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BY HANNAH MYRICK You're watching multisource video science news analysis from Newsy. A planet from another galaxy has strayed into the Milky Way, making it the first discovery of its kind. Slightly larger than Jupiter, the planet is orbiting a star 2,000 light years from earth. The star, called H-I-P 13044 is part of a stream of stars that were engulfed by the Milky Way several billion years ago. An astronomer from the UK Royal Astronomical Society explained to the BBC the significance of the discovery. Dr. Robert Massey: “There’s every reason to believe that planets are really quite widespread throughout the Universe, not just in our own galaxy…but this is the first time we’ve got hard evidence of that.” The discovery won’t just give insight into the rest of the universe; RT reports it could also give clues to the workings of own solar system. “Scientists say this alien planet is now nearing the end of its life and could help us better understand the ultimate fate of earth and the demise of our solar system.” Scientists thought they understood how planets were formed from stars, but the composition of this planet and the age of its star have astronomers questioning some of their former ideas. “According to National Geographic, the planet’s composition is radically different from other planets in the Milky Way and lack of heavy metal suggests it never should have been created.” (WHDH) Wired explains the star is older than it should be. “Also unusual is that [the star] is old enough to have exhausted its supply of hydrogen fuel… A star in this phase of evolution … has never been found to have a planet.” With all sorts of new questions being raised TIME Magazine says one thing is for sure. “The field of planetary science, which seemed so tidy and settled as recently as the 1990s, is still full of surprises.” Get more multisource science video news analysis from Newsy.
23 Nov 2010
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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource video politics news analysis from Newsy. Ballsy advice for President Obama from longtime Democratic strategist James Carville -- who, in a breakfast discussion hosted by the Christian Science Monitor -- suggested the president doesn’t have ALL the right stuff. CARVILLE: "If Hillary gave [Obama] one of her balls, they'd both have two." (Video courtesy Real Clear Politics) The reporter had asked Carville whether President Obama was - quote - “misunderstood or just being a wimp.” But the not-so-friendly fire sparked debate over whether Carville had a point - coming off a midterm election the president himself deemed a “shellacking.” On Fox News - contributor Juan Williams says it isn’t the first time critics from the left have suggested the commander-in-chief’s gotta man up after what he himself called a “shellacking.” “It is about lack of direction. Why don't you get out there and sell it? ... A lot of Democrats are saying, do you have the fight in you? Are you going to fight right get up off the mat and punch back or simply allow the political narrative to be carried by Republicans who are trying to unseat you for 2012?” TIME’s Joe Klein shares a laugh over the off-color remarks with MSNBC’s Chris Jansing. JOE KLEIN: “So, I don’t understand -- Hillary has three? Isn't it weird?” JANSING: “I think he means she is a whole lot tougher.” KLEIN: “There should be a statute of limitations on James Carville.” (LAUGHTER) But all jokes aside - the debate got heated on CNN’s “John King USA” -- where conservative contributor Erik Erikson and syndicated columnist Roland Martin sparred over whether questioning the president’s manhood was appropriate. ERIKSON: “Big deal.” MARTIN: “But actually, Erik, that speaks to exactly what the problem is. And that is, I do believe you have to have respect for the office.” ERIKSON: “He may be president of the United States but he is also a politician. If he can't handle James Carville saying something like this, trust me I have plenty of friends that have said a lot worse than him.” MARTIN: “I understand that. But it’s still the office.” KING: “Alright I’m gonna call a timeout right here. I’m gonna call a timeout.” And on the same program - Carville phoned in to elaborate -- but struck a defiant tone. “If I offended anybody, I'm not sorry and I don't apologize.” (LAUGHTER) This actually isn’t the first time Carville has served up the joke -- in 2008 when he last said it, though, it was a bit less colorful -- opting instead for the word “cajones.” Get more multi-source political news from Newsy****.
