Up first, Barbie has won. the 4-year battle between the classic doll and the rival Bratz doll is over. A federal judge ordered MGA Entertainment to stop production of the Bratz dolls, after ordering a total of 10-million-dollars in payment to Mattel for copyright infringement and breach of contract. The jury found that the Bratz designer created the Bratz idea while he worked at Mattel, and the long-time company claims that Barbie sales decreased when the edgier Bratz hit the market in 2001.
And a San Diego teacher chose to sell advertisements for local businesses on his calculus exams. Tom Farber said that it's his solution to classroom budget cuts. He also said that he does not want this practice to be the norm and that the government should step up to help educators provide for their students. Farber used the 300-plus-dollar ad sales to pay for the costs of printing exams.
A Colorado man got charged with 2-counts of criminal libel due to his online Craiglist posting. The 40-year-old allegedly posted unflattering comments about his former lover on the website's 'Rants and Raves' section in November 2007. Specifically, the man reportedly suggested that the woman traded sexual favors for legal services from her attorney. The law being used to charge the man is in question as to if it is outdated - it's a state law from the 1800s that allows people to be jailed for the content of their speech or writing. Distributed by Tubemogul.
There's a little birdie in town saying that Paris Hilton wants to be the next Disney star. The infamous Page Six reported that the socialite wants to play the role of Tinkerbell in a live-action version of the fairytale. In this particular remake, the sparkly, green-dusted fairy gets chance at life as a real girl.
Hollywood's seemingly perfect couple opened up that it simply ain't so. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith went on the records saying they're not perfect and they have bad days just like any other couple. Wifey Jada goes on to say that certain things drive each other crazy. The movie biz duo is still going 11-years strong.
And wrapping up, the Grammy noms got announced Wednesday night. With the most tallies, Lil Wayne had 8, followed by Coldplay with 7. Tied at 6 nominations, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo and Kanye West definitely did well. Some other winners-as-of-now, Adele scored 4 Grammy-nominations, Leona Lewis and Rhianna both received 3 among other mentions for Madonna, Robyn, M.I.A., Pink and Lady Gaga among other artists. Many industry-insiders are surprised that Katy Perry didn't get a Best New Artist nom, and that the Jonas Brothers got nominated for the newbie-title, especially since they really broke out in 2007 and already have 3 released albums. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Cyber Monday, the digital equivalent of Black Friday, took place this week as many online retailers offered huge discounts on popular consumer goods. The media has reported gloomy projections for retail sales for the season, even though Black Friday turned out to be a huge success this year, leading many analysts to wonder if the large amount of articles written about poor retail sales could turn into a self fulfilling prophecy.
NBC seems to be having a bit of trouble selling their remaining Super Bowl ad slots. The network announced in September that they had already sold 85 percent of the very expensive 30 second spots, but as of now, the Peacock has not been able to sell the remaining 8 slots. Companies hit hard by the economic crisis who have not purchased Super Bowl Ads include GM, FedEx, Chrysler, and Ford.
Turning to video games, Sumner Redstone sold off 87 percent of Midway Games to Mark Thomas. Redstone made the sale to help alleviate National Amusement's 1.6 billion dollar debt.
Facebook just keeps getting bigger. The extremely popular social networking site is looking to expand the reach of their Facebook Connect Service, which lets users log into multiple sites through their Facebook profile. New companies that will be weaved into the service include The Discovery Channel, The San Francisco Chronicle, DiGG, and Hulu. Launched in May, Facebook Connect can keep track of the activities of users on the connected third party sites and can update that information on the user's Facebook News Feed.
A huge deal may be in the works as the Times of London is reporting that Microsoft might buy Yahoo's extremely valuable Search Business for 20 billion dollars. Though the Times article included very detailed information on the deal, many of the parties named in the report denied the rumor, including the founder of Velocity Investment Group, who said that there is "no truth to it."
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President-elect Barack Obama met with US-governors on Tuesday and asked that each state representative help draft a new economic plan instead of simply implementing one. This comes one day after California governor Arnold Schwarzenneger declared fiscal emergency. Schwarzenegger called for immediate legislative action to help the 11.2-billion-dollar state deficit.
The FBI arrested the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama Monday on several federal charges. Some include conspiracy, bribery, fraud, money laundering and falsely filed income tax reports. Along with 2-others, Larry Langford is linked in a related indictment to criminal activity while he was a county commissioner between 2002 and 2006. Federal officials seek 7.6-million-dollars from each of the men.
