Twitter Shares Soar In Frenzied NYSE Debut – Twitter Inc shares rose 73 percent in a frenzied trading debut that drove the seven-year-old company’s value to $25 billion and evoked the heady days of the dot-com bubble. [reuters]
Super Typhoon Haiyan Slams Into Central Philippines – One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded slammed into the Philippines on Friday, setting off landslides, knocking out power in one entire province and cutting communications in the country’s central region of island provinces. Two people had died. [cbc]
10 000 Russians Join Annual Anti-Muslim ‘Pride’ March – About 10 000 Russian nationalists marched in Moscow in an annual show of anger against the presence of Muslim migrants that has previously escalated into violence. [timeslive]
Price Of New SA Homes Hit Average R1.8m – Nominal year-on-year (y/y) house price growth in the middle segment of the market – homes of 80m² to 400m² and priced up to R3.8m in 2013 – slowed down in the third quarter of the year from the second quarter, according to the latest Housing Review of Absa. [fin24]
Pot-Smoking Quadriplegic’s Firing Shows Haze Over Rules – The marijuana that Brandon Coats smokes under a doctor’s supervision helps calm muscle spasms stemming from a car accident that left him a quadriplegic. It also cost him his job. [bloomberg]
Miley Banned From Twerking On TV – Fresh from her VMAs controversy Miley Cyrus has been lined up for The X Factor’s upcoming live shows – but ITV producers have allegedly told her to ‘keep it clean’ – and banned twerking altogether. [metro]
HILARIOUS: Armstrong Questions Fairness Of Life Ban – Lance Armstrong believes he was treated unfairly and singled out for punishment by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after being banned for life for doping. [gdn]
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Roger Federer Seeks Wider Drug Testing – Roger Federer has called for more drug tests in tennis, claiming players are not tested enough and that he had no sympathy for the banned Viktor Troicki. [theaus]
Concerns Rise Over ‘Missing’ Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova – Concern for jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova mounted on her 24th birthday Thursday, after her husband said she could not be found in the Russian prison colony where authorities reportedly sent her in October. [rawsto]
Apple Inks Major Sapphire Supply Deal With GT Advanced Technologies – With sapphire now a critical piece of two important iPhone features — in the camera lens across the entire iPhone line and, for the iPhone 5s, in the device’s fingerprint recognition home button — Apple is securing a ready future supply of the material by building an Arizona facility to manufacture it. [atd]
French Restaurants Where Your Looks Decide Your Seat – “The good-looking ones are led to the good places, where they can be easily seen,” they told Le Canard Enchaîné, an investigative and satirical weekly. “As for the non good-looking ones, it is imperative that they be dispatched to the corners of the room.” [telegraph]
Bolshoi Director Testifies at Acid-Attack Trial – It had all the intrigue and sensation of the Bolshoi Ballet’s most spectacular productions, but the drama that unfolded on Wednesday in the Meschchansky District Court here was one that storied dance company will forever dread. [nyt]
Obama Personally Apologizes For Americans Losing Health Coverage – President Obama said Thursday that he is “sorry” that some Americans are losing their current health insurance plans as a result of the Affordable Care Act, despite his promise that no one would have to give up a health plan they liked. [nbc]
USA Megamillions Lotto Slips Into R1 Billion Territory – Local punters can buy tickets for tonight’s US Megamillions draw. The jackpot is now at $115 million and it is our duty to let you know that it is now officially over the R1 billion mark. Tickets [here]
Don’t Believe in Aliens? Maybe You’re the Crazy One – “Where is everybody?” Enrico Fermi famously asked 63 years ago. His question was cosmic: Our modest little eight-planet solar system is part of the Milky Way, which has at least 100 billion stars. The Milky Way, in turn, is one galaxy among 100 billion or more. The math suggests we should have seen signs of other civilizations by now. [bloomberg]
Corgis Could Become Endangered, Group Warns – The Queen of England’s favorite breed of dog was placed on Britain’s Kennel Club’s “at watch” list — and could soon become endangered, the organization warns. [nypost]
15 Ways ‘Love Actually’ Has Influenced Your Love Life – This Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the wonderful, romantic, Christmas-y mess that is Love Actually. Click to see how it changed YOUR life. [mashable]
Star Wars: Episode VII Finally Has a Release Date – Jedi, smugglers and wookies of the world, rejoice — Star Wars: Episode VII finally has an official release date: December 18, 2015, just in time for the holiday season. [time]
Russell Brand And Jemima Khan Confirm Romance – They’ve had us guessing as to whether or not their romance is on, and now Russell Brand and Jemima Khan appear to have confirmed they are a couple. [hello]
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