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Austin Refused to Let Lady Gaga Perform in a Vending Machine

Lady GagaLady Gaga has been refused a permit to perform in a giant vending machine.

The "Do What You Want" hitmaker was hoping to entertain fans at the annual South by Southwest festival (SXSW) held in Austin, Texas between March 7 - 16 on the Doritos Stage, which has been designed to look like a huge snack machine, but due to concerns over health and safety she's had to reconsider.

"Our conclusion was based primarily on public safety concerns ... We look at the size and capacity of the location covered by the permit being sought and how it fits with the anticipated attendance, based on event capacity and promotion. At the end of the day, it's a parking lot," said Don Pitts of Austin's Music And Entertainment division.

Gaga - real name Stefani Germanotta - is still set to play at the nine-day festival but has been urged to find a location with "the necessary permanent infrastructure" to support her performance.


Google Fiber is coming to Austin, Texas

Google Fiber Austin TX

Google Fiber is officially coming to Austin, Texas, giving people yet another reason to want to live in the edgy city. Google has not yet revealed the rollout schedule, but don't let that fool you--they'll likely be splitting the city up into different "Fiberhoods" like what happened in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri in order to gauge the areas of highest interest. Google Fiber offers 1 Gbps broadband Internet, television service, and phone service through a direct fiber to the home connection. This marks the thirs city that Google Fiber is making an appearance in, as Google's Eric Schmidt recently said that Fiber is a "real business"--here's hoping we see quick expansion to additional neighborhoods in the US.

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Comic Book Jobs: University of Texas

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Editorials,

University Of TexasThe Unviersity of Texas at Austin isn’t the kind of place you’d ordinarily find a comic book job, but there’s a slight one over there.

The school is looking for an Administrative Associate ($2,430/month) for all of the usual functions, with this one tossed in:

“Assist with the Comic Book, Trailblazer, Math and Science Competitions and executive breakfast events.”

I don’t know about the rest of the stuff - details at the link - but the competition sounds like fun.

Good luck, job seekers!

[Artwork: University of Texas]

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Matthew McConaughey Weds Camila Alves

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Movies, Weddings,

Matthew McConaughey and Camila AlvesMatthew McConaughey married his long term love Camila Alves on Saturday.

The Magic Mike actor and Camila - with whom he has three-year-old son Levi and two-year-old daughter Vida - tied the knot in a special evening ceremony at their home in Austin, Texas, surrounded by just a few dozen close friends and family

According to RadarOnline, the estate was turned into a makeshift campground scattered with tents for guests to sleep in.

The couple got engaged on Christmas Day, but Matthew, 42, has previously said he had felt married to Camila, 30, for a long time: "We have homes together, we have family together, we have kids, we've built a life together. So we've been living a married life this whole time."

Along with keeping the celebrations to just close friends and family, those working at the event had to sign a nondisclosure contract.

American Idol 10: Austin Auditions

American Idol 10 Austin Auditions

Can a ten-year-old show still hold some surprises? American Idol unpredictably began on Tuesday night without much fanfare -- just a black screen with white text. “American Idol would like to apologize for last week’s outrageous behavior by Steven Tyler.” The next screen read, “Mr. Tyler has been warned and assures us it will never happen again.”

This inevitably led into a clip of Steven Tyler acting “outrageous” in the audition room. Tyler has been the talk of the series, though that’s because there’s been very little to latch onto thus far. If Idol wanted to issue a serious apology, it would be for sending so many lackluster singers onto Hollywood (which is rumored to stretch to a mind-numbing 4 episodes this year).

Fewer than 10,000 showed up for the auditions in Austin, Texas, the state’s capital. Tyler arrived to the auditions in a horse and buggy, while his less flashy panel-mates pulled up in chauffeured cars. Mark Anthony, J-Lo’s hubby, was also in town -- evidently to hang around the Idol audition room. Eventually, they even got around to listening to some singers.

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American Idol Lowers Age Requirement, Announces Audition Dates

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A new judge won’t be the only thing viewers see next year. Younger faces will also come included in Season 10’s package.

When auditions start up in three weeks, singers not even old enough to drive will be dropped off by their parents. That’s right - the contest will now be open to 15-year-olds. (Previous wannabes had to be at least 16 years of age.)

“A lot of young, talented people are now seeking careers and representation before they turn 16,” Idol‘s executive producer Cecile Frot-Coutaz explained about the rule change. “Lowering the age limit allows us to tap into this talent pool.”

Think you can become the new ? Then check out the audition calendar after the jump.

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America’s Got Talent Audition Dates

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Prime Time, Reality, NBC, News,

America's Got Talent judges

Do you have a cute kid who can sing the Star Spangled Banner? Are you a cell phone salesmen with an operatic voice? Can you crush melons with your breasts? If so, you might just have what it takes to get before the judges of .

In the next few months, producers will be hitting nine stops in preparation for Season 4. The cities included in this year’s round of auditions are Atlanta, Washington D.C., Chicago, Austin, Boston, Miami, New York City and Seattle. Los Angeles, the first location on the tour, will welcome the NBC program on January 29th.

You can click here for more information.

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Windows Live working on video search

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Microsoft,

Stubb's AustinJust a quick mobile update from SXSW here in Austin, TX. We just bumped into a few people from the Windows Live team in the street while walking back from lunch at Stubb’s (which, if you are in town, you have to try), and it turns out they are working on some sort of new, cool, innovative video search features. We are getting our of here to head back to Seattle, but we will be hooking up with them at their Redmond offices. We will get it into an episode of Bleeding Edge TV so you can see what all the fuss is about.