Herzog to chair Berlin film jury

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German film director Werner Herzog will head the Berlin Film Festival jury next year

Werner Herzog is the director of more than 50 films

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Magic moments

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The Black Eyed Peas with Oprah Winfrey

The 24th series began with 21,000 audience members dancing to The Black Eyed Peas hit I Gotta Feeling


The Oprah Winfrey Show is to end in September 2011, after 25 years on the air.

From controversies to celebrity sofa-jumping, here are some of the most memorable moments from the chat show’s history.

FIRST EPISODE

The very first episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast on 8 September, 1986. Initially, the format was more akin to a talk show, covering everyday issues with everyday people.

How to Marry the Man or Woman of Your Dreams was described as "a good old fashioned dating show" by producers. The topic struck a chord with viewers, easing the show on to the road to success.

THE WEIGHT WAGON

To represent her recent 67lbs (30kg) weight loss, in November 1988, Winfrey wheeled out a wagon carrying the same amount of fat. It was to start a national obsession with her yo-yoing weight.

She later described it as her "biggest, fattest" mistake saying: "I had literally starved myself for four months to get into that pair of size 10 jeans. Two hours after that show, I started eating to celebrate – of course, within two days those jeans no longer fit!"

THE GIVEAWAYS

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Queen mother

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Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury wrote some of his classic songs at his parents’ London home


Eighteen years after the death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, the people of Feltham in west London are preparing to honour him with a commemorative pavement star.

Mercury was born Farrukh Bulsara in Zanzibar, 1946, to parents originally from Mumbai.

He went to boarding school in India, and along with his family moved to west London in 1964 where he enrolled in art college and embarked on his musical career.

The star’s 87-year-old mother, Jer Bulsara, spoke to BBC Asian Network’s Dil Neiyyar about her memories of her famous son.


In a bungalow in a quiet Midlands cul-de sac, an 87-year-old year woman looks longingly at pictures of her son.

Her eyes moisten and her chest fills with pride as her fingers caress the images.

"I’m so proud of him," she whispers.

The pictures are of Freddie Mercury and the woman lingering over them is his mother, Jer Bulsara.

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Enigma aberration

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Elgar's drawing of himself playing the trombone


Sir Edward Elgar might be one of the best known British composers, but playing the trombone did not number among his many musical skills.

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YouTube gets automatic subtitles

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YouTube to get subtitles

Six channels run by universities are also involved in the initial launch.

YouTube’s parent company Google has announced on its blog that automatic captions are to begin to roll out across the site. Read the rest of this entry »

Facebook acts on follower trade

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Facebook has an estimated 250million users worldwide

Facebook has threatened legal action against a service that sells friends on the social networking site. Read the rest of this entry »

CD player production ends at Linn

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Linn CD player

Linn will stop making CD players, but not turntables for vinyl

A manufacturer of hi-fi systems has sounded what it said could be the death knell of the compact disc player. Read the rest of this entry »

After the hype

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American Apparel Second Life store closed

Some shops opened with a fanfare then quietly closed


Not long ago Second Life was everywhere, with businesses opening branches and bands playing gigs in this virtual world. Today you’d be forgiven for asking if it’s still going.

Once upon a time Second Life had a Twitter level of hype. Even those without a cartoon version of themselves couldn’t plead ignorance due to blanket coverage in newspapers and magazines.

Second Life is a virtual world started by the US firm Linden Lab in 2003, in which users design an avatar to live their "second life" online.

And everything about this world can be customised for a price – new outfits, drinks in a bar, even a luxury mansion can be bought with Linden dollars.

Mentions of Second Life first crept into the UK media mainstream in early 2006.

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UK climate unit’s e-mails hacked

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Experts warn that universities’ e-mail systems are vulnerable to attacks

The e-mail system of one the world’s leading climate research units has been breached by hackers. Read the rest of this entry »

Hubble instruments sent to museum

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Costar, Hubble’s “spectacles”, was removed in May and returned to Earth


Two instruments that served more than 15 years aboard the Hubble telescope have gone on display in the US.

Washington DC’s National Air and Space Museum is the new home for the WFPC-2 and Costar, which once served as the telescope’s eyes and its spectacles.

The two instruments were replaced during a servicing mission in May.

They will depart in December for a brief tour of California before returning permanently to the museum in March 2010.

The Corrective Optics Space Telescope Axial Replacement, or Costar, was a suite of optics providing the fix for a manufacturing fault that initially stymied Hubble’s mission.

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