Dateline: Week Of January 15, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
In The News -
Divers found the bodies of two elderly men inside a capsized cruiseliner on Sunday, bringing the known death toll from a spectacular accident off Italy's coast to five, with another 70 people injured. Divers and other rescuers were painstakingly checking thousands of cabins on the Italian liner Costa Concordia for 15 people still unaccounted for after the huge vessel foundered and keeled over with more 4,229 passengers and crew on board.
Mitt Romney has opened a wide lead over his Republican rivals in the South Carolina primary election race, trouncing and gaining momentum in his march toward the party's nomination, a Reuters/Ipsos poll shows.
Ten people were killed when gunmen wearing explosive belts stormed a police building in the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday, police and provincial officials said.The attack in mainly Sunni Anbar province followed several weeks of bombings targeting Shi'ites after the eruption of a political crisis that has threatened to break up the coaliton government and raised fears of renewed sectarian violence.
Ends his presidential bid - Republican Jon Huntsman drops out. He began his bid for the Republican nomination asking voters to pick a non-extreme opponent to face President Obama, and he ended it by perhaps asking himself how he could poll behind a comedian in a crucial primary state.
An Iranian news website is reporting several suspects have been arrested over last week's killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist.Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, said the suspects are being interrogated, and the investigation is continuing. He talked to Iran's state Arabic language TV channel Al-Alam, and his comments were carried on the Tabnak.ir site.Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, an official in Iran's nuclear enrichment facility in Natanz, was killed in an explosion Wednesday after attackers attached a bomb to his car in Tehran.
Oil In Nome - Crews have laid a hose along a half mile stretch of Bering Sea ice and were hoping Monday to soon begin transferring 1.3 million gallons of fuel from a Russian fuel tanker to the iced-in western Alaska city of Nome. The offloading could begin before sundown Monday, said Stacey Smith of Vitus Marine, the fuel supplier that arranged to have the Russian tanker Renda and its crew deliver the gasoline and diesel fuel. Crews on Monday hooked the arctic-rated hose to a shore-side pipeline leading to storage tanks in town and were safety-testing the hose with pressurized air, Smith said.
Passing - The founder of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store chain, Dan Evins, has died at 76. The company said Monday that Evins — known as Danny — died Saturday in Lebanon, Tenn. No cause of death was given. Evins opened his first restaurant in Lebanon, Tenn., in 1969. The restaurant catered to highway travelers and focused on offering Southern hospitality, country-style cooking and an associated gift shop that came to define the chain.
The Italian coast guard angrily ordered the captain of the capsized Italian cruise ship to go back aboard to oversee the evacuation, but he stalled, according to an apparent recording of their radio exchange played on national television. Captain Francesco Schettino is in jail, accused of multiple manslaughter, causing a shipwreck and abandoning ship. He denies all wrongdoing and was questioned by magistrates on Tuesday.
In an ABC/Washington Post Poll – Mitt Romney holds a 2-to-1 lead over his closest competitor in support for the Republican presidential nomination. Coming off his eight-vote victory in Iowa and strong showing in New Hampshire, a vast 72 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents now expect Romney to be their nominee - up by 32 points from mid-December. Fifty-seven percent, moreover, call him their best chance to win in November, nearly triple the September level, with a 19-point jump in the last month alone.
Santoium Wins In Iowa – Barely - Rick Santorum may have won the Iowa caucuses after all—but we'll apparently never know.
Certified results released Thursday morning, first reported by the Des Moines Register, show the final count of votes from Jan. 3's Republican presidential caucus ended with Santorum a whopping 34 votes ahead of Mitt Romney—with 29,839 votes compared to Romney's 29,805.
The US Navy announced it led a rescue operation to assist the crew of an Iranian fishing vessel in distress in the Gulf of Oman, the third in 10 days in an area marked by tension between Washington and Tehran. A Seahawk helicopter from the guided missile destroyer USS Dewey spotted an Iranian fishing boat sinking early Wednesday while two other vessels tried to tow it to safety, according to a Navy press release.
Online shoe retailer Zappos told customers this weekend that it has been the victim of a cyber attack affecting more than 24 million customer accounts in its database. The popular retailer, which is owned by Amazon.com, said customers' names, email addresses, billing and shipping addresses, phone numbers and the last four digits of credit cards numbers and scrambled passwords were stolen. But it said the hackers had not been able to access servers that held customers critical credit card and other payment data. "We were recently the victim of a cyber attack by a criminal who gained access to parts of our internal network and systems through one of our servers in Kentucky," Zappos chief executive Tony Hsieh said in an email to staff which was posted on the company's blog on Sunday.
