Is this the end of excessive Photoshopping? The new bill that plans to monitor use of airbrushing in advertising

Posted 4/22/2014 11:57:00 AM

A new bill recently introduced to Congress  would exercise some control over the use of Photoshop in advertising.

Two Congresswomen, Representative Ileana  Ros-Lehtinen (R) and Representative Lois Capps (D), of Florida and California,  respectively, have introduced a bill titled H.R. 4341: Truth in Advertising Act  of 2014.

If passed, the bill would provide  corporations with strategies for reducing their use of altered images, as well  as guidelines for the appropriate uses of Photoshop.


Cracking down: Two Congresswomen have introduced a bill  that would monitor the use of Photoshop in advertising, much like the UK's  Advertising Standards Authority which banned the use of this Natalie Portman  ad


According to Time, the legislation has already received  support from lobbyists, including those affiliated  with the Eating Disorders  Coalition.

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Facebook sets the record straight about how it shares our private data - and denies being in the pockets of advertisers

Posted 4/22/2014 11:56:00 AM

Facebook has been heavily criticised by users  and authorities alike about the way the site harvests personal data and uses it  for advertising.

But the social network’s chief operating  officer Sheryl Sandberg has spoken out in defence of the site, vehemently  denying sharing its user's data.

During an interview with BBC Breakfast, Sandberg said Facebook was very protective of  its users' privacy and personal data.

She continued that despite the use of  personalised ads, the site 'does nothing to compromise its user’s  data.'

'Privacy is of the utmost concern and  importance to Facebook and it's important to us that the people who use our  service know that we are very protective of them,' Sandberg explained.

‘It is their data, they have control of it,  they share it.

‘When we are able to personalise ads, we are  doing that without sharing their private data with any advertisers.’

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'I flew too close to the sun and spun out of control': Playboy fraudster jailed for stealing $20million from Hollywood A-listers reveals how his wild living and drug-fueled orgies inspired pal Leo's W

Posted 4/22/2014 11:56:00 AM

During the 1990s,  financial adviser to the stars Dana Giacchetto lived like the punk-rock prince  of New York City who by his own admission, 'flew too close to the sun and spun  out of control.'

His palace was a  mammoth SoHo penthouse where he hosted drug-fueled orgies witnessed by a pair of  cockatoos named Angel and Tiberius - one each for him and his best-friend,  Leonardo DiCaprio.

At the height of  his rebel-reign, he and the then 23-year-old star of Titanic defiantly watched  the 1998 Academy Awards at his Manhattan apartment, while over in  Los  Angeles the James Cameron blockbuster won 11 Oscars.



'I was king of the  world,' said Giacchetto to The Hollywood Reporter.. 'We projected the  Academy Awards on the wall and had every star come to New York to give the  middle finger because we felt the Academy Awards were a complete f---ing ...

'Police Officer of the Year' caught on video TRIPPING high school students as they stormed soccer field

Posted 4/22/2014 11:55:00 AM

A police officer  in Texas has been placed on leave after being caught on video tripping and  pushing high school students at a soccer match this weekend.

Fans of the  Vandegrift High School girls soccer team stormed the field after the team won  the state championship Saturday at Georgetown's Birkelback Stadium.

But a few of the  happy fans hit the ground when tripped by Georgetown Police Officer George  Bermudez.


Video  captured of the victory shows Officer Bermudez trip one man, try to trip a high  school girl and push yet another reveler.


Since  the video was uploaded Sunday, the officer has been placed on leave.



Georgetown  Police Chief Wayne Nero released a statement Monday afternoon calling Officer  Bermudez's reaction inappropriate.

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Now who's the dummy? Student kicked in the head by train conductor set to earn $250,000 after his YouTube video receives more than 23 million views

Posted 4/22/2014 11:54:00 AM

The hapless selfie-taking tourist who has  become an internet sensation over footage of him being kicked in the head by a  Peruvian train driver could be set to earn a substantial fortune from his recent  misfortune.