23 Nov 2010
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BY KYRSTEN SKULBORSTAD You're watching multisource current video news analysis from Newsy. It almost sounds like a bad “So, a guy walks into a bar...” joke, but what happened in Boise was for real. A transgendered woman in Idaho is being held on $100,000 bond for charges of impersonating a doctor at Boise bars and nightclubs -- offering breast exams to other women. KENS outlines the issue. “Thirty-seven year old, Kristina Ross was working under the name of Berlyn Aussieahshowna. Police say the transgendered woman would meet other women at bars, perform a breast exam, and then have them call a real doctor for breast augmentation. But police say Kristina Ross is really Christopher Ross.” Ross is a male-to-female transgendered person. On KTVB, Ty Brennan points out one part of Ross’s past that adds an interesting twist to the case. The report also provides courtroom footage where you can hear Ross’s reaction to the prosecutor’s statements. REPORTER: “According to paperwork obtained by KTVB, from the Idaho Department of Corrections, Ross is transgendered and served three years at the Idaho maximum security institute, a men’s prison south of Boise [... back in 2003]. ..." PROSECUTOR: “The most concerning facts here are the defendant is not a doctor and that the defendant is a male touching a female’s breast, under the guise of being a female.” ROSS: “Oh my gosh!” But the Idaho Statesman reports, Ross’s appointed attorney never addressed the gender issue. So, while that wasn’t the factor in the initial arraignment, what was the reason behind Ross’s high, $100,000 bond? According to the Statesman, it was... “...mainly because of Ross’ previous conviction for aggravated battery and the fact she does not seem to have any family or work connection in the Boise area despite living here for the last three years.” And a blogger for Cincinnati**** says, regardless of Ross’s gender, he can’t believe these women fell for the -- quote -- “old breast exam trick.” “Ugh, people. Let’s say it one more time: If a person — male or female — approaches you in a bar and offers to perform a breast exam free of charge, that person is shady and likely belongs in jail, not in a doctor’s office." According to reports, a preliminary hearing on the two criminal charges of practicing medicine without a license is scheduled for December 1. If convicted, Ross faces up to ten years in prison. Get more multi-source news analysis from Newsy****.
23 Nov 2010
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BY ALYSSA CAVERLEY You're watching multisource video Entertainment news analysis from Newsy. Lindsay Lohan is sobering up in rehab right now, but when she gets out she won’t have her infamous Linda Lovelace role anymore. E! News broke the story saying the director was all for the actress back in June, but is now singing a different tune. “Today he says quote, ‘We are withdrawing our offer from Lindsay Lohan. We have stuck by Lindsay very patiently for a long time with a lot of love and support.’” But Lohan doesn’t see it quite the same way – she’s saying it was her choice. “Linds is denying she was canned from the project insisting she quit on her own. Her rep says ‘Lindsay is dedicated to her recovery and together they decided to move forward without her.’” And although she was all set to star in the movie – many people were surprised by the role in the first place. Rob Shuter of PopEater told Hoda and Kathie Lee - Lindsay just didn’t have many options. “A movie about a porn star. Everybody was sort of concerned about this. It was an odd choice, although Lindsay wasn’t actually getting that many offers. SHUTER - “So I think it’s just weird. Like the girl needs to go away, get well.” GIFFORD – “She need to heal and get her demons under control.” Lindsay was once a very talented young actress and had a lot of potential. So why isn’t she getting many offers? Fox News has the details on why Lohan has been deemed “too high risk” quoting director Matthew Wilder. “Ultimately, the impossibility of insuring her, and some other issues, have made it impossible for us to go forward.” But a blogger for the Salt Lake Tribune says this could be just what Lohan needs to clean up her image – a movie about a controversial porn star doesn’t exactly scream clean and sober. “Hard to know who's getting the better end of this deal… it could also be good news for Lohan, whose road to personal and image recovery is already tough enough without a tabloid-bait movie role about a tormented porn star. Lohan may have dodged a bullet here.” The movie will now star actress Malin Ackerman known for her roles in “27 Dresses,” “Couples Retreat,” and “The Proposal.” So should Lohan stick to focusing on her recovery and forget acting for a while? Or do you think this would have been her opportunity to prove she’s still an actress? Get more Entertainment news headlines from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
24 Nov 2010
