Mantenna - Monday, April 26

April 26, 2010

Hugh Hefner saves Hollywood, a Russian hacker sells 1.5 million Facebook accounts, and Bret Michaels remains in critical's looking at you, Mantenna!

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Hugh Hefner Saves Hollywood

The iconic Hollywood sign has been saved from development. The landmark was under threat from developers who were planning to build high-rise luxury homes behind it. Today, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that the $12.5 million to buy the land surrounding the sign had been raised. The final $900,000 came from Playboy creator Hugh Hefner. Hefner, who called the sign “Hollywood's Eiffel Tower,” said, “My childhood dreams and fantasies came from the movies, and the images created in Hollywood had a major influence on my life and Playboy.” He joined other celebrities such as Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, as well as countless other people across the country and world in donating to save the sign from development. [CNN]

Michael Douglas Seduced by Mom’s Friends

Michael Douglas has revealed to Elle magazine that he was seduced, Mrs. Robinson-style, by friends of his mother Diana Dill. He tells the mag, “There were a couple friends of my mother's when I was 16 and they were 30. I wouldn't want to get any of them in trouble, but they're probably all dead by now.” Douglas also says he would never take women home to meet his famous father Kirk, because he was an “outrageous flirt” and loved to show off. [Elle]

Bret Michaels Remains in Critical Condition

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According to a statement released on his Facebook page, despite previous reports that Bret Michaels' condition had stabilized following a brain hemorrhage last week, Michaels remains in critical condition at an undisclosed location. "At this point Bret remains in ICU in critical condition," the statement reads. "He is under 24 hour doctors care and supervision. We are hopeful that further tests will locate the source of the bleeding, which has still not been located. As we all know Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete the slurred speech, blurred vision, and dizziness, etc. will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal." [MTV]

Fans of Obscure Canadian Hockey Teams Really Excited About New Video Game Feature

Ever play an NHL game on Xbox and wonder "Why can't I use the Brandon Wheat Kings or London Knights in my career mode settings?" Well, thanks to the Folks at EA, this obscure dream may become a reality. Courtesy of a couple sources from a village called Calgary, the video game giant has plans to input every team from the WHL, OHL, and QMJHL ino the 2011 version of their game in order to create a realistic player pipeline for people who want to spend months developing a digital franchise. (Dibbs on Brent Dodginhorse!) [Kotaku]

Steven Hawking Says Leave Aliens Alone

While promoting his new series on the Discovery channel, Stephen Hawking has given an interview in which he has suggested that "extraterrestrials are almost certain to exist but that instead of seeking them out, humanity should be doing all that it can to avoid any contact." He says, "I imagine they might exist in massive ships, having used up all the resources from their home planet. Such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they can reach. ... If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn't turn out very well for the Native Americans." [Times Online]

Russian Hacker Selling 1.5 million Facebook Accounts

A hacker who calls himself Kirllos has obtained and is now offering to sell 1.5 million Facebook IDs. Looking at the numbers, Kirllos has stolen the IDs of one out of every 300 Facebook users. According to the New Zealand Herald, "VeriSign director of cyber intelligence Rick Howard told the New York Times that it appeared close to 700,000 had already been sold." Howard told the newspaper that it was not apparent whether the accounts and passwords were legitimate, but a Russian underground hacking magazine reported it had tested some of Kirllos' previous samples and managed to get into people's accounts. Methinks it's time for a password change. [NZ Herald]

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Friday, April 23

Thursday, April 22

Wednesday, April 21

Tuesday, April 20

Monday, April 19

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