A selfie of host Ellen DeGeneres with stars including Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper taken during Hollywood’s annual Academy Awards ceremony has become the most shared photo ever on Twitter.
Kevin Spacey, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and new Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o also crowded into the picture, which was snapped by Cooper after DeGeneres mingled with stars seated in the audience.
DeGeneres shared the selfie via her Twitter feed, it was subsequently shared, or retweeted, more than two million times in about two hours during the broadcast of the 86th annual Academy Awards :: Read the full article »»»»
Emergency Service officials in the Japanese city of Yokohama have been left red-faced after mistakenly announcing the launch of a North Korean missile to 40,000 followers on Twitter. The city, south of Tokyo, prematurely fired its tweet just before noon (local time), announcing “North Korea has launched a missile” with blank spaces to indicate the exact time.
South Korean and US forces have raised their alert status to “vital threat” before an expected North Korean missile test, with tensions high in the run-up to a key anniversary. Any launch could coincide with visits by US secretary of state John Kerry and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who will both be in South Korea this Friday.
South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-Se told parliament the launch could take place “any time” and warned Pyongyang it risked triggering a fresh round of UN sanctions :: Read the full article »»»»
Blogger and ABC contributor Peter Ryan has a superneat post on a new report confirming what most of us already knew: Australians are addicted to their smartphones. The survey of smartphone users by tech behemoth Cisco reveals that the daily ritual for Gen Y Aussies kicks off with a quick txt.
Many of the survey participants admitted that they checked for messages, emails and updates at least twice an hour, many becoming anxious when their phone goes astray.
Kevin Bloch isn’t alone, our favourite news agency – Reuters – has an ubercool post on our latest addiction, Social Media.
Social media is now apparently a recognised addiction, a study undertaken last year by the University of Chicago found that Liking and Tweeting can be even more addictive than cigarettes or alcohol. The research showed that social networking sites gave users a burst of the addictive neurotransmitter dopamine :: Read the full article »»»»
It’s been a while since – July 6: Wikileaks Latest Round of Releases, Syrian Emails! – we bought into the Assange story, his antics up until July this year seemed to follow a fairly righteous route. Is he simply trying to avoid facing Swedish questioning on charges that he’s pretty much admitted to?
Has Mr Assange now fallen for his own celebrity? Asking this question might seem a little odd, but consider US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland’s statement yesterday and the question becomes more than a little relevant.
Ms Nuland said that the US had nothing to do with the UK’s attempt to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden, that our Julian was simply avoiding facing possible charges for having sex without a condom, a crime in Sweden where two female WikiLeaks volunteers in Sweden have accused Assange of sexual misconduct.
“He is making all kinds of wild assertions about the US when in fact his issue with the government of the United Kingdom has to do with whether he’s going to face justice in Sweden for something that has nothing to do with WikiLeaks, it has to do with charges of sexual misconduct,” Ms Nuland said in a press conference. “He is clearly trying to deflect attention away from the real issue, which is whether he’s going to face justice in Sweden. That case has nothing to do with us. It’s a matter between the United Kingdom, Sweden and now Ecuador has inserted itself.”
We realise that WikiLeaks – as an organisation – has an obligation to protect it’s protagonists, but is Julian Assange WikLeaks? or is the organisation larger than just one man? For a man who is prepared to spend – perhaps – the rest of his life in asylum, it’s odd that he simply doesn’t front the Swedish charges, surely there is someone within WikiLeaks that might keep the fight going in his absence?
In fairness to Mr Assange, Ms Nuland, as with previous US statements, declined to comment on the intentions of the US to prosecute WikiLeaks members :: Read the full article »»»»
Authorities in the Czech Republic say they have have arrested an American rock singer in connection with the death of a fan at a concert in Prague in 2010. Randy Blythe of the Grammy-nominated heavy metal band Lamb of God has reportedly been accused of pushing a fan off the stage.
The 19-year-old fan hit the concrete floor and died of his injuries two weeks later. According to reports, the fan had repeatedly tried to climb onto the stage before allegedly being pushed by Mr Blythe and hitting the concrete floor. A post-mortem examination reportedly found that he had not been drunk or under the influence of drugs. He died 14 days later of his injuries, said Czech TV station TV Nova.
Blythe, 44, will reportedly be released on bail on Monday :: Read the full article »»»»