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Published: 03/10/11

Outlaw Justice: When Hackers Retaliate Against Cyber Security

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Outlaw Justice: When Hackers Retaliate Against Cyber Security

I used to be a hacker. It was a long time ago, decades before the future World Wide Web was available. I operated anonymously (except to my clients who paid me for what I discovered). I tracked down people whose cars, pledged as security on automobile loans, had been targeted for repossession. I performed my "hacking" duties over the phone using codes and pretexts. I infiltrated semi-secure bureaucratic systems (unemployment claim offices, utility company billing desks etc.) to precisely extract the whereabouts of drivers who had borrowed money to buy automobiles and then skipped town without...

Published: 02/28/11

Melissa Leo's Unscripted Moment at the Academy Awards

By  Bonnie Goldstein - Politics Daily
Melissa Leo's Unscripted Moment at the Academy Awards

The Oscars didn't really hold my attention Sunday night and sadly, after I got distracted,they still went on and on. Before the first commercial, however, I was glad to hear winning cinematographer Wally Pfister thank his "union crew" on the film "Inception." As my husband is a member of the screenwriters' guild, I was also glad to see, for the two winners in his professional category, that the Academy got it exactly right. Related Stories The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign The Oscars: Young, Pretty, Snarky, So Who's...

Published: 02/28/11

The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
The Oscars: 'The King's Speech' and Natalie Portman Reign

On an evening celebrating youth, when the parade of glamour on the red carpet at the Kodak Theatre gave off plenty of Hollywood sparkle, "The King's Speech," a traditional historical drama about George VI, who overcame a crippling stammer to lead England in World War II, dominated the top honors at the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony Sunday. So much for "The Social Network," which as the film about the creation of Facebook, represented the young and rising 21st century and had been the front-runner to win the best movie Oscar early on in the awards race. In its near sweep, "The King's Speech"...

Published: 02/26/11

Film Critic Ben Lyons: 'The Fighter' Holds Its Own Among the Great Sports Stories Ever Told

By  Tom Lorenzo - AOL News
Film Critic Ben Lyons: 'The Fighter' Holds Its Own Among the Great Sports Stories Ever Told

Ben Lyons is a television producer, host, journalist and, most notably, a film critic. He has covered The Academy Awards for E! television for the past six years, and this Sunday will once again be on the red carpet as part of E!'s coverage. So, naturally, you're wondering why I wanted to speak to Lyons, seeing as this is a sports website. Funny you should ask. Well, with "The Fighter," a sports biopic which tells the story of professional boxer Micky Ward, picking up seven Oscar nominations -- including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, and two nominees for the Best...

Published: 02/26/11

The Oscars: Young, Pretty, Snarky, So Who's Watching?

By  Luisita Lopez Torregrosa - Politics Daily
The Oscars: Young, Pretty, Snarky, So Who's Watching?

By now you've probably heard about that cute pair who will be hosting the Oscars -- James Franco and Anne Hathaway, he with his flirty eyes, she with her princess smile -- both pretty, lean, chirpy, young. They've dominated the entertainment and morning news shows, the celebrity magazines, and the Oscar chatter. There is, of course, a reason for that. They are supposed to be creating a new image for the 83-year-old Academy Awards ceremony: youthful, flippant. cute, but elegant, too, and supremely attractive. During this months-long Oscar season, which ends on Sunday night on ABC, one...

Published: 01/25/11

Oscar Nominations Are Out: Check Out the Best-Picture Nominee Trailers [VIDEOS]

By  Torie Bosch - AOL News
Oscar Nominations Are Out: Check Out the Best-Picture Nominee Trailers [VIDEOS]

It's time to choose your horse for the big Hollywood race. The nominations are in for the 2011 Academy Awards. In case you need a refresher (or in case you haven't heard of all of them), Surge Desk presents the trailers for the 10 nominees for best picture. "Black Swan" "The Fighter" "Inception" "The Kids Are All Right" "The King's Speech" "127 Hours" "The Social Network" "Toy Story 3" "True Grit" "Winter's Bone" More Oscar Coverage From Surge Desk: Oscar Nominations for 2011: Who Got Snubbed? 'The King's Speech' Leads Oscar...

Published: 12/25/10

'War on Drugs' Gives Way to the Dangerous New Face of Narco-Politics

By  James Grady - Politics Daily
'War on Drugs' Gives Way to the Dangerous New Face of Narco-Politics

A shotgun blast of news this year shredded what most Americans believe about what used to be called the "war on drugs" -- that it was being fought to curb what were seen as simply criminal enterprises. Instead, it left us all facing the new dangers of narco-politics, whether it is cartels challenging governments and attacking social institutions, capitalizing on corruption, or involvement in the drug trade by terrorist groups. As a veteran California law enforcement officer told Politics Daily: "What we're seeing in Mexico is cartels as new 'state making' agencies." That's politics, even if,...

Published: 12/24/10

Facebook Co-Founder Launches Social Network for Good Causes

By  Matthew Hall - AOL News
Facebook Co-Founder Launches Social Network for Good Causes

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is only 26 but can already claim to have played a major role in two of the decade's more significant developments. He's hoping his latest project, an online social network aimed at linking individuals with charities and good causes, might again demonstrate that the Internet is not just for procrastination at work or reuniting long-lost friends. Seven years ago, Hughes was hunkered down in a Harvard dorm with friends Mark Zuckerburg, Dustin Moskovitz and Eduardo Saverin as they launched thefacebook.com, an Internet "social network" for university...

Published: 12/12/10

'Social Network' Named Best Film by LA Critics

By  not in system - AOL News
'Social Network' Named Best Film by LA Critics

LOS ANGELES (Dec. 12) -- The Facebook drama "The Social Network" was picked as the year's best picture Sunday by the influential Los Angeles Film Critics Association. The group's best-actor prize went to Colin Firth for the British monarchy tale "The King's Speech," while Kim Hye-ja won best actress for the South Korean drama "Mother." The runners-up were Edgar Ramirez for the terrorist epic "Carlos" and Jennifer Lawrence for the Ozarks crime thriller "Winter's Bone." Overseas crime dramas won the other acting honors: Jacki Weaver as supporting actress for Australia's "Animal Kingdom" and...

Published: 12/9/10

Mark Zuckerberg Is the Latest Billionaire to Take 'the Giving Pledge'

By  Steven Hoffer - AOL News
Mark Zuckerberg Is the Latest Billionaire to Take 'the Giving Pledge'

(Dec. 9) -- The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic initiative orchestrated by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to encourage billionaires to donate a significant portion of their fortunes to charity, announced Thursday that it can count Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg among its newest pledge class of 16 billionaires, The Wall Street Journal reported. But it turns out that giving away billions of dollars to charity isn't a foolproof method for winning universal praise. The Globe and Mail's Carl Mortished writes: I can understand why Mr. Zuckerberg is eager to give away his money to a good...

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