L.A. Phil to transmit performances to HD-equipped movie theaters Los Angeles Times
In a bold venture that the Los Angeles Philharmonic hopes will boost its “national brand” recognition and help raise the profile of classical music from Manhattan to Orange County, the orchestra next year will transmit live performances of three of its concerts to more than 450 high-definition-equipped movie theaters throughout the United States and Canada. Under the new project, announced Monday, the Philharmonic will partner under an exclusive one-year contract with Denver-based NCM Fathom, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, and Cineplex Entertainment, which distribute scores of concerts, sporting contests and other entertainment events to movie theaters and other venues. Among their offerings is “Met Live in HD,” the Metropolitan Opera of New York’s season of big-screen simulcasts, which have drawn more than 2.4 million people since 2006.
Sex Tape Prompts Turkey to Reinstate YouTube Ban Asbarez.com
YouTube is back on Turkey’s long black list of censored websites. But unlike before, the reason has nothing to do with offending Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who is viewed as the father of modern-day Turkey, but a sneakily shot tape featuring a man and a woman–claimed to be the former leader of the Republican People’s Party (CHP), Deniz Baykal, and a female CHP politician in a bedroom–and involving nudity. Baykal resigned soon after the tape saw the light of day, back in May 2010, but remarked, ‘This is not a sex tape, this is a conspiracy.’ The ‘conspiracy,’ however, was enough for Turkish authorities to reinstate the YouTube ban on Wed., Nov. 3. Following legal action by Baykal, a court ordered the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB), in charge of Turkey’s internet regulations, to either have YouTube remove the video or ban the site entirely.
Windows Phone 7 A Hot Seller InformationWeek
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‘Degenerate’ sculptures found beneath Berlin The Local (Germany)
Sculptures thought lost after the Nazis confiscated them for being ‘degenerate art’ have been discovered right in front of Berlin’s City Hall during excavation work for a new metro line. The bronze and ceramic sculptures are remarkably well-preserved, though the metal has taken on a heavy patina after spending more than six decades underground and suffering the heat of the fire that destroyed the building where they were stored, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation said in a statement on Monday. ‘This find is unique,’ said state archaeology director and head of Berlin’s Museum of Prehistory and Early History Matthias Wemhoff. ‘Never before have artworks with this background been found during a dig.” The Nazi party banned and confiscated what it called entartete Kunst, or ‘degenerate art’ from both private collectors and museums, culminating the action in a Munich exhibition of the same name in 1937.
Colombian domain challenges .com BBC
A domain name owned by the Colombian government is proving popular in the increasingly crowded space of web addresses. The .co web address was assigned to Colombia by net regulator Icann but is now being run by a private firm. Since being launched in July, the .co domain name has attracted nearly 600,000 registrations and is being seen as a challenger to .com. It comes ahead of a big shake-up in the way web addresses are assigned. It has taken the Colombian government 10 years to get its domain name up and running on a commercial basis.
Swedish justice minister confirms US surveillance The Local (Sweden)
Swedish Justice Minister Beatrice Ask has confirmed that the US embassy in Sweden has undertaken similar secret surveillance measures since 2000 that have also occurred in Norway and Denmark. “After contacts between the US embassy and Säpo (Swedish Security Service, Säkerhetspolisen), it is confirmed that the American embassy took suveillance precautions of the same kind as those recently discovered in Norway,” Ask said at a press conference on Saturday. “The information we have at our disposal is that this programme mainly concerned search activities aimed to protect the embassy,” Ask added.
Obama returns to childhood home Indonesia Sydney Morning Herald
A “deeply moved” Barack Obama, dodging volcanic ash, made a whirlwind return to his boyhood home of Indonesia Wednesday, saying he would never have believed he would be back as US president. Obama marvelled at the transformation of the sleepy city of Jakarta he once knew into a bustling metropolis and noted the country’s parallel evolution from authoritarianism to democracy and a burgeoning alliance with Washington.
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