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Huffington Post’s unpaid bloggers lose bid for share of AOL sale

Bloggers hoping to put themselves on a more robust financial footing and close the gap between them and fully paid journalists are vowing to fight on after a New York court dismissed their multi-million-dollar lawsuit against the Huffington Post calling for compensation for exploitation of its army of unpaid commentators.…

Russian grannies set for Eurovision stardom

With shoes made from lime tree bark, a few simple dance moves and a charming song, a group of Russian grannies from the foothills of the Ural mountains are aiming for Eurovision stardom. Despite a lack of any obvious showbusiness attributes, the Buranovskiye Babushki (the Buranovo Grannies), a group of…

Files: Rupert Murdoch-linked pirate website targeted rivals

By Jamie Doward, The Observer Internet forums gave advice on how to hack into ITVDigital and cable television companies A computer piracy website, secretly supported by one of Rupert Murdoch’s companies, openly promoted advice on how to hack BSkyB’s rivals, according to documents obtained by the Observer. Emails obtained by this…

Arizona law would criminalize being lewd or annoying on the Internet

The Arizona state legislature apparently finds it difficult to tell the difference between a telephone and the Internet and has passed a bill that would extend the definition of harassment originally devised for phone conversations to anything communicated or published online. As summarized by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund,…

Richard Branson hatches April Fool’s Day plan to journey to the center of the Earth

NEW YORK — British billionaire Richard Branson may have lost his race to the bottom of the ocean, but not his sense of humor, declaring Friday a faux plan to top his adventure rivals by voyaging to the center of the Earth. The impossible journey was announced, tongue jammed in…

Keith Olbermann booted from Current TV effective immediately

Keith Olbermann, the famously fiery liberal anchor who left MSNBC in a huff just over a year ago to join the fledgling network, will be replaced as of tonight, reports the New York Times’ Brian Stelter. In a series of Tweets issued from Olbermann’s account after the story broke, he…

Fox News host urges viewers to ‘vote Republican’

It’s no secret that Fox News leans to the right, but one host may have crossed the line on Friday when he actively encouraged viewers to “vote Republican” if they didn’t like big government. During an interview with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy seemed to…

‘Cooking with Poo’ wins oddest book title prize

Recipe book derives its title from community chef and author Saiyuud Diwong’s nickname, which is Thai for crab If 30-minute meals with Jamie or domestic goddessdom with Nigella fail to tempt this evening then it might be worth considering the latest big thing in home cuisine, Cooking with Poo, which…

De La Soul duo return with ‘First Serve’ concept album

Two thirds of US hip hop pioneers De La Soul, proponents of a jazz-flavoured sound a world away from gangsta rap, are back, with an album born of a chance encounter with a pair of French producers. The album and the new duo share a name, “First Serve”, and see De La…

James Cameron back from the deep for ‘Titanic’ 3D launch

LONDON — “Titanic” director James Cameron hit the red carpet in London on Tuesday for the launch of the Oscar-winning film’s 3D version, as the 100th anniversary of the legendary ship’s sinking approaches. The US filmmaker jetted into the British capital fresh from his seven-mile (11.2 kilometre) submarine dive to…

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