Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Stephen Sondheim has '20 or 30 minutes' written of a new musical

Stephen Sondheim may not give a whit about posterity, as he tells a reporter with the London Evening Standard, but that doesn't mean he's content to rest on his classics.

Stephen Sondheim may not give a whit about posterity, as he tells a reporter with the London Evening Standard, but that doesn't mean he's content to rest on his classics.

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Wealthy, motivated by greed, are more likely to cheat, study finds

People of higher status are more prone to cheating, taking candy from children and failing to wait their turn at four-way stops, a UC Berkeley experiment finds.

The rich really are different from the rest of us, scientists have found — they are more apt to commit unethical acts because they are more motivated by greed.

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Ads Coming to Official iPhone and Android Twitter Apps

Get ready for Twitter ads on your smartphone. Today Twitter announced the inclusion of Promoted Tweets in its native iPhone and Android apps.

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Twitter Brings Promoted Tweets and Accounts to Mobile Apps

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Giant Prehistoric Penguins Stood Nearly 5 Feet Tall

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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Romney adds to delegate lead with win in Arizona

Mitt Romney added to his lead in the race for convention delegates Tuesday with a win in the Arizona Republican presidential primary.

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Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 4.2 hands-on

Samsung Galaxy S Wifi 4.2

Android Central at Mobile World Congress On paper, the Samsung Galaxy S Wifi looks to be a pretty basic PMP with Android and Samsung's TouchWiz user interface. In person, that's exactly what it turns out to be. You've got a 4.2-inch TFT IPS display at HVGA resolution. You've got a 1GHz processor. You've got Android 2.3. And you've got a punch of preloaded games and media options. And that's about it. No glitz, no gimmicks. 

The Galaxy S Wifi 4.2 (in addition to having a pretty awkward name) feels decent enough in the hand, if a little boxy. It's straight-up Samsung plastic, and the white and chrome stand out nicely in bright light.

The big question for a device like this, of course, is the price. Anything under $299 (remember that there won't be a montly bill involved with this guy) should be doable. Get at at $199 and below, and it could sell nicely.

We've got more pics and video after the break.

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Identity of missing mom provides one piece to murder mystery

The woman's nude body was found floating in the muddy Brazos River in 1975, her features unrecognizable save for her flawlessly painted scarlet fingernails and flowing yellow hair. [...] after 37 years, the 22-year-old mother has been identified by Harris County forensics experts as Gloria Faye Stringer, opening an investigation into her possible murder and inflaming the long-held suspicions of Austin County Justice of the Peace Dennis R. King, a man committed to the case for decades. King and Austin County Sheriff's investigators will try to determine how a woman who owned no car and couldn't swim ended up naked and dead in a river 87 miles away from her last known address. Among other theories, officials are looking at whether her death is linked to the unsolved serial killings of young women and teens abducted from the Houston and Galveston areas in the 1970s. Different sheriffs got elected, deputies retired or moved on and part of the file was lost ... if King had died or left office this may never have been solved. Three days later, boys fishing near their subdivision in Sealy spotted a body afloat in the fast-moving Brazos River, about two miles upstream from where the river crosses Interstate 10, said King, who arrived at the scene as a 29-year-old rookie in his first year as Justice of the Peace. [...] an artist for the Texas Rangers, Suzanne Birdwell, produced a portrait of a 19-year-old with a pug nose, large pouting lips and widely-spaced oval eyes whose face was framed by a popular 1970s hairstyle. [...] a combination of 11 different clues helped convince doctors Jennifer Love and Dwayne Wolf of the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to positively confirm Stringer's identity earlier this month.

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Microsoft Says Google Bypasses IE Privacy Controls

Google responds by calling IE's privacy system outmoded and impractical; Microsoft takes some heat for selective presentation of facts.

