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Yiddish newspaper gives ‘dying’ language new life

It’ll be computer scrolling, not ancient scrolls, for Jewish culture lovers when the world’s most famous Yiddish newspaper relaunches its website Monday in a bid to stave off extinction. Forverts, founded in 1897 when Yiddish-speaking Jews from Eastern Europe were pouring into America, has been shrinking relentlessly in recent decades…

Newsweek company renames as ‘NewsBeast’

The operator of the erstwhile news magazine Newsweek, which became a solely digital publication last year after 80 years in print, officially became “NewsBeast” on Friday, its parent company said. The corporate rebranding appeared to leave unchanged the separate online brands of Newsweek and The Daily Beast, which merged in…

‘Downton Abbey’ fan creates show-inspired cookbook

Sizzling British hit “Downton Abbey” has stolen the hearts of its legions of avid fans, but one viewer hopes the television show will steal its way to their stomachs as well. Canadian culinary historian Pamela Foster has crafted a cookbook based on the early 20th century British cuisine featured in…

Steve Jobs depicted with ‘love and respect’, say new film’s co-stars

Ashton Kutcher and Josh Gad have defended their biopic of Steve Jobs as an accurate depiction of the origins of Apple. Kutcher and Gad, who play Jobs and Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak respectively in the forthcoming release – called, simply, Jobs – rebuffed complaints from Wozniak that the film bungled elements…

Beyonce to sing live at the Super Bowl

Beyonce vowed Thursday to sing live at her Super Bowl half-time show, confirming she sang along to a pre-recorded recording of the US national anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration. The chart-topping pop diva kicked off a press conference in New Orleans ahead of Sunday’s American football event by singing…

New York Times says they were victim of hackers possibly tied to China’s military

The New York Times said it had fallen victim to hackers possibly connected to China’s military, linking the attacks to its expose of the vast wealth amassed by a top leader’s family. The hackers have over the past four months infiltrated computer systems and snatched staff passwords, and their probing…

Time Inc. to slash hundreds of jobs

Time Inc. said Wednesday it was cutting several hundred jobs as the US publishing giant streamlines to adapt to a “multi-platform” media landscape. Laura Lang, chief executive at the media unit of Time Warner, said the group was “beginning the painful process” of cutting “approximately six percent” of its 8,000…

‘Gomer Pyle’ actor marries male partner of 38 years

Jim Nabors, the 84-year-old actor who played the character Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and on his own “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” show, married his male partner, Stan Cadwallader, 64, in a ceremony in Seattle, Washington. According to the Associated Press, the two men traveled from their home in…

January Fox News ratings lowest since 2001

The Fox News Channel, the largest conservative media outlet, suffered its worst month since 2001 in January among the most coveted viewer demographic, according to the latest ratings figures. A press release from the NBC Media Center reported that Nielsen ratings for the month of January showed Fox News viewership…

U.S. ranked 32nd in press freedom index

Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday launched a new indicator measuring global press freedom by aggregating the scores of its annual index, from perennial table-topping Finland to worst offenders Eritrea. “In view of the emergence of new technologies and the interdependence of governments and peoples, the freedom to produce and circulate…

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