7th Billionth Baby Born Today

The United Nations recognized newborn Danica May Camacho as the world’s symbolic seventh billionth baby in the world. Danica was born in the Phillipines just before midnight Sunday evening.

She is the second child of parents Camille Dalura and Florante Camacho and is the center of a media frenzy. The U.N. delivered a cake and other gifts for the family including a scholarship and finances to help Danica’s parents establish a general store.

Despite being awarded the official title, Danica was not the only baby born this Halloween. Couples all over the world are claiming that their babies are the actual 7th billion newborn. A baby boy born at St. Thomas’ hospital in London has also been hailed the world’s 7th billionth child and was presented with a teddy bear from the House of Commons by Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Jenny Tonge, Conservative MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and hospital staff just three hours after his birth.

Babies from India, America, and Russia have also been recognized. Will the real seventh billionth baby please stand up?

Approximately 490,000 babies are born all over the world on any given day, according to the United Nation’s Population Division, making it difficult to determine the actual identity of the seventh billionth newborn. Babies born all over the world have been photographed and celebrated today as the seventh billionth baby. Congratulations to all of the families!

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It Just Got REAL Out Here: Domino’s Vs. Pizza Hut!

Never let anyone tell you that it’s not real out here in these streets.

It just got real, son.

The Star-Banner of Ocala (via WhatIFeelIsHot) is reporting that two managers of a Domino’s Pizza restaurant in Lake City, in north-central Florida (and WHERE ELSE, really?), have been charged with burning down a rival Papa John’s location. The motive? Police say one of the men admitted that he believed with his competitor out of the way, more pizza lovers would flock to his restaurant.

The Papa John’s was gutted in the Oct. 20 fire.

Both men – Sean Everett Davidson, 23, and Bryan David Sullivan, 22 – were booked on an arson charge and were being held in jail.

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Proposed Law Could Ruin YouTube Experience for Us All

Alright, whether you are a Belieber or not, do you think it’s fair to put Justin Bieber behind bars for up to five years because he got his start singing songs by other people on YouTube? No way!

But a new bill that’s getting passed around Congress, S.978, would make it a felony to post videos that contain copyright-infringing music. It’s not just Bieber who has been a party to this trend, but thousands of aspiring musicians and even just kids having fun.

Still, Bieber is certainly the biggest star these days who has his career thanks to YouTube, but if the bill had been passed, he could have faced jailtime for singing songs like Chris Brown’s “With You” on the internet. Hence, the name given to the efforts to stop this bill is “The Free Bieber campaign.”

Copyright law is so out of control that just singing someone else’s song in public could count as infringement. And considering the videos he and his mom posted on YouTube were crucial in advancing his career, it counts as commercial infringement, which under S.978 would be a felony!

This bill is a result of the music and movie companies who see more money in such extreme laws. Sure, there are still problems with pirating, but jailtime for singing a song is absurd. Bieber’s videos all identify they aren’t his original songs, so we liken this to improper citation in a paper. Just think, you forget one comma on your Works Cited and, bam!, five years in the slammer.

Other online “crimes” that could get you some time in jail? Simple things like videos of a school play, a professional baseball game or just a video with incidental background music. Oh, and by the way, “Happy Birthday” is copyrighted, so those videos could get you in trouble, too. Yeah, it’s ludicrous.

The Free Bieber campaign aims to rally support and signatures to pass along to Congress and show them how many people are standing opposed to this. If you want your voice to be heard – in Congress and on YouTube – head to their site freebieber.org and add your signature!

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The CBS Eye Turns 60

The CBS Eye, one of the most successful and identifiable symbols in history, turns 60 today. The Eye, which was first introduced during the Network’s station breaks on Saturday, October 20, 1951, will be celebrated today on-air and on CBS.com and CBSNews.com.

By 1951, CBS Television had seized the broadcasting spotlight, debuting “I Love Lucy” among other shows that year, and CBS President Frank Stanton felt the time had come for a distinct identity for CBS Television by means of establishing an on-air symbol.

The man behind the design, Bill Golden, was inspired while driving through Pennsylvania Dutch country. He was intrigued by the hex symbols that resembled the human eye that are drawn on Shaker barns to ward off evil spirits as well as a drawing he admired, that had the look of an eye, in a publication featuring Shaker art. Graphic artist Kurt Weihs helped create the final product.

In the Eye’s original animated incarnation, its center was a camera iris that opened and shut and the first still version set the Eye against a background of clouds. While there have been different Eye colors and sizes throughout the years, the design has remained unchanged.

In an attempt to push the Eye even further into the public realm, Stanton had the clouds removed and placed the Eye symbol on everything from cameras to curtains and buildings to jewelry. Golden moved to prepare a new design the next season, but Stanton overruled him and moved to keep the Eye.

Stanton’s decision proved to be a smart one, considering decades later the Eye continues to receive critical acclaim from sources like The New York Times, Fortune and as recent as the March 14, 2011 issue of TIME.

Want to know and see even more about the Eye and its evolution these past 60 years? Be sure to tune in tonight at 8 PM (ET/PT) when the primetime schedule begins to catch the broadcast of an on-air spot showcasing the various CBS Eye logos throughout the years and highlighting the significance of today’s date.

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“Cassette Tape” Cut From Oxford Dictionary

It may have been a long time since most people last listened to a cassette tape, but the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) just gave cassettes a crushing blow. No longer will “cassette tape” be included in the Concise edition of the OED. “It was so past its prime that it was not worth keeping it in,” editor-at-large Jesse Sheidlower told USA Today.

To make matters a bit worse for those put off by the removal decision, words like “retweet,” “cyberbullying,” “sexting” and “mankini” are being added. Seriously, mankini?

“Cassette tape” will, however, still remain in the extremely large unabridged version of the OED. While it’s true that cassette tapes aren’t a best seller these days and automakers have stopped equipping cars with cassette decks, Time Magazine noted that while other words that are getting the cut, like “brabble” and “growlery,” truly aren’t really used anymore, cassette tapes aren’t that ancient and are, in fact, still being manufactured.

And we have to say, it’s true. While the new century may have made cassette tapes seem nearly non-existent, who doesn’t still have a few cassette tapes, whether they were purchased or compiled into a mixtape by their own hands, lying around the house?

Oh, and with creative people being able to turn the cassette tape into USB hubs and wallets, we find it hard to believe “cassette tape” is unknown and unsaid as “brabble” to the average person.

So we recommend listening to your favorite mixtape this weekend to pay homage to the cassette tape or if you’re having trouble finding somewhere to play a cassette tape (hey, maybe that’s the real problem!), you can always pick up Rob Sheffield’s “Love is a Mix Tape” for a good read and a nice tribute to all the magic, music and memories a cassette tape can hold.

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