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BY TRACY PFEIFFER You're watching multisource video U.S. news at Newsy. American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer sparked outrage after saying the United States’ Medal of Honor has been quote-”feminized” because all the medals awarded during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have gone to soldiers who committed acts of heroism while saving comrades--not killing the opposition. Here’s part of the controversial blog on the AFA website: “I would suggest our culture has become so feminized that we have become squeamish at the thought of the valor that is expressed in killing enemy soldiers through acts of bravery.” Fischer’s comments came in response to the recent awarding of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta (JUNN-ta), the first living service member to receive the award since the Vietnam War. Giunta saved at least two fellow soldiers in an ambush attack on his unit, was shot twice, and kept a wounded comrade alive for thirty minutes before medical units arrived. (Video: CNN) But some commentators point out -- the AFA is better known for its staunch anti-gay viewpoints. So why is Fischer going after the Medal of Honor? A writer for Politics Daily says the two subjects aren’t all that separate. “[His] views are in keeping with a strain of conservative American Christianity that frets about the ‘feminization’ of the faith. ... And some such Christian conservatives are also concerned about efforts to accept gay clergy and to portray Jesus as a passive, wimpy victim rather than a tough-guy martyr...” Fischer hasn’t backed down from his accusation, but in a lengthy interview with RT’s Thom Hartmann took care to clarify -- his issue isn’t with the soldiers receiving the awards, but the officials giving them. FISCHER: “He imitated the example of Jesus Christ, who laid down his life for his friends, and it’s altogether right and proper that we award him the highest honor that the military can give. ... Not that the soldiers have been feminized -- the process has been feminized. ... People that should be honored with the Medal of Honor are not being given that honor, and that’s my complaint -- we are honoring people for heroism, but there are others who are equally deserving.” Finally, an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register is wondering why Fischer even felt qualified to comment on the matter. “Perhaps we missed the reference to military service in Fischer's online bio, but in any case, it seems the ultimate hypocrisy to question bravery unless you have, yourself, faced death in war and acted heroically.” Get more multi-source news analysis from Newsy**** Transcript by Newsy
24 Nov 2010
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BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER AND CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource video world news analysis from Newsy. South Korea is on its highest level of alert -- short of war -- after exchanging artillery fire with North Korea on the disputed island of Yeonpyeong: An attack it is blaming on North Korean provocation. (Video from Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation) South Korea’s government is holding emergency meetings to discuss its response -- though South Korean President Lee Myung Bak is urging calm in the aftermath of the attack. This as Western media speculate whether the two Koreas are on the brink of war. First to MSNBC, which reports the South Korean island was bombarded with artillery. TAMRON HALL: “A South Korean island is smoldering this morning after North Korea initiated one of the worst attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended nearly half a century ago.” JIM MIKLASZEWSKI: “Even for the unpredictable North Korea, this latest action is alarming. The North Korean military pounded a South Korean island, with as many as 100 artillery shells, killing two North Korean Marines and several civilians.” An ABC Australia correspondent says tensions between the two Koreas have never been higher -- in light of North Korea sinking the South Korean warship Cheonan in March. But he says this time -- the North was particularly provocative. “What’s different about this is that it was during the day, and it was also targeted against a land facility. It was into a residential area, and also at a military base. So it was a very brazen attack indeed.” Several international analysts believe the North is using military action to force dialogue with the United States. A Korean policy expert tells The Daily NK, Kim Jong Il is also sending a message to the international community -- to be wary of his successor and son, Kim Jong Un. “North Korea committed this provocation in order to strengthen internal solidarity for the stability of the succession system and particularly to show off internationally that there are no problems in the succession.” The exchange occurred in the middle of what has become, routine training for possible warfare. CNN speculates on what caused the live fire exchange in the first