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getthedaily.com According to a quarterly survey of CFOs, the US economy probably won’t improve until summer 2009, after increased inflation and more layoffs. About 71-percent of the chief financial officers surveyed said the economy will not even start to recover until next year. The director of the Duke University and CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook study said, QUOTE it could be the longest slowdown since the double-dip recession of 1979 through 1981. On a positive note, this quarter’s report found significantly increased optimism among CFOs as compared to the previous quarter’s survey. Top economic concerns include weak consumer demand, high fuel costs and lowered employment rates. More than 1-thousand chief financial officers were included in the study. A woman was denied her invitation to sit behind Senator Barack Obama and his podium during Monday’s Michigan rally. The 25-year-old complained that she was not allowed to sit on-stage in the tv-camera’s view because an Obama volunteer said the traditional Muslim head scarf she wears was not appropriate due to a sensitive political climate. The spokesperson for the Democratic nominee...........
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getthedaily.com The annual AFI list of all-time best films has been released. The American Film Institute breaks down the list into 10 different genres. Some list toppers include ‘Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs’ for animation, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for fantasy, ‘ 2001:Space Odyssey’ for science fiction and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ for epics. For Top-100 specifics, goto www.AFI.com. And an Australian film organization established a scholarship fund in the name of the late Heath Ledger. The actor was chosen to be attached to the fund because Ledger served as an ambassador to the Australians in Film organization prior to his death at the age of 28. The establishment was announced last week at the annual Breakthrough Awards, and the first recipient will be announced next year. According to the president of AIF, the scholarship shows the organization’s mission to aid and honor Australian filmmakers. This weekend and every weekend marks the debut of new films at the box office. This Friday, Warner Brothers brings us the action comedy, Get Smart. Based on the popular 60s tv series, this summer flick follows undercover Maxwell Smart AKA Agent 86 AKA Steve Carell.............
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getthedaily.com Up first, the Boston Celtics celebrated their 17th NBA Championship title Tuesday night after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a blowout. The Celtics gained a significant lead early on in Game 6 and finished the home game strong, 131 to 92. This victory is the first of its kind for many Boston players, including MVP Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Coach Doc Rivers celebrated the win and finally got his hands on the Larry O’Brien trophy, after being doused in Gatorade by the players. The 2008 title marks the first Boston championship in 22 years, and as for the Celtics-Lakers rivalry, the latest champions now have a 9 and 2 record against LA in the finals. And the California Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage. While this recent ruling caused many same-gendered couples to line-up Tuesday for making their commitments legal, the actual first person to pay for the 70-dollar marriage license fee in West Hollywood is ‘Star Trek’s’ George Ta-kay. The 71-year-old actor and his partner of 21 years, 54-year-old Brad Altman, plan to marry on September 14th in LA. The marriage license in the state of California is valid for up to 90 days. And the FDA is attempting
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getthedaily.com Pamela Anderson and ex-hubbie, Tommy Lee are back together. We’re not talking about in a movie, tv show or photoshoot. This on-again-off-again duo is giving dating another try. Lee said to Rolling Stone magazine that Anderson and their two sons have moved in with him. The couple first married in 1995 and finalized their divorce in 1998 after Anderson claims Lee assaulted her. Good luck for what Lee says is try number 801. Rewind back just a few weeks and you’ll remember the controversial Miley Cyrus photoshoot. The 15-year-old’s dad finally commented on the over-exposed Vanity Fair pics Tuesday. The photo at the center of the drama showed Miley’s bare back as she was wrapped in a sheet. Billy Ray Cyrus said on the NBC Today show that he wasn’t there for the shoot with Annie Leibovitz but his daughter’s publicist was on-location and everyone seemed in control. Pops Cyrus went on to state that he should have stayed to chaperone but the photoshoot itself was not a mistake. The often-outspoken Joan Rivers spoke up too much and got booted from a show during it’s live broadcast. Rivers said two expletives during her guest host role while speaking about Russell Crowe, and ....
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getthedaily.com Ebay's web based TV-exchange has been shut down after just one year. It reportedly failed to receive support from networks because they feared that the platform, which was used to broker deals electronically by cable networks, would devalue the cost of advertisements. And MySpace is going to go through a massive redesign, meant to fix many of the complaints that users report for the popular social networking site. The newly overhauled MySpace will launch on Wednesday, June 18th, with a reworked homepage, an upgraded navigation map, and a new-and-improved search feature. Time Warner is re-launching their defunct WB network as on online network. Warner Brothers Television Group has signed a broadband distribution deal that will make their content available for syndication on Sling Media, Joost, Daily Motion, TiVo, and Veoh, but not on Hulu.
