Kylie Minogue are un nou iubit

Kylie Minougue are un nou iubit – un DJ scotian, informeaza femalefirst.co.uk. Se pare ca, dupa o lunga serie de intalniri, artista a inceput sa aiba o relatie cu Calvin Harris, cel care se ocupa de realizarea noului ei album.

O sursa a declarat: “Kylie si Calvin au petrecut foarte mult timp impreuna lucrand la album. Cei doi au legat o prietenie foarte stransa si formeaza acum un cuplu. Kylie a trecut printr-o perioada foarte dificila, iar prezenta lui Calvin a facut-o sa poata sa treaca peste. Calvin o binedispune intotdeauna. Sunt o pereche minunata.”

Vestea vine la doar doua luni dupa ce Kylie s-a despartit de actorul francez Olivier Martinez. Kylie, care a suferit de cancer in 2005, a avut cu Olivier o relatie de patru ani. Pe parcursul acestei relatii au existat in mod constant zvonuri potrivit carora actorul i-a fost infidel cantaretei.

HotNews.ro, S.B., 16 apr 2007

UEFA decide miercuri cine va gazdui EURO 2012

Comitetul executiv UEFA (din care face parte si romanul Mircea Sandu) va vota miercuri pentru a stabili tara gazda a turneului final Euro 2012. Sefii fotbalului european au de evaluat trei dosare: candidaturile comune Croatia-Ungaria, Ucraina-Polonia si Italia.

Votul va fi secret, iar pentru desemnarea cistigatorului este necesara majoritatea simpla. Daca dupa prima votare, nicio candidatura nu obtine “jumatate plus unu” din optiuni, ultima clasata va fi exclusa si se va proceda la un tur suplimentar.

Nu vor putea vota doi membri ai Comitetului Executiv care sunt si parti implicate: reprezentantii Italiei si Ucrainei.

HotNews.ro, 16 apr 2007

Adrian Mutu aduce victoria Fiorentinei

Adrian Mutu a marcat singurul gol al intalnirii dintre Fiorentina si Siena, fiind omul potrivit la momentul potrivit. Mutu a trimis in poarta o centrare a lui Reginaldo la care nu a ajuns celalalt atacant al echipei, Luca Toni. AS Roma s-a razbunat pe Sampdoria dupa umilinta de la Manchester, iar Milan a urcat pe un loc de Champions League in urma victoriei de la Mesinna.

In urma prestatiei sale, Mutu a primit iar elogiile presei italiene, romanul ajungand la al 14-lea gol stagional. In acelasi timp, Fiorentina se instaleaza in zona UEFA.

“A fost un meci greu, si, sincer, nu stiu de ce. Am inceput prost si ei au prins curaj. Am fost o echipa umila, nu am reusit sa ne bucuram suporterii cu un meci bun, dar am cucerit cele trei puncte. Dedic victoria presedintelui clubului si suporterilor, care m-au sustinut dupa penalty-ul ratat etapa trecuta”, a spus Mutu la finalul meciului pentru site-ul Calciotoscano.it

Rezultate Serie A – etapa 32

Sambata
Cagliari – Empoli 0-0

Udinese – Chievo Verona 2-1
Iaquinta ’34, Di Natale ’74 / Pellissier ’10

Duminica
Fiorentina – Siena 1-0
Mutu ’43
Adrian Mutu a fost integralist la gazde, Paul Codrea, titular la oaspeti fiind inlocuit in minutul 65.

Torino – Atalanta Bergamo 1-2
Abbruscato ’70 / Bellini ‘1, Zampagna ‘8

Parma – Catania 1-1
Cigarini ’32 / Spinesi ’20

Ascoli – Lazio Roma 2-2
Soncin ’71, Di Biagio ’76(pen) / Rocchi ’28, Jimenez ’84
Vali Nastase a jucat pe toata durata partidei la gazde.

Messina – AC Milan 1-3
Masiello ’90+3 / Kaka ’14, Favalli ’30, Ronaldo ’86

AS Roma – Sampdoria Genova 4-0
Totti ’21, ’66, Ferrari ’71, Panucci ’87
Cristi Chivu a fost integralist la gazde.

