May 23, 2014 |
PHARRELL WILLIAMS ' "Happy" has become so popular, it's virtually impossible to go a day without seeing or hearing some new version of it on TV or YouTube. It's even made its way to Iran. And in Iran, that's not a good thing. An Internet video of six young Iranian men and women dancing to "Happy" has led to their arrests. Darn you, Western infidels. Criticism outside Iran was predictably swift yesterday, with calls for freedom for the jailed youths. Pharrell tweeted: "It's beyond sad these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.
May 24, 2013 |
Jaded by juggling multiple remotes? Confounded by the connections linking your TV to your cable box to your DVD and other devices in your television room? Ignorant of how to switch inputs - or even which control to use? You know who you are, and some of you have spent time at my house. Microsoft, the long-dominant software-maker lately eclipsed by Apple's smartphones and tablets, says it has an answer: a central command station for your television, gaming, music, Internet video, even Skype video calls - all controlled by your voice and gestures.
October 15, 2012
News and headlines The headline reads "Obama keeps his lead in Pa. " (Thursday), yet that's not what the story says. The Inquirer's poll showed President Obama's lead falling from 11 percent to 8 percent, so you could just as easily have said, "Obama's lead narrows by 25%. " Further into the story, we read that one of the pollsters says Obama is "treading water," and that most undecided voters will go to Romney. Yet the headline gives the impression that Obama has lost no ground to Romney.
October 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration on Monday rejected a demand from a senior Republican lawmaker that the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations to resign. Rep. Peter King of New York said last week Susan Rice's explanation of the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was a foreign policy failure. He told CNN that Rice - a possible candidate for secretary of state if President Obama wins reelection - should resign for comments she made five days after the attack saying the evidence gathered at that point indicated it was not a premeditated or coordinated strike.
August 30, 2012 |
EVERY DAY there seems to be some new sign of the apocalypse. (For the record, Tattle's signs of the apocalypse do not necessarily agree with the signs predicted by evangelical Christians, Mayans or Nostradamus.) Today's sign is that the Walker Art Center, a once well-regarded museum of modern art in Minneapolis, is presenting its first Internet Cat Video Film Festival to showcase the best in filmed feline high jinks. That's right, the YouTubey time-wasters that get millions of people to click away from important news stories are getting their own festival.
June 14, 2012 |
When the Atlanta Braves staged an alumni reunion last weekend, a paunchy guy wearing No. 8 turned up, signed autographs, glad-handed with former players, attended a ceremony where John Smoltz's number was retired and participated in the softball game. He said he was former bullpen coach John Sullivan, who spent two years in Atlanta before following Bobby Cox to Toronto in 1982. Cox, who never forgets anybody who played for him, was embarrassed not to recognize the guy and finally asked a staffer who No. 8 was. Told it was John Sullivan, Cox immediately knew it was an imposter.
April 6, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - A wildly popular Internet video turned African warlord Joseph Kony into a household name and boosted the international hunt for the brutal rebel leader. Can a sequel do more? That's the burning question for the small California advocacy group Invisible Children and its follow-up, Kony 2012 Part II . The Associated Press was given a copy of the sequel before its Thursday release. Part II repeats some of the same slick, inspiring shots as the original of a young global community mobilizing into action.
January 20, 2012 |
THINK YOU'RE having a bad day? Things could be worse. For example, you could be the unsuspecting star of an Internet video gone viral. Or you could be a resident of Allen, Texas. Or you could be on staff at a hospital in Argentina that got a shocking visit by hooligans yesterday. Let the trilogy of horror begin: * In New Orleans, an intoxicated LSU fan passed out in a burger joint after college football's national title game. Later, he and the rest of the online world discovered that someone had been filming while a man wearing an Alabama jacket plunked his genitals on the sleeping drunk's head and simulated a sex act. New Orleans police don't see any humor in the prank and are asking the public for help in identifying the Alabama fan. Good luck with that description.
January 14, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps on Friday laid the groundwork for deciding what, if any, disciplinary action will be taken in the case of an Internet video purporting to show Marine snipers urinating on dead bodies in Afghanistan. The top Marine officer, Gen. James Amos, appointed three-star Gen. Thomas Waldhauser to oversee the case. Waldhauser named another officer to do an internal Marine Corps investigation, which is in addition to a criminal probe under way by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
December 8, 2011 |
SAN FRANCISCO - To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the boneheaded decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the last five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director. Shaking off the stigma of a massive flop won't be easy, a challenge Hastings acknowledged late Tuesday when he spoke at a UBS investor conference in New York. After his host mentioned the mystique surrounding Hastings as Netflix's fortunes soared a year ago, Hastings quipped: "Now, it's just pity.