Dateline: Week Of July 1, 2012 In News, Pop Culture, Tech News & Fascinating Facts
News - Syria's main opposition group says nearly 800 people have been killed in escalating violence across the country in the past week. The Syrian National Council says in a statement released Sunday that most of the dead were killed in indiscriminate tank and helicopter shelling by regime forces on residential areas throughout Syria.
Utility crews untangled downed power lines and tree limbs Sunday, working to get the electricity turned back on for millions of people facing a second day of 100-degree temperatures without modern conveniences like air conditioning and refrigeration. The bulk of the storm damage was in West Virginia, Washington and the capital's Virginia and Maryland suburbs. At least six of the dead were killed in Virginia, including a 90-year-old woman asleep in her bed when a tree slammed into her home.
A Soyuz space capsule carrying a three-man multinational crew touched down safely Sunday on the southern steppes of Kazakhstan, bringing an end to their 193-day mission to the International Space Station.
Alan Poindexter, a two-time space shuttle astronaut, has died after a personal watercraftaccident in Pensacola, Florida, NASA said on Monday. Poindexter, 50, was riding WaveRunners with his two sons in Little Sabine Bay at Pensacola Beach on Sunday when the accident occurred, a spokesman for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said.
Scientists at Europe's CERN research centre have found a new subatomic particle, a basic building block of the universe, which appears to be the boson imagined and named half a century ago by theoretical physicist Peter Higgs. "We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature," CERN director general Rolf Heuer told a gathering of scientists and the world's media near Geneva on Wednesday. "The discovery of a particle consistent with the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger statistics, which will pin down the new particle's properties, and is likely to shed light on other mysteries of our universe."
Authorities in London arrested six possible terrorists -- subduing one with a stun-gun -- as part of a months-long international terrorprobe.The investigation that prompted today's arrests by armed policehas so far revealed no known connection to the Olympic Games set to begin later this month, although several arrests occurred near the main Olympic venue in London, according to a police statementand intelligence sources.
President Barack Obama kicks off his first bus tour of the 2012 campaign on Thursday with news meant to cheer struggling Rust Belt voters: His administration is taking on China over an allegedly unfair trade practice. Hours before the president was due in Ohio, the White House sent reporters a Toledo Blade reportthat the Obama administration would take aim at Chinese duties on some American-made cars and SUVs "including the Toledo, Ohio-made Jeep Wrangler." (Eerily excellent timing.)
Three children died and 24 people were rescued after a yacht bringing passengers out to view a Fourth of July fireworks display capsized in the waters off Long Island, N.Y. The boat capsized late Wednesday night as a result of weather and a wake from another vessel on the water, Nassau County Police Insp. Kenneth Lack said. The 24 passengers were rescued from the Long Island Sound after the boat capsized around 11 p.m. in the vicinity of Oyster Bay. The first person to be found dead in the water was discovered shortly after the distress call came in. Two others were located in the vessel hours after it sank by divers, Lack said early this morning. The identities and ages of the victims have not been released.
U.S. employers added only 80,000 jobs in June, a third straight month of weak hiring that shows the economy is still struggling three years after the recession ended.
The unemployment rate was unchanged at 8.2 percent, the Labor Department said Friday.
The economy added an average of just 75,000 jobs a month in the April-June quarter — one-third of the pace in the first quarter.
Lolong, a man-eating beast feared by locals, has set a Guinness Book of World Records mark as the world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity.
The giant crocodile measures 20.24 feet, weighs more than a ton and was blamed for several deaths before its capture by officials in the southern Philippines town of Bunawan in September, 2011.
Technology News July 1, 2012
Bad News For Blackberry as RIM reported 5,000 layoffs, a giant quarterly loss and -- worst of all -- another delay to its next BlackBerry system as the company's BlackBerry 10 operating system -- meant to be the linchpin of RIM's turnaround -- won't hit the market until the first quarter of 2013.