Livorno – Reggina 1-1
Lucarelli ’27 / Bianchi ’31

Internazionale Milano – Palermo 2-2
Cruz ’67, Adriano ’74 / Caracciolo ’26, Zaccardo ’45

Clasament
1. Inter Milano 81 puncte
2. AS Roma 65 puncte
3. Lazio Roma 56 puncte
4. AC Milan 50 puncte
5. Palermo 49 puncte
6. Empoli 46 puncte
7. Fiorentina 44 puncte

HotNews.ro, S.N., 15 apr 2007

Populatia Romaniei, in continua scadere

Luna februarie a acestui an nu a adus nici o ameliorare a tendintei de scadere a populatiei. Conform Institutului Nationale de Statitistica (INS), natalitatea s-a situat sub nivelul mortalitatii si a avut drept consecinta un spor natural negativ al populatiei.

Astfel, in luna februarie au fost inregistrati 16402 nascuti-vii, cu 2,4 mii mai putini decat in luna precedenta, determinand o rata a natalitatii de 9,9 nascuti-vii la 1000 locuitori (fata de 10,3 la mie in luna ianuarie).

Numarul decedatilor (20482) a fost cu 5,1 mii persoane mai mic decat in luna ianuarie, la fel ca si rata mortalitatii infantile (decedati sub un an la 1000 nascuti-vii), care a inregistrat a inregistrat o scadere: 10,7 la mie in luna februarie fata de 15,5 la mie in luna ianuarie.

Sporul natural negativ, care indica un deficit al nascutilor-vii fata de cel al decedatilor, a scazut de la -3,7 mii persoane in luna ianuarie la -2,5 mii persoane in luna februarie.

HotNews.ro, M. Zidaru, 16 apr 2007

Turcescu va conduce ziarul lui Vantu

In curand, ziarul Cotidianul va fi relansat sub o noua echipa de conducere editoriala. Astfel, incepand de luni, prezentatorul Robert Turcescu este director editorial al ziarului. Functia de redactor sef va fi ocupata de ziaristul Mihnea Maruta, pana in prezent consultant editorial al Cotidianului.

Conform managementului grupului Realitatea-Catavencu, noua conducere editoriala a Cotidianului va avea, ca principal obiectiv, stabilizarea la peste 30.000 de exemplare a tirajului mediu zilnic vandut.

Noul redactor sef, Mihnea Maruta (38 de ani), are 17 ani de experienta in presa, conducand in ultimii ani mai multe ziare locale si regionale. Conform comunicatului transmis de grupul Catavencu, incepand cu luna ianuarie a acestui an, Mihnea Maruta a fost consultant pe probleme editoriale si project manager al relansarii ziarului Cotidianul.

Robert Turcescu (32 de ani) are 14 ani de experienta in media. In prezent, Turcescu este realizator si prezentator al emisiunilor “100%” de la Realitatea TV si “Romania, in direct” de la Europa FM.

HotNews.ro, Liana Anghelescu, 16 apr 2007

Ziua Holocaustului – comemorata in intreaga lume

Milioane de persoane comemoreaza, luni, victimele Holocaustului, iar in Israel si in alte locuri din intrega lume ziua va fi marcata de momente de reculegere in amintirea evreilor ucisi in lagarele de exterminare din timpul celui de-al doilea razboi mondial. Ceremoniile dedicate acestei zile au inceput inca de duminica la memorialul Yad Vashem, din Ierusalim, unde zeci de inalti oficiali israelieni, printre care si premierul Ehud Olmert, au participat la eveniment, relateaza AFP.

Seful cabinetului israelian a tinut un discurs prin care condamna orice forma de rasism, xenofobie si discriminare si i-a criticat pe cei care nu au invatat inca lectia Holocaustului.

„Sunt inca foarte multi oameni in institutii academice care nu au invatat aceasta lectie si ale caror inimi sunt pline de ura fata de Israel. Ei neaga dreptul poporului evreu la suveranitate si existenta nationala”, a declarat Olmert.