An anonymous person dropped a 2-thousand-dollar donation into a Salvation Army kettle in Pennsylvania just before the Thanksgiving holiday. However, this donation was not money - it was a diamond ring. A local jeweler appraised the ring as a half-carat flawless diamond valued at 2-thousand dollars. And in the spirit of the giving season, just a few days later, a volunteer was given another diamond ring as a donation.
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Eva Longoria Parker is reportedly a closet smoker. The Desperate Housewives babe got caught by papparazzi lighting up while on a trip to Puerto Rico. The resulting photos get rid of the pregnancy rumors that were circulating the star.
Akon's assault trial has been put on hold for 2-more weeks. The singer got in trouble for tossing a 15-year-old fan from the stage at one of his concerts. Akon previously pled guilty to the charges on endangerment of a minor.
Now Miley Cyrus is practically eating her words from earlier this year when her pseudo-nude photo graced the cover of Vanity Fair. The Disney star recently got quoted as saying that she'd love to work with photographer Annie Liebovitz again and that foreign countries liked the controversial photo much more than the states because America is conservative.
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Flight attendants used duct tape to restrain a woman on a weekend flight who was reportedly acting unruly, fighting flight attendants and grabbing other passengers. According to the crew, the ankle cuffs used to keep the woman in her seat kept slipping off. One other passenger said she saw the New York woman drinking at a bar before boarding and she was stopped alcohol service on the flight due to her behavior. The woman is being charged with resisting arrest and interfering with operations on Thursday.
A Vermont man fired his gun inside his home 18-times after hearing the results of the Presidential race. The bullets found their way into neighboring homes, and the 34-year-old to police that he was celebrating the Obama victory. No one was injured in the shooting.
And Hostess finally gave-in to the diet-phase that’s swept the nation. The company decided to offer Twinkies in a 100-calorie serving size. Instead of simply slimming the 150-calorie classic down, Hostess chose to develop 3-individual round Twinkies. Some analysts say that this new cr
Carrie Underwood offered a public apology to Jessica Simpson after she announced her ex and Jess' current bf, Tony Romo, still calls her months after their split. In the December issue of Elle magazine, the American Idol singer said she regrets making the statement last August. Underwood also stated that she understands if Simpson got upset and that she never wanted to cause any drama.
Is it possible for the ABC hit Grey’s Anatomy to get even more dramatic? Of course. There’s gossip going around town that Brooke Smith – who plays Dr. Hahn – got the axe from the show. However, it’s also being said that it’s because the lesbian relationship with her love interest Dr. Torres, who’s played by Sara Ramirez, and who’s already a solid fixture on the drama, lacks the long-term chemistry and magic that is needed.
And the couple who put it all on the line to become engaged on this past season of The Bachelorette have called it quits. The chosen one, Jesse, revealed recently that DeAnna broke it off with him by saying ‘I love you, but I’m not in love with you.’ In the video posted on the previously engaged duo’s website, Jesse said that DeAnna’s a great person but she just doesn’t want to try anymore. Best of luck to those two… and the next season of The Bachelorette.
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Illinois senator Barack Obama took the presidential election over Arizona senator John McCain on Tuesday. In what many are calling a historic moment in America’s books, Obama will be the first African-American to be voted into the presidency. According to the latest numbers, Obama was ahead of the 270-point cutoff at 349 electoral votes as compared to McCain’s 163 votes.
This year’s race for Senate is still in the works. It appears that the Democrats have locked up the majority with 56-seats versus the Republicans’ 40-Senate seats. The 4-remaining seats are important ones, because if the Democrats gain the openings, the party would be able to stop filibusters. According to recent reports, a re-count for the Senate race in Minnesota will be likely, because the winning-margin for Republican incumbent Norm Coleman over Democrat Al Franken is at 700-votes and it’s state-policy to re-count if the margin of victory is less than 1-half-percent. It also seems that the state of Georgia will head for a runoff, after neither Senate candidate secured a majority vote.
And another questionable party-affiliation to further complicate the Senate head count is with Connecticut Senator, Joe Lieberman. As an Independent who has caucused with Democrats and supported the Republican presidential nominee, there’s no official word on which party he’s siding with in the Senate. However, both Barack Obama and John McCain said in their 2-separate speeches post-poll-closing that it’s important for all Americans – regardless of party-affiliation and who they voted for – to come together for creating solutions to our collective problems.
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Jessica Simpson helped rush her hairstylist BFF to the hospital after a late night run in with some paparazzi. It seems that Ken Paves helped escort Jess out of the Madeo restaurant and in the midst of the flashes, a camera hit the celeb salon pro near the eye... even drawing blood. The two reportedly made their way to the waiting car and rushed over to the local hospital.
