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Google fears web crackdown after Arab uprisings

DUBLIN — Google chairman Eric Schmidt on Monday warned that the ongoing Arab uprisings could lead to an upsurge in internet censorship and an increased risk of arrest for colleagues working in restive nations. Speaking at the Summit Against Violent Extremism in Dublin, Schmidt claimed regimes were keen to clamp…

Dodgers file for bankruptcy protection

LOS ANGELES — Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy protection Monday in an effort to restructure its debt, court documents showed. The petition was filed in Delaware by the Los Angeles Dodgers Holding Company under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code. It lists debts to current…

Actor Peter Falk dies at age 83

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Peter Falk, an Emmy winning actor who played the absent-minded but smart police detective Columbo on hit 1970′s television show “Columbo,” has died, a family attorney said on Friday. “Peter Falk, 83 year-old Academy Award nominee and star of television series, Columbo, died peacefully at his…

Olbermann: New show looks to reclaim independence of TV news

Speaking to reporters Friday, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann said his new show on the Current TV network would look to reclaim something that’s long since vanished from television newsrooms: independence. “What we’re trying to do is something that is utterly different than what has been done with television news…

Entertainment industry rolls out support for Protect IP Act

WASHINGTON – Screenwriters who have shaped television programs such as The Late Show With David Letterman, CBS Radio News, How I Met Your Mother and Law & Order told a roomful of Capitol Hill staffers on Tuesday that a clampdown on Internet piracy would be consistent with the principles of…

Nintendo unveils second generation Wii at E3 conference

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Nintendo on Tuesday provided the first glimpse of a second-generation Wii console designed to dispel notions its system is not up to the standards of “hardcore” videogame players. “Wii U” builds on the Japanese videogame titan’s record of hardware innovation with a controller that combines a…

Libya’s Gaddafi vows to fight until death

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi vowed on Tuesday in a speech broadcast live on state television to fight to the end, after NATO intensified air strikes on Tripoli. “We only have one choice: we will stay in our land dead or alive,” he said in the fiery audio…

Katie Couric signs deal for ABC talk show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Katie Couric has signed a multi-year deal with ABC television to host and produce her own syndicated daytime talk show starting in September 2012, ABC said on Monday. Couric, 54, will also contribute to other ABC News programs starting this summer, anchoring specials and contributing interviews,…

Syrian TV says 120 killed in northwestern town

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian state television said the number of people killed in an attack by gunmen on a security post in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour had risen to 82, raising the overall death toll in the town to 120. Powered by Mochila…

After 25 years, TV megastar Oprah cedes stage

CHICAGO (AFP) – Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey bade farewell to her trailblazing television program Wednesday, ending 25 years of intimate star confessions and telling loyal fans they had been the love of her life. In a program taped one day earlier at Oprah’s Harpo Studios in Chicago, Winfrey took…

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