In ajunul Zilei Holocaustului, o echipa de academicieni din cadrul Institutului pentru Studierea Antisemitismului si Rasismului a publicat un studiu in care prezinta dovezi conform carora actele de violenta impotriva evreilor au luat amploare pe teritoriul statelor europene. Numarul actelor antisemite s-a dublat in 2006, fata de anul anterior.

La ora 8:00 GMT (10:00 ora Romaniei), pe intreg teritoriul Israelului a fost tinut un moment de reculegere in memoria celor sase milioane de evrei ucisi in lagarele naziste.

Mii de persoane din toata lumea sunt asteptati sa parcurga pe jos distanta de trei kilometri dintre lagarul de la Auschwitz si cel de la Birkenau, unde erau camerele de gazare si crematoriile. In fruntea Marsului Supravietuitorilor se va afla Rafi Eitan, in varsta de 80 de ani, fost agent secret israelian, cel care l-a capturat, in 1960, pe nazistul Adolf Eichmann in Argentina.

Potrivit Wikipedia, in timpul celui de-al doilea Razboi Mondial intreaga cultura laica si religioasa a evreilor din Europa fusese distrusa si intre 5.6 si 5.9 milioane de evrei fusesera exterminati. Dintre acestia, aproximativ 1.5 milioane erau copii.

Tot in timpul Holocaustului, au fost exterminati peste 85.000 de polonezi, 20.000 de romi si 12.000 de persoane de alte nationalitati.

Dupa terminarea razboiului, zeci de monumente dedicate celui mai ingrozitor eveniment istoric s-au ridicat in intreaga lume. In Germania si in tarile europene care s-au aflat sub ocupatie nazista, ramasitele multor lagare de concentrare si centre de executie au fost transformate in muzee.

HotNews.ro, C. Marin, 16 apr 2007

Microsoft sesizeaza autoritatile anti-trust in afacerea Google – DoubleClick

Oficialii Microsoft sunt de parere ca autoritatile anti-trust din Statele Unite trebuie sa investigheze foarte atent tranzactia prin care Google a achizionat compania DoubleClick, companie ce are ca domeniu principal de activitate vanzarea spatiilor publicitare pe internet. Bradford L. Smith, un inalt consilier din cadrul Microsoft, a declarat pentru Washington Post ca tranzactia va afecta serios concurenta pe piata de publicitate on-line, cele doua companii fiind principalii jucatori pe acest segment de piata. La licitatia de vanzare a DouuleClick, companiile Microsoft, Yahoo si Time Warner au fost infrante de oferta de 3.1 miliarde de dolari inaintata de Google.

Google neaga

Google a negat vehement afirmatiile facute de Microsoft.

“Am studiat foarte atent acuzatiile si putem spune ca nu sunt adevarate”, a declarat Eric E. Schmidt, director executiv in cadrul Google.

Potrivit lui Bradford L. Smith, Google si DoubleClick sunt acum in masura sa observe si sa memoreze informatii despre obiceiurile de navigare pe net ale consumatorilor, la un nivel fara precedent.

DoubleClick este lider pe piata companiilor specializate in plasarea de reclame video publicitare pe site-uri.

Alegerea tipului de reclama servit fiecarui utilizator se face prin amplasarea unui program de tip cookie, in calculatorul utilizatorului, acesta monitorizand toate obiceiurile de consum.

Sesizarea Microsoft a fost urmata la scurt timp de cea facuta de compania AT&T.

“Credem ca autoritatile anti-trust ar trebui sa analizeze foarte atent afacerea si mai ales implicatiile ei”, a spus Jim Cicconi, vice-presedinte executiv in cadrul companiei. Cicconi a mai precizat ca parteneriatul Google si DobleClick va afecta compania AT&T intrucat aceasta este specializata in servicii de televiziune digitala.

Acesta nu este primul caz in care Google si Microsoft intra in conflict pe teme ce tin de etica concurentiala, anul trecut Google reclamand ca browser-ul Internet Explorer de la Microsoft ii indreapta pe utilizatorii catre serviciile de cautare ale motorului de cautare MSN, in detrimentul Google.

