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Psy's new single Gentleman to debut April 13 on YouTube

We know you all loved Psy's hit single Gangnam Style. After all, it was the first YouTube video to surge past one billion views on YouTube. Not wanting to be forgotten, Psy has announced that his next single will be livestreamed from Seoul World Cup Stadium via YouTube on April 13 at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

 

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If you're not going to be awake at that time, YouTube will rebroadcast the event for 24 hours after it first airs. Psy has promised that Gentleman will feature a new dance move. "I can't tell you about the dance but all Koreans know this dance - but [those in] other countries haven't seen it," Psy said.

 

If you want to hear the song ahead of the live event, you can check it out on Soundcloud. Let us know what you think of the song in the comments.

Kim Dotcom is #2 on the Time.com Top 100 influential people poll, tells the FBI to "Eat This"

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the popular Mega file locker service, has yet another reason to taunt US authorities who wish to see him jailed. This morning the file sharing guru is amongst the most popular people in America, landing him the number two spot on Time.com's top 100 people list.

 

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For those unfamiliar with the Time.com Top 100 list, it is a list in which you cast your vote for the leaders, artists, innovators, icons and heroes that you think are the most influential people in the world. With 108,263 votes, Dotcom is second only to Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi.

 

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Dotcom has been very vocal about his appearance on the list and at one point yesterday he was sitting at the top of the chart and tweeted telling the FBI to "Eat This." I for one am personally a big fan of Dotcom for his innovation on creating Mega, a service I use on a daily basis for image backups and code storage.

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OopsTT: Japanese city, Yokohama, mistakenly reports North Korean missile launch on Twitter account

Early this morning the city of Yokohama, Japan "accidentally" tweeted that North Korea had launched a missile. The report came by way of their official Twitter account @yokohama_sagai, which has roughly 40,000 followers.

 

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The tweet read North Korea has launched a missile, and was deleted just 20 minutes later. Yokohama officials said that "We had the Tweet ready and waiting, but for an unknown reason it was dispatched erroneously."

 

This mistake comes just two days after a Taiwan news source mistakenly reported the death of the Queen of England, reported the death of former UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher and used images of Queen Elizabeth.

OopsTT: Taiwan news media erroneously reports on the death of the Queen of England

This morning a Taiwan news station reported that the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth, had passed away. However, we are happy to report that the Queen is alive and well. The report headline said (as pictured below): "Queen of England passes away, and we will miss her." It appears that the passing of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of England, was confused with the Queen.

 

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Margaret Thatcher served England as prime minister from 1979 until 1990, and holds the title as England's longest serving politician, and nicknamed the "Iron Lady" because of her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As prime minister, she implemented conservative policies that have come to be known as Thatcherism.

 

While we at TweakTown are sad to hear of Baroness Thatcher's passing, we are happy to report that the Queen is doing just fine. In general I hold all media sources to the highest standards and as a journalist myself, I fact check everything I post before hitting that submit button.

 

What has Taiwan news media been smoking this morning?

 

UPDATE: To be clear, there was some confusion to the translation of the headline. Some are stating the Chinese wording translates to "Queen" and others "Prime Minister". The fact remain for sure that the image used is of the Queen of England, and not Margaret Thatcher.

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Microsoft issues apology over employee's disrespectful Twitter rants

This morning we covered a back and forth between Microsoft's Adam Orth and Xbox fans over Always-on DRM. Orth was quite disrespectful and in my opinion, very unprofessional. This afternoon, Microsoft issued an official apology to Xbox fans over the tirade.

 

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The statement from Microsoft reads:

We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer-centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product road map, and have no further comment on this matter.

 

It is worth noting that they did make a point to deny any conformation of any form of DRM on the next generation Xbox. While we still believe that the new Xbox will feature Always-on DRM, we understand why Microsoft is reluctant to release any details at this point.

