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Grammys to honor late Steve Jobs for contribution to music

LOS ANGELES — The Grammys will pay special tribute to late Apple founder Steve Jobs, Brazil’s Tom Jobim — of “Girl from Ipanema” fame — and US singer Diana Ross at the upcoming awards show, the organization announced Wednesday. The Apple co-founder and mind behind the wildly popular iPod, iPad…

Viacom faces lawsuit over ‘What What (In the Butt)’ South Party parody

After accusing YouTube of rampant copyright infringement, media giant Viacom has found an unusual ally in a fight over its own use of copyrighted material. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed an amicus brief in support of Viacom over a parody of a popular online video called “What What…

CoverGirl pulls ‘enhanced’ Taylor Swift mascara ad

WASHINGTON — A mascara ad featuring Taylor Swift has been pulled from US magazines following a complaint that it had been digitally altered to enhance the looks of the chart-topping country music star. The National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Council of Better Business Bureaus Claims said Proctor and Gamble,…

Piers Morgan claims no knowledge of hacking during time at Daily Mirror

CNN chat show host Piers Morgan told the British press ethics inquiry Tuesday that he had no reason to believe phone hackingwent on at the Daily Mirror during his editorship of the tabloid. Morgan did not want to elaborate on the circumstances in which he heard a voice message left by Beatles star Paul McCartney on his…

Olbermann: Nugent an ‘a**hole’ for insulting Occupy protesters

Current TV host Keith Olbermann called conservative rocker Ted Nugent an “asshole” on Monday for writing that Occupy Wall Street protesters were “dirtballs” and “dirty hippies.” In his Washington Times column last week, Nugent said that “watching the cops pounce on and pepper-spray a few Occupy stooges and then drag…

Zuckerberg, Lady Gaga among top U.S. young achievers: Forbes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, human rights activist Ronan Farrow and pop stars Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber are people to watch, according to Forbes magazine’s list of top-achieving people under age 30. Artist JR, 28, who creates large scale guerrilla photo installations, film producer David Ellison, the…

Imus: Former Cheney aide ‘smoking meth’ to think Gingrich can win

Fox Business host Don Imus says you would have to be high to believe former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) can win against President Barack Obama in the general election. On Monday, Imus told Mary Matalin, a former advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, that she must be “smoking meth”…

New York Times to sell 16 regional papers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Times Co is nearing a sale of 16 regional newspapers spread across the Southeast and California to Halifax Media Holdings, it said on Monday. The possible sale, news of which comes just days after New York Times Co announced the sudden retirement of…

Parody: Santa 2012 candidate promises ‘no presents for gays’

It’s been difficult for Kris Kringle to deliver presents around the world in tough economic times — and now several challengers are looking to the 2012 election to claim the title of Santa Claus. In Funny or Die’s parody of current campaign advertisements, candidates for Santa 2012 are attacking the…

O’Reilly: Romney, Gingrich will ‘say anything’ to win

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly doesn’t understand why anyone would listen to Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich because “[t]hey’ll say anything” to win the GOP nomination. CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla asked O’Reilly on Monday if Gingrich could move ahead by attacking Romney for making millions while laying off…

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