Facebook founder Mark unveiled changes to member profile pages

WASHINGTON: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg unveiled changes to member profile pages on Sunday and said the movie "The Social Network" got "hugely basic" things wrong about the origins of the site.

Zuckerberg, in an interview with the CBS show "60 Minutes, said he turned down an opportunity to sell Facebook to Yahoo! for one billion dollars four years ago and made it clear he is in no hurry to take the company public.

Japan create robot to help people with disabilities

TOKYO: Japan is pioneering robot technology to help make everyday life easier for people with disabilities, including a robot guide for the blind, and robotic legs which can help disabled people stand up and walk.

Japanese create a giant teddy bear robot nurse

TOKYO: Japanese researchers have created a robot nurse that can lift elderly patients from wheelchairs and beds. Naturally, it looks like a giant teddy bear.

Riba, short for Robot for Interactive Body Assistance, was developed by the state-run Riken research center. Promoters are calling it the world's first robot to lift people in its arms.

Riba can move patients weighing up to 134 pounds in its foam-padded paws and transfer them from beds to wheelchairs. Its cute face is designed to make the 400-pound robot less imposing. Very kawaii.

Anil Kapoor's No Problem has released worldwide

MUMBAI: Anil Kapoor's co-production venture ‘No Problem’, directed by Anees Bazmee, has been released worldwide.

The comedy movie is expected to do good at Box Office.

The film stars Sanjay Dutt, Akshaye Khanna, Sushmita Sen, Kangna Ranaut and Anil among others.

Amitabh-Dharmendra released music of Yamla Pagla Deewana

MUMBAI: Dharmendra had a Sholay moment at the music release function of his forthcoming comedy Yamla Pagla Deewana when Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan made a grand entry.

"I wanted my Jai (Amitabh's character's name in Sholay) to come for the music release and I am glad that he has," the 75-year-old told reporters.

"I have completed 50 years in the industry. It's only because of the love and support of my audience that I'm going on.

Hurt Locker best picture Oscar fades in memory: poll

LOS ANGELES: A poll shows that Sandra Bullock's 2010 Oscar win fares much better in viewers' memories than "The Hurt Locker."

Only four in 10 of those questioned could recall the best picture winner -- (Iraq war film "The Hurt Locker") -- according to a poll of 700 award show viewers conducted for the Hollywood Reporter by the global research company Penn Schoen Berland.

Nearly seven in 10 viewers remembered that Bullock took home the best actress award for her role in "The Blind Side".

US life expectancy falls

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Life expectancy has dropped slightly for all Americans except for black men, who gained around two and a half months in longevity, a report released Thursday found.
Data gathered by the National Centre for Health Statistics showed that life expectancy for most American men was 75.3 years in 2008, down by one-tenth of a year from 2007.
Women also saw a drop in the number of years they can expect to live, from 80.4 years to 80.3 years, the data show.
Black men, on the other hand, bucked the trend and reached a record-high life expectancy of 70.2 years in 2008, up by 0.2 years compared to 2007.

Shredded banknotes made good

WORKING day and night, for a week, a Taiwanese forensic expert pieced together two hundred bank notes. The notes were accidentally shredded by a factory owner in an industrial scrap machine.
Working day and night, for a week, a Taiwanese forensic expert pieced together two hundred bank notes. The notes were accidentally shredded by a factory owner in an industrial scrap machine. If at least seventy five percent of the original is intact a replacement can be claimed under Taiwanese law.

Michael Bay slams Megan Fox

MICHAEL Bay has taken another swipe at Megan Fox - insisting the new Transformers movie will be better with her replacement, Rosie Huntington-Whitely.
Megan was dropped from the upcoming third movie in favour of model Rosie. And Bay, who is reported to have fallen out with Fox, insists his new girl is much more than just a pretty face. “I would never hire a model,” he says. “She has to really be an actress. Rosie is very spunky and she has this cute English accent. She has a great head on her shoulders in terms of smart, intelligent, and well-spoken.”

Neiers gets one-year sentence in rehab

ALEXIS NEIERS, the 19-year-old American reality star, has been sentenced to a year in residential rehab, just months after being convicted of burgling the house of Hollywood actor Orlando Bloom, reports a news agency.
Neiers is best known for her appearances on the E! reality show ‘Pretty Wild’, which follows a group of teenage girls as they make their way into the Hollywood social scene. She was told by a LA Superior Court judge that the rehabilitation would be her last opportunity to receive treatment for her ‘long-term heroin addiction’.

UK explorers claim fastest Antarctic land crossing

A BRITISH expedition to Antarctica says it has succeeded in establishing a new record - the fastest land crossing of the southernmost continent.
The Moon Regan Transantarctic Expedition said the 10-man team had completed the crossing in under 13 days, smashing all previous records. The total distance covered was 1,945.9km (1209 miles) in 303 hours.
The team set off from the Union Glacier airstrip on 25 November and arrived on the Ross Ice Shelf earlier on Thursday.