place. ANDREW SALMON: “They were firing as a routine firing exercise and they were firing to the west and to the south, not in the direction of the North Korea mainland. It is important to point out, at least according to the South Koreans, this was a firing exercise, not live fire.” China is calling for both sides to work toward “peace and stability” -- while the White House said early Tuesday it “strongly condemns” North Korea’s attack on the South. How does South Korea respond? London’s Financial Times suggests there may not be a lot of options. “[The attack] is forcing Seoul into an agonising debate over how many bloody provocations it can tolerate before it has to retaliate.” An editorial in the English-language version of South Korea’s Joongang Daily attempts to answer that question with the headline, “Time for Retaliation.” “With our memories of the Korean War still vivid, this massive attack confirms again the grim reality that such a tragedy can be repeated at any time. We strongly warn the North that if it still prefers to play with fire, it is soon destined to be demolished by the fire it ignited first.” So, are the Koreas on the brink of war? Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
24 Nov 2010
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BY CHARLIE MCKEAGUE You're watching multisource video U.S. news analysis from Newsy. (Music. Video of Kennedy assassination.) (YouTube) 47 years ago – President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade through Dallas. Authorities arrested Lee Harvey Oswald within hours – but he was killed just two days later – opening the door for conspiracy theorists. Now two of the secret service agents who were protecting Kennedy on that day talk to CNN in a rare interview. GERALD BLAINE: “We couldn’t help it. We felt like we failed. We all had the same mission, and it was a terrible feeling.” BRIAN TODD: “Blane gives a riveting new account of that period, in his just released book, The Kennedy Detail. … Clint Hill was the first secret service agent to get to Kennedy’s car in Dallas. He broke into a sprint after the initial shot was fired. He says if he could re-live that moment, and jump on the back two seconds earlier.” CLINT HILL: “Without question I would be taking a bullet for the president, and I would be taking a bullet for the president and I’d be dead.” In an hour-long documentary on the Discovery Channel, one historian looks at why some believe the Mafia was actually behind the assassination -- and it’s a connection to Bobby Kennedy that not many have explored in the past. “It is believed Mafia bosses find in the coup plan a way to stop their real enemy. Not Fidel Castro, but the U.S. Attorney General. Carlos Marcel very colorfully explained if you have a dog, and you cut off its tail, meaning Bobby Kennedy, the head of the dog will turn around and bite you. But if you cut off the head of the dog, the tail will quit wagging on its own. The Mafia developed their plan to kill JFK, and their first attempt was not in Dallas but it was actually planned for Chicago.” And The Atlantic critically examines five popular JFK myths – and lays out evidence to disprove them. The article goes on to say that – if 47 years later we are still talking about it, and uncovering new theories and evidence – the discussion should continue. “…it's a mainstream consensus that these theories have always been essentially the work of cranks, popularized by a national appetite for mystery and entertainment. But for all the crazy ideas out there, there remain sober and careful alternative views of the assassination.” But as almost 50 years have passed – for many it is history and not so much a memory. USA Today examined newspaper coverage of the anniversary of JFK’s death – finding many major organizations failed to include him anywhere on the front page. “Among them: The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and the Los Angeles Times.” But the Dallas Morning News didn’t forget – it ran a lengthy feature – but concluded times are changing at the memorial site as many visitors are too young to remember. "...in the last five years, a majority of our visitors are not old enough to remember … Younger people who are used to greater security measures since 9/11 look at photographs of Kennedy riding in an open car and say, 'That was crazy. Why would he do that?'" Get more multisource U.S. news at Newsy Transcript by Newsy
24 Nov 2010
