24 days left! It didn’t snow today, sadly, but we did finally get a Christmas tree (which will be decorated in all its glitzy glory tonight). My house already smells like pine needles!
Here’s what caught my eye this morning:
1. Today marks the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. I watched the movie (with Ben Affleck and Kate Beckinsale) over the weekend, and it really is a good one. Not purely for historical purposes obviously, but still, a good movie. Anyway, I digress. Check out the front page of the NY Times on that day: http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/1207.html
2. Julian Assange, of WikiLeaks fame, has been arrested in London in his sex crimes charges. He apparently brokered a deal wherein he would concede to being arrested if no legal action would be taken against his site/company. What the deal actually is has yet to be released; as of this posting, Assange has been refused bail. Let’s see how this real-life episode of 24 plays out! http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/world/europe/08assange.html?_r=1&hp
2A. Julian Assange’s doppelganger: Bill Maher.
3. iPad 2 rumored to ship by April 2011: http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20101206PD224.html
4. President Obama announced a tentative deal to extend Bush-era tax cuts at all income levels, keep benefits flowing for long-term unemployed, and other steps to try and the economy. This is clearly not the path that Obama wants to follow, but in reading through this article, it seems he’s been able to hold on to some of his ideals (no tax increases for middle class Americans, for example). This deal also cuts Social Security pay-roll tax by two percentage points, which means, more money for our paychecks: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/07/us/politics/07cong.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=a2
5. Gmail Priority Inbox gets an upgrade. I sincerely hope it works better now, because although I like the idea, priority inbox cannot get my priority and non-priority emails straight, even after designating them one way or the other: http://mashable.com/2010/12/07/gmail-priority-inbox-learns-faster/
6. Groupon worth $2 billion? NOT. According to a source (exclusive to Mashable), Groupon is really worth about $800 million in gross annual revenue, which is a lot more realistic than the $2 billion number that was floating around last week: http://mashable.com/2010/12/07/groupon-800-million/
7. There is still someone out there who uses Google Wave. Its the US Navy. Seriously. http://mashable.com/2010/12/06/apache-wave/
8. Cityville, Zynga’s latest project, had the most successful launch in the company’s history. Isn’t this game the 2010 version of Sims? http://mashable.com/2010/12/06/cityville-numbers/
9. Vitaly Borker finally gets arrested. If you haven’t been following this story, this creep has been selling fake designer eye-wear for years. He popped up in the news recently for harassing a recent customer when she tried to refund her glasses (realizing they were fake when she received them) and get her money back. Among the many shady things he did, he sent her an email with a photo of himself outside her apartment saying, “I’m watching you.” Luckily, NYPD arrested Borker yesterday: http://nymag.com/daily/fashion/2010/12/here_is_a_really_disturbing_st.html
10. To end on a lighter note, watch Jon Stewart. Last night, it was the “War on Christmas”. Steward attacked Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson for her outrage at Tulsa changing its parade name from “Christmas Parade of Lights” to “Holiday Parade of Lights.” Here’s Stewart, in his glory: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/12/07/stewart-gretchen-christmas_n_792998.html
That’s all from me today. Submissions and suggestions in the comments!