Polaroid – The iconic film company Polaroid is determined not to get left behind in an increasingly digital age. A new Android-powered point-and-shoot camera is part of that reinvention. Check out the Polaroid SC1630 Smart Camera debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas. The camera features a 3.2-inch touchscreen and the full Android app market. It's a 16-megapixel camera with a 3x optical zoom, and it includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Obama administration said over the weekend that it would not support legislation mandating changes to Internet infrastructure to fight online copyright and trademark infringement. "Proposed laws must not tamper with the technical architecture of the Internet through manipulation of the Domain Name System (DNS), a foundation of Internet security," the administration . "Our analysis of the DNS filtering provisions in some proposed legislation suggests that they pose a real risk to cybersecurity and yet leave contraband goods and services accessible online. We must avoid legislation that drives users to dangerous, unreliable DNS servers and puts next-generation security policies, such as the deployment of DNSSEC, at risk."
The co-founder of Pinkberry Frozen yogurt has been charged with assault for attacking a homeless panhandler with a tire iron after the man flashed a provocative tattoo at him, authorities said on Tuesday. Young Lee, 47, a kick boxer turned architect, helped create the Los Angeles-based Pinkberry in 2005 and the company has since grown to over 170 locations around the world. Lee was arrested on Monday at the Los Angeles International Airport after arriving on a flight from South Korea, police said. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon, causing great bodily harm, the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office said.
Bomb blasts killed at least 14 prisoners travelling in a security vehicle in northwest Syria on Saturday and troops fought rebels elsewhere as the Arab League weighed whether to keep monitors in place.
Technology News January 15, 2012 -
On Wednesday of this week – Wikipedia will go offline for a day – in protest of the proposed anti-piracy laws, saying that sites like theirs will be affected if such legislation is passed.
Wikipedia's English-language site shut down at midnight Eastern Standard Time Tuesday and the organization said it would stay down for 24 hours. Instead of encyclopedia articles, visitors to the site saw a stark black-and-white page with the message: "Imagine a world without free knowledge." It carried a link to information about the two congressional bills and details about how to reach lawmakers.
Seen on Google – This Electronic Petition Saying: Two bills before Congress, known as the Protect IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, would censor the Web and impose harmful regulations on American business. Millions of Internet users and entrepreneurs already oppose SOPA and PIPA. The Senate will begin voting on January 24th. Please let them know how you feel. Sign this petition urging Congress to vote NO on PIPA and SOPA before it is too late.
Apple is scheduled to host an education-related event on January 19 -- shrouded with a veil of mystery, as always. A says the company is about to unveil a set of tools to create interactive e-books. Previous rumors that Apple will show no new devices, and that the event will center around Apple's new partnerships with textbook publishers.
Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang is leaving the struggling Internet company, as it tries to revive its revenue growth and win over disgruntled shareholders under a new leader. The surprise departure, announced Tuesday, comes just two weeks after Yahoo Inc. hired former PayPal executive Scott Thompson as its CEO.
FaceBook Auto Share - Sixty apps that let users publish information automatically to Facebook launched at a news conference held at a trendy nightclub here on Wednesday. Many of these are new versions of existing online services or mobile apps. Apps for foodies, like Foodspotting and Foodily, can publish to a user's Facebook profile when she updates her digital diary of meals. Ticketmaster can publish to Facebook when customers buy concert tickets. Since the launch of Facebook Music in September, participants such as MOG and Spotify have reported large increases in membership. Some 400,000 people coming from Facebook have signed up for MOG accounts since September, and each day, Facebook sends an average of 4,000 people who have never visited MOG before, David Hyman, the music company's CEO, said in a phone interview.
AT&T on Wednesday hiked rates on its smartphone and tablet data plans. The new rates will go into effect on Sunday, but only new customers will be affected. Those under contract will keep their current rates. AT&T said that existing customers will not be required to switch to the new rates, even if they upgrade their phones. The wireless giant raised the cost of its lowest-tier data package to $20 per month, up from $15 -- a 33% price hike. AT&T offered a carrot alongside the stick: It increased the amount of data in that plan to 300 megabytes per month, up from 200 MB.
