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Dateline: Week Of July 8, 2007 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment  & Fascinating Facts 

 

In The News

President Bush appears argues that U.S. forces have made some progress and needed time to make the country more secure and that placates some in Congress a little bit. He gets two more months. 

A suicide bomber drove a load of watermelons and vegetables to the center of a village marketplace in northern Iraq, detonated his yellow truck and killed as many as 150.

 Nevada casinos raked in $1.14 billion from gamblers in May, setting a one-month record.

Top U.S. intelligence officials say that a resurgent Al Qaeda and stepped up training and worldwide operations from safe havens in Pakistan.

Pakistan - Government forces storm the radical Red Mosque in Islamabad in an attempt to rescue hostages inside. 40 Islamic militants are dead.

The cash-strapped McCain campaign loses Terry Nelson and chief Strategist John Weaver.

Iran has a new English-language news channel and its called “Press TV. “

Business to Dow retreats to 13,501.70 – after losing just over 148 points from housing sector woes.

Bill Clinton’s new book on citizen activism and public service “Giving” will be published in September.

 

Sports News – July 8, 2007

Sports – Sidney Crosby of the Penguins – and the NL’s most valuable player and scoring champ, signs a five-year extension through 20212-12 season worth $43.5 million.

All Star game – The American League wins for the fifth straight time – 5-4.

 

Radio news – July 8, 2007

Jack-FM

The Jack-FM format is no more in New York as CBS-FM (oldies) returns to New York. The format dropped the station back to 16th place in the last ratings. 

 

Technology News – July 8, 2007

A federal appeal panel declines to delay a substantial increase in royalties that Internet radio stations must pay for playing music and the big rates could take effect on Sunday if nothing else is done. Some small radio stations already have stopped broadcasting to avoid accruing royalty payments because the rate hike is retroactive to Jan 1, 2006. The Copyright Royalty Board – an obscure group of federal judges, set the new rates in march, eliminating a provision that allowed small webcasters to apply 10% to 12% of their revenue instead of a set per-song fee of .0762 of a cent each time a song is played.

Sony is slashing the price of PlayStation 3 to 4498 from $599. After dominating with its first two PlayStation systems, the PS3 is lagging behind Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii as the next-generation console of choice. 

Google says it had agreed to buy Web-based security provider Postini for $625 million.

In San Francisco – 300 tech types gather to develop new programs for the iPhone  - but Apple has been reticent on giving out programming code, so they’ll have to do it from scratch. The event is called iphoneDevcamp. 

 

Music news – July 8, 2007

 Many believe Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” is a ripoff of the Rubicoos 1970’s,“I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" – note for note. She is being sued for copyright infringement for allegedly plagiarizing the song. She says she’s never heard the Boyfriend song

To you catch Live Earth either on TV or your PC? It was the largest pop culture event of its kind – with nine concerts taking place on seven continents.  

 

Entertainment news – July 8, 2007

Movie “The Simpsons” is set to debut in Westwood (LA) on July 24 with wide release on July 27. But Fox isn’t letting out any plot details.

 

Music news – July 8, 2007

Prince is stirring up trouble among British retailers because he is giving away his new album “Planet Earth” with a tabloid paper “The Mail” this week at a price of $2.80.

 

Television news – July 8, 2007

Changes on Nip/Tuck – a show that’s been on FX for almost five years.  Creator Ryan Murphy says that Sean (Dylan Walsh) will become more confident and successful and Christian (Julian McMahon) will become more insecure as he meets other doctors who are better at stretching flabby skin than he is.  Also, Sean and Christain will become medical advisors on a television drams called “Hearts and Scalpels.” It all starts Oct. 22 on  FX.

Court TV will become truTV on January 1. Same channel. Different name. 

Fox will launch a new financial channel on October 15 as Fox Business Network.

 Passing – Actor Charles Lane (102) – who often played humorous cranks – and crusty skinflints.  

ESPN SportCentral anchor Dan Patrick is leaving after 18 years.

Wednesday night television listings/TV Guide – week of July 8, 2007

CBS – King of Queens, Criminal Minds, CSI”NY, Late Show, Craig Ferguson

NBC – Most outrageous Moments, The Singng Bee, America’s got Talent, Last Comic Standing, Tonight, Conan O’Brien, Carson Daly

ABC – The Next Best Thing: Who is the Greatest Celebrity Impersonator? American Inventor, Traveler, Nightline, Jimmy Kimmel

MyNet – American Heiress, Saints & Sinners

Fox – So You Think You Can Dance, Don’t Forget the Lyrics

America’s Next Top Model

PBS – American Masters, Tavis Smiley, Charlie Rose

MTV – Engaged & Underage, My Super Sweet 16 Remix, Real World Vegas

 

Top Movies – July 8, 2007

Transformers

Ratatouille

Live Free or Die Hard

License to Wed

Evan Almighty

1408

Knocked Up

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Sicko

Ocean’s Thirteen

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