Is this the end of excessive Photoshopping? The new bill that plans to monitor use of airbrushing in advertising
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.
Facebook sets the record straight about how it shares our private data - and denies being in the pockets of advertisers
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.’
Her comments follow the ...
'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
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
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.
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
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.
Who is really at the end of that Tinder alert? Busy men with no time for romance are now outsourcing their online dating
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.
Skydiver dies after landing in family's yard during Easter egg hunt
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.
Seven weeks since the disappearance of MH370, why are Americans still obsessed with missing Malaysian plane?
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.
'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
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
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.