SOPA STOPPED FOR NOW - Immediately following Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’ss (D-NV) decision to postpone a full vote on “Protect IP Act” (PIPA), which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, Rep. Lamar Smith(R-TX), chief sponsor of the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA), has announced that he will delay further consideration of the contentious anti-piracy bill in the House “until there is wider agreement on a solution.” Earlier this week, Smith said that he would resume markup hearings on SOPA by the House Judiciary Committee, of which he is chairman, in February.The interruption of both bills follows Wednesday’s mass online blackout held in protest of the companion anti-piracy bills.“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy,” said Smith in a statement. “It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products.”
Apple currently has more than 360 retail stores doing business in towns and cities all around the world. As its 11-year-old retail empire steadily grows, it’s clear the computer giant is constantly on the lookout for locations which stand out, places that are a little different, spots that will bring consumers flooding through its doors and lining up at its cash desks. Following last month’s opening of its biggest ever store in Grand Central Terminal in New York, news has emerged that the iPhone maker will be opening a store-within-a-store in one of the world’s most famous department stores – Harrods in London.
Sports New January 15, 2012 -
Joe Paterno wishes he had done more after hearing accusations in 2002 that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky had been caught acting inappropriately with a young boy in the Penn State locker room, but admits he "didn't know which way to go" with the information. In an interview with Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post, Paterno's first since he was fired from the university on Nov. 9, Paterno reveals his thought process during a fateful meeting with graduate assistant Mike McQueary, as well as his regrets about the fallout that cost him his job and permanently tarnished his legacy.
NFC Divisional Games on FOX
FINAL: Saints 32 vs 49ers 36
FINAL: Giants 37 vs. Packers 20
AFC Divisional Games on CBS
FINAL: Broncos 10 vs.Patriots 45
FINAL: Texans 13 vs. Ravens 20
The Los Angeles Dodgers filed a proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan Friday, a little more than a week after resolving a court fight with Fox Sports that threatened plans to sell the ball club. The Dodgers said in court documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy in Wilmington, Del., that the pending sale of the team should satisfy all creditor claims in full, either through cash payments or assumption of the claims by the new team owners. The Dodgers intend to complete a sale of the team by April 30, as called for in a settlement with Major League Baseball. The April 30 date coincides with the deadline for Dodgers owner Frank McCourt to pay $131 million to his ex-wife, Jamie, as part of their divorce settlement.
Entertainment News January 15, 2012 -
Golden Globe Winners:
_ Picture, Drama: "The Descendants."
_ Picture, Musical or Comedy: "The Artist."
_ Actor, Drama: George Clooney, "The Descendants."
_ Actress, Drama: Meryl Streep, "The Iron Lady."
_ Director: Martin Scorsese, "Hugo."
_ Actor, Musical or Comedy: Jean Dujardin, "The Artist."
_ Actress, Musical or Comedy: Michelle Williams, "My Week With Marilyn."
_ Supporting Actor: Christopher Plummer, "Beginners."
_ Supporting Actress: Octavia Spencer, "The Help."
_ Foreign Language: "A Separation."
_ Animated Film: "The Adventures of Tintin."
_ Screenplay: Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris."
_ Original Score: Ludovic Bource, "The Artist."
_ Original Song: "Masterpiece" (music and lyrics by Madonna, Julie Frost, Jimmy Harry), "W.E."
TELEVISION Golden Globe Winners:
_ Series, Drama: "Homeland," Showtime.
_ Series, Musical or Comedy: "Modern Family," ABC.
_ Actor, Drama: Kelsey Grammer, "Boss."
_ Actress, Drama: Claire Danes, "Homeland."
_ Actress, Musical or Comedy: Laura Dern, "Enlightened."
_ Actor, Musical or Comedy: Matt LeBlanc, "Episodes."
_ Miniseries or Movie: "Downton Abbey (Masterpiece)," PBS.
_ Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Kate Winslet, "Mildred Pierce."
_ Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Idris Elba, "Luther."
_ Supporting Actress, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story."
_ Supporting Actor, Series, Miniseries or Movie: Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones."