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The NBA Finals play on. Game 6 is up next and it’s headed back to Boston for this one. In Sunday night’s meeting, the Boston Celtics just missed out on their 4th win that would have given them the 2008 pro-ball championship. The Los Angeles Lakers won Game 5, 103 to 98, putting the series at 3 to 2 Boston. While the Lakers held the lead for most of the game, the Celtics pulled it in-close for the second half. Kobe Bryant offered 25-points and Paul Pierce gave 38-points. While the East Coast team’s Ray Allen got fouled out, some other top players from both coasts including Bryant, Garnett and Pierce were in foul trouble. The Celtics haven’t won a title since 1986, and no team has ever overcome a 3 to 1 series deficit to win a championship. This is the two feuding team’s 11th match-up, and the rivalry continues at Tuesday night’s Game 6. And what was expected to be the final day for this year’s US Open, Sunday turned into an announcement of an 18-hold playoff round, and it’s the first playoff in 7 years. Tiger Woods and Rocco Mediate both finished at 1-under 283, marking the first-time since 04 that a player has broken par at a US Open tournament. In past playoffs, Woods is
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Still hanging in there, at number 5 is Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This hit-sequel lost 2 places in its 4th week back to theatres. Harrison Ford rocks it as Dr. Henry Jones fighting over an ancient artifact with the Soviets in the Spielberg-directed flick. It took in 13.5-million-dollars this round. At an even 16.4-mil opening weekend, You Don’t Mess with Zohan stole the number 4 slot. In this comedy, Adam Sandler plays an ex-Israeli agent who fakes his own death overseas in order to re-emerge as an eccentric and ultimately quite popular hairstylist in New York City. The plot turns hairy when a local cabbie recognizes Zohan. Another film from M. Night Shayamalan is at number 3. The Happening depicts an unexplainable natural disaster that sweeps across the world and threatens the existence of humanity. Earning half of its budget in its opening weekend at the box office, this sci-fi drama brought in 30.5-million-dollars. And the latest CGI movie, Kung Fu Panda made it to number 2 in its second week. It’s about the lazy Po the Panda being voted ‘The Chosen One’ after enemies threaten the Valley of Peace lifestyle. The all-star cast of voices, inc
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A precedent has been set, and it’s for the U-S life expectancy rate. For the first time ever, the government reported that the average expected lifespan for Americans is more than 78 years. The report that was released Wednesday said the increased life rate is directly linked to a decrease in the mortality rate for 9 out of the 15 leading causes of death. Plus the United States experienced a mild flu season this year, resulting in a diminished threat to people with serious conditions. The study was determined by the National Center for Health Statistics and took into account about 95-percent of the 2-point-4-million U-S death certificates for 2006. Generally, white women have the longest expected lifespan, followed by black women, white men and then black men. Statisticians are hoping to add Hispanic data into the mix next year. However, even with this recent life expectancy increase in the United States, the World Health Organization says that Americans still trail behind about 30 other countries. Some list toppers include Switzerland and Australia as well as Japan at number-one..........
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The annual list of the most powerful celebrities was released Wednesday by Forbes. The magazine’s famous survey showed the top 100 on the 2008 list. The rankings take into account several facets of celebrity lifestyle. Not only is the income over the previous 12-months considered, but web references, press coverage and magazine covers also are also a few things analyzed. At number one for a second year in a row is daytime, talk-show diva, Oprah Winfrey. While the 54-year-old worked for 275-million, next on the list is Tiger Woods at 115-million-dollars, followed by Angelina Jolie with 14-million. Some other super-celebs moving up the list include Beyonce Knowles, David Beckham, Johnny Depp and Jay-Z. Closing off the Top 10 are The Police, JK Rowling and Brad Pitt. Other stars mentioned are Simon Cowell at 22, Kiera Knighley at 37 and the Spice Girls at number-5o. And believe it or not, paparazzi in France have laws to follow while clicking-away, and in most cases, the legal system does enforce these laws. While certain photo usage is debatable in the private versus public life of celebs, a general agreement exists that media should not use photos of celeb kids or........
