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The Guardian turns readers into newshounds

A newspaper has thrown open its office doors, let the readers stride in, and invited them to peer over reporters’ shoulders — digitally, at least. The website of the left-leaning Guardian daily is publishing its ‘newslist’ — a schedule of stories its journalists are working on — and asking readers…

Black Sabbath to reunite for new album, tour

Heavy metal legends Black Sabbath are to reunite to make a new album and tour, the original four members of the band led by Ozzy Osbourne have announced. The group, whose hits include “Paranoid” and “Iron Man,” unveiled their plans at the legendary Whisky a Go Go club on Sunset…

James Murdoch rejects ‘mafia boss’ comparison

James Murdoch angrily rejected claims Thursday that he was like a “mafia boss” and denied misleading MPs about the extent of his knowledge of phone-hacking at the News of the World. In heated exchanges with MPs who were grilling him for a second time about the now-defunct tabloid, the News…

Billy Crystal steps in to host Oscars after gay slur row

LOS ANGELES — Oscars veteran Billy Crystal stepped in Thursday to host this year’s Academy Awards show, after actor Eddie Murphy pulled out following a row over a producer’s anti-gay comments. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hailed Crystal — who has hosted the top Hollywood awards eight…

Jay-Z cashes in on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement with merchandise

Hip hop artist Jay-Z has joined a slew of other companies looking to profit off the energy behind the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. His Rocawear clothing label plans to begin selling “Occupy All Streets” shirts on Friday, which Jay-Z donned during a backstage appearance with hip hop pioneer and “Occupy”…

James O’Keefe laughed out of journalism school

Right-wing media darling James O’Keefe, whose deceptive pranks have caused serious harm to organizations such as ACORN and National Public Radio, found himself on the other side of the stick this week during a visit to Columbia University’s school of journalism. O’Keefe was ostensibly pursuing his latest project: trying to…

FBI: Hackers manipulated Internet ads, generating millions in payments

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said this week that hackers in Estonia have been arrested for using malware to replace legitimate Web advertising with their own ads, generating millions in revenue that would have instead gone to publishers. Overall, some 4 million computers were affected by the scheme, which…

James Murdoch turns on other execs in hacking probe

LONDON, Nov 10 (Reuters) – James Murdoch blamed other senior News Corp executives on Thursday for not telling him more about potential evidence of widespread phone-hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid that he oversaw. In a second questioning by British parliamentarians, Murdoch, who is fighting to keep…

Biographer discusses the life of Kurt Vonnegut, ‘a disenchanted American’

(Reuters Life!) – Kurt Vonnegut liked to show visitors the dictionary. “Look me up,” he would say. “Nothing. Now look up Jack Kerouac.” The author of “Cat’s Cradle,” “Slaughterhouse 5,” and “Breakfast of Champions,” who died in 2007, was frustrated by his standing in American letters and felt he was…

GOP debate audience boos CNBC anchor over sexual harassment question

Throughout the campaign season the audiences at Republican presidential debates haven’t been shy about making their opinions known — and Wednesday’s CNBC debate was no exception. CNBC moderator Maria Bartiromo immediately felt the crowd’s wrath as soon as she asked Herman Cain about the sexual harassments allegations against him. “Mr.…

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