Lady Gaga loses 156 Million YouTube Views

 Lady Gaga has been stripped of 156 million YouTube views after the site cleared out stats it deemed dummied up by hackers and viewcount generators.
The development comes one month after the YouTube pages of Sony and Universal lost 2 billion YouTube views, largely because YouTube decided that videos migrated to the company’s VEVO pages were “dead videos”. While a small portion of the views stripped from Sony and Universal were due to what YouTube calls “de-spamming the data,” the vast majority were taken away as a result of Sony, Universal and EMI’s decision to bet on VEVO.
As NME notes, VEVO is owned by Sony and Universal Music Group.
Other artists affected by YouTube’s housekeeping include Beyonce, Michael Jackson and Chris Brown. At the time of the original clean-up, singer Leona Lewis lost 24 million views.
In July 2011, Lady Gaga’s YouTube account was suspended and promptly restored. Though Google (which owns YouTube) declined to comment, a notice on her channel read that it was guilty of “multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s copyright policy.”

M-NET SECURES DEAL WITH PANA TV TO STREAM CONTENT ONLINE

In recent years, M-Net has embraced new technology and has continued to be a pioneer in content development for new platforms. With the 2006 launch of DStv mobile – a digital video broadcast of live TV channels to enabled mobile phones – and M-Mobile, which provides 3G content on-demand to mobile phones, M-Net and its channels started to venture down new broadcast avenues. Since December 2007, M-Net viewers on DStv have also been able to enjoy the benefits of Catch-up TV with the launch of DStv on Demand, a free video-on-demand service to PVR and PC. From 2008, M-Net has produced a number of local shows for DStv’s High Definition channels.M-Net – the multi-channel Pan-African content provider – has today announced that it has signed a deal with PANA TV, one of the leading online TV services for African content. M-Net has licensed over 1,000 hours of content to stream on the PanaTV.com platform.
PANA TV has picked up a variety of content from M-Net’s diverse portfolio across drama, documentaries, lifestyle and kids’ programming as well as a selection of short films. Highlights include: award-winning documentary Playing the Enemy (1×60’); epic drama series’ The Wild (208×24’) and Jacobs Cross (105×48’); and series one and two of lifestyle show Cooking with Siba (39×24’), fronted by Sibahle Mtongana, one of South Africa’s most renowned food editors.
It has also acquired a vast array of popular Nollywood films – formally known as the Nigerian video feature film industry – which is Africa’s largest movie industry in terms of the number of movies produced per year.
Mandy Roger, Head of Sales, Acquisition and Business Development, M-Net said: “At M-Net we look to work with forward-thinking partners who reflect our ethos in promoting African content to new audiences, and PANA TV is a prime example of this. It is a company that is at the forefront of the online content industry and has grown into one of the fastest growing internet platforms.  In making this content digitally accessible we are able to reach international audiences – showcasing the quality of African TV and film production to the global audience and challenging preconceptions. We look forward to building on our relationship with PANA TV to grow African content’s global footprint in the digital space.”
Daniel Ogbonna, Founder, PANA TV adds: “The partnership with M-Net, one of the largest television networks in Africa, gives us a broader content base that helps us in showcasing the talent in Africa. This is indeed, a fantastic partnership as we unpack the African story to the world.”
In October 1986 the face of South African television changed forever when Electronic Media Network (M-Net) launched the country’s first terrestrial pay-television channel. As broadcasting technology has developed over the years, M-Net has evolved from its analogue broadcast beginnings into a multi-channel Pan-African content-provider, delivering top programming on a variety of platforms. M-Net has become renowned for its diverse programming and ground-breaking television content, featuring a mix of international series and movies with high-quality local programming.