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Transcript by Newsy BY JIM FLINK You're watching multisource video technology news analysis from Newsy. “Leo Apotheker talks about a secret sauce and how it is going to be the key to HP’s growth in the years ahead.” (Bloomberg) Secret sauce you say? Well -- there’s a lot cooking at HP. Quarterly earnings -- just the half of it. The good half. The other half -- high DRAMA. HP is definitely moving in a new direction under new CEO Leo Apotheker. Away from the direction of former boss Mark Hurd -- now over at Oracle. The same Oracle -- trying to sue Apotheker. First to the numbers, which are bucking the downward tech trend. Forbes says, HP -- the world's largest technology company by revenue -- reports net income rose and its revenue jumped. “Hewlett-Packard brought cheer back to the tech world, topping analysts' estimates ...Earnings per share were $1.33, up 17% and above analysts' expectations of $1.27. Revenue also came in above expectations at $33.3 billion, up 8.3% from the same period a year ago.” Until now, HP has been shrouded in mystery. Apotheker -- the former CEO at SAP -- has been elusive since taking over in September. He’s been pursued with subpoenas by Oracle -- over allegations an SAP subsidiary illegally downloaded Oracle software. The Wall Street Journal notes, this is the first time anyone has heard from Apotheker since he switched jobs. “Since this guy got the job, people haven’t really been able to hear from him. Part of that is due to this dispute with Oracle and SAP that HP has essentially been roped into because of his prior role with SAP. He’s essentially kept a really low profile this time, and it’s probably a bad time to do that, because there’s been a lot of concern about, what kind of CEO is he going to be?” So naturally, ZDNet says -- reporters wanted to know -- where’s Leo -- now? “HP’s new CEO was also asked where he was physically at the moment. Apotheker quipped: ‘That’s an odd question.’ He then noted that he was in HP’s Palo Alto headquarters with a bunch of other people. ‘Would you like a picture?’ he asked.” Clearly, Apotheker has been quietly busy, changing the culture at HP. Hurd was all about slashing salaries and Research and Development. Apotheker has made those same elements -- his recipe for success. “Now is the right approach? Is RandD what investors want to focus on? ... In the era of Cloud of virtualization and all these new technologies, you need to teach all this equipment to speak to each other and interact with itself, and in that regard you definitely need a more engineering intensive culture to bring these next generation capabilities to the data center.” So what do you think of HP these days? On the right path? Or hard to say given all the distractions? Get more multisource technology news headlines from Newsy
25 Nov 2010
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Transcript by Newsy BY HARUMENDHAH HELMY You're watching multisource video world news analysis from Newsy. In the wake of North Korea’s artillery attack on a South Korean island, all eyes are on the two countries’ most important allies: the U.S. for the South, and China for the North. First, to the U.S. -- where President Obama tells ABC’s Barbara Walters the U.S. is standing by South Korea. BARBARA WALTERS: “Is an attack on South Korea an attack on the U.S.?” BARACK OBAMA: “South Korea is our ally, it has been since the Korean War. And we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance.” So far, the U.S. has sent this aircraft carrier, the USS George Washington, to the Yellow Sea for a joint military exercise with the South Koreans. But, the Navy says, that exercise had been planned before the attack even occurred. (Video: RT) Analysts have speculated the North is trying to push the U.S. back into diplomatic talks. The Washington Post says, the U.S. doesn’t have many response options. “If [U.S.] declines to hold talks … Pyongyang could escalate with more artillery barrages... if the Obama administration is pulled into talks with the North Koreans, it won't be able to escape the appearance that it is caving in the face of pressure. And even if talks do resume, there is no guarantee that North Korea won't continue the provocations and attacks.“ And China? Bloomberg spoke to an analyst who says, China isn’t likely to respond at all. DON STRSZHEIM: “Betty, I think China will do what they have done in so many of these past incidents ... They’re not likely to act. They don’t have any more information than most of, the rest of us do, in terms of fixing blame on either side of this event. Um, they’re not going to be a proactive player in this.” Still, the international community is pressing China to take a harder stance against North Korea. But Voice of America spoke to a Korean Studies professor in Shanghai who says -- it’s not that easy for China. “[He] says in reality China is not happy with all of North Korea's actions, but [it] supports North Korea because it is especially aware of the strengthened alliance between the United States and South Korea. ... the limits to its patience may only be reached when North Korean actions threaten Chinese interests.” Financial Times notes some of China’s stakes in the stability of the Korean Peninsula. “Analysts say the prospect of North Korea collapsing has forced China to maintain its support for Kim Jong-il … Beijing fears a potential flood of refugees across the 800km Sino-Korean border if the North collapsed, as well as the prospect of US troops stationed along the border if the Koreas were unified.” Get more multisource world video news analysis from Newsy.
