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Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show ratings soar, Fox News slumps in May numbers

Comedy Central and “The Daily Show” both surged in the May Nielsen ratings, posting their best numbers yet. “The Daily Show” dominated its time slot across all of television, cable and broadcast, and boasted a very impressive 19 percent increase in viewership in May alone. Meanwhile, according to Mediabistro’s TV…

Film takes behind-the-scenes look at school shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mass school shootings fill TV screens with bloody images, newspapers with heart-wrenching accounts from terrified students, and pose searching questions about the motives of the young killers. But the movie “Beautiful Boy”, opening in U.S. theaters on Friday, puts a rare spotlight on the anguished parents of a teen…

Greenpeace activists arrested for Greenland oil rig protest

COPENHAGEN (AFP) – Two Greenpeace activists who scaled an oil rig off the western coast of Greenland at the weekend to protest oil prospecting in the Arctic were arrested overnight, police and the environmental group said Thursday. “Last night, the police decided the time was right, and we arrested the…

New York Times names first woman executive editor

NEW YORK (AFP) – The New York Times announced on Thursday that Bill Keller was stepping down as executive editor and would be replaced by Jill Abramson, the first woman to hold the top editorial post at the newspaper. Abramson, a native New Yorker, joined the Times in 1997 from…

Facebook, Zuckerberg say ownership contract forged

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook Inc founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said an alleged contract and emails that a New York man says entitle him to a huge stake in the social networking website are “forgeries.” In a filing in the U.S. District Court in Buffalo, New York, Facebook and…

Republican pizza CEO ‘raising Cain’ with odd campaign music video

How many words rhyme with “Cain”? If “pain” was one of the first to spring to mind, then perhaps you’ve already seen the new presidential campaign video by former pizza CEO Hermain Cain. Homespun in the purest sense of the word, footage shows the Republican longshot candidate pitching himself as…

Warner Bros unveils Hobbit film names, release dates

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – US film giant Warner Bros has revealed the titles of the two long-delayed upcoming “The Hobbit” movies, prequels to the Tolkien epic “Lord of the Rings” by Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson. “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is due to be released in December 2012, while “The…

DC Comics relaunching Justice League series at issue No. 1

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – DC Comics will reset the dial by renumbering its lineup of superhero comics when it releases 52 issues tagged No. 1, starting with its famed Justice League series, the company said on Tuesday. The publisher behind Superman and Batman also plans to redesign costumes for many…

PBS decries “chilling” cyber attack

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – The US non-profit Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) denounced hacker strikes on its news websites as “chilling and irresponsible” attacks on journalism. PBS was targeted by hackers in retaliation for an in-depth look at whistle blower website WikiLeaks in a “Frontline: Wiki Secrets” film broadcast last week,…

Hackers crack PBS content system, publish report claiming Tupac is ‘still alive’

U.S. public broadcaster PBS was attacked Sunday night by hackers who broke into their website’s content management system and published a fake report claiming that slain rapper Tupac was alive and well in New Zealand. The hackers who claimed responsibility called their group “The Lulz Boat.” In a message published…

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