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Bono Pens Essay Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Rock,

Nelson Mandela and BonoU2 frontman Bono has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela by writing an essay on the late anti-apartheid revolutionary.

The 53-year-old singer, who along with his bandmates contributed the song "Ordinary Love" to the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom - based on the former South African President's autobiography of the same name - penned an extended piece on the anti-apartheid leader, who died last night aged 95, after hearing of his passing.

In 1051-word essay for Time magazine entitled "The Man Who Could Not Cry," Bono - who has helped try to end global poverty for a number of years - described Mandela as a "forceful presence" in his life since 1979. "As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort. Over the years we became friends. I, like everyone else, was mesmerized by his deft maneuvering as leader of South Africa. It certainly fell to Mandela to be great. His role in the movement against extreme poverty was critical. He worked for a deeper debt cancellation, for a doubling of international assistance across sub-Saharan Africa, for trade and private investment and transparency to fight corruption. Without his leadership, would the world over the past decade have increased the number of people on AIDS medication to 9.7 million and decreased child deaths by 2.7 million a year? Without Mandela, would Africa be experiencing its best decade of growth and poverty reduction? His indispensability can't be proved with math and metrics, but I know what I believe..." he wrote.

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Time Magazine’s Osama bin Ladin Cover Revealed

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Photos, Editorials,

Time magazine - Osama bin Ladin red X

Osama bin Ladin will get Time magazine’s “red X” treatment with the cover shot pictured above. Adolf Hitler, Sadam Hussein and Musab al-Zarqawi are among others who have been pictured thus. The issue, which will contain details about bin Ladin’s death, will be available on Thursday.

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Apple and Time Inc. sign deal that gives Time subscribers free iPad access

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Handhelds,

time magazine on ipadTime Inc. has signed a deal with Apple that will allow print subscribers to access iPad versions of its magazines for free.

Starting Monday, subscribers to Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and Time can read these magazines on their iPad by entering an authentication code identifying themselves as print subscribers, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Magazines have struggled to take off on the iPad. Earlier this year, Apple unveiled a subscription platform for the App Store that awarded 70 percent of revenue to publishers and 30 percent to Apple. However, many publishers found the financial terms to be unfair, and said they wanted full control of subscribers' personal information.

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VIDEO: SNL Pokes Fun at Time, Zuckerberg and WikiLeaks Founder

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Television, Videos,

Magic happens when two skits -- and two extremely strong Saturday Night Live cast members -- get together.

On Saturday’s holiday episode, Andy Samberg reprised his Mark Zuckerberg impersonation, only to be interrupted by Bill Hader’s slighty mad version of Julian Assange … and it was fantastic.

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Mark Zuckerberg: TIME Magazine Person of the Year

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: News, Social Media, Social Networks,

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg

TIME Magazine can’t stress enough the fact that their Person of the Year award “is not an honor”. In 1938, Adolf Hitler was named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year. Unlike Hitler, however, Mark Zuckerberg fast tracked the world to complete connectivity through a global social network. And at a baby-ish 26 years of age, billionaire college dropout Zuckerberg is responsible for leading 550 million (or 1 out of every 12 people) into the social network at an astounding rate of 700,000 a day. If 700,000 is too big a number to comprehend, imagine that if you lived for 700,000 days you’d be 1,918 years old; which by that time Facebook would have added over 490 billion members, or about 72 times the Earth’s current population. Starting to get the picture? There’s no doubt that Facebook is a social revolution that won’t go the way of the dinosaur - *cough* MySpace *cough*. But the bigger question is where will it go?

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Time Reveals Person of the Year Candidates

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Movies, Music, Sports, Television,

Imagine Glenn Beck, Jon Stewart, Mark Zuckerberg and LeBron James on the same list. Time magazine has named them all, along with many others, as their potential Person of the Year.

Stewart is nominated jointly with fellow Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert. Also on the list: the Unemployed American, Steve Jobs, Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin and President Barack Obama.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the prime minister of Turkey, is currently leading Time’s online nomination poll. In second place? Lady Gaga.

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Celebrity Chatter: Alexa Ray Joel’s Nose Job, Tiger Wood’s 121 Women

Alexa Ray Joel-Alexa Ray Joel recently debuted a new look. Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley’s daughter said her nose job was something she had been “thinking about getting this for years.”

-Lady Gaga, Conan O’Brien and Kathryn Bigelow were among the celebrity names chosen as Time Magazine‘s “” of 2010.

-It doesn’t look like Jamie-Lynn Sigler will be reuniting with Entourage‘s Jerry Ferrera. The Sopranos actress is now dating Mark Sanchez, the New York Jets quarterback.

-Let’s hope all these mistresses don’t come forward. According to the National Enquirer, Tiger Woods slept with 121 other women while married to Elin Nordegren. Ewww.

-The relationship barely anyone knew about is now over. Former Fringe costars Anna Torv and Mark Valley separated several months ago after approximately one year of marriage.

No More Nudity for Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet in Vanity Fair

If an Oscar nomination isn’t reason enough for you to finally see The Reader, consider this: That may be the last film ever strips down for again.

In the current issue of Time, the two-time Golden Globe winner and current Oscar nominee claims her days of opening up for the camera are completely over. “I think I won’t do it again: a) I can’t keep getting away with it, and b) I don’t want to become ‘that actress who always gets her kit off’,” the 33-year-old explained.

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The Most Racially Important Films

In the Heat of the NightTo celebrate Black History Month, Time magazine has named what it believes to be ‘The 25 Most Important Films on Race.’

In making these selections, the magazine hopes to “honor the artistry, appeal and determination of African Americans on and behind the screen.”

Some choices were predictable (Gone with the Wind, In the Heat of the Night), some were surprising (Bamboozled, I Am Legend), while others were left off altogether (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, Glory).

To get detailed summaries on the movies - and the reasons behind Time’s selections - click here.

In the meantime, you can find a list of the titles (in reverse chronological order) after the jump.

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Time Magazine’s Cover Feature on Halo 3 Draws Fire

Time Magazine Cover With Halo 3Time Magazine has on their cover this week but the feature inside the magazine, written by Lev Grossman, has raised the hackles on the necks of several game writers. Dan Zuccarelli from Bits, Bytes, Pixels and Sprites takes Grossman to task for what he feels is an ill-researched piece. It’s not hard to see where Zuccarelli is coming from. In the third paragraph the Time article calls an exclusive and the inset graphic (reprinted on BBPS) shows a fan mod Xbox 360 featuring Halo 3 artwork rather than the actual Halo 3 Special Edition Xbox 360, not to mention mis-labeling the Heroclix Scarab as merely a “sculpture.”

What really has some people frothing though is Grossman’s obvious bias against gamers that seeps from nearly every paragraph as he repeatedly refers to them as antisocial, unhealthy, unpopular and even twice refers to gamers as residing in a ghetto. It’s not clear whether he refers to a literal ghetto or if he’s being metaphorical, but either way it doesn’t seem particularly balanced or neutral in tone.

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