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Monday, 27 February 2012

Kobayashi battles ?strange? conditions

Kamui Kobayashi says 'strange' track conditions on Thursday afternoon hindered Sauber's testing programme on the penultimate day of the second test. The Japanese driver finished the day third fastest, 1.191s down on Williams's Pastor Maldonado, after a late morning run on Pirelli's soft compound

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Kid Rock to show support for Detroit Symphony

Pamela Anderson's ex-husband, Kid Rock, is teaming up with the Detroit Symphony for a fundraiser concert.

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In battle with squirrels, solar panels finally claim victory

After suffering a solar panel power outage due to squirrels with a taste for electrical cables, CNET's Martin LaMonica evens the score and learns his lesson.

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Intel's new Core i5 chip qualifies for protection plan

Intel has rolled out a handful of new Core i5 desktop processors, including one that raises the clock speed and qualifies for a new protection plan under which CPUs can be replaced.

The quad-core Core i5-2550K runs at a clock speed of 3.4GHz and is based on the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture. The fastest clock speed in the Core i5 desktop processor line was previously provided by the Core i5-2500K chip, which ran at 3.3GHz.

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Sheriff & Senate Candidate Ran Private Boarding School with History of Physical & Sexual Abuse

The DeSisto School sits abandoned in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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Sunday, 26 February 2012

JaguarPC Adds Voice Tutorials to Growing Collection of Support Videos

A market leader in the field of shared web hosting, virtual private server hosting services (VPS hosting), and dedicated server hosting announced today the addition of voice tutorials to its exhaustive customer support range. To support the web hosting provider?s large customer base, JaguarPC offers a vast selection of Flash-based, animated tutorials featuring captured images to illustrate processes and procedures. The full range of tutorials available from JaguarPC covers numerous subjects, including transferring domains to JaguarPC, setting up email, working with content management systems, and, for reseller hosting service customers, using WebHostManager (WHM) to deploy and manage accounts. Adding a friendly voice that can literally tell our customers what they need to know makes things easier to understand, gives customers a more enjoyable, relaxed experience and ? most importantly ? helps make the information stick with our visitors long-term. Designed to serve as a single location where JaguarPC customers can arm themselves with the knowledge they need to build their business online, the tutorials also feature information on using Facebook, LinkedIn, and other social media outlets to market a website. JaguarPC has recently expanded their competitive service range and pledged ongoing commitment to outstanding support with the expansion of its U.S.-based technical support staff, available via phone, email, chat, or ticket, 24/7/365.

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Ford expects cooling advantage

Ford believes its cars go into the NASCAR Sprint Cup season-opening Daytona 500 with a crucial advantage as the FR9 engine's cooling system appears to be coping better with this year's rules package than rival motors. Technical rule changes, designed to limit the tandem-racing that prevailed at restrictor-plate tracks last year, have made engine cooling more critical than ever in NASCAR's biggest race.

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HP Envy 15 Laptop, $897

Get $450 off an HP Envy 15 laptop with an instant rebate and coupon code.

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LiveJournal Shines Spotlight On User Content

LJ Media launch aims to promote selected LiveJournal communities with a mix of technical and marketing support.

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Watch a Live Feed of This Weekend?s Spectacular Planetary Alignment

Get ready for some awesome planetary alignment action this weekend. The moon, Venus, and Jupiter ? the three brightest objects in the night sky ? will be putting on a dazzling celestial show shortly after sunset both Feb. 25 and 26, coming together in a tight triangle. And if you can't see it where you are, watch this live online feed.

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Saturday, 25 February 2012

Live Nation stock takes a stage dive on earnings miss

Shares of Live Nation Entertainment Inc., which did not disclose its fourth-quarter net loss when it reported its earnings Thursday, took a big hit Friday as investors got wind of the number.

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Tetris Lamp Brings Nostalgic Puzzle Fun to Your Desk

This Tetris-themed desk lamp looks awesome, and it won't disappear when you fill a row with blocks.