HotNews.ro, Cristian Covaci, 16 apr 2007

Google cumpara DoubleClick Inc. cu 3,1 miliarde de dolari

Corporatia Google a anuntat achizitionarea companiei DoubleClick Inc. contra sumei de 3,1 miliarde de dolari. Compania are ca domeniu principal de activitate vanzarea spatiilor publicitare in mediul web, oferind de asemenea si servicii de consultanta. In aceasta competitie au fost inscrisi si colosii Microsoft si Yahoo.

Scopul strategiei Google, in doi pasi, a fost de a reliza o platforma pentru vanzarea de anunturi publicitare in format video. Primul pas a fost marcat prin achizitionarea contra sumei de 1.65 miliarde de dolari a site-ului YouTube, care va functiona ca mediu de postare a anunturilor.

DoubleClick Inc. a fost fondata in anul 1996, fiind cumparata acum doi ani de Hellman & Friedman cu “modesta” suma de 1.1 miliarde de dolari.

HotNews.ro, Florian Gabriel, 14 apr 2007

Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Helsinki

The Eurovision Song Contest 2007 will be the 52nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, held at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland on May 10 (for the semi-final) and May 12 (for the final). The hosting broadcaster of the contest is YLE. Finland earned the right to host the event thanks to the rock band Lordi winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 as Finland’s representatives.

Country – Participant – Song title
Albania – Aida & Frederik Ndoci – Balada e gurit
Andorra – Anonymous – Salvem el món
Austria – Eric Papilaya – Get A Life, Get Alive
Belarus – Dmitry Koldun – Work Your Magic
Belgium – The Krazy Mess Groovers – Love Power
Bosnia & Herzegovina – Maria ŠESTIĆ – Rijeka Bez Imena
Bulgaria – Love Power – Whater
Croatia – DRAGONFLY feat. Dado TOPIĆ – Vjerujem U Ljubav
Cyprus – Evridiki – Evridiki
Czech Republic – KABÁT – Malá Dáma
Denmark – DQ – Drama Queen
Estonia – Gerli PADAR – Partners In Crime
Finland – Hanna PAKARINEN – Leave Me Alone
France – LES FATALS PICARDS – L’amour À La Française
Georgia – Sopho – Visionary Dream
Germany – Roger CICERO – Frauen Regier’n Die Welt
Greece – Sarbel – Yassou Maria
Hungary – Magdi Rúzsa – Unsubstantial Blues
Iceland – Eiríkur HAUKSSON – Valentine Love
Ireland – DERVISH – They Can’t Stop The Spring
Israel – TEAPACKS – Push The Button
Latvia – BONAPARTI.LV – Questa Notte
Lithuania – 4FUN – Love Or Leave
Macedonia – Karolina – Mojot Svet
Malta – Olivia LEWIS – Olivia LEWIS
Moldova – Natalia BARBU – Fight
Montenegro – Stevan FADDY – Ajde Kroči
Netherlands – Edsilia ROMBLEY – On Top Of The World
Norway – Guri SCHANKE – Ven A Bailar Conmigo
Poland – THE JET SET – Time To Party
Portugal – Sabrina – Dança Comigo
Romania – TODOMONDO – Liubi, Liubi, I Love You
Russia – SEREBRO – Song #1
Serbia – Marija ŠERIFOVIĆ – Molitva
Slovenia – Alenka GOTAR – Cvet Z Juga
Spain – D’NASH – I Love You Mi Vida
Sweden – THE ARK – The Worrying Kind
Switzerland – Cvet Z Juga – Vampires Are Alive
Turkey – Kenan DOĞULU – Shake It Up Shekerim
Ukraine – Flying The Flag – Dancing Lasha Tumbai
United Kingdom – SCOOCH – Flying The Flag

Why the iPhone will succeed, at any price

The press loves to talk about Apple. The cynics chalk it up to Steve Jobs’s public relations savvy, while some journalists might counter that Apple products are unique, influential and iconic. With the iPod, Apple swept through and dominated the portable music player market. Now it’s threatening to do the same with cell phones.

Mobile-phone makers are probably grumbling to themselves, “We have some great multifunctional products out there, too — and they’re easier to use than ever! Why doesn’t anyone pay attention to us?” Well, the easiest way to get the media’s attention (and the consumer’s) is to stop diluting your best models with 20-plus other mediocre models. In order to compete against Apple, electronics companies should start be throwing many of their existing products out the window. Click below for the full plan.