25 Nov 2010
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You're watching multisource tech video news analysis from Newsy. Rumors are rumors -- unless they’re really juicy. Then -- they grow legs of their own -- and become news. So say several media outlets -- reporting that Google is about to buy social discount shopping site Groupon -- for $2.5 Billion dollars --- or more. We’re billion bean-counting from Tech Eye, Marketing Pilgrim, Bloomberg, All Things Digital, Techie Buzz and The Wall Street Journal. The significance of this deal? Imagine Google’s information and penetration, combined with AdMob’s marketing -- and coupons galore. Can you say, potential financial juggernaut? Tech Eye describes how Groupon works, and why it is such an attractive investment for Google. “Groupon effectively works like a massive advertising network, with discounts enticing people to visit affiliate websites. It has around 20 million subscribers in 29 countries, making it a very big audience for Google to work with.” Over at Marketing Pilgrim, Andy Beal asks the question -- did somebody spike the Thanksgiving Day apple cider over at Google? ‘Cause the price of this deal is HUGE. “....Groupon might just be a bigger acquisition than the monstrous purchase of YouTube back in 2006. Not only is the purchase price about $1B more, but unlike YouTube at the time, Groupon is said to be raking in as much as $50 million a month! The big questions is: did they get a discount on the price with a coupon?” This isn’t about Google wanting to take over the world. On Bloomberg, an analyst says, it wants to take over your back yard. “What it helps bring to Google, is more emphasis on local. You know, local is more than 20% of searches on Google. More than 80% of all purchases are made within 15 miles of the house. And Google is really forcused on it. They introduced Google places this year, which is a listing services for businesses. They introduced Google local search last month. And this month they introduced Hot Pot, which is a recommendation service for local business like Yelp.” All Things Digital’s Kara Swisher, who originally broke the “rumor” says, Google may be getting a lot more than it bargained for with Groupon. For government regulators -- this is -- GAME ON. “....as it purchases the social group buying phenom, the search giant will be buying a whole lot of pricey regulatory scrutiny too. That cost will be, many think, much deserved and will definitely not come at any discount, given the rising worries in Washington about the swaggering power of Google." Techie Buzz says, until the government signs off -- this deal is not done. “A major issue with the acquisition would be getting it approved by the regulators. Google has been quite aggressive with the pots of cash that the Adsense keeps generating. It recently bought Admob for $750 million, and ITA Software for $700 million. The Groupon deal, if true, would be its biggest buy since Doubleclick ($3.1 billion) in 2007.” And The Wall Street Journal reports, there’s that minor issue, or another suitor trying to swoop in at the last minute to undo the deal. “EBay and Amazon both would make sense as potential owners of Groupon. Again, they have relationships with lots of third party sellers, and they have business relationships with millions of customers, so it be a logical extension for the business in the case of either Amazon or Ebay.” One site even has a new name for the combined site. GOOPON. So what do you think? Group-on Game on? Or -- c’mon. Get more multisource tech video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
1 Dec 2010
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You're watching multisource tech video news analysis from Newsy. iPad’s – selling like candy – or at least that’s what they are saying. Reports from Black Friday are in – and Apple’s iPad killed it. Some are buying the apple hype – while others remain skeptical of the report. On ABC’s Good Morning America – a technology contributor notes Apple did offer $41 off for Black Friday. But it also says Apple will be stingy with sales in the future, so buy only if you have to. “I would not expect to see any more sales from Apple, we have not seen discounting of this in any way the retail outlets. So I think if you need for the holidays, buy. But keep in mind that the iPad is due for an upgrade in 2011. I think you’ll see a camera on the next generation, and you may see a price drop in the first generation iPad. So if you can wait, wait.” According to Piper Jaffray analyst named Gene Munster, Apple’s iPad remains one of the hottest holiday purchases despite the lack of big sales. Mobile Burn brings some Black Friday numbers. “Apple sold 8.8 iPads per store per hour during its November 26 Black Friday sale last week. Munster said that those figures are in line with his estimate that Apple will sell 5.5 million iPads during the quarter … Whitmore surveyed 100 Apple stores and 50 resellers and said that "iPads are still selling like crazy." But a writer for Tech crunch says whoa, hold on buddy. “According to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster (you know, the guy who is usually wrong), Apple is selling a whole mess of MacBook Airs and iPads this year. Sadly, his assessment is based on seven hours spent in Apple stores across the country…” But Shaw Wu, of Kaufman Brothers says his company tracked foot traffic and sales from the big holiday and notes there appears to be good times ahead for Apple. “Despite modest discounts by AAPL itself … we found particular strong uptake of iPad, iPod and MacBook Air. While the Black Friday weekend typically accounts for approximately 10% of holiday sales, we nonetheless view it as a fairly important indicator of trends.” But what about Cyber Monday? Is Apple offering more deals on the internet holiday? An anchor for KTTV in Los Angeles says she can’t find any. “I’ve been online looking all morning, since 4:30, and I’ve been looking at all the deals. Some pretty good stuff, but the iPad is not on sale, I don’t know why.” Get more multisource tech video news analysis from Newsy.
