Dateline: Week Of April 1, 2008 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin fail to overcome their conflicts on a missile defense system the U.S. plans to build in Central Europe.
Hillary Rodham Clinton launches a TV ad that questions John McCain’s readiness to deal with an economic crisis. The ad is called “3a.m” and goes something like this – “John McCain just said the government shouldn’t take any real acting on the housing crisis; he’d let the phone keep ringing. “Hillary Clinton has a plan to protect our homes, create jobs. It’s 3 a.m., time for a president who’s ready,” says a voice/over announcer.
President Bush tells a NATO summit that the U.S. would increase its number of troops in Afghanistan.
Senate Democratic and Republican leaders reach agreement on a multibillion-dollar package to address rampant foreclosures and other problems stemming from the bad housing market.
At the National Hurricane Center in Orlando - FEMA announces not to expect to get free ice anymore.
Entertainment Obituary – April 1, 2008 –
Passing – Actor Charlton Heston. He was 84.
Technology News – April 1, 2008
Yahoo begins promoting “Amp” – a new tool model for advertising.
Apple files a federal challenge to New York’s trademark application for a new “Big Apple” logo, saying it’s too similar to the stylized emblem found on iPhones, iPods and iMac computers.
Looks like iTunes is the #1 music seller – behind Wal-Mart, Best Buy and Amazon.
MySpace unveils a joint venture with the world’s top three music labels to offer music for sale and it’s likely to give iTunes a run for its money.
Amazon TextBuyit launches this week – and lets people text the name of a product, its description or its UPC or ISBN or 262966 – that’s from anywhere their cellphones work, including inside stores.
Sports News – April 1, 2008
Serena Williams defeats Jelena Jankovic at key Biscayne for her fifth title at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Music News – April 1, 2008
Jennifer Lopez says she wants to lose the 50 pounds she gained after giving birth to twins Max and Emme.
New Kids on the Block – a big part of the early 1990’s are reuniting after 20 years. The group disbanded in 1994 and the most famous member – Donnie Wahlberg has since acted on TV and in movies.
Mariah Carey’s latest single “Touch My Body” makes music history as she surpasses Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most No. 1 singles in modern pop culture history – her 18th #1 hit.
Matthew Fisher is entitled to co-authorship of the song “White Shade of Pale” a – big hit from the summer of 1967 by Procol Harum. . He played the organ on the song – a big part of its sound. Why did he wait 40 years?
Live Nation Inc says that it had reached an agreement for a 12-year global contract to handle the merchandising, digital and branding rights of the Irish rock band U2. It comes five months after Live Nation announced a comprehensive partnership with Madonna.
Television News – April 1, 2008
ER is picked up for a 15th and final season.
Roger Ebert will resume writing reviews – but will not return to television because he is still unable to speak.
Ray Romano and partner Mike Royce will write and produce a pilot called “Men of a Certain Age.” For TNT.
Kathie Lee Gifford is returning to morning TV and will co-host of the 10am hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb.
Top Movies – April 1, 2008
Horton Hears a Who!
Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns
The Bank Job
College Road Trip
Top Pop Hits – April 1, 2008
LEAVIN'- Jesse McCartney
SEXY CAN I?- Ray J fea. Yung Berg
NO AIR- Jordin Sparks fea. Chris Brown
REALIZE- Colbie Caillat
4 MINUTES TO SAVE THE WORLD- Madonna
FAKE IT- Seether.