Holly Madison may have moved on from her days as Hugh Hefner's girlfriend... already onto Criss Angel. According to reports, the Playboy girl accompanied the illusionist to his show opening in Vegas over the weekend. There's no official confirmation that the two are hooked up to each other, however, photogs have been catching them getting pretty cozy in recent weeks.
And the 22-year-old billionaire that grew up in the limelight from the time she was only 9-months old said she would never want her future children to pursue a career in Tinseltown. Ashley Olsen told media that the business has turned ugly - especially with the addition of paparazzi in recent years - and she would encourage a real job that's more important than yourself.
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Police in southern california discovered 5-bodies and continue to search out information linked to the murders. An anonymous caller tipped off Long Beach officers who were led to the area underneath the 405 freeway. It's being reported that the individuals were all located in a homeless camp and shot to death. Distributed by Tubemogul.
An 85-year-old woman got arrested for keeping a football that a neighborhood kid threw onto her property. Ohio police said that there was an ongoing feud in the area regarding children tossing sports balls into the woman’s yard. If convicted, she reportedly could face 6-months in jail and a 1-thousand-dollar fine.
President Bush announced he plans to host an economic summit with the world’s top leaders. He wants to discuss the current international financial crisis and said it’s essential that the government preserves the foundations of democratic capitalism.
Researchers discovered a field full of dinosaur tracks – more than 1-thousand to put it in perspective – and one scientist called the site a dinosaur dance floor. The dino footprints were found along the Arizona-Utah border. Also reportedly included in the southwest wilderness area are 2.4-inch-wide tail drag marks that are up to 24-feet long and only a dozen or so sites worldwide include tail prints.
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According to celeb gossip sources, Pamela Anderson got spotted leaving a Las Vegas plastic surgery center. Apparently, the former Baywatch babe had a bandage on her chest and then spent the rest of her mini-vakay shopping away.
And the Britney Spears trial goes on. The jury was reportedly split 10 to 2 at the end of Monday’s meeting and will meet again on Tuesday morning. Media is reporting that the testimony given by her father, Jamie Spears, last week is being read back to the deadlocked jury by a third-party because many jurors couldn’t understand his talking due to a thick Southern twang.
DJ AM is saying that his recent plane crash may have helped save his life. While he was receiving burn treatment in Georgia, the doctors reportedly found a potentially fatal blood clot in his leg. Apparently, the clot had formed from spending so many hours on planes while touring. DJ AM said that everything happens for a reason and he puts himself in God’s hands.
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P candidate opened the NBC show and came on stage during the Weekend Update moSarah Palin made a memorable appearance over the weekend on Saturday Night Live. The Republican Vck news segment and much of her skits involved her look-alike Tina Fey and confusion regarding who’s who. Saturday’s show reportedly scored its highest rankings in 14-years with an estimated 17-million viewers during the first half hour.
Kanye West got slammed by New York Magazine for plagiarism. It seems the blog is saying that the Grammy winner took direct info from its website and posted it on his own University City website. The magazine posted that West lifted an entire biographical timeline on model Jourdan Dunn from its website without giving credit and it will not stand.
Oprah Winfrey gave a pretty expensive gift to Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn and they didn’t even accept it. The talk show host reportedly offered to have her designer plan and fully furnish a baby nursery for the soon-to-be-expecting parents. The couple apparently turned down the present because they’d already promised a decorator friend could complete the job for the twins in their LA home.
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An Oregon climber who was found by a rescue team dog said he survived for 5-days in cold temperatures on a Washington mountain by eating centipedes and bugs. The 27-year-old broke his ankle during the 1-day climb up the 12-thousand-foot Mount Adams. The climber was helicoptered to a Portland hospital where he was initially listed in fair condition.
A Louisiana deputy coroner and others continue to search out caskets that were unearthed from burial plots during Hurricane Ike. About 200-coffins got pulled out of their graves from about 47-cemetaries and about 160-caskets have already been found and reburied. Reburial costs are estimated at 100-thousand-dollars on-top of the recovery bill and not all of the missing caskets are expected to be found.
Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma are considering getting rid of the paper traffic ticket and trading it in for computerized writeups as early as next year. According to the city council, the e-ticket system would cost about 400-thousand-dollars to startup, but it could save much more money in manpower and paperwork. Plus, the local police department estimates it takes an officer about 15-minutes to write a paper ticket versus simply scanning a driver’s license to transmit the info wirelessly to the courthouse. Tulsa City Council plans to vote on the idea Thursday.
