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Al Jazeera acquires Al Gore’s Current TV

The Qatar-owned media network Al Jazeera has agreed to purchase Current TV, which was founded in 2005 by former Vice President Al Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt. “We are proud and pleased that Al Jazeera, the award-winning international news organization, has bought Current TV,” Gore and Hyatt said in a…

Uganda drops charges against British producer of gay play David Cecil

A Ugandan court on Wednesday dismissed charges against a British theatre producer accused of staging a play about gay people in the country without proper authorisation, his lawyer said, citing lack of evidence. David Cecil, 34, had faced up to two years in prison on charges of “disobeying lawful orders”.…

New York Times reporter Chris Buckley forced to leave China after critical report on Premier Wen Jiabao

A New York Times reporter has been forced to leave China, two months after the newspaper carried a critical report on the wealth of the family of Premier Wen Jiabao. Mr Chris Buckley, who has worked in China as a journalist since 2000, left for Hong Kong on Monday after…

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner marries for third time at 86

Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner has tied the knot for the third time, marrying a former Playmate 60 years his junior in an intimate New Year’s Eve ceremony at the Playboy Mansion. Hefner, 86, and Crystal Harris, 26, announced the nuptials on their Twitter feeds — @hughhefner and @crystalhefner —…

Oscars voting extended after online poll gripes

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said it has extended voting for the 2013 Oscars, after reports of problems with a new online polling system. The elite movie industry body is giving its voting members an extra day — the deadline will be this Friday at 5:00 pm…

Amazon apologizes for outage that sidelined Netflix

Amazon on Monday said it was sorry for a Web Services mishap that put online film streaming service Netflix out of commission on Christmas Eve. “We want to apologize,” Amazon said in a message posted at its website. “We know how critical our services are to our customers’ businesses, and…

BBC reporter claims to have found Scientologists’ ‘alien space cathedral’

A BBC reporter and longtime rival of the controversial Church of Scientology said he has found and traveled to an “alien space cathedral” it built in rural New Mexico, according to the British newspaper The Daily Mail. John Sweeney said he went to the site, allegedly known as Trementina Base,…

Tribune media company to emerge from bankruptcy

Tribune Company, a US media conglomerate whose assets include The Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times newspapers, announced that it will successfully emerge from its bankruptcy restructuring Monday. “Tribune will emerge from the bankruptcy process as a multi-media company with a great mix of profitable assets, strong brands in major…

German weekly publishes Bush Sr.’s obit by mistake

The Germany weekly Der Spiegel published an obituary for George H. W. Bush by mistake, reported the AP/CBS New York. The former president was hospitalized on Nov. 23. He was temporarily put in an intensive care unit but is now in a regular unit. The weekly tweeted, “All newsrooms prepare…

Goodbye ‘chillaxing,’ hello ‘omnishambles’: the phrases that fell in and out of fashion this year

How our language is changing It is often claimed, usually by people justifying offences against grammar, that language evolves. It doesn’t. Evolution implies gradual change over a long period. It also contains the notion of fitness prevailing. In reality, language mutates. Each year sees standard usage deformed while new idioms,…

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