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Reddit blocks Gawker in controversy over ‘creepshot’ photos

Free speech row after journalist sought to reveal identity of man running forums featuring extreme adult content Blog network Gawker has found itself engaged in a vicious exchange with users of content sharing and recommendations website Reddit’s sleazier sub-forums after a journalist began investigating extreme adult content on the site.…

Affleck film ‘Argo’ recounts Hollywood role in Iran crisis

AFP - Actor-director Ben Affleck’s latest movie tells the incredible story of Hollywood’s role in an attempt to get a group of US diplomats out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. “Argo,” Affleck’s third film behind the camera, is set against the backdrop of the Iranian revolution and the international…

Indian state drops cartoonist’s sedition charge

AFP - Indian prosecutors dropped sedition charges Friday against a cartoonist whose arrest over his anti-corruption drawings outraged freedom of speech campaigners, his lawyer said. Aseem Trivedi, whose online cartoons include the national parliament depicted as a huge toilet bowl, was detained in Mumbai early last month before being released four…

Pussy Riot ruling sows division says Russia media

AFP - The court ruling that saw one member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot walk free from court has generated new tensions in a case that is far from over, Russian media reported on Thursday. A Russian appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly ordered the release of Yekaterina Samutsevich, but…

Rolling stones release new song on greatest hits album

A new song by the Rolling Stones, one of two included in their forthcoming “Grrr!” greatest hits album, will be released on Thursday, the group’s Universal record label said. “Doom and Gloom”, recorded in Paris over the summer, will be broadcast by radio stations and available as a digital download…

Lady Gaga and Julian Assange meet in London

LONDON — US pop star Lady Gaga has visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at London’s Ecuadorian embassy, where he is currently seeking refuge, photos published on her website showed Tuesday. Gaga met with the former hacker for dinner at the embassy on Monday after launching her new perfume at the…

Study: French online classifieds now outnumber print

French online classified advertisements exceeded ads in print publications for the first in 2011, the Xerfi-Percepta market research firm said on Tuesday, but warned of a slowdown of spectacular growth. “While online classifieds jumped by 17 percent last year, print classifieds fell by 2.6 percent from 2010,” a Xerfi-Percepta study…

Jack Welch resigns as Fortune Magazine contributor

Less than a week after accusing the government of falsifying federal unemployment data, former General Electrics CEO Jack Welch resigned his position as a contributor to Fortune magazine Tuesday. “Jack Welch has left our building, metaphorically that is,” the magazine’s senior editor, Stephen Gandel, wrote Tuesday. “Welch said he will…

Report: Immigration officials took no action against undocumented journalist

Immigration officials took no action against undocumented journalist Jose Antonio Vargas following his arrest Friday in Minnesota, Politico reports. Vargas was picked up and charged with driving without a license Friday morning in Hennepin County, which participates in the Secure Communities collaboration program between local law enforcement and U.S. Immigrations…

New York Times staff members prepare to stage walkout

New York Times staff members are scheduled to walk out on their jobs Monday afternoon as a response to stalled labor negotiations. The Huffington Post reported that the walkout will take place at 3:35 p.m. local time and last for “a few minutes,” per an email sent to members of…

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