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How much sleep do you actually need? In a recent story in Time magazine, a 2002 study found that Americans receiving between 6-and-a-half and 7-and-a-half hours of sleep live the longest, and that a higher death risk is associated with people receiving too little or too much sleep. In fact, more than 1-million American adults participated in the study that found sickness is U-shaped, meaning people receiving very short sleep and those receiving very long sleep are linked to more illnesses, and those range from depression to obesity and heart disease. The report also said that people suffering from insomnia should restrict time spent in bed and this treatment is actually more powerful and effective than using prescription sleeping pills. Watch out CDs and digital downloads – Vinyl is making a comeback. One employee at Fred Meyer accidentally entered the LP code this spring versus the CD-DVD edition when ordering REM’s latest “Accelerate” album. Boxes of the vinyl disks got shipped to many Fred Meyer locations and some chose to sell the LPs, reporting 20 sales the first day. After this mistake seemed like a possible profit option, the Portland-based company decided to .....
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Apple CEO Steve Jobs finally unveiled the long rumored iPhone 3G, the new version of the company's popular hand held device, at the Apple Worldwide Developer's Conference in San Francisco this week. The new iPhone will include several new features and will run much faster than the original model, which connected to the Internet through AT&T's EDGE network. But most interestingly to people considering the purchase of an iPhone is the price... the iPhone 3G will retail at 199-dollars, or at half the cost of the original model. Apple’s announcement proves they are committed to getting iPhones in the hands of users, and they dropped the price of the hot device in the face of the weakening economy in hopes of selling as many as 10 million units by the end of the year. The new iPhone will be available on July 11. And AT&T is the reason Apple could drop the price of the phone. The company, which still has exclusive North American rights to the iPhone, is subsidizing 200-dollar rebates on the device, which will bring the cost of the 3G model down to the 199-dollar-pricetag. As the exclusive carrier of the iPhone, AT&T expects to make a bundle selling service plans for the new model..
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The Vice Presidential candidate often linked to Senator Barack Obama’s ticket removed himself from the possible running. Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said Tuesday he would absolutely not join the Democratic’s presidential ticket in the fall, if asked. Strickland previously backed Senator Hillary Clinton during her campaign for the party’s nomination, and after her bow-down, has since endorsed Obama for president. The governor said to NPR that while he is not interested in being the VP for Obama, it does not mean he is any less committed to helping him reach the presidency. And on Tuesday, Senator John McCain continued to push for presidential debates with voters versus the traditional media-led t-v productions. McCain stated that his campaign challenges Obama’s side to 10 debates over the summer. The presumed Republican presidential nominee also suggested that in order to keep the face-offs on a friendly level, that the two travel to the town hall meetings together in the same plane. McCain said QUOTE, “The American people want a respectful and civilized discussion.”
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Up first, there’s a new iPhone in town. And not only does the latest cell from Apple feature a faster network than the current model, but the company chose to chop down the price of its 8-gigabyte phone to 199. While many Apple followers have been anticipating the latest release for months, CEO Steve Jobs announced Monday at the company’s annual World Wide Developers conference in San Francisco that the company will launch its newest 3-G iPhone July 11th. Jobs said the new model is 36-percent faster than top rival Nokia’s N-95 smartphone. The iPhone also features 6-hours of web-browsing, 5-hours of talk time and several new data service applications. The company reports it has sold about 6-million iPhones since its introduction last year and it hopes to sell 10-million worldwide this year. Apple stock dropped 4-percent because of the announcement, after the shares had been up 55-percent in the past 3-months. Some people are saying they were expecting more options on the iPhone, including a video chat feature, but because of the slugglish economy, Apple chose to hold off on launching a completely new and improved handset. The current economic situation continues to also be a
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Up first, actress Jessica Alba and husband Cash Warren welcomed their baby girl into the world over the weekend. The super-duo who got hitched just one month ago, reportedly named their newborn Honor Marie Warren, and she was born in Los Angeles at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The hubbie of singer Amy Winehouse admitted to assaulting a man and then conspiring with him to cover-up the 2006 pub brawl. The 26-year-old Blake Fielder-Civil is currently being tried in London ‘s Snaresbrook Crown Court, and Winehouse showed up to support her husband last week for opening arguments. Fielder-Civil and 3 co-defendants pleaded guilty, however, the court reportedly could not publish the pleas last week because the judge requested that the attacked man face a separate trial. Winehouse’s husband has been incarcerated while awaiting trial since November. Fielder-Civil could face a maximum of 5-years in prison for the assault charge and a maximum life sentence for a witness tampering charge. Recent gossip involving a star from the hit High School Musical is picking up momentum on the internet. The rumor states that Ashley Tisdale tested positive for HIV, after she reportedly contracted t
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One disgruntled Yahoo shareholder sent a heated letter to the board of the search company, urging them to sell to Microsoft for 34-point-375 dollars per share, or for 49-point-5 billion dollars total. This amount would mark a 2-billion-dollar increase from Microsoft's last bid for the company. In the letter, the shareholder also advises the board that if the sale at his desired price does not work out, the company should resume negotiations with Google for a previous incomplete search-ad deal. A finalized deal between Yahoo and Google would increase Yahoo's cash flow and make the company more attractive to Microsoft. Comcast is facing lawsuits from customers in California, New Jersey and Illinois who are angered by the company's policy of not allowing their broadband customers to download bit-torrent files. All three lawsuits are claiming that Comcast misled customers with promises of QUOTE, “unfettered access to all the content, services and application that the Internet has to offer." Experts say that the three lawsuits are just the beginning and many similar cases are sure to follow as Internet companies attempt to control user-bandwidth..............