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Oscars Acceptance Speeches: The Best And The Worst

MTV News looks back on the most moving speeches and those that left us cringing.
By John Mitchell

Jennifer Hudson at the 2007 Oscars
Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images

Delivering a good Oscar acceptance speech is not easy. If you over prepare, you seem arrogant, like you knew you were going to win all along, and if you aren't ready for your name to be called, you're almost certain to forget to thank your significant other or your film's director. Some Oscar winners suffer from a serious case of the sniffles and leave audiences unsure what they even said, while others go off on tangents that have nothing to do with movies at all.

In the end, though, it mostly just comes down to having that special something, that je ne sais quoi. And let's face it, you've either got it or you don't. Below are five stars we think nailed it when they were called onstage and five who, well, didn't exactly charm viewers' pants off on movies' biggest night.

Cuba Gooding Jr., Best Supporting Actor, "Jerry Maguire" (1998)
Gooding's acceptance speech is basically an exercise in pure joy. The actor leapt to the stage and earnestly thanked just about everyone he's ever met, starting with his mother and God, and issued "I love you's" to "Maguire" co-star Tom Cruise, director Cameron Crowe and pretty much everyone else who worked on the film. His genuine enthusiasm captured the crowd and earned him a standing ovation.

Halle Berry, Best Actress, "Monsters Ball" (2002)
History was made when Berry won the Best Actress statue — she was the first African American woman to claim the lead actress prize — and she honored the moment with an emotional speech that she dedicated to "every nameless, faceless woman of color who now has a chance after tonight because this door has been opened." She thanked the actors and actresses of color who came before her and declared the moment "so much bigger" than herself. Her speech was an exercise in humility and surprise — two things most Oscar acceptance speeches could benefit from.

Jennifer Hudson, Best Supporting Actress, "Dreamgirls" (2007)
Hudson's took home the Oscar for her very first film performance and delivered a simple acceptance speech that was probably most notable for how humble and truly surprised she seemed to hear her name called. Though she'd been a favorite throughout awards season that year, she seemed shocked when George Clooney announced that she'd won and stuttered and stumbled her way through her speech, but was sure to thank all those she needed to, from "Dreamgirls" director Bill Condon and her co-stars to her family, friends and Jennifer Holliday, who originated the role of Effie White on Broadway.

Tom Hanks, Best Actor, "Philadelphia" (1994)
Hank's Oscar acceptance speech may well be the only one to have inspired a movie itself. His lengthy speech was marked by some traits we don't always love — it certainly felt rehearsed — but the actor's gratitude seemed genuine when he thanked his high school drama teacher, Rawley Farnsworth, as well as a former classmate, who he called "two of the finest gay Americans, two wonderful men." There was only one problem: Farnsworth was still in the closet about his sexuality. The slip of the lip inspired the 1997 film "In & Out," in which Kevin Kline plays a high school drama teacher outed when his former student (played by Matt Dillon) wins an Oscar. In a nice turn of events, the always lovely Joan Cusack earned an Oscar nomination herself playing Kline's jilted fiancée in "In & Out."

Julia Roberts, Best Actress, "Erin Brockovich" (2001)
Then easily the world's biggest female movie star, a clearly nervous and deeply happy Roberts delivered a gracious — and long — speech that she wisely prefaced by asking the orchestra director, whom she referred to as "Stick Man," to sit on his baton. She burst out in fits of laughter throughout and charmed the audience with asides about her director Steven Soderbergh, then-boyfriend Benjamin Bratt and her co-stars and delivered what was maybe the most gracious "thank you" ever to the other women up for Best Actress that year: Joan Allen, Juliette Binoche, Ellen Burstyn and Laura Linney.

Marlon Brando, Best Actor, "The Godfather Part" (1973)
There are plenty of places for actors to make political statements, but the Oscars really isn't one of them. The film legend did not attend the 1973 Academy Awards and instead famously sent American Indian rights activist "Sacheen Littlefeather," nee Marie Cruz, in his place with a 15-page statement to read onstage if he won the prize — which he did. An Academy Awards producer intercepted her backstage and threatened to have her physically removed if she spoke for longer than 60 seconds, so when Littlefeather stepped onstage to accept Brando's prize, she waved the Oscar away and gave an off-the-cuff speech about the Wounded Knee Incident.