Roger Ebert dies at age 70, succumbs to long battle with cancer

Famed movie critic Roger Ebert has succumb to cancer after a long battle. The Chicago Sun reported today that Roger Ebert passed away after battling thyroid and salivary gland cancer for the better part of a decade. His final blog post, penned Tuesday, alerted readers that his cancer had returned as a result of a hip fracture suffered in December.

 

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The Chicago Sun, the newspaper for which he worked, has written a long piece recapping his life and achievements. It's a long, but good, read and I highly suggest you read it on the Sun's website.

 

I'm sure our readers will join us in wishing his family the best. He is survived by his wife, a step-daughter and two step-grandchildren. Our thoughts go out to his family.

Pirate Bay moves servers to US, Google to shut down Youtube, and Bing to become more Google-like

Ah April first, the day that the entire country tries to prank each other in real life as well as on the internet. The biggest names in tech have decided to join in on the fun as well. Microsoft, Google, Bing, and The Pirate Bay have all released "stories" this morning that no one could possibly take serious.

 

 

First up, Google tells us that Youtube will be shutting down and that the entire site has been a "contest" to see who could upload the best video on the internet. Google has also revamped Gmail to better align itself with Windows Blue. Called Gmail Blue, the new user interface is... well... very blue...

 

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Not to be out done, Microsoft has released word that it feels that Bing should be more Google like and has switched its main page to reflect those feelings. In addition to all of these shocking breaking news stories, The Pirate Bay has just announced that it has aligned itself with the US Government and has agreed to take down all of its torrents. This announcement is the direct result of a server move from North Korea to a "Nuclear Proof" data center in the US.

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Google releases images of Japanese town that was evacuated after Fukushima melted down

Namie, a Japanese town near the Fukushima nuclear power plant, was forced to evacuate all of its 21,000 residents in 2011 when an earthquake and tsunami struck the region, which caused the nuclear fuel to melt down. Recently Google was asked to conduct a street view photo session of the city by the city's mayor.

 

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"By photographing the town and making those photographs publicly available, we can show the townspeople the condition of the streets," Tamotsu Baba said earlier this month. "In addition, I want to show the world the true state of Namie." Google took on the challenge and today has posted those images.

 

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In a guest post on Google's blog Baba said:

 

Ever since the March disaster, the rest of the world has been moving forward, and many places in Japan have started recovering. But in Namie-machi time stands still. With the lingering nuclear hazard, we have only been able to do cursory work for two whole years. We would greatly appreciate it if you viewed this Street View imagery to understand the current state of Namie-machi and the tremendous gravity of the situation.

US government is worried about buying IT equipment from China, enacts new law for security

This week the US government passed into effect laws that would restrict government agencies from purchasing IT equipment from Chinese manufacturers without first being fully assessed for cyber security.

 

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The provision, a part of a larger spending bill, was signed by President Obama and forces NASA, The Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice to seek and receive formal approval from federal law enforcement agencies, before purchasing any technology systems from China.

 

The law is designed to further prevent future cyber-attacks on the US by Chinese hackers or at least make it harder to do so. Reuters however feels that the law will do nothing more than further strain the already stretched relationship between Washington and Beijing.

North Korean leader uses Logitech Trackman Marble, is the best Logitech advertising ever

Here I am, going on about my night, when our GPU Editor Shane Baxtor messages me on Facebook alerting me to the latest breaking news - what mouse North Korean leader Kim Jong-un uses, and if you didn't know - it's the Logitech Trackman Marble.

 

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The photo has floated onto the Internet as Kim Jong-un was inspecting the "latest combat and technical equipments" on a metal box with the help of a bunch of aides at all sides, rocking the Logitech Trackman Marble of all things. This picture definitely looks like the North Korean leader is rocking some seriously slick next-gen technology.

 

I mean, it's a consumer keyboard and mouse - so if he isn't a tech savvy person (which I'm sure he's not) then there's probably some HP desktop machine inside of that green monstrosity which his aides have cleverly skinned with a theme from Windows XP. North Korea have been saying they have nuclear missiles that could strike the US, but I'm sure it might be a little hard to aim with that Logitech Trackman Marble, dear leader.

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