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Celebrity, scandal merge at French HuffPost launch

Celebrity, scandal and new media converged in Paris Monday as shamed IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s wife returned to the spotlight to launch Le Huffington Post, a French take on the US news website. Anne Sinclair insisted her private life would not in any way affect news coverage in the first…

Fox News host: Gingrich will ‘take the head off’ Obama

Fox News host Steve Doocy used some violent imagery on Monday to describe how President Barack Obama would fair in a debate against Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. “Newt was really able to make hay, and some analyst say, you know, it was his performance in the first and second…

India ‘to complain to U.S. over Jay Leno temple gag’

India is to formally object to a joke by US TV host Jay Leno in which he said that the Golden Temple, the holiest shrine for Sikhs, was a summer home for wealthy presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Minister Vayalar Ravi termed the gag by “The Tonight Show” host as “quite unfortunate and quite objectionable” and said…

Megaupload loses its top lawyer over conflict of interest

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Content-sharing Internet service Megaupload.com has lost the help of one of the best-known U.S. defense lawyers as it begins to fight charges of copyright infringement, a person familiar with the matter said. Robert Bennett was required to withdraw from the case because of a conflict involving at…

Vinyl records are back. Again.

In the brave new world of MP3 players, compact discs are dying, cassettes are Stone Age, and old-fashioned vinyl records… they’re back! It might seem that nothing short of a wind-up gramophone could be more out of place today than the nostalgia-laden, crackly-sounding 33 and 45 RPM disc. Yet in…

Online ad revenue overtakes newsprint in China

China’s revenue from online advertising was higher than the equivalent in newsprint for the first time in 2011, a study by the market research firm iResearch said, quoted in the Global Times Saturday. Web advertising in the world’s second largest economy generated 51.19 billion yuan ($8.11 billion), while newsprint advertising brought in 45.36 billion…

Filmmakers capture ‘human view’ of Palestinian village

Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat spent five years filming his village’s resistance to Israeli settlers — and brought his intimate but powerful documentary to the Sundance film festival. Co-directed with Israeli Guy Davidi, “5 Broken Cameras” was shown in competition on the first weekend of the world-renowned independent film festival, which…

Blues legend Etta James dead at 73

LOS ANGELES — Legendary US blues and soul singer Etta James, best known for her 1960 hit “At Last,” died Friday of complications from leukemia, her manager said. She was 73. James, who flitted effortlessly from jazz, pop and love ballads to feisty R&B and who plunged into drug addiction…

British authorities revoke Iran’s Press TV license

British authorities on Friday revoked the licence of Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster’s English-language outlet, saying the channel had breached a string of regulations. Ofcom, the independent broadcasting watchdog, said in a statement that Press TV failed to obey a rule that its licence should be held by its Tehran…

US shutdown of sharing site draws hacker retaliation

US authorities have shut down one of the largest file-sharing websites and charged seven people with copyright crimes, sparking a retaliatory cyber attack on the FBI and Justice Department websites. The two government sites were up and running again early Friday after being shut down for several hours in an…

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