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Google will pay 70 mln dollars to its new CFO

March27/ 2015

London,March 27: Google said in a regulatory filing that it will be paying newly appointed CFO Ruth Porat a base salary of USD 650,000 a one time bonus of USD 5 million after one year, plus a USD 25 million new hire grant and a USD 40 million biennial grant. The total comes to more than USD 70 million over the next two years. Porat will join Google on 26 May.

Google paid outgoing CFO Patrick Pichette, who announced his retirement earlier this month, USD 62.2 million for the three years through 2013, Recode reported. Google said it wanted to stop annual cash bonuses for senior vice presidents next year and shift to a system that includes annual base salary and biennial equity grants.


Reliance Communications acquires spectrum in 11 circles

March27/ 2015

New Delhi, March 27: Reliance Communications, part of the Anil Ambani-led group, has acquired new and top-up 800/850 MHz spectrum in 11 circles.

The acquisition of the new spectrum intends to achieve a contiguous five MHz spectrum holding nationwide in the recently concluded telecom airwaves auction, a company statement said here on Friday.

The company stated that with this acquisition, it has become India’s first and only operator with nationwide footprint of contiguous 800/850 MHz spectrum.

“RCom operations now future-proofed across all Circles for most advanced LTE (long term evolution) technology at most optimal cost,” it said.

“RCom invests nearly 50 percent of its total outlay on 800/850 MHz band,” the company said.

Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Thursday said Reliance Communications has put a bid worth Rs.4,299 crore in the latest round of auctions. It would do an upfront payment of Rs.1,106 crore.

It said the company’s auction participation centred on building appropriate spectrum portfolio and value creation for next 20 years.

The company also bought 900 MHz spectrum in Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh and won 1800 MHz spectrum in Odisha and northeast.

It has re-acquired spectrum in 900 and 1800 bands in four of the seven 2G spectrum expiry circles.

Serena Williams Wows In Her Very Own Version Of A Beyonce Video

March27/ 2015

Serena Williams made her own version of a Beyonce video, and it’s awesome.

In the video, Williams gyrates with a tennis racket, zips around in a golf cart, and pops into handstands. She dances joyously in neon Nike gear, and even attaches a GoPro camera to her tennis racket in tribute to Bey’s selfie-stick spin.

The exuberant silliness and homemade aesthetic are clearly inspired by Beyonce’s antics-filled video for “7/11,” which debuted last year. The tennis star made the video in collaboration with Vogue at the BallenIsles Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. A public relationship rep for Williams told The Huffington Post that filming took just two hours. Williams, meanwhile, is on a high right now. She stunned on the April cover of Vogue, posting a flawless Instagram to celebrate:

  #Vogue http://vogue.cm/19bOeLg   A photo posted by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

Kejriwal wanted to form government with Congress: Bhushan

March27/ 2015

New Delhi, March 27: AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Friday alleged that following the party’s massive defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal wanted to form a government in Delhi with the support of Congress, despite opposition from many.

Addressing the media here along with colleague Yogendra Yadav, Bhushan said Kejriwal acted in an autocratic manner and refused to pay heed to opposing voices.

“After the Lok Sabha elections there were talks that AAP should form government in Delhi with the support of Congress. A PAC meeting was called and five were opposed to the idea while four supported it.

“Arvind said that as national convener, he had the right to take the final decision and he has decided to take Congress’ support to form the government in Delhi. However, we protested.”

‘Today I Will Take A Nasty Decision’: DK Ravi’s WhatsApp Messages Suggest Heartbreak

March27/ 2015

Banglore, March 27: In a surprising turn of events, new evidence suggest that IAS officer DK Ravi, who was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his apartment on March 16, may have taken his own life after suffering from heartbreak.

Transcripts of WhatsApp messages accessed by Hindustan Times suggest that Ravi was in love with a married female IAS officer and took his own life when his his affections were not returned.

Messages accessed by HT are of a personal nature and suggest deep emotional distress. Ravi’s call records had shown that he had called the woman IAS officer several times on the day of his death.

The post-mortem reports from last week stated that death was due to “asphyxia as a result of hanging” and that no signs of external injury were found on the body.

Ravi’s death had triggered off violent protests in different parts of Bangalore and Kolar, as people pressed for a thorough probe into his death. There were some incidents where protesters threw stones at the policemen trying to disperse them.

Earlier, the state government had suggested that Ravi had a “more than cordial” relationship with the said woman IAS officer. But her husband recently told the Karnataka High Court that the claim was “completely misconceived and vexatious”.

Facing rising public outcry and pressure from Opposition, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had on Monday announced a CBI probe into Ravi’s death, and had asserted that his government never intended to hush up the case or protect anyone.

Virat Kohli Fails To Score, Twitter Users Blame Anushka Sharma In All-Out Sexist Attack

March27/ 2015

Haters will hate. And Twitter has a fair share of haters who need any excuse to unleash rants against women. They channeled their negative energy against actor Anushka Sharma after her boyfriend, Virat Kohli, scored one run in the World Cup semifinal between India and Australia today.

Sharma, who was sitting in audience in Sydney, looked shocked and distressed after Kohli was caught out by Brad Haddin off Mitchell Johnson’s bowling.

Here are some of the awful things that were said on Twitter.


