As Hope for Ferry Survivors Fades, Stories of Heroism Emerge

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Originally posted on TIME:

Tales of young crew members helping passengers escape the doomed Sewol ferry are emerging in the aftermath of its sinking off South Korea. At the same time, the official death toll from the disaster continues to climb and funerals are held for those victims whose bodies have already been recovered.

Praise has poured in for three crew members — Kim Ki-woong,Jeong Hyun-seon and Park Jee-young – who sacrificed their lives trying to help passengers to safety while the vessel ferry sank on April 17.

Park Ji-young, 22, a part-time ferry employee, reportedly helped passengers escape and tended to the injured. Survivors say she refused to abandon ship while there were passengers yet to be rescued.

Crew member Kim Ki-woong, 28, and his fiancée, Jeong Hyun-seon, 27, were said to be yelling to passengers to get out as the ship was sinking. “Then, the couple went back to the cabins…

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Usher Reveals His Son Is A Diabetic: ‘This Year Has Been Really One Of My Hardest’

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Originally posted on HelloBeautiful:


Usher may be all smiles on TV but the superstar and father of two revealed that he’s been going through a lot behind closed doors. During an interview on the “TODAY” show this week, the “Confessions” singer said the past 12 months has been the most difficult time of his life.

“This year has been really one of my hardest years,” he shared. “I lost my grandmother, my son was diagnosed as being a type one diabetic. It has definitely been a difficult one for me.”

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“The Voice” judge went on to say that he does everything possible to make sure his son, who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, is healthy and sticking to his dietary requirements. “Sometimes you’re looking at me and we’re off camera, and I’m online looking at numbers, trying to make sure he’s eating…

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Join Nicci Gilbert’s ‘R&B Divas: Atlanta’ Google Hangout #Divashangout

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Originally posted on HelloBeautiful:

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Nicci Gilbert may not be a cast member on “R&B Divas: Atlanta” anymore, but thanks to her new #Divashangout chat she’s still in the mix! The songstress and creator executive producer is hosting live Divas & Cocktails after each episode, and we can’t wait to hear what she thought of tonight’s premiere episode. Check out Nicci’s #CREATORSCOMMENTARY on Google Hangout, below!

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FCC Tells Internet To Chill, Denies That It Will Kill Net Neutrality

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Earlier today reports struck that the FCC was considering new net neutrality rules that would allow content purveyors to pay ISPs for preferential access to their networks. This would have made it possible for content companies to speed the delivery of their material across the Internet. The FCC, nearly a full working day after the story broke, has responded in the negative:

“There are reports that the FCC is gutting the Open Internet rule. They are flat out wrong. Tomorrow we will circulate to the Commission a new Open Internet proposal that will restore the concepts of net neutrality consistent with the court’s ruling in January. There is no ‘turnaround in policy.’ The same rules will apply to all Internet content. As with the original Open Internet rules, and consistent with the court’s decision, behavior that harms consumers or competition will not be permitted.”

Two cheers for the FCC: It…

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How Google completely botched the Google Glass rollout

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Originally posted on BGR:

Google Glass has had a rough year in the court of public opinion. Not only has the device become the fodder of jokes for late-night comedians , but even some of its high-profile early adopters have started bashing it with gleeful abandon . Forbes has written a good autopsy of all the mistakes that Google has made when rolling out Glass to the general public and it gives some pretty convincing answers about why something that generated massive media hype when it was first teased two years ago is now seen as the next Segway.

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Julia Roberts: I’m meditating to get over my sister’s death

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Originally posted on Metro:

Grieving: Julia Roberts is using meditation to come to terms with her sister's death (Picture: AP)

Grieving: Julia Roberts is using meditation to come to terms with her sister’s death (Picture: AP)

Hollywood star Julia Roberts has broken her silence over the death of her half-sister Nancy Motes – and told how meditation is helping her cope.

The Oscar-winning actress called her sibling’s apparent drug overdose ‘inexplicable’ but said chanting every day is helping her deal with the grief.

Ms Motes, 37, was found in a bath at her Los Angeles home in February. She reportedly left a suicide note detailing her troubled relationship with the Pretty Woman and Notting Hill actress.

Roberts, 46, revealed meditation has been a comfort to her and her family.

‘Chanting or any of those things can be so joyous and also very quieting,’ she said.

Troubled: Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes died after an apparent drug overdose (Picture: Splash)

Troubled: Roberts’ half-sister Nancy Motes died after an apparent drug overdose (Picture: Splash)

‘There aren’t words to explain what any of us have been through…

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Microsoft Will Pick Up 93.5% Of The Windows Phone Device Market When Its Nokia Deal Closes On Friday

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

After delay and minor intrigue , the $7.2 billion Microsoft-Nokia deal will close this Friday . With its conclusion, Microsoft will become the de facto Windows Phone OEM, building and shipping the lion’s share of the smartphones that are part of the platform.

The Nokia assets will be called Microsoft Mobile.

According to the latest statistics from AdDuplex covering April of this year, Nokia-made Windows Phone handsets comprise around 93.5 percent of the global market. So, Microsoft, when it gets its mitts onto that company’s hardware assets later this week, will own effectively its entire market.

Here’s the breakdown:

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Microsoft is working to court new OEM partners around the world to buy into its mobile project. The company, despite spending large to acquire Nokia’s smartphone business, wants to complete and play nice with others.

Windows Phone has seen growing market share in Latin America and Europe, though its inroads…

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