Friday, April 20, 2012

IN OTHER NEWS: Google in Space, Treyvon Martin, iPhone 5, Pirate Religion, US Airways, 4/20, YouTube, Coca-Cola Death, Taking a Dump, Oreo Ad, Brietbart

Google execs, director Cameron in space venture

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and billionaire co-founder Larry Page have teamed up with "Avatar" director James Cameron and other investors to back an ambitious space exploration and natural resources venture, details of which will be unveiled next week.

The fledgling company, called Planetary Resources, will be unveiled at a Tuesday news conference at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, according to a press release issued this week.[MORE]

George Zimmerman Tells Trayvon Martin's Parents 'I Am Sorry'

George Zimmerman stunned a Florida court today by taking the stand and apologizing to the parents of Trayvon Martin, who were sitting in the courtroom during Zimmerman's bond hearing.

"I am sorry for the loss of your son. I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not," Zimmerman said addressing Martin's family directly.[MORE]

Apple iPhone 5 'to be cased in Liquidmetal'

The iPhone 5, likely to be released later this year, is expected to be cased in a ‘metallic glass’, otherwise known as Liquidmetal, says a Korean news outlet citing ‘industry sources’.

The case is expected to be 20 times stronger than the current encasement.[MORE]

Kopimism, Sweden's Pirate Religion, Begins to Plunder America

A Swedish religion whose dogma centers on the belief that people should be free to copy and distribute all information—regardless of any copyright or trademarks—has made its way to the United States.

Followers of so-called "Kopimism" believe copying, sharing, and improving on knowledge, music, and other types of information is only human—the Romans remixed Greek mythology, after all, they say. In January, Kopimism—a play on the words "copy me"—was formally recognized by a Swedish government agency, raising its profile worldwide.[MORE]

US Airways makes move to take over American

US Airways (LCC) has filed an 8K with the SEC to begin the process of a takeover of American Airlines, which is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

According to the SEC, Form 8-K is the 'current report' companies file with the SEC to announce major events that must be disclosed to shareholders.

American Airlines has said it wants to emerge from bankruptcy as a standalone carrier.[MORE]

Marijuana fans hold pot parties in Canada, US

Marijuana fans held mass rallies and pot parties in Canada and the United States on Friday, easing into the weekend with an annual celebration devoted to the feel-good weed.

Canada's biggest city Vancouver closed a major road in the financial district for the day-long demonstration, in which attendees are urged to light up, while the sweet-smelling smoke also wafted heavily over California.[MORE]

German court rules against YouTube in copyright test case

A German court ruled on Friday that Google's video sharing service YouTube is responsible when users post copyrighted music clips without permission.

In a test case that could have huge implications for YouTube if it has to pay royalties for all clips posted on its website, the German royalty collections body GEMA sued YouTube over 12 specific music videos to which it holds the rights.[MORE]

Coca-Cola habit linked to New Zealander's death

A pathologist has said a New Zealand woman's eight-litre-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.

Natasha Harris, 30, of Invercargill, died from a heart attack in February 2010.

Dr Dan Mornin testified at an inquest on Thursday that Harris probably suffered from hypokalemia, or low potassium, which he thinks was caused by her excessive consumption of Coke and overall poor nutrition, Fairfax Media reported.[MORE]

Maryland Man Facing Illegal Dumping Charge

A man suspected of a years-long public defecation spree in his Maryland neighborhood is facing a criminal rap after he was caught on videotape relieving himself in the driveway of a former police officer.

When confronted by cops, Kelly Ervin, 48, offered a bizarre explanation, according to police. Ervin reported that he goes running almost every day around 4 AM, and when he hits the two-mile mark, “he has to have a bowel movement.[MORE]

Leaked Oreo Ad Shows Breastfeeding Baby Holding Cookie

Kraft Foods is attempting to clean up the mess made by the accidental release of a controversial Oreo advertisement that features a breastfeeding baby.

The ad shows a baby feeding from an uncensored breast and holding an Oreo cookie in its hand.[MORE]

CORONER: Brietbart Died of Heart Failure

The office of the Los Angeles County coroner has completed its investigation into the death of Andrew Breitbart on March 1, and has confirmed that he died of natural causes, namely heart failure.

Chief Coroner Investigator Craig Harvey told Breitbart News that the final autopsy report would be released next week.[MORE]

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