Mariel Hemingway reveals Woody Allen tried to ‘seduce’ her when she was 18

March27/ 2015

New York,March 27: Mariel Hemingway has revealed that Woody Allen tried to “seduce” her when she was 18 years-old.

The 53-year-old mentioned in her forthcoming memoir ‘ Out Came the Sun ,’ that their relationship was platonic, but she started to see that he had a kind of crush on me, though she dismissed it as the kind of thing that seemed to happen any time middle-aged men got around young women, the New York Post reported.


The memoir is remarkably candid about Hemingway’s struggles including; mental illness in her family, her food and body image issues, her crumbling marriage and her roller-coaster movie career.

Facebook’s drone Aquila to use laser to beam down internet access on earth

March27/ 2015

London,March 27: As the second day of its F8 conference began here at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Facebook announced the first hardware it plans to use to beam the Internet down to billions of people around the world.

Code named Aquila, the drone has a wingspan comparable to a Boeing 767 yet uses lightweight materials that allow it to weigh less than a car.

During today’s keynote, Facebook also announced that it open sourced its development tool React Native, and showed off new artificial intelligence systems that can identify and understand the meaning of video and text content.

Aquila has to be incredibly light, because it’s going to be kept aloft for as long as three months at a time using solar power. Just staying in the air for that long is a challenge, but Facebook’s also going to be pushing Internet access down to people 60,000-90,000 feet below using lasers, as well as maintaining communications between drones to maintain coverage across wider regions.

Aquila is the first complete concept we’ve seen come out of Facebook’s acqui-hires of engineers from UK-based Ascenta, unveiled nearly a year ago today. Facebook says it’ll begin test flights this summer, with a broader rollout over the next several years.

Kamala Harris seeks to block ‘kill the gays’ ballot move in US

March27/ 2015

Washington, March 27: California’ Indian-American Attorney General Kamala Harris has asked a state court to allow her to block a planned controversial move to put before voters a measure authorising the killing of gays and lesbians.

Calling the proposed “Sodomite Suppression Act” patently unconstitutional and utterly reprehensible, Harris filed a request with the Superior Court in Sacramento Wednesday, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Harris, the state’s first Indian-American and first African American top law officer, has also asked to be relieved of her ministerial duty to prepare a title and summary for the measure before it advances to the signature-gathering stage.

Harris, 50, who had in January thrown her hat into the ring for the 2016 Senate race argued that readying it for circulation would waste state resources, generate unnecessary divisions and mislead the public.

“This is not about whether we like something or not, or whether we simply find it offensive or troubling,” she told the Bee.

“In this case, we are talking about a proposal that literally is calling for violence. It’s calling for vigilantism,” she said.

“It’s calling for the public to be able to shoot in the head a member of the LGBT community.”

California is one of 21 states where citizens can petition to have laws put on the ballot through the gathering of voter signatures. Huntington Beach attorney Matt McLaughlin paid $200 to file the measure.

It refers to “sodomy” as “a monstrous evil” and specifies that anyone who touches another person of the same gender for sexual gratification be put to death by “bullets to the head” or “any other convenient method.”

McLaughlin’s initiative also requires that anyone who transmits “sodomistic propaganda” to a minor be fined $1 million per offense, imprisoned up to 10 years, or expelled from the state.

Should the measure be cleared for circulation, McLaughlin would have 180 days to collect the 365,880 signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot in November 2016.

Meanwhile, Charlotte Laws, an author and talk show host, submitted along with her own $200 cheque the proposed “Intolerant Jackass Act.”

It would label anyone seeking the killing of gays and lesbians an “intolerant jackass,” and require them to attend at least 36 hours of sensitivity training over one year and to contribute $5,000 to a pro-gay or pro-lesbian organization.

Jenniffer Lopez spotted lip-locking with Casper Smart

March27/ 2015

Los Angeles, March 27: Singer Jennifer Lopez and beau Casper Smart were spotted kissing backstage during the shooting of the 14th season of “American Idol”.

The 45-year-old singer and the 27-year-old choreographer stayed close to one another for the majority of the workday, even leaving in his white convertible together after she wrapped up production, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Lopez wore a body-hugging nude leather dress which she paired with Christian Louboutin heels.

The “On the floor” songstress looked stunning with her blonde locks styled in a half up-down hairdo.

She later changed into a more comfortable getup and tied her long hair in a high ponytail whilst remaining within arm’s distance of her reunited beau.

They were last seen together at the Los Angeles premiere of the DreamWorks animated movie “Home”, in which she voices the character Lucy and he oversees the film’s choreography.

Lopez and Smart dated for close to four years before parting ways in July 2014.

He was accused of exchanging messages and passionate photographs with two transsexuals Sofie Vissa and Xristina Marie in the summer of 2014.

Those close to the mother of two said she and Smart split about two months before the cheating allegations began and that his meetings with the models were “as a single guy”.

Since the sexcapade rumours surfaced, he denied ever meeting the two transsexuals and threatened to sue the websites that reported the alleged meetings if they did not retract the stories.

The pair stepped out together in fall 2013 just a few months after JLo split from husband of seven years Marc Anthony, during which Smart was a constant in her life as her Dance Again world tour’s chief choreographer.

The Puerto Rican beauty has confessed in the past that Smart remains very close to her twins Max and Emme, but also insisted that she is not dating anyone at the moment.

“I mingle a little bit here and there, but you know, I’m single,” Lopez previously said.