3D printing and software can help anyone become a designer

Dream maker: New manufacturing techniques make designing products like the Glif, above, an accessible reality
At one time or another many of us have had a great idea for a product. So good, we can see it clearly in our heads.
Unfortunately that is usually where it stays.
But two friends from Long Island City in New York have taken their simple concept and turned it into something tangible, just in time for Christmas.
Dan Provost and Tom Gerhardt realised that Apple's iPhone 4 with its improved camera technology deserved its own tripod mount.

PayPal stopped Wikileaks payments on US letter

PayPal has said that its decision to stop people from using its service to make donations to Wikileaks was made after a letter from the US government.
A vice-president at the online payments firm said the State Department had said that the activities of the website were illegal in the US.
PayPal suspended payments to Wikileaks last week, and has been followed by Visa Europe and Mastercard.
Amazon and Swiss bank PostFinance have also cut ties with Wikileaks.

Cloud computing makes more efficient use of servers

Widespread adoption of cloud computing could give the top five EU economies a 763bn-euro (£645bn; $1tn) boost over five years, a report has said.
The CEBR said it could also create 2.4m jobs. The technology gives software and computing power on demand over the net.
But experts warn that cloud computing can be very disruptive to business, and companies could end up "disillusioned".
"Nothing kills a new technology better than a poor user experience," said Damian Saunders of Citrix.

IE9 introduces anti-tracking tool

Microsoft's IE9 browser will have tools that control what data is collected about what a user does online.
The tools will let people stop a site they are visiting sharing information about what they do with other sites.
Users will be able to create lists stating that their data will only be shared with sites they want to see it.
The news comes as the US government criticises the computer industry for its slow progress on protecting user privacy.

Google unveils Chrome OS notebook

Google has delayed the launch of its much anticipated laptop, powered by its Chrome operating system, until 2011.
Instead, Google announced a pilot programme aimed at people who "live on the web".
Chrome OS is Google's boldest bid yet to challenge Microsoft's market dominance with Windows software.
Google has already gone after Microsoft's Office software with its Google Docs product.
Chrome marks a departure from traditional operating systems, such as Mac OSX and Windows, by targeting users who spend most of their time on the web.

Bebo's target audience are teenagers and young adults

The former owner of social networking site Bebo has re-invested in the ailing company which was sold off for a fraction of the price AOL paid for it.
Michael Birch originally sold Bebo to AOL for $850m (£540m) in 2008.
Its fading fortunes led AOL to dump Bebo for a reported $10m earlier in 2010.
Over the last couple of years Bebo has struggled to remain a force as Facebook has grown to become the world's biggest social network.
"Things have moved on since the sale and I have a lot of thoughts and ideas about how to make Bebo relevant again," Mr Birch told BBC News.

Phones used to redraw UK regions

Social networks could provide the key to redrawing the regional map of Britain, producing areas with strong social cohesion.
That's the idea of an international team, who have created a social map of Great Britain.
They used more than 12 billion landline calls to create a map of Britons' connections.
This social approach to delineating regions sees parts of Wales merged with the West Midlands.
Regional boundaries are useful for governments, said Carlo Ratti, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who led the work. "But they don't say anything about how people in those regions interact." His team used records of more than 12 billion anonymised landline telephone calls, to model who Britons frequently spoke to.
These records allowed the team identify the the local telephone exchanges used in the calls.

Playboy artwork sells at New York auction

A Dali watercolour of a reclining nude that once hung in Playboy founder Hugh Hefner's bedroom has fetched $266,500 (£168,500) at a New York auction.
The nude, which featured in a 1967 issue of Playboy, was among 125 artworks owned by the magazine to go under the hammer at Christie's.
Mouth No. 8, a 1966 oil painting of a scarlet-lipsticked mouth by pop artist Tom Wesselmann, sold for $1.9m (£1.2m).
Wednesday's sale included 80 photos and 24 cartoons.
Nearly all the items up for grabs had appeared in the magazine, first published in 1953.

Amazon survives Wikileaks attack

The group Anonymous had pledged to attack the site at 1600 GMT but the site seems to be functioning normally.
The site was targeted because it withdrew services from whistle-blowing website Wikileaks
The tool through which attacks are carried out against websites perceived to be anti-Wikileaks has now been downloaded more than 31,000 times.
Security experts warned people to avoid joining the voluntary botnet.

