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64% of Americans Say Media Overplayed Michael Jackson Story

michael-jacksonNearly two in three Americans said news organizations gave too much coverage to the sudden death of Michael Jackson in the days following his June 25 heart attack in Los Angeles, according to the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. While 64 percent deemed media attention to the 50-year-old pop superstar excessive, 29 percent thought it was appropriate and only 3 percent thought there was not enough coverage. Full Story : Adweek.com….

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New Research Reveals How Playing Music Results in Breakthroughs for Inner City Youth

teenagersAccording to research conducted at the Bethesda Children’s Home in Meadville, Pa., adolescents who participated in a structured recreational music making (RMM) protocol as part of their rehabilitation process demonstrated statistically significant improvements in school/work performance and behavior toward others, with less depression, negative self-evaluation, anger and interpersonal problems than a control group who did not participate in the music making activities. A total of 52 adolescents were comprehensively evaluated in the research study, which spanned more than a year and incorporated the use of drums and a Clavinova computerized keyboard. Full Story : PRNewswire.com…

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Michael Jackson Dies

michael-jacksonTMZ.com just reported that Michael Jackson has died. He was 50. Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back. Full Story : TMZ.com….

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Twitter Users More Likely to Buy Music

twitterRecord labels looking for customers should focus their efforts on the Twitter faithful, according to new data from NPD Group. About 33 percent of Twitter users have purchased a physical CD and 34 percent have bought a digital download in the last three months, the report said. About 23 percent of non-Twitter users bought a CD and 16 percent purchased digital downloads. Users of the micro-blogging site are also less likely to conserve their cash - people on Twitter purchased 77 percent more digital downloads than those not on the site. Full Story : Appscout.com…..

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DRM truly does make pirates out of us all

PiratesA UK researcher has spent years interviewing people about whether DRM has affected their ability to use content in ways ordinarily protected by the law. Surprise! It has, even leading one sight-impaired woman to piracy. According to the first empirical study of its kind in the UK, by Cambridge law professor Patricia Akester, it’s the former. DRM is so rage-inducing, even to ordinary, legal users of content, that it can even drive the blind to download illegal electronic Bibles. Digital rights management (DRM) is a generic term that refers to access control technologies that can be used by hardware manufacturers, publishers, copyright holders and individuals to try to impose limitations on the usage of digital content and devices. Full Story : ArsTechnica.com…..

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Children who view adult-targeted TV may become sexually active earlier in life

18a-tvEarly onset of sexual activity among teens may relate to the amount of adult content children were exposed to during their childhood, according to a new study released by Children’s Hospital Boston. Based on a longitudinal study tracking children from age six to eighteen, researchers found that the younger children are exposed to content intended for adults in television and movies, the earlier they become sexually active during adolescence. Full Story : Physorg.com…..

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Ashton Kutcher Becomes First Twitterer With One Million Followers

ashton-demiAshton Kutcher won the race to become the first account with one million followers, CNNBrk became the second one to reach the milestone hours later. The renowned actor signed up with¬† hugely popular micro-blogging website Twitter a few months ago and started his account with a handful of followers only. But soon, he along with his wife, Demi Moore, was adding thousands of followers to his Twitter account in a day. Full Story : ITportal…..

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YouTube Adds Movies and Shows

You TubeGoogle took the wraps off a partnership with Hollywood studios bringing movies and TV shows to U.S. consumers via its YouTube video network. Some of the big-named partners inking a deal with YouTube are Sony, CBS, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, BBC, and independent film studio Lions Gate Entertainment. Each agreed to showcase some of its catalog content on the Google-owned video site. Full Story : PCWorld.com……

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YouTube and Universal to launch premium music site

You TubeGoogle’s YouTube and Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, said they will launch a premium music video website. The new advertiser-supported site, featuring professional videos, will be called Vevo and is expected to launch in coming months, the companies said. Full Story : Reuters.com…

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Lack of concentration ’secret to playing golf’

golfResearchers found that golfers who focused too much on their technique lost consistency in their game and tended to hit the ball more slowly while putting, psychologists found. The study appears to confirm conventional wisdom that “overthinking” during performance can have negative results. Full Story : Telegraph.co.uk…

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Shooter video games ’sharpen vision’

pc-game,sniperFar from being harmful to eyesight, as some had feared, action games provide excellent training for what eye doctors call contrast sensitivity, the study found. Contrast sensitivity is the ability to notice tiny changes in shades of grey against a uniform background, and is critical to everyday activities such as night driving and reading. It often degrades with age. Full Story : News.com.au….