1 Dec 2010
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You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy. At least two are dead in Haiti after riots and allegations of fraud and corruption in the country’s latest election. 12 of the 18 presidential candidates, along with voters, are calling for the polls to be annulled, claiming the ruling party rigged the elections. The BBC has the scene from Port-au Prince, where protesters took their frustration to the streets. “The word hit the street immediately. Like the protesters, I saw how badly these elections were organized. And I saw election officials being arrested for allegedly stuffing ballot boxes with votes for the ruling party. The anger was raw. People thought their right to vote had been denied … Haiti is in political crisis. It’s been here before.” Examples of reported fraudulent activity include ballot stuffing and pre-marking ballots for establishment candidate Jude Celestin. Many Haitians say they were turned away at voting stations. The CBC caught some of the chaos on tape. Paul Hunter: “That hand has a wad of ballots so thick, it can hardly fit in the box. And there are so more ballots in his other hand … This man couldn’t find his name on the voters’ list.” Hunter: “Do you want to vote?” Man: “Yes.” Hunter: “And you can’t vote.” Man: “No.” Hunter: “Ballots littered the ground. This ballot box lay crumpled in a creek. Voters here say Celestin’s supporters trashed this place the afternoon.” Haiti’s electoral council says it will approve poll results despite fraud charges. Popular candidate and former musician Michel Martelly—better known as Little Mickey—shared his anger with many media outlets. Here’s what he told CNN. “I understand the government has a custom of stealing the country’s money, a custom of stealing our dreams, but they cannot steal our vote.” A blogger for the Economist says there’s no proof of fraud yet, but looks at one source of suspicion. “So far, little concrete evidence has emerged of wrongdoing by [President Preval’s party]. But the fact that the members of the electoral council overseeing the vote were chosen by Mr Préval has invited suspicion.” Still -- an Al Jazeera blog suggests the confusion might also be blamed on disorganization in a country still recovering from January’s devastating earthquake. Get more multisource global video news analysis from Newsy.
1 Dec 2010
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You're watching multisource entertainment video news analysis from Newsy. It may be the only time you see Justin Bieber, Sarah Palin, and Lebron James in the same category. Barbara Walters has unveiled eight of her 10 most fascinating people this year-- and it’s pretty much a grab bag of talent...or lack thereof. Besides Biebs, Palin, and Lebron...Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Middleton, Betty White, and the entire cast of the Jersey Shore made the cut. Yup, the fist-pumping partiers will take a break from the gym, tanning, and laundry to sit down with Babs. Anchors for Fox Providence’s The Rhode Show are split on the pick. MALE ANCHOR: “Well why is Kate Middleton fascinating?” FEMALE ANCHOR: “Are you kidding me? Why is the Jersey Shore cast fascinating?” MALE ANCHOR: “Fascinating isn’t like the most influential people of the year. But fascinating…it’s like watching a car accident on TV every night when that show is on. You just can’t turn the channel.” But a reporter for Phoenix ABC affiliate KNXV says...seriously? “I don’t find them to be fascinating. I find them to be annoying, socially irrelevant. I mean they are the dumbing of America. I can’t believe so many people are fascinated by them.” So are any of the picks really that shocking? A blogger for E says, they shouldn’t be-- if you remember who's making the list. “...bear in mind this list was crafted by a woman who thinks that Elisabeth Hasselbeck makes for a good addition to a roundtable.” Now only two questions remain. One...who will Babs bring to tears. And two...who will fill the final two spots? Walters ruled out one shoe-in. BARBARA WALTERS: “On December 9th, Thursday, we have two hours back to back. The first is with Oprah. It’s an hour with Oprah. So no Lady O, but don’t worry, Entertainment Weekly reports, there’s a whole lot of buzz-makers left to choose from. “I’d be shocked if neither Barack nor Michelle Obama made the list — she won last year, he won the year before — but stranger things have happened....Mark Zuckerberg seems like a solid choice, given that he’s never made the cut and interest in the Facebook CEO...has never been higher....Finally, either Ryan Murphy or the entire cast of Glee seems like a gimme.” And here’s Hollyscoop’s predictions: “I’m placing bets on Lindsay Lohan for sure. As for the last slot, I’ll bet on Kim Kardashian, just because she’s everywhere right now!” The special airs on December 9th on ABC. Who do you think will round out the list? Get more video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy. An extraordinary discovery of 271 never-before-seen paintings by Picasso, has stunned the art world. The paintings were found at the home of a retired electrician who used to install alarm