South Korean TV Network Bans Psy’s ‘Gentleman’ Music Video

NewsFeed

One of South Korea’s biggest broadcasters, KBS, has banned Psy’s newest music video for his rather ungentlemanly behavior — toward public property.

According to Newsday, the state-funded KBS said that music video doesn’t meet its standards as a public broadcaster. In the offending scene, Psy is shown kicking a traffic cone in the first five seconds while he then looks at the camera and laughs. Really, it has nothing to do with anything else Psy does in the video. (Although he does behave rather naughtily toward another traffic barrier and a streetlight in the outtakes.)

(MORE:Psy Unveils His New ‘Gentleman’ Video and Dance at Extravagant Seoul Concert)

KBS has reportedly banned other videos for similar reasons in the past. In a statement released Thursday, the network explained its decisions:

KBS’s review standards … are different from the Internet, online broadcasters or cable channels. This is…

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WATCH: Huge Tornado Rips through Mississippi College Town

NewsFeed

As the northeast dug out from a major blizzard Monday morning, the southeast started to clean up after a tornado struck Sunday afternoon. Hattiesburg, Miss., a city of 50,000 and home to the University of Southern Mississippi, was in the storm’s destructive path: the tornado tore through a main street and caused damage to university buildings.

Hattiesburg, in the southeast corner of Mississippi near the Gulf of Mexico, suffered no fatalities; the 17,000-student university is closed Monday and Tuesday for Mardi Gras, meaning many students had left town. The university noted that four buildings were damaged in the tornado, leaving the campus in a “state of emergency,” according to the college’s website.

(LIST:10 Deadliest Tornadoes in U.S. History)

At a news conference Monday, Mississippi governor Phil Bryant said that 60 people were treated for injuries and more than 200 houses and mobile homes were swept up…

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TechCrunch

Millions of people across the U.S. are preparing their jerseys, face paint and horrific nachos. Yes, football fans rejoice, the big game finally kicks off tomorrow in New Orleans — that is, Super Bowl XLVII, between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Franciso 49ers. The Super Bowl is always one of the biggest media events each year, and our inboxes have been flooded with “OMG this is going to be the most social Super Bowl EVAR” emails for weeks now.

It’s going to be a close, hard-fought game between two teams that most people will probably know nothing about until kickoff. But because the Super Bowl has become such a spectacle, there are tons of things to pay attention to on the web and on social media while stuffing your face with fried food and trying to watch the game while asking your friends what happened on the last play.

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TechCrunch

Best Buy Canada announced today that it will be closing 15 locations across the country, including seven Best Buy-branded locations, and eight stores bearing the Future Shop moniker (a Canadian electronics reseller Best Buy acquired in 2001). The store closures will result in 900 layoffs, but those employees will have first dibs on jobs at smaller outlets focused on mobile device sales the retailer plans to open in place of the closing stores.

While the closures only affect 15 of the 228 locations operated by Best Buy under the Future Shop and Best Buy brands, that still makes up around 10 percent of their total sales floor surface volume, according to the National Post. Sales for Best Buy fell 6.4 percent internationally over the course of 2012, the company reported during its most recent quarterly earnings report. Sales also dropped 8.2 percent in the quarter ending in November of last year…

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Inside BlackBerry

Alicia Keys Becomes Official Creative Director for BlackBerry

We have an exciting new addition to Team BlackBerry. In a true collaboration, Alicia Keys is now an official partner to BlackBerry, acting as Global Creative Director. Working closely with app developers, content creators, retailers, carriers and entertainers, Keys will be an active member of the BlackBerry community.

“Alicia Keys has come to BlackBerry because she believes in the product and technology, and subscribes to our overriding philosophy to ‘Keep Moving’: to empower people through mobile computing and communications,” said BlackBerry President and CEO Thorsten Heins. “We are excited she will be bringing to us her enormous capabilities, as well as a vast network of relationships in the entertainment, social media and business communities, to help shape our brand and grow our business.”

From music to books, to film, to apps, Keys will lead the charge of enhancing entertainment consumption and distribution, through the power of BlackBerry 10.

Keys…

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Gigaom

After sitting through the BlackBerry 10(s rimm) Experience launch event on Wednesday morning — here’s the liveblog if you want a recap — I left the venue with two things: A Z10 review phone and a question about who BlackBerry 10 will appeal to. I can’t answer the latter yet, although I think the main audience will be existing BlackBerry users. As far as the phone: My very first limited impressions are generally positive.

Here’s a quick unboxing of the device which will launch in the U.S. in March. Overall, the hardware is very solid and the performance of BB 10 is spritely. I also run through the full specifications as they weren’t covered at the event.

I couldn’t yet get the phone set up as I’ll need a micro SIM card, so I’ll tackle that upon returning home later today. That’s when I’ll take a deep dive into the…

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Inside BlackBerry

BlackBerry Z10 in white

Since we’ve shown off the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 devices, we know you’re all wondering, “When can I get my hands on them?” I’ve collected all the official details for you below.

Worldwide, we have several key markets that are revealing pricing and availability today, including the UK, Canada and UAE:

  • In the UK, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available beginning tomorrow on pay monthly contracts and pre-pay plans from EE, O2, Vodafone, Phones 4u, BT, 3UK and the Carphone Warehouse. BlackBerry Z10 smartphones will be available fully subsidized on competitive monthly pay contracts. Price points will vary according to carriers and retail partners.
  • In Canada, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on February 5th. Pricing will vary by carrier partner, but it will retail for around $149.99 on a 3-year contract.
  • In the UAE, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on February 10th. Pricing will vary by…

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TechCrunch

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It’s no secret that the Internet has a hard time taking things seriously. “Best. Gulag. Ever.’, raved Google user, C. Quinn, about Yodok North Korean prison. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt probably expected his recent high-profile visit to the isolated dictatorship to have a more sobering impact on online discourse. But, after Google asked users to help identify important roads and landmarks for the newly mapped country, it should have expected that the Internet would act like, well, the Internet. We’ve collected the most, er, thoughtful, reviews below of North Korea’s prisons.

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  • “Fearless Leader has taught me the error of my ways!” – Nick Webster, Excellent Review for Chongjin Gulag
  • “I have to say, this is one killer place! Very great if you want to loose weight, and not spend any money! Just ask previous visitors! Everything is free, including food and shelter. Best place to take your family!” –…

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Top 5 BlackBerry 10 Questions

Inside BlackBerry

Top 5 BlackBerry 10 questions, answered by Melanie!

I picked a great time to start blogging for BlackBerry. The anticipation for BlackBerry 10 has been so exciting for us community managers, and we know how excited you are too! We’ve received a lot of questions about BlackBerry 10 recently, and while I’d love to answer all of them, I focused on the five questions that kept coming up.

Here’s a list of the top five questions for BlackBerry 10:

  • Question 1: How will BlackBerry10 make our lives easier? What makes it more user-friendly?
  • Answer: I’m lucky enough to have had a lot of hands-on experience with a new BlackBerry 10 device. While it took a little getting used to, I quickly became its biggest fan. There are so many features that make using your smartphone easier; BlackBerry Hub and the peek feature are my new best friends!
  • Question 2: What is your favorite feature of BlackBerry 10?
  • Answer:…

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