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‘Watchmen’ earns $24.9 mil in first day

watchmenThe film, co-produced by Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures and playing in 3,611 locations, the widest release ever for an R-rated film earned $24.9 million on the first day. On Thursday night, “Watchmen” attracted more than double the audience that showed up for midnight showings of “300,” which took in $2.5 million when it originally bowed at midnight screenings. Full Story : Hollywoodreporter.com

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M.I.A. names baby Ickitt?

New mom M.I.A. will call her baby boy Ickitt, according to U.S. reports. The Paper Planes hitmaker gave birth to her first son with fiance Benjamin Brewer on 11 February, just days after performing onstage at the Grammy Awards - and now she has a name.

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Michael Jackson announces 10-concert comeback

michael jacksonMichael Jackson will perform 10 concerts in London this summer in a thrilling comeback. “I will be performing the songs my fans want to hear. ‚Ķ This is the final curtain call,” Jackson said, followed by a chorus of boos from the crowd.

Inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984, Jackson has had a notable impact on music and culture throughout the world. Referred to as the “King of Pop”, five of his solo studio albums have become some of the world’s best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995).

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Video-on-demand system matches ads to viewers

zillion tvZillionTV a start up company offers subscription-free movies and TV shows right on their TVs from the Internet. The service enables viewers to choose the categories of advertising that are most interesting to them, and commercials fitting the bill are inserted into TV shows and movies that are streamed via broadband onto TV screens. The service will only offered through an internet service provider.

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Snoop Dogg joins the Nation of Islam

nation of islamRapper Snoop Dogg surprised fans and reporters alike this weekend by revealing he has joined the Nation of Islam. The Nation of  Islam was founded in Detroit, Michigan, United States by Wallace Fard Muhammad in July 1930 with the goal of resurrecting the spiritual, mental, social, and economic condition of the black men and women of America.

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Analyst: Casual gaming to top $1 billion by 2013, social networking key

Video Game ConsoleInternational research firm Parks Associates envisions a bright future for casual gaming. The firm predicts the “premium” casual games business will be worth a very cool $1 billion by 2013. Full Story : Joystiq.com…..

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“Slumdog Millionaire” win early Oscars

slumdog millionaireRags-to-riches romance “Slumdog Millionaire” won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay. “Slumdog” has already raked in more that $100 million, taken top honors at the Golden Globes and made celebrities of its unknown cast. Penelope Cruz won the best supporting actress award for her role in “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”. She is first-time Oscar winner.

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‘Love Guru’ wins Golden Raspberry for worst film

the-love-guru“The Love Guru,” after bombing at the box office last summer, had insult added to those injuries Saturday as the Mike Myers comedy was crowned worst film of 2008 at the Golden Raspberry Awards. The Golden Raspberry Awards, were created in 1980 (and first awarded in 1981), intended to counterpoint the Academy Awards by dishonoring the worst acting, screenwriting, songwriting, directing, and films that the film industry had to offer.

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Pregnant MIA at the Grammys

miaM.I.A got on stage and performed at the 51st Grammy Awards together with Jay-z, Kanye West, T.I, and Lil Wayne. M.I.A is very pregnant when she performed. She said Sunday night that her baby boy will be a hip hop star: “He’s getting ready for Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. So far, so good.”

Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam was born in Hounslow, London, the daughter of Kala and Arul Pragasam. Her family is of Tamil descent. She speaks English and the Tamil language fluently. Politics and global ideas are prominent in M.I.A.’s art. She has spoken of her experiences before and during the Sri Lankan civil war, the human rights abuses of Sri Lankan government, informing on the current situation on the island on her MySpace.

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