Jared Frank, from Regina, Saskatchewan, has  been offered thousands of dollars of advertising and licensing opportunities  from media companies keen to take advantage of his hilarious video which has  already attracted more than 23 million YouTube views.

On Monday, Frank, 22, signed with a  California-based representative called Jukin Media, who has told him his video  could earn in the range of $2 to $16 per 1,000 views and he can expect a 70 per  cent share of the profits.

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Who is really at the end of that Tinder alert? Busy men with no time for romance are now outsourcing their online dating

Posted 4/22/2014 11:54:00 AM

Don't have the  time to peruse dating sites? Getting repetitive strain injury from flicking  through all those Tinder profiles?

A new service has  just launched for time-strapped single  men who want to find 'the one' but don't have the time, expertise or interest in  online dating themselves.

The online  ghostwriting and profile management service for men markets itself as 'dating,  done for you' and even promises to land you two  to eight guaranteed dates per month - depending on how much you're willing to  fork out.

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Skydiver dies after landing in family's yard during Easter egg hunt

Posted 4/21/2014 11:13:00 AM

A  49-year-old New York man has died after his parachute failed to open during a  skydiving jump.

Authorities say Arkady Shenker from Brooklyn landed in  the backyard of a home after a skydiving accident in southern New  Jersey.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office says it’s unclear  whether the specialized parachute that Shenker was wearing during the jump  around 2 p.m. Sunday opened properly.



Officials say  Shenker was an experienced skydiver with more than 350 jumps.

He was wearing a  'wing suit,' which allows a skydiver to move forward while descending.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office says that federal  authorities will investigate.

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Seven weeks since the disappearance of MH370, why are Americans still obsessed with missing Malaysian plane?

Posted 4/21/2014 11:12:00 AM

From the disappearances of aviator Amelia  Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good  mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist.

Perhaps that's why the saga of missing  Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after  people elsewhere have moved on.

From the beginning, the story has bubbled  with enough drama to rival a good Hollywood whodunit. And even though it  unfolded on the other side of the world with only three Americans on board, many  were sucked in anyway.

'This story has many ingredients of  compelling drama, particularly early on: lives at stake, mystery unsolved, a  race against time, human emotion,' Tom Rosenstiel, executive director of the  American Press Institute, said in an email.

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'I like the IRS now': Mike Tyson reveals he had $2million tax debt forgiven and claims he regrets none of his lavish spending that led to bankruptcyMike Tyson has a newfound respect for the IRS after

Posted 4/21/2014 11:11:00 AM

Mike Tyson has a newfound respect for the IRS  after revealing that they forgave some of his owed back taxes.

The former boxing champ has famously  struggled with his finances for years and declared bankruptcy in 2005.

He has been working his way back to even with  the IRS after failing to pay taxes for years.



At a Tribeca Film Festival talk over the  weekend, he alluded to the fact that the debts were not necessarily paid off but  he is working towards it, saying 'Just look at the IRS check I just  sent!'

'The IRS was very kind to me the other day.  They excused $2million off my bill. I like the IRS now,' he said.

Tyson spoke about his newfound appreciation  for the government agency during a talk that coincided with the launch of a  documentary called Champs which profiles Tyson, his former rival Evander  ...

'It's OK to drink six pints a day': Alcohol expert says up to 13 daily units AREN'T harmful for health

Posted 4/21/2014 11:10:00 AM

It's news that  beer lovers such as Homer Simpson have been waiting for.

Drinking up to six  pints a day is OK for your health, a leading alcohol scientist has claimed.

Dr Kari  Poikolainen, who used to work for the World Health Organisation as an alcohol  expert, examined decades of research into its effects.




He believes believes drinking only becomes harmful  when people consume more than around 13 units a day.

Men are currently meant to have no more than four  units a day but women are supposed to have three units.

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