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Paul McCartney shows how music is becoming a multimedia experience

By Adrian North, Curtin University Stranger – Goldfrapp. Paul McCartney has released five of his classic post-Beatles albums as tablet apps. Band on the Run, RAM, McCartney, McCartney 2, and Wings Over America contain interviews, video footage, artwork and photos in addition to the music itself, and you still get…

‘We wrote it for Alan’: Pet Shop Boys take their Turing opera to the Proms

At this week’s Proms, the pop trailblazers will celebrate Alan Turing, the computer pioneer and Enigma codebreaker persecuted for his homosexuality. They tell Jude Rogers about the project’s genesis, and of their admiration for him This Wednesday night, 23 July, one of the great pioneering bands of electronic music will…

Russia Today defends crash coverage: ‘We have different definitions of truth’

Russia Today, the Kremlin-funded international news agency, pushed back against accusations from one its former correspondents that it is a propaganda outlet for the Putin administration, explaining ” We have different definitions of truth.” Reacting to the highly publicized departure of Sara Firth, who resigned over the network’s coverage of…

RT reporter quits over MH17 coverage: ‘We’re lying and finding sexier ways to do it’

A London-based reporter for Russia Today resigned Friday in protest over the network’s coverage of the recent Malaysia Airlines plane crash. Sara Firth, who has worked for RT since 2009, announced her resignation via Twitter, writing: “I resigned today from RT. I have huge respect for many in the team,…

Supreme Court will not hear copyright plea from ‘Sherlock Holmes’ author’s heirs

Washington (AFP) – The US Supreme Court refused Thursday to hear a plea filed by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s heirs, although the final outcome of the dispute remains a mystery likely to land Sherlock Holmes before the high court again. Justice Elena Kagan dismissed a plea by the Scottish author’s…

Bill Maher compares Hamas to ‘crazy woman’ who ‘you have to slap’

Real Time host Bill Maher was criticized online Thursday night for a post on Twitter comparing the Palestinian militant group Hamas to a “crazy woman” that needed to be slapped, amid the latest Israeli offensive in Gaza. “Dealing w/ Hamas is like dealing w/ a crazy woman who’s trying to…

Singapore bans ‘Archie’ comics featuring married gay characters

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Singapore has banned a volume of the long-running Archie comic series because its depiction of same-sex marriage was deemed to breach local “social norms”, the city-state’s media watchdog said Wednesday. Archie: The Married Life Book Three was banned in March after a complaint from a member of…

Report: Rupert Murdoch still ‘determined to buy Time Warner’

New York (AFP) – Rupert Murdoch’s conglomerate said Wednesday it made an unsuccessful bid for rival Time Warner which could shake up the media-entertainment world. The bid by 21st Century Fox, which would merge two of the world’s biggest media-entertainment empires if allowed to proceed, was for $80 billion, a…

CA lawmakers call for Fox News’ Bob Beckel to resign over anti-Asian slur

By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) – Two California politicians have called for a host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” program to resign, saying Bob Beckel’s use of the term “Chinamen” was racist. The pundit is facing criticism for using the word on air last week as well as…

Angelina Jolie to visit island of Nauru to check refugee facilities

Hollywood star and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation to visit the small island of Nauru where Australia sends asylum-seekers for processing and resettlement, the government said Monday. Jolie, a UN goodwill ambassador, was invited by the Pacific island nation’s President Baron Waqa when they met at…

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