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November 17th, 2003
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News For November 17th
I find so many interesting stories on the net day to day that I thought it'd be good to share them, please comment and tell me what you think and how I can improve it, especially the format. I highly suggest you use tabbed browsing for this and just middle clicking to load the stories you find interesting which will load them in another page. then reading them one by one, this is how I do it, this method works extremely well.


The Wal-Mart You Don't Know
The giant retailer's low prices often come with a high cost. Wal-Mart's relentless pressure can crush the companies it does business with and force them to send jobs overseas. Are we shopping our way straight to the unemployment line?

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, has told the music industry it expects to unveil an online music store this month

Sprint Brings TV to Cell Phones
Sprint PCS on Thursday launched MobiTV, which, for a $9.95 subscription fee, will provide real-time programs from ABC, CNBC, MSNBC, Discovery Channel and the Learning Channel to users of the cell-phone service. Since only two frames are transmitted per second (versus the TV rate of 30 frames per second), video reception is jerky, although audio plays uninterrupted (except for reception lapses). Several wireless phone manufacturers are planning to release cell-phone handsets that will include a tuner that can receive transmissions from local stations over the broadcast airwaves.

Wireless Nightmare
Beginning next week, Tens of millions of other wireless subscribers will no longer have to relinquish their numbers in the quest for better service. Numbers will become portable and proprietary, traveling with their owners when they move from one carrier to another. The wireless industry has prepared for months for what could be the most chaotic day in its short history. Analysts predict a tidal wave of transfers in the days after the introduction of number portability Nov. 24.

"Yang the Ripper" - suspect in murder of 65 people - arrested in China

Orangutan Boxing
TWO orang-utans stake a claim to be king of the swingers as they slug each other in a boxing match. The jungle apes trade punches in the ring dressed in silk shorts and matching boxing gloves in front of cheering audiences. Tourists in Thailand are flocking to the bouts, which are overseen by a human referee. But the shows have been blasted by animal rights groups after they were highlighted by a British couple.

researchers chase mysterious creature
There have been numerous sightings of a mysterious beast in the mountains of southeast Oklahoma. Now, a scientific team claims they have proof of the ape-like primate.

NBC Wants To Divorce Pax-TV
NBC, which recently announced plans to wed Universal, now wants a divorce from its estranged mate, Paxson Communications, which operates the Pax network. The network has sent a notice to the West Palm Beach, FL broadcaster saying that it wants Paxon to buy out the 32-percent stake in the company that it acquired in 1999 for $415 million. NBC and Paxson have been at odds over various issues almost from the start of their relationship.

O'Reilly for President?
Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly has told Newsday that he "may take a look" at running for president of the U.S. -- "and certainly the option is open if I want it" -- but wouldn't do so unless he felt confident that he could win. "I'm not a vanity player, I'm not gonna go out like Al Sharpton to get on Saturday Night Live to run for president, so unless I'm convinced I could pull it off, I wouldn't do it," he said. He also implied that he would not be interested in running as either a Republican or Democrat. However, he acknowledged, "the country's not interested in an independent candidacy," he remarked.

640KB ought to be enough for anyone

Kazaa `pumps up the volume'
Nikki Hemming, the reclusive chief of Kazaa, the wildly popular source of pirated music and movies, came in from the cold Thursday to urge the U.S. entertainment industry to work with her global file-sharing service. Kazaa launches a major promotional campaign next week in newspapers and on college campuses that asks the 60 million Americans who use file-sharing services to demand that Hollywood ``embrace the revolution'' and distribute licensed movies and music through Kazaa.

Next Al Queda Attack Al Qaida Commander Anticipates 'Huge' Attack Soon
Al-Qal'a (The Fortress) an Islamist Internet forum, posted the first of a two-part interview with a person who introduced himself as Abu Salma Al-Hijazi, one of the Al Qaida commanders closest to Osama bin Laden. The interview was conducted in Iraq, south of Faluja. The article notes that Al-Hijazi was surrounded by five masked men carrying missiles as well as personal weapons. The following are excerpts from the interview: In regard to rumors about a large-scale attack against the U.S. during the month of Ramadan, Al-Hijazi said that "a huge and very courageous strike" will take place and that the number of infidels expected to be killed in this attack, according to primary estimates, exceeds 100,000. He added that he "anticipates, but will not swear, that the attack will happen during Ramadan."

The latest Hillary-for-president scenario
Some dreams never die, including one clung to by loyal Clintonistas: that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the Democrats’ presidential nominee next year. Is there a chance she would get into the race? That depends on what you mean by ‘get into the race’

Dancing Nude Has Unseen Advantages?

Hollywood Goes to Washington, Locals Aim to Cash In

Artist Becomes Human Breakfast

Jousting Tent to Greet Bush

Bill Gates in Matrix spoof

Utah Mayor Wins Re-Election by Dice

Vent Your Spleen, Live Longer

DaimlerChrysler to Test 100 'Green' Cars

CIA Says Experts See 'Darker Bioweapons Future'

"The effects of some of these engineered biological agents could be worse than any disease known to man," the panel told the CIA.

Police Seek Thieves of Massive Painting
Just figuring out how the thieves were able to make off with a painting as long as a sport utility vehicle has been tough enough, but police are finding clues even harder to come by.

Ex CEO to get millions -- for not working
BskyB will pay its recently-departed chief executive more than 10 million pounds, double his existing salary, not to work for a rival media group for two years, according to a report.

Students Compete for Pillow Fight Record
Knocking the stuffing out of each other may also set a record if Oregon State University students are recognized for what they hope was the largest pillow fight in history.

Nigella's secret recipe for Tony and George
Celebrity chef and self-styled "domestic goddess" Nigella Lawson will be in the kitchen when Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie host George and Laura Bush for lunch on Thursday.
But if anybody does know what will be on the menu, the lid is being kept firmly in place.

'Cool' Germany Lashes Out at Dowdy Stereotypes
Germany, which has been saddled with negative stereotypes since World War II, is actually hip, hedonistic and laid back, a team of image consultants is trying to persuade Britons.

Tiger Mauls Worker to Death Near Great Wall

A tiger mauled a Chinese man to death when he tried to take a short cut through a wildlife park near the Great Wall, the Beijing Youth Daily reported on Monday.Rangers at the Beijing Badaling Wildlife Safari Park, near the wall's most popular tourist spot, rushed to the tigers' grazing area on Tuesday on hearing desperate cries of "Save me! Save me!," the newspaper said.But by the time they arrived the man's neck was gnawed and his bloodied body showed no signs of life, the paper said.

Craft to Land on Mars on Christmas Day

A British-built craft designed to scour the surface of Mars for signs of life is scheduled to land on the planet on Christmas Day

Scientists: Patagonian Glaciers Melting

Glaciers are losing the equivalent of 10 cubic miles of ice every year — enough to raise the world's sea level an estimated four-one thousandths of an inch.

Experts Seek Trail to Mark Ice Age Floods

The National Park Service has proposed a marked trail to commemorate Ice Age floods through four Western states that left canyons, valleys, lakes and ridges that still dominate the terrain today — some so dramatic they can be seen from outer space.

Picture an ice dam 30 miles wide, forming a lake 2,000 feet deep and 200 miles long, stretching from the Idaho panhandle into western Montana, containing more water than Lake Erie and Lake Ontario combined.

Now picture that dam giving way, the water thundering out in 48 hours, through four states, across Washington and into the Pacific.

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