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According to recent reports, Amy Winehouse may have been diagnosed as having brain damage from her drug use.? An insider told the UK's Sun that in addition to her crystal meth binges, the singer's 36-hour marijuana marathon caused symptoms similar to those associated with schizophrenia. Winehouse had allegedly overdosed two times, once in August 07 and then in July 08, causing hallucinations and multiple personality traits.
With Labor Day weekend rocking super shopping sales, Hollywood's best were sure to line-up to dish-out their hard-earned dollars on Monday. Alongside friends, Rhianna stopped by Gucci on Rodeo Drive before grabbing a bite at Cafe Med. Hillary Duff paraded around Los Angeles all alone to buy some of her favorite must-haves from Urban Outfitters and a Beverly Hills giftshop. Plus, Cameron Diaz shopped at Barney's in the Home of the Rich and the Famous. And one of the most talked-about shopping sprees included Ashley Tisdale and her boy-toy of the moment. They jetted over to the Beverly Center to grab some kicks at Steve Madden.
And some questionable shopping happened over the weekend with Lindsay Lohan. She wasn't missing work or ditching the gym to hit the stores, but this 22-year-old definitely did a No-No when she failed to show-up to her grandpa?s Long Island funeral.? Instead, Lohan opted to chill and sho with a guy friend in Soho.
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Ebay plans to cut their upfront listing fees by as much as 75-percent. The reason for the move is that Ebay wants to change their entire business model from the associated auction-style marketplace to a fixed rate, buy-now store. Ebay's hope is that cutting their fees will increase the inventory of items sold through the site, which will ultimately increase their revenue.
And there's more trouble brewing for Steve Jobs and company. Apple admitted that its iPod Nano has had problems with smoking and sparking, an issue caused by overheating batteries. Apple said they will replace first generation Nanos, along with MacBook and MacBook Pro MagSafe power cords, which have had problems melting and ripping.
And in the Online video world, video advertising network Tremor Media released figures showing that 80-percent of its users watch pre-roll ads all the way through. Tremor said that the numbers for the completion rate of both 15 and 30 second ads was nearly identical. Tremor's stats are good news for the industry, proving that viewers don't mind watching short ads before watching a free online video.
Chris Russo, better known for his popular radio persona The Mad Dog, signed a 5-year contract with Sirius XM Radio worth 15-million dollars. The Mad Dog just left his job hosting the popular Mike and the Mad Dog Show out of New York's WFAN radio station before signing the deal. His new show will begin broadcasting on September 15th, and it will be the first original radio show that will be available to both Sirius and XM subscribers as the two satellite companies are in the process of merging.
And finally, NBC's Olympics coverage has been a roaring success. After about 2-weeks of competition, the Peacock attracted 211-million viewers, making it the most viewed Olympic games in TV history. Over 83-percent of US households have tuned-in to see at least some of the competition. Plus, NBC's multichannel coverage has helped them deliver the widest margin of victory over competing networks in any primetime week since Nielsen started using The People Meter Sample to track viewership in 1987. The 1996 summer games in Atlanta previously held the record for most viewed Olympics with 209 million total viewers in 17 days of coverage.
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The source of a deadly food contamination has been identified, according to Canadian health food officials. A recent listeriosis outbreak that has been linked to 4-deaths, 21-confirmed cases and possibly 30-more cases is linked back to Maple Leaf Foods plant in Toronto. The Canadian company expanded the recall of its meat products over the weekend, and the Public Health Agency expects the number of reported cases to continue increasing because symptoms of listeriosis can remain dormant for up to 70-days after bacterial infection. The rare foodborne illness is most dangerous to the elderly, pregnant women and people with compromised immune systems. Regular treatment of the disease is a dose of antibiotics.
Health officials in Canada and the United States are in talks of creating legal standards for written food allergy warnings. Currently, these label cautions are voluntary and officials say they are popping up on previously quote-unquote safe, non-allergenic products, causing many consumers to become confused and to ignore the labels all together. The FDA plans to hold a public hearing on September 16th to help understand consumers and their needs - it’s the first step towards developing new standards. About 12-million Americans have food allergies, and since 2006, a US-law has required companies to state when products contain highly allergenic ingredients.
And one state is forcing overweight employees to pay 25-dollars per-month for insurance that is otherwise free. Alabama warned more than 37-thousand workers one year ago of the change, and now it’s approved. There are several steps to take before an employee is actually charged. According to the CDC, Alabama is the second most obese state in America. And it’s the first state to charge overweight workers versus other states that give incentives to healthy workers.