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Robin Williams gave us a lifelong masterclass in comedy

By Stayci Taylor, RMIT University American actor and stand-up comedian Robin Williams has died today, aged 63. Today, Barack Obama posted a statement about his death and noted, in a rather odd turn of phrase, that “he arrived in our lives as an alien”. Williams’ break-out role was as the…

The power of funny cats: BuzzFeed valued at more than three times The Washington Post

It is only eight years old and best-known for collating funny videos of cats and so-called “listicles” of trivia (such as 40 Things That Will Make You Feel Old), but viral internet sensation BuzzFeed was on Monday valued at more than three times as much as The Washington Post, the venerable US…

Chuck Todd will reportedly replace David Gregory as host of NBC’s Meet the Press

David Gregory, the embattled host of NBC’s Sunday morning flagship, Meet the Press, is reportedly on his way out, to be replaced by NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd. According to Mike Allen’s morning  political cheat sheet,  Politico Playbook, Gregory’s run on the venerable Sunday morning news show may…

Venture capitalist Andreessen Horowitz invests $50 million in BuzzFeed

Venture Capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is investing $50 million in BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment website known for producing advertising-sponsored “listicles” that go viral. Chris Dixon, a general partner at the venture capital firm, said in a blog post that he would be joining BuzzFeed’s board. His arrival comes…

Writing on the wall: Graffiti copyright battles pit artists against advertisers

Graffiti is sometimes considered a lesser art as it is either produced illegally or just displayed on the streets and therefore outside the official art gallery circuit. Yet graffiti, and street art more generally, can be as creative and original as anything you’ll find in an traditional venue; it can…

ESPN suspends Max Kellerman for Ray Rice-related domestic violence comments

Kellerman acknowledged hitting his girlfriend several years ago during a radio interview. …

Amazon invokes Orwell in war with publishers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The plot of the Amazon-Hachette battle over ebook prices just acquired a strange literary twist. Amazon is asking readers to help in its running dispute with Hachette Book Group by emailing Hachette’s CEO. But it may have missed the mark when it picked on English writer George…

Online petition for ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic to play at Super Bowl zooms past 75,000 signatures

WASHINGTON (AFP) – An online petition to get chart-topping parody singer “Weird Al” Yankovic to headline the highly coveted Super Bowl half-time show blasted past the 75,000-name mark Thursday, a day after its launch. If successful, the pitch to the National Football League (NFL) would see the 1980s pop-culture icon…

Twitter mocks shoddy Associated Press treatment of Renisha McBride verdict

The Associated Press was criticized on Thursday for its online posts regarding the verdict against the Michigan man who shot and killed 19-year-old Renisha McBride, the Huffington Post reported. In reporting on 55-year-old Theodore Wafer’s conviction on second-degree murder charges for killing McBride out of “fear,” the AP posted this…

Obama: Egypt should release Al-Jazeera journalists

US President Barack Obama called Wednesday for the release of three Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to prison in Egypt for allegedly defaming the country. Speaking at the end of a US-Africa summit, Obama said that the United States insists on the right of journalists to practice their trade as a critical…

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