Kim highest-paid TV star

SOCIALITE Kim Kardashian has emerged as the highest paid TV star of the year, earning $ 6 million.
The 30-year-old reality star topped the ranking by The Daily Beast, beating Lauren Conrad and Audrina Partridge, reported Variety online.
Kim, who wrapped up her fifth season of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ this year, made her cash by promoting brands from Skechers to Kotex and also shilling for a skincare line and Quick Trim with her sisters. She rakes in as much as $75,000 for an appearance.

3 men watch TV for 4 days; break record

A TRIO from southern California, US has made a bizarre world record for continuous television viewing.
The three men stared at a screen in a special Plexiglass theatre for 86 hours and six minutes, reports English.news.cn. Farris Hodo, Kevin Cood and Victor Lopez outlasted 97 other contestants to earn the record as the endurance contest concluded four days after it began three days ago at the Hollywood & Highland central courtyard.

Johnny Depp hates mobile phones

JOHNNY Depp doesn’t like mobile phones.
The 47-year-old actor - who has children Lily, 11 and Jack, eight with French singer-and-actress Vanessa Paradis - likes to maintain a low profile and so doesn’t have a mobile phone, but does keep the internet because he thinks it is an “interesting” way to communicate.
“We have internet and stuff like that because I think that’s the safest form, well, most interesting form of communication,” he said.

Fashion is still racist, says Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell accused the fashion industry of racism today as she urged designers to use more black models.
The model said the industry had taken a step backwards, as she collected a special honour at the British Fashion Awards.
She told the Evening Standard: “We’re all aware that we need to introduce more women [of colour]. But what I’ve seen recently is that I’ve seen it go backwards slightly. We need to raise awareness again and need to start using women of colour more.

Teenager who sleeps for 10 days

WHILE most teenagers struggle to get out of bed in a morning, Louisa Ball might take 10 days to fully wake from her slumber, due to a very rare neurological disorder. So what’s it like living with Kleine-Levin Syndrome?
Louisa has slept through holidays, friends’ birthdays and half of her GCSEs.
In 2008, aged 14, she had been suffering from flu-like symptoms. She was at her school in Sussex when she started nodding off in class and behaving strangely.

World's most expensive book - JOHN James Audubon’s Birds Of America

JOHN James Audubon’s Birds Of America has become the most expensive book in the world, after being bought at auction for £7.3million.
The 19th century illustrated book surpassed pre-sale estimates, with the book originally expected to fetch between £4million and £6million.
The masterpiece contains 435 hand-coloured illustrations, and fears had been expressed the book would be torn apart so the pictures could be sold separately. Thankfully this did not happen, and the book was snapped up by London dealer Michael Tollemache on behalf of an anonymous collector for £7,321,250.

I was an illegal immigrrant: Hayek

MEXICAN actress Salma Hayek shocked fans after reportedly confessing she entered the United States as an illegal immigrant
The Fools Rush In star moved to Los Angeles in the 1990s to pursue her acting dreams, but admits she did not have the proper documents to make her move official. She reportedly tells Spain’s V Magazine, “I was an illegal immigrant in the US. It was for a small period of time, but I did it.”

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Isi Life Mein- A Film from the house of Rajshri

There is a certain quality of music that one expects from the soundtrack of a film comes from the house of Rajshri. However, one is still apprehensive about what Isi Life Mein has to offer due to multiple reasons. First and foremost the film is not directed by Sooraj Barjatya himself. Secondly, the film stars absolute newcomers as a lead pair. Thirdly, the music is composed by Meet ros. and Anjjan who don't quite have a body of work to boast of. Though there are half a dozen odd songs (all written by Manoj Muntashir) in the album, one still plays it on just with the hope of being pleasantly surprised.

Saif and Kareena announced on Koffee with Karan - No more lip-locking on screen

Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor announced on Koffee with Karan that they won't be lip-locking on screen anymore.

While Bebo wasn't thrilled with Saifoo's chumma with Deepika Padukone in Love Aaj Kal, he too expressed his reservations over her kiss with Akshay Kumar in Kambakht Ishq.

Despite their self-imposed ban, sources reveal that Kareena might have to re-think her strategy as Reema Kagti's untitled film with Aamir Khan does have a kiss.

A source reveals, "AK won't be too thrilled to hear that Kareena went on national television to announce her fatwa on kissing. He would have preferred her to discuss her stand with him."

Vivek and Priyanka are going to the Red Sea for their honeymoon

Vivek and Priyanka Oberoi head to the Red Sea in January to spend their special time together

Come January, Vivek Oberoi and his wife Priyanka will be off to the Red Sea for their eco-friendly honeymoon.

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Says a source close to VO, "Priyanka and her family have always supported causes that help protect the environment and ecosystem.

The eco-conscious couple had ensured that the wedding invite and the bag carrying the invite were made from handmade herbs and that the scroll was made from 100 per cent recycled materials.

