university announced that it was naming a newly identified genus of ferns – and 19 species within that genus – after the pop singer and cultural provocateur Lady Gaga. [nytimes]
Justin Timberlake Wedding Video Mocks Homeless People From LA – Advocates for the homeless and fans of Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are disturbed by a video that was screened at their recent wedding because it appears to mock the homeless. [huffpo]
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Maya On Money – Maya On Money is a finance feature, hosted by Maya Fisher-French. She will be teaming up with the Just Josie lunch show at 12h30 every Thursday, to bring us simple and useful finance tips. [mayaonmoney]
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Where Is Century City In The Property Cycle? – Greg Deans, Co Founder of Rabie Property Group joined Bob Skinstad and Dan Green for the Biz Innovate feature, brought to you by ITEC Group Holdings. Century City started when an investment bank wanted to dispose of the asset. The Rabie Property Group acquired it from the bank and started the development process. Listen to the podcast where they discuss new developments underway at Century City, success factors, and how much time they spend on non-profit making areas. [podcast]
How Hard Is Hard? Facts About Sexual Orientation – Are you feeling vulnerable, scared or confused about your sexual orientation? Dr Eve suggests some tips on “coming out”. Come out to yourself first and be ok with it, we do not want this secret to eat away at you. She talks about what coming out can do for you and the support groups that are available for you. You are not alone. She also discusses the Out in Africa Festival, which showcases films of all natures, from sexual orientation to affairs. Where do you rate your sexual orientation? Listen in to find where you fall on the gauge. [podcast]
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