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Bieber`s plea deal statement

Posted on : 10 Jul 2014 (Thu)

Justin Bieber is `glad` his egging case has been resolved, the star`s representative confirms.

On Wednesday the Baby singer`s attorneys entered a no contest plea to charges of misdemeanour vandalism on behalf of the heartthrob in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

And his spokesperson says the star is relieved he was able to come to an agreement with prosecutors.

`Justin is glad to get this matter resolved and behind him,` his representative confirmed in a written statement to CNN. `He will continue to move forward focusing on his career and his music.`

As part of his plea deal, Justin must complete 12 weekly anger management sessions and five days of community service.

Judge Leland Harris put him on two years probation and the star has been ordered to pay $80,900 restitution to his former neighbours for the damage his egg-throwing caused their home.

The 20-year-old pop star was accused of throwing the food in Calabasas, California, earlier this year. Repair costs for the home struck have been estimated at $20,000.

Assistant District Attorney Alan Yochelson reportedly told the magistrate the incident was `an extremely immature and silly act` that caused `incredible amount of damage` to a `dream house`.

Justin no longer lives near the neighbour he`s accused of egging in the Los Angeles suburbs, having apparently sold his former house months ago to Khloe Kardashian.

This isn`t the only legal case the young star is involved in. Earlier this year he was arrested for DUI while in Miami, with his team said to be working on a plea bargain.

Usher to return at VMSs

Posted on : 10 Jul 2014 (Thu)

MTV today announced via its various social media channels that Grammy® Award winner, multi-platinum selling, recording artist Usher will make a triumphant return to MTV and the VMA stage during the `2014 MTV Video Music Awards` live from the Forum in Inglewood, CA on Sunday, 24TH August. MTV VMA 2014 will air on MTV in the UK on Monday 25th August at 9pm.

A VMA mainstay, Usher has delivered some of the show`s most high octane and memorable performances including 2010`s stunning combo of `OMG` and `DJ Got Us Fallin` in Love,` 2004`s mashup of `Confession` and `Yeah` (featuring Ludacris and Lil John).

Hot on the heels of releasing their self-titled debut album, Australian pop-punk band and upcoming MTV Artist to Watch 5 Seconds of Summer, also known as Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin, will take the VMA stage for the first time. The teen sensations have been wowing live audiences worldwide and will surely bring the audience to their feet on this night.

`Can`t wait to play the VMAs this year,` says 5 Seconds of Summer. It`s a huge honor and we always love coming over to the States. We can`t wait to play on such a big stage!`

Usher and 5 Seconds of Summer join previously announced Ariana Grande, who will also be performing on the VMA stage for the first time. Nominations and additional performers will be announced at a later date.

For updates please head to VMA.MTV.com or www.mtvpress.com, and follow @mtv on Instagram or Twitter.

Apple strikes iRadio deal with Universal Music

Posted on : 10 May 2013 (Fri)

Apple is getting closer to rolling out its free Internet radio service.

The company has reached a licensing deal with the world's largest music label, Universal Music Group, according to people familiar with the situation. Apple is still in deep negotiations with Warner Music Group on some specifics. It also still needs an agreement with Sony Music, which has been tougher for Apple to get on board.

Apple spokesperson Tom Neumayr declined to comment.

The deal with Universal, which the Financial Times reported Thursday, could become very lucrative.

After much back and forth about the terms, the deal reached with Universal -- and the one on the table with Warner Music -- could prove far sweeter for the music labels than what they get from Pandora, the service that closest resembles what Apple is building, sources say.

Just last month, the labels had agreed to let Apple pay a per-stream rate that was half of what the labels get from Pandora. That changed, however, and sources now say that the deal has Apple paying the same rate as Pandora, or even higher.

While that alone could be lucrative because of Apple's sheer size -- and Apple plans eventually to roll this service out globally -- the hope for the labels is much bigger because it comes with two other potential revenue sources. Apple has told the music labels that it plans to build out its ad business, including potentially adding audio ads such as those heard on Pandora's free service.

Under the deal, sources say that rights holders would get about 50 percent of the ad revenue, which is an unusually high share. It's also a bit of a gamble because, as it is now, Apple's still needs to build out the iAd business to serve a global Internet radio service. The reason the labels pushed for a higher per-stream rate is because Apple's radio service might roll out with little, if any, advertising, sources said.