The incident inspired the Academy to alter its rules to not permit proxies to accept Oscar trophies.

Adrien Brody, Best Actor, "The Pianist" (2003)
Some loved Brody's enthusiastic speech while others took great issue with his onstage behavior. When the actor reached the stage to accept his prize, the first thing he did was sweep Halle Berry up into his arms and plant a passionate kiss on the clearly shocked actress's lips. While it seemed mostly harmless and Berry was a good sport about the ordeal, many thought it inappropriate as he clearly did not have her consent before kissing her.

James Cameron, Best Director, "Titanic" (1998)
The only word to sum up Cameron's Best Director speech is "arrogant." Throughout his otherwise inoffensive speech, the director seemed imbued with the confidence of a man who knew the prize was his before his name was even called, which is fine and dandy and probably not all that overreaching, as his film was widely acclaimed and well on its way to becoming the highest-grossing film ever. However, his decision to conclude with one of the film's most famous lines — "I'm king of the world"— left a sour taste in the mouths of viewers.

Angelina Jolie, Best Supporting Actress, "Girl, Interrupted" (2000)
Everything about Angelina Jolie's Oscar evening the night of her win was, well, kind of weird. Not only was the drop-dead-gorgeous actress dressed like Morticia Adams, she brought her brother, James Haven Voight, as her date and the pair acted a little too close for comfort on the red carpet. They kissed and clung to each other and it was totally gross ... then she won the Best Supporting Actress prize and thanked her bro, saying, "I'm just so in love with my brother right now." The whole thing was awkward and the incident haunted the actress for years, until her tabloid drama with current partner Brad Pitt and her humanitarian work on behalf of refugees finally overshadowed the strange behavior.

Michael Moore, Best Documentary Feature, "Bowling For Columbine" (2003)
Like Brando, Moore used the Oscars as a political forum and it was just as inappropriate when he did it. Moore scored the documentary prize for "Columbine," a powerful film about gun violence in America, but rather than thank those who helped him make the important doc, he used the stage to express his disdain for President George W. Bush and his disagreement with the decision to invade Iraq. "We are against this war, Mr. Bush," Moore chastised. "Shame on you, Mr. Bush, shame on you." No, shame on Michael Moore for using the Oscars as a soap box when they are supposed to be a celebration of film.

What Oscar speeches do you think should make the lists of best and worst? Leave your comment below!

The MTV Movies team has the 2012 Oscars covered! Stick with us for everything you need to know leading up to the awards show, and head to Next Movie for a printable Oscar ballot. On Sunday, tune into at 5 p.m. ET for our two-and-a-half-hour red-carpet live stream and updates on the night's big winners. To join the live conversation, tweet @MTVNews with the hashtag #Oscars.

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Webber not worried about reliability

Mark Webber says he is not unduly concerned by the reliability problems he suffered at Barcelona on Thursday, after a gearbox failure cut short a race distance attempt in the morning. The Australian insists that Red Bull Racing's ambitious targets always leave it wanting more - but he remains confident that recent title-winning form bodes well

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FDA panel recommends new diet drug Qnexa

For 10 years, Louis Aronne has been giving patients a combination of phentermine, a 50-year-old stimulant widely used to control appetite, and topiramate, a newer antiseizure drug, to help them lose weight.

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Friday, 24 February 2012

No. 7 Duke women hold off No. 5 Miami 74-64

Elizabeth Williams scored 19 points and No. 7 Duke held on to beat No. 5 Miami 74-64 on Friday night, clinching the top seed in next week's Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

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Sony Completes Buy of Sony Ericsson, Will Rename as Sony Mobile Communications

Sony said Thursday it had completed its purchase of the Sony Ericsson mobile phone joint venture and turned the company into a subsidiary, which it will soon...

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FTC Reaches $359 Million Settlement Over 'Free' Trial Offers

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has reached a suspended US$359 million settlement with a Canadian businessman and his companies for charging customers for...

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