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Magazine editor seeks to reveal identity of forum poster

The editor of a hip hop entertainment magazine and his wife are seeking a court order to disclose the identity of an anonymous online critic. In November and December of 2010, a poster using the name BETonBlack called Jermaine Hall, the editor of Vibe magazine, an “Uncle Tom” for marrying…

Was Gandhi Gay?

In his Wall Street Journal review of Joseph Lelyveld’s Great Soul, a biography of Mohandas Gandhi, conservative historian Andrew Roberts calls Gandhi “a ceaseless self-promoter”, a “sexual weirdo, a political incompetent and a fanatical faddist” and accuses the revered Indian leader of repeatedly botching his nation’s independence movement. In subsequent…

Knut the polar bear died of epilepsy, autopsy shows

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Knut, the celebrity orphan polar bear who drew thousands of visitors to Berlin zoo, died after an epileptic fit, according to neurologists quoted by Focus magazine. A CAT scan had revealed abormalities in the brain of the bear, who may have inherited epilepsy from his father Lars, also a…

Maher: GOP birthers think Obama’s race is “un-American”

Bill Maher, upon learning that 51 percent of Republican voters now believe that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, thus making the GOP majority birthers, he asked his conservative panel, “At what point do you say, I can’t be a Republican anymore?” Maher attributed the birthers’…

Appeal to keep Twitter data out of WikiLeaks probe filed

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) – Internet rights attorneys appealed a US judge’s order that Twitter must hand over data of three users in contact with the controversial website WikiLeaks. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenged the March 3 ruling on behalf of Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta…

Breaking: Geraldine A. Ferraro, first female VP candidate, dies at age 75

Geraldine A. Ferraro died Saturday morning of complications related to blood cancer, according to a statement released by her family. She was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1998, and lived with the cancer for 12 years. She was 75 years old when she passed. Ferraro was the first female vice…

More Facebook friends may mean more instability for African leaders, data shows

Africa-focused blogger Ethan Zuckerman has analyzed some data that Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan may want to take a look at. Zuckerman stumbled upon some Africa-related datasets, the most interesting of which lists the number of Facebook friends that various African leaders have. Goodluck Jonathan is the most popular, boasting 341,759…

OMG! FYI, the OED is like all TMI. Can we still be BFF? LOL.

The venerable Oxford English Dictionary has entered the age of Internet memes. In an statement posted on Friday, which begins by rhapsodizing about significant revisions to words in the “R” range — including rotund, rude, rumble, and ruthless — the editors go on to note that they have also made…

Liz Taylor: James Dean was molested by minister

LOS ANGELES — “Rebel Without a Cause” screen legend James Dean was molested by his childhood minister, according to an interview with Elizabeth Taylor published Friday. Hollywood icon Taylor, who died this week aged 79, revealed Dean’s secret in an interview given 14 years ago, but requested that it not…

Journalism Online sold to Chicago printer

WASHINGTON – Journalism Online, a company started two years ago to help newspapers and magazines collect revenue from online readers, was sold on Thursday to Chicago-based printing firm RR Donnelley. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. Journalism Online was launched in April 2009 by three veteran US media…

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