Choice Is Bad

Apple is going to sell one phone. Well, technically, it’s going to sell two phones: one with 8 gigabytes of memory, and one with 4. What does Motorola have to be afraid of? After all, it sells eight different kinds of RAZRs, along with about 31 other phones (from the KRZR, SLVR, PEBL and ROKR to the mysteriously named m900, L2, i836 and W315). That’s enough to give Moto significant shelf space in any store and provide options for just about any cell-phone user out there. But that’s exactly why the company is probably shaking in its boots.

Why would a user want to choose between 39 Motorola phones when he knows he can, for a premium, pick up the iPhone and be assured of getting a well-designed, attractive, and high-quality product (assuming, of course, that the iPhone turns out to be all of those things)? Cell-phone manufacturers need to start making fewer phones, not more, if they want to compete with the new kid on the block.

Imagine what would happen if Motorola decided that its next phone — let’s call it the LAZR — were to be its only phone. The basic LAZR would be a quality affair priced at $250, but for $450 you could get a tricked-out version that had all of the texting, e-mailing, Web-browsing, and music-playing features that a user could want. And for the grandparents, there would be a LAZRlite: a stripped-down, very simple $79 version of the product that could only make phone calls and accept voicemail.

Does this pricing model sound familiar? These three versions of the phones would be it. Motorola would cut everything else out of its line and put together some great advertising campaigns. Provided that the phone was better than the RAZR, the popular question would change from, “Are you getting an iPhone or some other model?” to, “Which kind of customer are you — Apple or Motorola?”

Off the Shelf

Every company, from Pringles to Sony, worries about shelf space. Kellogg’s knows that only so many people are going to buy Froot Loops with Marshmallows, but it also knows that every box the supermarket stocks is one more Post cereal that can’t fit. While this sort of theorizing may be important in the grocery store, it’s outdated for online retailers like Amazon. And more and more consumers are finding that the best place to buy electronics is online. And when I’m searching for something new, I sort by “avg. customer review,” not by brand. Or I’ll read a review, and Google the best-looking product: press coverage and word of mouth goes a long way when you’re talking about online sales, while variety isn’t as easy to notice.

Phones Are Just the Beginning

Apple provides a welcome respite from choosing among products with miniscule differences. Yes, you can customize, but if you buy one of the company’s three standard desktops, you’ll get a great computer for the price. More and more, consumers are responding to this pitch. They’re even willing to pay a premium for simplicity: not just fewer buttons, but fewer products.

Canon has two lines of digital cameras: EOS SLRS and PowerShot digital cameras. I’m actually in the market for a digital camera, and Canon has a good reputation as brands go. But the PowerShot line has 23 cameras! Two of the highest-end models couldn’t be more different: One is a 6-megapixel camera with a 12x zoom (the S3 IS), while the other is a 10-MP model with a 6x zoom (the G7). Other choices in the line are nearly indistinguishable: compare the SD750. The average consumer would have to do a lot of research in order to know he’d bought the right camera. It’s no wonder that after only four months on the market, some of the company’s newer cameras are already being sold at a 40% discount.

Creating the Icon

But Canon could really break away from the Panasonic, Olympus, Sony and Kodak pack if it sold fewer cameras, if it came forward and said, “There are a lot of cameras in this price range, but this is the best and best-looking one.” Other companies would be left scrambling. On the other hand, if Apple, or some other, new company does that instead, Canon will be left bumbling about how great its cameras are, but with such a poorly curated line, consumers will gravitate towards the brand that makes the purchase easier.

What about a single laptop that’s good for every personality, a specific camera that will suit every possible individual need? What Apple’s done is to ask: Just how different are consumers’ needs? There will always be companies out there making niche products, but those are not the companies that capture the popular imagination. And what about the concern that consumers don’t want to be sitting on the subway next to someone with the same gadget? Well, the iPod blew that notion away. The cool kids have decreed individuality overrated. Manufacturers should stop being such squares. — S.E. Kramer

via blog.scifi.com