About M-Net Content Sales Department
The M-Net Content Sales Department – a division of M-Net Group Content Services – monetises all M-Net-owned content through global sales and marketing. It promotes and sells M-Net’s library of content across television, DVD retail and rental, film festival circuit, In-Flight Entertainment, hotel pay-per view networks and broadband internet delivery mechanisms.
Format sales are a new area of M-Net’s sales activity. The division is sourcing sales partnerships and new opportunities to present and sell its fast-growing slate of new M-Net owned formats to the international marketplace.
About PANA TV
PANA TV is an internet television service that legally streams Africa inspired films, music, news and lifestyle videos worldwide. Launched in April 2012, PanaTV.com has more than 101,000 fans on Facebook with a reach of more than 25 million people. PanaTV.com is one of fastest growing internet platforms with a wide range of genres of Africa-inspired content in one location. The company has offices in United States and Africa with expansions planned for Europe later this year.

Frank Ocean seeks Prosecution, after been beaten up by Chris brown

A few more details have emerged in the aftermath of Chris Brown and Frank Ocean’s studio scuffle, with reports that Ocean wants to see Brown (who has now agreed to speak with the cops) charged for the melee. Brown has not made any public comment on the incident, instead using Instagram to express himself, but even that was too much for him, and tonight he made his account private.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s department says that Frank Ocean “is desirous of prosecution in this incident,” after sending a tweet on Sunday night that he’d been jumped by Chris Brown and his crew. Brown is still serving a five-year probation sentence from his 2009 assault which could spell trouble for him, but TMZ cited sources saying that he was making moves to tell cops his side of the story.
Yesterday Brown decided to address criticism he was receiving from this fallout via an Instagram photo with three depictions of Jesus suffering on the cross. Needless to say, that wasn’t so well-received, and on Tuesday night the singer decided to make his Instagram account private, with a final note that read, “Social media takes away the essence of why we are even special or icons,” Brown wrote. “So with that, I’m detaching myself from that world.”

Miley Cyrus married?

Have Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth already secretly tied the knot?

Cyrus, 20, added fuel to rumors that she wed the “Hunger Games” actor secretly in an interview for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan, on newsstands Feb. 5.
The singer referred to him as her “hubby” in the chat with Cosmo, gushing about his good looks.
“I’ll literally look at him and be like ‘You are hot, dear god!’ The other day, I turned on the pool heater and it was steaming, and he walked outside and took off his clothes and jumped in the pool. I was like, ‘I’m gonna faint–the hottest guy of my life is in a steaming pool. This looks like a Playgirl shoot.’ So I took a photo and made it the background on my phone. My best friend grabbed my phone and was like, ‘Who’s that? He is so hot!’ That’s my hubby!”
The former “Hannah Montana” actress’ comments support rumors that the two got married before the holidays. Back in December, Cyrus tweeted photos that showed her and Hemsworth posing by a Christmas tree and sporting bands around their ring fingers.

Cyrus and Hemsworth have been engaged since May 31, 2011. They began dating back in 2009 while filming “The Last Song.”

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Justin Bieber Four Seasons Foots HUGE Ferrari Repair Bill

0130-justin-bieber-ferrari-tmzFile Under:  “Lil Twist is nothing but trouble” department …

Justin Bieber‘s Ferrari is currently in repair shop ICU, after his good buddy, Lil Twist, bottomed out as he peeled out of the Four Seasons driveway in Beverly Hills … and we’ve learned the hotel is shockingly footing the bill.

As we first reported … Justin and Twist were staying at the Four Seasons on New Year’s Day, when Twist took the car for a spin on the 405 Freeway and got stopped by the CHP.  As the deputy dealt with Twist, a paparazzo who was taking pics of the scene was struck and killed by a motorist.

Turns out … when Twist left the Four Seasons driveway, he caused $8,000 to $10,000 worth of damage to the whip.  It’s pretty amazing, because that driveway doesn’t really have any hidden dangers.

Nonetheless … sources tell TMZ … the hotel has agreed to pay the bill to maintain its lucrative relationship with Justin.

Like he doesn’t have enough money … and by the way, why isn’t Twist paying?

A rep for the Four Seasons had no comment.

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RIM reinvents itself with new name, new BlackBerry 10 OS, new smartphones

RIM reinvented itself Wednesday by renaming the company BlackBerry. It charged back into the high competitive smartphone market with a new operating system and a pair of smartphones designed to rival iOS and Android offerings.