Apple is also paying an advance, sources say.

The product, which would be tied to iTunes, would be made for mobile devices. It would contain some features not available on Pandora -- such as the ability to rewind a song from the middle of it, sources say -- and would have a simple button that would let users easily purchase a song. This, too, could be a boon to the labels, which collect roughly 70 percent of every dollar from an iTunes purchases. Currently, there are about 500 million iTunes accounts; Pandora, by contrast, has about 70 million active users.

The deal underscores Apple's desire to make a radio product happen amid growing competition. There's been a proliferation of streaming music services with both free and paid plans, from Pandora to Spotify to Deezer. Apple rival Google is also set to launch its own streaming-music service as part of YouTube. Sources told CNET recently that Google is aiming to launch its product, which would work on desktop and mobile devices, this summer and that it is also working on another subscription music service for Google Play, which could roll out first.

Apple has told the labels it wants to launch its streaming music service this summer.

Facebook updates Home, says downloads reach 1M

Posted on : 10 May 2013 (Fri)

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Facebook is releasing a new version of Facebook Home, the social network's software suite for Android, the company announced at its headquarters here Thursday.

The new product will go live on Google Play at 1 p.m. Thursday as an update to the Facebook Android app, but users probably won't see it till about 3 p.m., Facebook said.

Facebook VP of Engineering Cory Ondrejka said the company is planning on several improvements to the product in the coming weeks, but today's update will have bug fixes. Also, for any Android devices that don't support Home, Facebook won't block users who want to transfer Home -- in a process called sideloading -- from supported devices. More than 10,000 people were using this method to get Home on unsupported devices shortly after Home launched, Facebook said.

Facebook Home's reception has been less than stellar so far. It's been installed nearly 1 million times since release, according to Facebook. The social network itself, however, has more than 1 billion users. Home has also been collecting negative reviews.


The company's partnership with HTC doesn't seem to have worked out so well either. AT&T is selling the HTC "Facebook phone" for 99 cents, a month after it launched.

Facebook Director of Product Adam Mosseri said the company has taken complaints from users into consideration as it moves forward with updates to the product.

"The clear signal is: missing launching features, and not being able to rearrange the apps," he said.

In the future, Facebook promises improvements to Chat Heads, like adding a swipe movement to bring up your buddy list, and adding folders for easy access to apps. Facebook didn't provide a time frame for when these features will appear on Home.

The issues surfaced by users may be why people aren't downloading Facebook Home in droves.

"It's not really important to us," Mosseri said about the low number of downloads. "What's important to us is if people are liking the apps a lot."

Facebook will also add more prompts for new users to provide more instruction when users launch Facebook Home for the first time.

"The idea is that because it's a novel interface, you slowly, gently lead the user into using the interface," Mosseri said.

Fire breaks out at Multiplan Centre

Posted on : 01 May 2013 (Wed)

A fire broke out at the Multiplan Centre, known as the computer equipment market, in the capital’s Elephant Road on Saturday morning.

Fire Service control room official Mohammad Ali told bdnews24.com that the fire started from the fifth floor of the high-rise building at around 10.30am.

The cause of the fire could not be determined immediately.

Eight fire fighting units rushed to the spot and were trying to douse the blaze.

Dhanmondi Police Station Inspector (Patrol) Sazzad Hossain told bdnews24.com from the spot that smoke was billowing out of the building.

"Some people took shelter on the rooftop after the fire broke out. They are being rescued with aerial ladder."

However, there was no report of any injury or causality.

The extent of the damage could not be known immediately.
A fire broke out at the Multiplan Centre, known as the computer equipment market, in the capital’s Elephant Road on Saturday morning.

Fire Service control room official Mohammad Ali told bdnews24.com that the fire started from the fifth floor of the high-rise building at around 10.30am.

The cause of the fire could not be determined immediately.

Eight fire fighting units rushed to the spot and were trying to douse the blaze.

Dhanmondi Police Station Inspector (Patrol) Sazzad Hossain told bdnews24.com from the spot that smoke was billowing out of the building.

"Some people took shelter on the rooftop after the fire broke out. They are being rescued with aerial ladder."

However, there was no report of any injury or causality.

The extent of the damage could not be known immediately.


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