Dell is buying Quest Software for $2.4 billion to expand its offerings as its personal computer business weakens in an era of smartphones and sleeker devices like the iPad. Dell prizes Quest primarily for its nearly 1,300 engineers and its stable of software designed for businesses and government agencies. In particular, Dell is counting on Quest to help sell more servers, networking and storage products and computing services — all of which are typically more profitable than PCs these days.
Netflix Sets Streaming Record - Netflix CEO Reed Hastings posted on Facebok that the company had exceeded 1 billion hours of streaming video in June. It had never hit that number in a single month before, Hastings said.
Android users, beware: Spammers have begun to use Android smartphones to create a global botnet that bombards Web users with bogus emails. The Android botnet was first uncovered by a Microsoft researcher, and has also been confirmed by other cybersecurity experts. Botnets are mostly illegal networks of computers (usually desktop or laptop PCs) that are controlled by hackers and are regularly used to send out spam. Most often, users do not know that their computers are part of a botnet.
MegaUpload founder Kim DotCom, a man indicted by the U.S. government for criminal copyright violations, conspiracy, money laundering and wire fraud, alleges that Vice President Joe Biden ordered a U.S. Attorney to pursue its aggressive case against him and his company. If true, that shouldn't come as a big surprise to even the most casual follower of the antipiracy debate. (DotCom cited no evidence for his claim, telling the site TorrentFreak only that a "credible source" informed him Biden ordered the crackdown.
Malware Problem Warning - Tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday(Jul9) unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago. The warnings about the Internet problem have been splashed across Facebook and Google. Internet service providers have sent notices, and the FBI set up a special website. According to the FBI, the number of computers that probably are infected is more than 277,000 worldwide, down from about 360,000 in April. About 64,000 still-infected computers are probably in the United States. The problem began when international hackers ran an online advertising scam to take control of more than 570,000 infected computers around the world. When the FBI went in to take down the hackers back in November, agents realized that if they turned off the malicious servers being used to control the computers, all the victims would lose their Internet service. In a highly unusual move, the FBI set up a safety net. They brought in a private company to install two clean Internet servers to take over for the malicious servers so that people would not suddenly lose their Internet.
Windows to Apple PC Lead Dwindling - A leading tech analyst has put together a graphic showing that the ratio of Windows-based computers to Macs has tightened dramatically and is closer than it has been in a decade and a half.Analyst Horace Dediu of Asymco has been following the Mac-PC war for years and recently crunched the numbers to show that, in 2011, Microsoft's PC desktops and laptops outsold Apple's Macs by a less-than 20-to-1 ratio.Which, sure, is still lopsided. But it's the lowest margin since 1996 and is roughly the same as 1985, shortly after the Mac was first released. And it's significantly tighter than in 2004, the PC's high-water mark, when it was outselling Macs by a ratio approaching 60-to-1.
Entertainment News Week Of July 1, 2012 -
CNN’s Anderson Cooper has confirmed what most people in the media world and New York already knew: He is gay. "The fact is, I'm gay," Cooper wrote in an email to Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan. "Always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."
Pop Music July 1, 2012
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Payphone – Maroon 5 fea. Wiz halifa
Somebody That I Used To Know – Gotye fea. Kimbra
Wide Awake – Katy Perry
We Are Young – fun. Fea. Janelle Monae
Lights – Ellie Goulding
Where Have You Been – Rihanna
What Makes You Beautiful – One Direction
Scream – Usher
Starships – Nicki Minaj
Wild Ones – Flo Rida fea. Sia
Glad You Came – The Wanted
Back In Time – Pitbull
Brokenhearted – Karmin
Drunk On You – Luke Bryan
Mercy – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chaniz
Drive By – Train
Springsteen – Eric Church
Boyfriend – Justin Bieber
Stronger – Kelly Clarkson
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Everybody Talks – Neon Trees
Top Movies July 1, 2012 -
The Amazing Spider-Man (1st week $140 million)
Typer Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted
Katy Perry: Part of Me (1st week $10.2 million)
To Rome With Love