Samsung’s offer to install ‘kill switch’ in its smartphones rejected

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AP (Associated Press)  -Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest mobile phone manufacturer, has proposed installing a built-in anti-theft measure known as a “kill switch” that would render stolen or lost phones inoperable, but the nation’s biggest carriers have rejected the idea, according to San Francisco’s top prosecutor. District Attorney George Gascon said Monday that AT&T Inc., Verizon Wireless, United States Cellular Corp., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile

Category: technology

Mick Jagger-Produced James Brown Biopic Casts Its Mick Jagger

6 years ago by – It looks like Nick Eversman had the moves like Jagger. He’s been cast as Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones frontman, who along with Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins and Victoria Pearman, is producing Get on Up, Universal and Imagine’s biopic centering on James Brown. Eversman, who has a recurring role on the CW series Tomorrow People, won the role with both an audition and by sending in a side-by-side comparison of himself and

Category: movies

Obama administration fines JPMorgan $13 billion over mortgage debacle

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) JPMorgan has agreed to a $13 billion settlement over mortgage-backed securities sold ahead of the financial crisis, officials announced Tuesday. The Justice Department called the agreement “the largest settlement with a single entity in American history.” At issue are allegations that JPMorgan and firms it later purchased, Bear Stearns and Washington Mutual, sold risky mortgage securities during the housing bubble while misrepresenting

Category: politics

USA Today Draws Fire, Backs Off ‘Race-Themed’ Headline on Box-Office Story

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The headline, noting the strong performance of “Best Man Holiday,” is changed to “racially diverse” after flood of complaints on Twitter USA Today set off a social media storm Sunday with a headline on its box-office story that many found racially insensitive. “’Holiday’ Nearly Beat ‘Thor’ as Race-Themed Films Soar” was the original headline that the publication put up online and sent out on Twitter.

Category: entertainment

Cory Hardrict will star opposite George Lopez and Octavia Spencer in Car Dogs

6 years ago by – Cory Hardrict is set to star in the indie movie “Car Dogs” alongside Patrick Adams, George Lopez and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer, TheWrap has learned. Story follows the battle between the powerful owner of a car dealership and his son Mark (Adams), who suddenly gets a chance to run his own dealership and escape from under the thumb of his overbearing father. Will Mark follow

Category: movies

Top economist says Africa will grow faster than India and China

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Ted -The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa’s about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators — from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) — that lead him to predict rapid growth for a billion people, sooner than you

Category: business

Mary J. Blige is still stunning at 42 years old

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According Mary J. Blige is looking fit and fabulous at 42! The songstress is gracing the cover of the December issue of Shape magazine, showing off her rock-hard abs in a white high-neck bikini. The Grammy-award winner is releasing a new holiday album and is determined to stay trim this holiday season. So, what’s her secret? “My main exercise is cardio,” she tells the

Category: music

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