Oscar Loses Ad Deals With Nike And Oakley – Corporate sponsors of Olympic “blade runner” Oscar Pistorius have begun to distance themselves from the sprinter, who is accused of murdering his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. [abcnews]
Google Launching Retail Stores – Google Inc. has been developing plans to launch retail stores in the U.S., said people familiar with the matter, in another sign the company is studying Apple Inc.’s playbook for building a consumer-electronics brand. [wallstreetjournal]
Top Legal Minds Face Off In Oscar Bail Hearing – The bail application of murder-accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius is scheduled to be heard in the Pretoria Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday. [news24]
Shuttleworth’s Ubuntu to Unveil Its Operating System for Tablets Today – Ubuntu announced earlier this month that it would be bringing its Linux-based operating system to mobile phones later in 2013. Now, it looks like we might see the OS on tablets, as well. [mashable]
Oscar Ousted From Pro-Gay Campaign – Organisers of the “It Gets Better, South Africa” campaign against homophobic bullying, due to be launched tomorrow, severed Oscar Pistorius’s connection with it yesterday. [timeslive]
Reeva Steenkamp Was Going To Give A Speech About A Previous Abusive Relationships That Day – The notes of the address she would have given to Sandown High School in Pretoria have now emerged. They show that Miss Steenkamp was going to talk about her suffering at the hands of a previous boyfriend – before she met Pistorius – and the “loss of self-worth” as a result. [telegraph]
Reader’s Digest Is Bankrupt as Iconic Publisher Falters – RDA Holding Co., publisher of the 91-year-old Reader’s Digest magazine, filed for bankruptcy to cut $465 million in debt and focus on North American operations as consumers shift from print to electronic media. [bloomberg]
China Knocks Off U.S. to Become World’s Top Smart Device Market – Just days into the Chinese New Year (Year of the “Snake” for anyone keeping track), China has passed the U.S. to become the world’s top country for active Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. [flurry]
FBI Getting Involved In Latest Facebook Hack Attack – The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is collaborating in the investigation of a “sophisticated attack” by hackers on Facebook last month, which, according to the social network, has not compromised users’ data. [tinoin]
13 People Injured During Amplats Clash – Thirteen people have been injured at the Siphumelele shaft at Amplats in Rustenburg. This on Monday during a clash between security guards and workers, say North West police. [mail&guardian]
Someone Is Writing A New James Bond Book – A new James Bond novel will be published in September, written by British novelist William Boyd, the estate of the British spy’s creator Ian Fleming said on Monday. [guardian]
Vintage Russia: Russian Legislator’s Body Is Found In a Barrel Filled With Concrete – The body of a missing city legislator and construction tycoon was found in a private basement garage on the city’s outskirts, inside a rusted metal barrel filled with concrete, the police said Monday. [newyorktimes]
Astronaut Answers Reddit Site Questions From Space – Canadian Chris Hadfield, who will assume command of the International Space Station (ISS) in March, took part in a web chat on Sunday – from space. [bbc]
Julian Assange Plans To Run For Australian Senate – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, said he wants to run for the Australian Senate. I know. [upi]
Where They Still Burn ‘Witches’ – When a woman was tied to the stake and burned alive in Papua New Guinea, it wasn’t an isolated attack. [dailybeast]
Pope Blind In One Eye – Pope Benedict XVI had been so weighed down by the pressures of the job that he lost the sight in one eye and dropped “a considerable amount of weight”, according to his biographer. [ibtimes]
Pope Celebrates Last Public Mass As Pontiff – Beginning a long farewell to his flock, a weary Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his final public Mass as pontiff, presiding over Ash Wednesday services hours after a bittersweet audience that produced the extraordinary scene of the leader of the world’s billion Catholics explaining himself directly to the faithful. [ap]
Newtown Shooter Motivated By Norway Massacre – Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer. Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik, a Norwegian man who killed 77 people in July 2011. [cbs]
Danica Patrick Wins Pole For NASCAR’s Daytona 500 – Danica Patrick has made history before – as a woman and a racer, in Indianapolis and Japan. The spotlight is nothing new. But never has it been this bright before. [huffpo]
Black Keys Drummer Thrashes Justin Bieber on Twitter – Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney is holding his own against an angry mob of Beliebers by, what else? Changing his Twitter name to Justin Bieber and mocking the pop idol mercilessly. [mashable]
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