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/ 3 June 2008

Chinese premier hailed as Facebook star

China’s state media on Tuesday hailed Premier Wen Jiabao as the world’s sixth-most-popular politician on the social networking site Facebook — well ahead of United States President George Bush. Wen Jiabao’s profile was set up two days after he rushed to the scene of the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan province to oversee rescue efforts.

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/ 1 June 2008

Obama quits Chicago church after race rows

Democrat Barack Obama said on Saturday he had quit his long-time Chicago church after months of controversy over racially laced pulpit rhetoric that still threatens to tarnish his White House hopes. The Illinois senator said he and his wife, Michelle, were withdrawing from the 8 000-strong congregation of the Trinity United Church of Christ.

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/ 31 May 2008

Another ‘pastor disaster’ upsets Obama campaign

Barack Obama’s campaign on Friday tried to contain a new ”pastor disaster” prompted by a video of a Catholic guest preacher at his Chicago church mocking Hillary Clinton’s tears.In a sermon last Sunday, Father Michael Pfleger, a long-time ally of Obama, accused Clinton and white voters of believing she deserved to be president because she is white.

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/ 18 May 2008

Kruger battle goes from YouTube to TV

David Budzinski was riding in a four-wheel drive across the Kruger National Park in South Africa in September 2004. His group spotted a few lions and a herd of buffalo near a watering hole, but it wasn’t long before the lions charged the herd, singling out a buffalo calf. What followed has become the stuff of internet legend.

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/ 30 April 2008

Ronaldo in hiding after incident with sex-workers

Ronaldo went into hiding on Tuesday after an encounter with cross-dressing sex-workers that prompted police to investigate whether to charge one with trying to extort money from the three-time Fifa player of the year. The AC Milan striker, in Brazil recovering from a knee surgery, cancelled two TV appearances, and local media said he will continue physiotherapy at his home.

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/ 28 April 2008

Meme genies and a meeting of minds

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston usually plays host to the world’s leading scientists, Nobel laureates and technological pioneers. But at the weekend it was overrun by more than 500 self-professed ”internet geeks”. They were attending ROFLCon, a web symposium which attempted to answer conundrums such as why so many people like watching animated hamsters dance.

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/ 22 April 2008

Blogging in your dreams? Time to unplug

Sharon Sarmiento knew it was time to unplug when she realised she was blogging in her dreams and hearing imaginary instant messages. She is part of a new grassroots movement in which tech geeks, internet addicts, Blackberry thumbers and compulsive IMers are wresting back control of their lives by daring to switch off — if only for a day.

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/ 18 April 2008

Google makes gains during credit crunch

The internet company Google has defied predictions of economic doom by delivering a 31% surge in quarterly profits, which appeared to vindicate the company’s claims that people will continue searching the web in a recession. Google’s first-quarter earnings jumped from -billion to ,31-billion.

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/ 17 April 2008

China snubs CNN apology over remarks

China on Thursday snubbed an apology from CNN over remarks by one of its commentators as a wave of verbal assaults on foreign media raised concerns over coverage at this summer’s Beijing Olympics. CNN’s explanation that a commentator was referring to China’s leaders — not the people — as a ”bunch of goons and thugs”.

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/ 9 April 2008

Yahoo!’s Flickr website expands into video

Yahoo! will begin showing homemade videos on its online photo-sharing site, Flickr, in a long-anticipated move that may be too late to lure most people away from the internet’s dominant video channel, Google’s YouTube. Flickr’s video technology is the latest example of Yahoo! trying to catch up to Google in a crucial battleground.

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/ 31 March 2008

US lauds Martin Luther King, but undermines his legacy

The National Civil Rights Museum sits in what was the Lorraine Motel, just beyond the shadows of Memphis’s skyscrapers and the garish neon glow of Beale Street — the main drag made famous by the likes of BB King and James Baldwin. The first words of the first exhibit state: ”Protest against injustice is deeply rooted in the African-American experience.”

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/ 27 March 2008

Museums exhibit high-tech appeal

Paintings and sculptures long stored away are finding a new audience as museums strive for mass appeal with high-tech websites packed with video, podcasts and interactive elements. Moreover, these institutions are finding that rather than diminishing the number of museum visits, the web is actually boosting in-person attendance.

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/ 20 March 2008

Obama: Race row has ‘shaken me up’

Democratic White House hopeful Barack Obama on Wednesday admitted to being ”shaken” by a controversy over racial politics ignited by his pastor’s incendiary sermons. Obama, who gave a landmark speech about race in America on Tuesday, admitted in an interview with CNN that the matter had affected him personally.

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/ 17 March 2008

Hulu turns on internet television

News Corporation and NBC Universal has begun offering free online television to the United States public through internet joint venture The much-anticipated online service boasts a rich library of shows and films people can view old-fashioned television style — supported by advertising.

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/ 2 February 2008

Yahoo! was king of the net — then came Google

With a market value of -billion, Google’s power has become awe-inspiring. Its profits rocketed by 40% to ,2-billion last year and it swallowed the popular video-sharing website YouTube. Through Microsoft’s ,6-billion takeover bid for Yahoo!, the technology establishment hit back at Google’s seemingly unstoppable rise.

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/ 28 January 2008

YouTube goes mobile

YouTube on Thursday began making all of its videos available on the latest-generation cellphones as people increasingly shift to accessing the internet on the go. YouTube for Mobile lets people view any of the popular website’s videos, provided their cellphones can stream the data and are linked to a high-speed 3G network.