Mantenna - Thursday, April 8

April 8, 2010

M.I.A. takes on Lady Gaga, Chris Rock gives Letterman hell, and Verizon threatens action against heavy Internet users..Mantenna! You son of a bitch!

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Chris Rock Gives Letterman Hell

Chris Rock appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman last night and did his best to tease a hoarse Letterman over his recent marital woes. As you may recall Letterman was the subject of a recent extortion attempt that revealed that many years ago he was having an affair with an intern while living with his now wife and mother of his child. Rock said, “Dave, what the hell happened to your voice? Things going bad at home? You're still doing the show? You're a rich man, you could just go home! Wife still mad at you, ain't she." Rock continued, “I was backstage, you fired all the cute girls. Got a bunch of fat old guys there! The vibe is horrible, man, horrible!" [Huffington Post]

M.I.A. vs. Lady Gaga

M.I.A has said that Lady Gaga is a "mimic" of her and "the industry's last stab at making itself important." She told NME: "There's Gaga - people say we're similar, that we both mix all these things in the pot and spit them out differently, but she spits it out exactly the same.” She went on to say that none Gaga’s music is “reflective of how weird she wants to be” and that “she models herself on Grace Jones and Madonna, but the music sounds like a 20-year-old Ibiza disco." M.I.A. added that Gaga is "not progressive, but she's a good mimic. She sounds more like me than I f***ing do!" Hot damn, girl! Don’t hold back. [MTV]

Obscure Canadian Town Celebrates Obscure Swedish Athlete

After 14 years bemoaning his disappointing playoff performances, questioning his leadership skills and mocking his Scandinavian roots, the city of Ottawa has decided to finally adopt "Daniel Alfredson Day." Effective immediately, the village of Ottawa will begin the tradition this Saturday with a very pleasant festival and a short video montage of both his Stanley Cup finals points before the start of the team's game. [TSN]

Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

In an interview with WSJ editor Alan Murray, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg talks about how the FCC's broadband access studies are wrong (and the U.S. is definitely "number one, not even close") and how he had someone else stand in line for him Saturday to pick up his iPad. Oh, he also mentioned how Verizon will soon hunt down, throttle, and/or charge high-bandwidth users on its network. Nice. [Arctechnica]

Netflix Coming to Android Handsets?

Netflix has become an unstoppable force at getting streaming video into the hands of nearly every device that supports the feature. First we saw it on the Xbox 360, then the Playstation 3, and most recently the iPad and the Nintendo Wii. Now it appears the purveyors of DVDs-by-mail are looking to bring the service to Android devices like the Motorola Droid and the HTC EVO 4G smartphones, as evidenced by their desire to employ an "Android Video Playback Expert." Here's hoping Steve Jobs is listening. [Engadget]

Check out previous installments of Mantenna:

Wednesday, April 7

Mantenna - April 6

Monday, April 5

Friday, April 2

Thursday, April 1

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