Menon had to give a nude pose for Pirelli Calendar 2011

Bangalore based Indian model Lakshmi Menon has created history in the international fashion world! The 28-year-old model has become the first Indian face for the renowned ‘The Pirelli Calendar 2011’ since last 38 years.

However, Menon had to give a nude pose for getting this honor. It does not seem to be quite unusual for a model because many other Indian models have stripped for various magazines and photo shoots.

Photographer Karl Lagerfeld has snapped the model when she flaunted her assets alongside models Erin Wasson and Bianca Balti. It has been shot at Lagerfeld’s Paris studio.

PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA traces the journey of Om

PHAS GAYE RE OBAMA traces the journey of Om [Rajat Kapoor], an American citizen of Indian origin, who loses all his wealth overnight to the global recession and is asked to vacate his home by the bank, unless he pays up $ 100,000 [the mortgaged amount] within 30 days.
Seeing no other option, Om comes to India to sell a small piece of an ancestral property. But within days of landing in India, he is kidnapped by a 'recession-hit' underworld gang [Sanjay Mishra, Manu Rishi, Amit Sial], who think that he is still a millionaire. How do the gangsters cope with their catch forms the rest of the story.

Anushka’s next release with Akshay Kumar - Patiala House

Even as Anushka Sharma is gearing up for her YRF production Band Baaja Baaraat, which releases this Friday, 10th December, rumours are being floated of her association with Eros entertainments Desi Boyz. Directed by David Dhawan’s elder son Rohit, Desi Boyz shooting had begun in Mumbai in early November. Starring Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, Deepika Padukone, Anupam Kher and Chitrangda Singh, Desi Boyz is a romantic comedy slated for a mid-2011 release.

'Koffee With Karan' Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra

MUMBAI: Filmmaker cum host Karan Johar has been able to woo another most interesting couple on his talk show, 'Koffee With Karan', Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, the pair that very often hit the headlines for their on and off relationship but never come clear about their supposed relationship.

Karan wrote on microblogging site Twitter: "On my way to have a cup of `koffee` with Shahid and Priyanka!!"

It is assumed that Shahid and Priyanka will speak about their alleged relationship on the show and clear all the doubts.

Ranbir's drama to meet Deepika at midnight

MUMBAI: Two months ago, Deepika was startled to discover ex-lover Ranbir standing in her building compound, pleading with the watchman that he wanted to meet her. What did he want?

What can be more uncomfortable than your ex-lover dropping in to pay you a visit, especially when you have moved on and are seeing someone else? That's exactly what happened with Prakash Padukone's daughter, Deepika, who is now dating liquor baron Vijay Mallya's son Siddhartha. Her ex-lover Ranbir Kapoor suddenly dropped in to meet her in the middle of the night.

Michael Jackson’s glove is getting some love

The King of Pop’s glove from his late ’80s “Bad” tour just sold at a Beverly Hills auction for $330,000, a US-based news agency reports.

Julien's Auctions said the glove worn by Jackson sold for $330,000 (£209,000) at the "Icons & Idols" auction Saturday night. A jacket signed by Jackson brought in $96,000 (£61,000) and a fedora he wore on stage went for $72,000 (£46,000) at the Julien's Auctions event.

Hrithik is annoyed with Salman's nasty comments

MUMBAI: Hrithik is annoyed with Salman, someone whom he had always admired and looked up to and the reason behind his anger is that Salman had made some nasty comments on “Guzaarish” which has left Bhansali in a state of depression.

Reports state that Salman has accused Bhansali for exploiting the physically challenged for “Guzaarish” following its poor box office collection in an award function organized to felicitate the handicapped.

To this Bhansali replied “If such an old and trusted friend can be so insensitive I don’t want anything to do with the entertainment industry.”

Bringing Motivation to Pakistani Youth: Jihadis, Moderates and Hero Zaid Hamid

The state of affairs in Pakistan is pretty bleak these days. There are different quarters attempting to spread their own brand of messages. The jihadis are on an all out war footing against the State. Different national and international organizations have joined forces to challenge the writ of the government. The recent bust by police, for example, in Lahore in which more than 1,500 kg of explosives was discovered from a shop, indicates that local jihadi organizations in Punjab have developed links with forces like national and foreign Taliban who are already creating havoc inside the country.

New Boyfriend in Priyanka's life

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra is a very agile person, who believes in moving ahead in life no matter what happens and she has done the same thing after breaking up with beau Shahid Kapoor. It did not take much time for the lady to get a new man of her choice!

There is a buzz that the new man in Priyanka's life is none other than her Don 2 co-star Sahil Shroff.

This name may leave you surprised because hardly anyone has heard this name before. Sahil is a Mumbai based model and he is debuting in Bollywood with Farhan Akhtar's Don 2. He has a supporting role in the movie, in which Priyanka plays the main female protagonist.
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