At a splashy press event in New York City, the new BlackBerry company showed off its pair of new smartphones: the BlackBerry Z10 and Q10.

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BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins with the Z10, left, and the Q10 smartphones

CEO Thorsten Heins said the 4.2-inch touchscreen Z10 and the 3.1-inch Q10—which resembles a traditional BlackBerry with the familiar physical QWERTY keyboard—symbolize BlackBerry’s transformation.

“BlackBerry has changed,” Heins said. “We have redesigned the BlackBerry experience. We have reengineered our products. We have reinvented this company, and we want to reflect this in our brand.”

The two phones will be available in the U.S. on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon sometime in mid-March, Heins said. Verizon plans to carry a black version of the Z10, as well as an an exclusive white version of the Z10. Each will be available for $200 with a two-year contract. Sprint will offer the Q10 “later this year,” Verizon said.

Other carrier prices and release dates have yet to be announced.

New BlackBerry 10 operating system

BlackBerry has discussed BB10’s features many times over the last several months, but on Wednesday it showed the world the fresh OS in action on the company’s stylish new hardware.

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The new BlackBerry Hub in the BlackBerry 10 OS

BlackBerry 10 is designed for multi-taskers, Heins said. The new BlackBerry Hub stores all of your notifications in one place and lets you use BlackBerry Messenger, send tweets, and respond to Facebook and LinkedIn requests without opening the apps or navigating away from the Hub.

The new Flow feature in BB10 lets you swipe between multiple apps and the Peek feature lets you check the Hub without leaving the screen you’re using.

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Screen sharing in BlackBerry 10

The new operating system offers interesting video and photo features, like BBM video calls and a screen-sharing option so you can remotely view another BBM user’s screen. The camera’s Story Maker lets you add Instagram-like filters to your photos and create slideshows complete with title cards and a soundtrack.

The company isn’t forgetting its base of business-user base, which has clung to BlackBerry when many others jumped ship. BB10 offers BlackBerry Balance, which separates your personal and professional profiles in two modes with different sets of apps.

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The BlackBerry Video feature in BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry also trotted out new global creative director Alicia Keys to share her own story of leaving her trusted BB for a hotter smartphone. She said BlackBerry, like an ex-boyfriend, regained her love when the company said it had been “working out” and adding new features that help manage work and play.

The company won over its brand ambassador, but the question remains: Can BlackBerry attract its former fans?

Solid start

BlackBerry announced Wednesday that its BlackBerry World app store has a base of more than 70,000 apps, including 1,000 heavy hitters such as Facebook, Twitter, Angry Birds, Skype, the New York Times, EA, Amazon Kindle, Whatsapp, and more.

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BlackBerry says its new OS has more than 70,000 apps. Here are some available business-related apps.

Those partnerships are significant; Microsoft drew a slew of criticisms for launching Windows 8 with just 8,000 apps.The multitasking features and appeal to enterprise clients, 1600 of which have already signed on to upgrade to BB10, Heins said at the press event.

The Z10 will be available in the United Kingdom tomorrow, and in Canada and the United Arab Emirates on Feb. 5. The U.S. rollout delay is due to carrier testing, Heins said.

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Caitlin McGarry

 

Rick Ross Crashes Rolls Royce Into Building After Drive By Shooting

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American rapper Rick Ross smashed his Rolls-Royce into an apartment building in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida early yesterday morning while attempting to flee from a drive-by shooting. TMZ is reporting he was the intended target.

According to reports, around 5am Rick Ross and a female companion were leaving a party on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale when a car pulled up along side Rick’s dark colored Rolls and opened fire.

Rick swerved to avoid being hit and crashed into an apartment building at SE 15 Avenue.

Neither Rick nor his passenger were hit. Security cameras at a building across the street from the crash were rolling during the incident and cops are hoping the footage will either reveal the identity of the shooter or at least show the vehicle.