New Pop Culture TV Channel - Four of the biggest players in the entertainment industry -- Ryan Seacrest, Mark Cuban, concert giant AEG and Hollywood powerhouse talent firm Creative Artists Agency -- are teaming up to launch a new pop culture cable channel. Called AXS (short for access), the cable network is envisioned to focus primarily on live programming aimed at entertainment aficionados. It is to include a heavy diet of concerts and lifestyle shows and use production facilities at AEG s downtown L.A. Live complex as its on-air home base. "The industry in Los Angeles is a sport," Cuban said of the channel's plans to cover show business on a 24/7 live basis. The network's flagship show is to be called "AXS Live," which Cuban described as a "'SportsCenter' for pop culture and music." The joint venture will be rebranding Cuban's HDNet channel, creating a new network that is expected to debut as soon as late spring. Cuban launched HDNet in 2001 and has struggled to get the network widely distributed. Currently in about 27 million homes, Cuban said he thinks having the weight of AEG behind the channel will boost its reach.
Will.i.am - At the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, Will.i.am announced that he's doing a global tour with Intel to promote its new Ultrabooks. Fans will be able to follow his journey as he visits 12 countries in 12 months recording music and filming his adventures. He helped design the new willpower360 app, which allows viewers to experience the Ultrabook Project from any angle.
Passing – Goodbye Etta James - The 73-year-old blues legend died on Friday at Riverside (CA) Community Hospital from complications of leukemia, with her husband and sons at her side, her manager, Lupe De Leon said. James recorded a string of hits in the late 1950s and '60s including "Trust In Me," ''Something's Got a Hold On Me," ''Sunday Kind of Love," ''All I Could Do Was Cry," and of course, "At Last."
Passing – Ironic - The man that discovered Etta James in 1955 – music man Johnny Otis - at the age of 90.
TV Ratings News – “American Idol” debut - continued to slip Thursday night after dropping with its season premiere Wednesday night, while NBC's new drama "The Firm" continued its slide, according to preliminary numbers.
Fox's "American Idol," which Wednesday night premiered to a 24 percent decline versus last season's premiere, dropped off another 19 percent with Thursday's installment, clocking a 5.7/15 in the adults 18-49 demographic and receiving 14 million total viewers. That was similar to the percentage dip that the show experienced between last season's first and second night.
"Idol" was still the night's top-rated program, and pushed Fox to a ratings win with an average 3.9/10. It also boosted "The Finder" at 9 p.m., which grew 29 percent from last week's premiere with a 2.2/5 and 6.7 million total viewers.
CBS took the second-highest ratings of the week with "The Big Bang Theory" at 8, which scored a 5.2/14 and 15.7 million total viewers. "Rob" at 8:30 dropped 12 percent from its strong premiere last week, hitting a 3.6/9 and drawing 11.7 million total viewers. "Person of Interest" at 9 received a 3.3/8 and 14.3 million total viewers, while "The Mentalist" the following hour drew a 2.9/8 and 14 million total viewers. The network took most-watched status for the night with an average 14 million total viewers.
Hot Pop Hits January 15 2012 -
We Found Love – Rihanna With Calvin Harris
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
It Will Rain – Bruno Mars
The One That Got Away – Katy Perry
Sexy And I Know It – LMFAO
Ni**as In Paris – Jay Z Kanye West
Turn Me On – David Guetta fea. Nick Minaj
Rack City – Tyga
Young, Wild & Free – Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa fea. Bruno Mars
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO fea. lauren Bennett & GoonRock
Dance (A$$) – Big Sean fea. Nicki Minaj
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 fea. Christina Aguilera
Work Out – J. Cole
Domino – Jessie J
Stereo Hearts – Gym Class Heroes fea. Adam Levine
Someone Like You – Adele
Not Over You – Gavin DeGraw
The Motto Drake fea. Lil Wayne
Without You – David Guetta fea. Usher
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
International Love – Pitbull fea. Chris Brown
Top Movies January 15, 2012 -
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Beaty and the Beast
Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
The Iron Lady
Top TV Shows/TV Guide January 15, 2012 -
1.AFC Divisional Playoff: Denver at New EnglandCBS2.FOX NFC Playoff: NY Giants at Green BayFOX3.NCISCBS4.Golden Globe AwardsNBC5.NCIS: Los AngelesCBS6.The Big Bang TheoryCBS7.Person of InterestCBS8.The MentalistCBS9.RobCBS10.Modern FamilyABC11.Blue BloodsCBS12.Undercover BossCBS13.SimpsonsFOX14.UnforgettableCBS15.Grey's AnatomyABC16.CSI: NYCBS17.FOX NFC Playoff-Post GameFOX18.Once Upon a TimeABC19.CastleABC20.The Good WifeCBS