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‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ wins Grammy for Record Of The Year

“Somebody That I Used to Know” by Gotye featuring Kimbra won the coveted Record of the Year award at the 55th Grammy Awards. The song beat “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson, “We Are Young” by fun., “Thinkin Bout You” by Frank…

Rupert Murdoch hints at ending UK paper’s topless photos

Topless models have featured in the Sun for 40 years but the media mogul tweeted that they may belong in the past For more than 40 years, campaigners have tried to kill off the Sun’s practice of printing photographs of topless women on Page 3 – but to no avail.…

‘Ferlinghetti’ explores the remarkable life of the poet-painter-activist

'Ferlinghetti' explores the remarkable life of the poet-painter-activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the founder of San Francisco’s legendary City Lights Bookstore.(Henny Ray Abrams/AP) The poet-painter-activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti is the subject of a wide-ranging knockabout jamboree of a documentary about his life, appropriately titled “Ferlinghetti.” Director Christopher…  …

‘Lincoln’ screenwriter apologizes for 15-second error pointed out by Connecticut representative

The screenwriter of “Lincoln,” which has 12 Oscar nominations, conceded on Friday that the taut political drama changed the historical record for “15 seconds,” after a lawmaker complained. Democratic Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut said a key scene the film was wrong to suggest that two congressmen from his state…

AOL shows signs of revival with gains in advertising

AOL is showing signs of revival with gains in advertising, a key toward the reinvention of the former Internet star as a media firm. AOL said Friday profits in the fourth quarter jumped 57 percent from a year earlier to $35.7 million, led by a rise in ad revenues. Total…

Hyperlocal news outlet EveryBlock calls it quits

EveryBlock, a hyperlocal website built on the promise of drawing customers with neighborhood-based news, wrote its own obituary on Thursday. “We’re sorry to report that EveryBlock has closed its doors,” said a blog posting on the site, owned by NBC News, part of the Comcast media group. “It’s no secret…

New York Times makes more money from readers than from ads

The New York Times Company said Thursday that its income from readers and subscribers overtook that of advertising for the first time in 2012, as the media group reported a boost in profits. The company, which is shifting focus from print to digital, said its fourth quarter profit more than…

Newspapers accused of ‘shameful’ complicity for hiding existence of secret U.S. drone base

US news organisations are facing accusations of complicity after it emerged that they bowed to pressure from the Obama administration not to disclose the existence on a secret drone base in Saudi Arabia despite knowing about it for a year. Amid renewed scrutiny over the Obama administration’s secrecy over its…

Murdoch’s News Corp doubles profits in 2012

News Corp said Wednesday it is on track to complete the split of the media-entertainment conglomerate by June, as the company reported a jump in profits from its accounting of broadcast operations. The Rupert Murdoch-led group said profits more than doubled to $2.38 billion, boosted by income from newly acquired…

Organizers find supersonic skydiver fell to Earth even faster than thought

Felix Baumgartner, the Austrian skydiver who jumped from the edge of space in October, fell at 1.25 times the speed of sound, even faster than thought, organisers said Wednesday. According to a final analysis by Baumgartner’s team Red Bull Stratos, the 43-year-old reached 1,357.6 kilometres (843.6 miles) an hour, or…

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