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In the race for the Democratic Presidential nominee, recent forerunner Senator Barack Obama pulled ahead and reportedly took the overall victory Tuesday. He marked the day as a defining moment for our nation regarding his presumptive win with securing 2,156 delegate votes as compared to Senator Hillary Clinton’s 1,923 votes. However, Clinton maintains that she received the popular vote through the primaries, but did not comment on her future plans for the race. In fact, she asked sponsors to go onto HillaryClinton.com to voice their opinions. Some Democratic supporters are urging Obama to unite the party by putting Clinton on the VP ticket. While there has been no discussion between the two campaigns on this matter, Clinton’s group has publicly said the New York senator is open to becoming Vice President. On Wednesday, both candidates went to Washington for a Senate budget vote and to address a public affairs committee. The two also spoke on the phone for a few minutes and reportedly planned to meet together in the near future. That’s the latest in the bid for the Democratic Presidential race. I’m Dana Ward.
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The East-West rivalry is deep in the NBA. And it doesn’t get any more intense than the feud going back to the days of Larry Byrd and Magic Johnson. The Celtics and the Lakers will meet again this week for the 2008 NBA Finals. The Lakers are coming off a few strong playoff series, listed at 4 and 0, 4 and 2, and with the latest at 4 and 1 against the San Antonio Spurs. Now, the Celtics team wasn’t quite as lucky in its playoff schedule as compared to L-A because it had series marked at 4 and 3, 4 and 3 and Boston took the Eastern Championship with their 4 and 2 series win against the Detroit Pistons. The first game for the official NBA finals is planned for Thursday at Boston starting 9 p-m Eastern Standard Time. The schedule follows with one more at the Celtics home, then transfers over to L-A for 3 games and then returns to Boston if necessary. The Dallas Cowboys have lassoed in Terrell Owens for 3-more years. T-O’s newest deal is worth 27-million-bucks. When the wide-receiver initially signed with Dallas just 2 years ago, he was quoted as saying, ‘get your popcorn ready.’ And at his latest extension signing, the club was sure to have a giant bowl of popcorn carried in by
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Get the latest scoop from the ever-changing world of technology, right here on GetTheDaily.com. Hey everyone, you’re watching GetTheDaily.com. I’m Dana Ward with your daily tech update. First up, a new twist in the failed Microsoft and Yahoo merger. Court documents from a lawsuit between Yahoo shareholders and the search engine giant revealed that Microsoft offered to buy the company for 40 dollars per share just fifteen months ago. The revelation comes as a surprise because when Yahoo rejected Microsoft’s offer to buy the company for 33 dollars per share a month ago, they claimed it was because the company was worth 37 dollars per share. Yahoo shareholders are seeking damages for the money lost in the failed takeover. Without Yahoo, Microsoft is still trying to get a toehold in the search-engine business. The company has struck a deal with Hewlett Packard, who leads the market in PC manufacturing, to install their newly launched Microsoft Live Search Tool Bar into every new computer that the HP sells. Microsoft's deal is an aggressive move to try and disrupt Google's dominance over the search engine business. Also looking to keep up with Google is Facebook, who is following the big G's lead by making their code open source to developers. Google's Open Social targets developers, and Facebook is following suit by allowing developers to manipulate a “significant part” of their code, as well as to provide feedback. There's a new toy for all of you gadget heads out there: Time Warner Cable is developing a wireless cable modem that will allow users to browse for internet videos on their television sets. While the AppleTV and the latest TiVo models offer some web-to-TV capabilities, Time Warner's new product will be the first set-top box that allows viewers to surf for videos on their televisions. And finally, NBCU has inked a deal with Nielsen to use their brand new Fusion product in order to develop better sales metrics and to help create higher value consumers for advertisers. So ...
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