systems for Picasso’s numerous estates. The discovery was made when the electrician – Pierre Le Guennec – brought the paintings to Picasso’s son for authentication. Now the family is pressing charges against the electrician for hiding stolen goods. The Washington Post says the discovery is currently valued at $79 million. The paintings included early works from the artistic era of cubism and blue. Individual paintings by Picasso from these eras have sold in excess of $46 million. An art critic for the Telegraph writes these new discoveries might not be Picasso’s best work -- but are nonetheless valuable. “As for their worth, even a napkin on which the great man doodled could be worth tens of thousands of pounds but highly finished pictures from the cubist period are so rare that the estimate quoted in Liberation of 40 million euros [about $53 million] for all nine would be far too low.” BBC reports because of the size of the collection the electrician is now facing felony charges. The Picasso foundation says he knowingly waited 30 years – which is the statute of limitations for theft in France -- before revealing the pieces. REPORTER: “For almost 40 years the treasures have remained hidden in the house of electrician Pierre Le Guennec, who fitted security systems at the painters houses towards the end of his life.” GUENNEC: “It’s Madame who gave them. But if Madame gave them Messieurs was aware of it. She wasn’t gonna do that just like that would she?” France 24 reports the electrician’s version of the story might be a little short-circuited. The organization interviews a family member of Picasso’s -- who had this to say: “He has an amazing amount of artworks. It’s very hard to believe that Picasso would give away 271 pieces… there are no documents showing this man and Picasso were great friends so it’s just not believable.” A writer for the Washington Post suggests the electrician would be hard-pressed to find anyone supporting his version of the story. “I'd like to think the artwork-on-a-napkin story is true and that Picasso did hand off 271 pieces of art to his electrician for a light bulb well installed.” According to ABC news -- because this latest discovery includes never-before-seen pieces, there is no way of telling whether they were stolen or not. “Though the Art Loss Register keeps tabs on some 900 Picassos -- and 30 fakes -- [ALR Executive Director Christopher] Marinello said there is no way to tell how many more may be out there.” So what do you think? Would Picasso reward an electrician with his precious paintings? Or was the electrician doing more than just installing light bulbs? Get more multisource global video news analysis from Newsy.
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You're watching multisource business news analysis from Newsy Toyota says - it’s not a recall. The Japanese automaker announced that more than 600,000 Prius’ made from 2004 to 2007 have cooling pump problems which need to be fixed. The media is quick to point out Toyota’s history of problems – and is questioning the company’s latest term for the fix: a “customer satisfaction campaign.” “Toyota has announced another major fix, but insists that it’s not a recall.” (ABC) “The automaker making it clear – this is not another recall.” (Fox Business) Anchor: “…instead it is a customer satisfaction campaign. Since late last year Toyota has recalled about 11 million vehicles for various problems.” Anchor: “Customer satisfaction Kathy what is that?” Anchor: “Yes they want to make sure you are satisfied with your pump.” (KTTV) Ahh – it’s a customer satisfaction campaign. A writer for autoevolution isn’t buying it. “Toyota's UK division came up with a name which makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside: Customer Satisfaction Campaign. … To get satisfied (you know, pun not intended), you will need to check back with your local dealer.” CBS affiliate KOIN – brings a little bit of optimism noting that at least Toyota will be bucking up for the fix and explains the Prius problem. “The cooling pump, its malfunction can cause the top selling hybrid to lose power and overheat. Toyota is paying for the repair so just call your dealership for an appointment.” Recall, fix, or customer satisfaction campaign – call it what you will. A writer for 24/7 Wall St. says Toyota’s reputation is taking a hit – and the company needs to figure it out. “...the company needs to build its cars better the first time around. A continuing pattern of recalls, voluntary or not, could erode Toyota’s quality reputation. The company would do well to remember that its reputation for quality is what helped it pull through the earlier debacle.” The Wall Street Journal reports sales slipped for the first time in more than a year in Japan – but says all might not be lost. “But the shot of good news is that while the Prius has suffered a drop, so too has the rest of the industry. And despite the slip in demand the Prius is still sitting pretty at No. 1 – for now.” So what do you make of Toyota? Addressing the problem? Or putting lipstick on a pig? Get multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
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