Month: April 2010
In a shocking revelation, former US first lady Laura Bush has disclosed in her upcoming autobiography that she and her husband George W Bush could have been poisoned in Germany in 2007 as the couple fell sick during the summit, the New York Times reported on Wednesday, Apr 27.
In her book ‘Spoken from the Heart’, which is scheduled to be released in May 2010, Laura said that the US Secret Service had investigated a possible poisoning of the presidential delegation at the G8 summit.
The then US President George W Bush had to spent part of the summit in bed. The report quoted her as saying that the doctor had concluded the couple had contacted a virus.
‘However we never learned if any other delegations became ill, or if ours, mysteriously, was the only one’, Laura Bush wrote.
LOS ANGELES: Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock on Wednesday revealed she had secretly adopted a baby boy, but was divorcing her cheating husband and would raise the child on her own.
In a lengthy interview and photoshoot with People magazine, Bullock spoke of her joy at being a mother for the first time, and her sadness at ending her five-year marriage to motorcycle maker and reality TV star Jesse James.
“Yes, I have filed for divorce,” Bullock, 45, told the celebrity magazine. “I’m sad and I am scared.”
She said she had adopted a son, three-and-a-half-month-old Louis Bardo Bullock, who she now planned to raise as a single mother and put her acting career on hold for awhile.
The “Blind Side” star said she and James had been working together on the adoption for four years. They welcomed the baby into their home in January but decided to keep it a secret until after Hollywood’s awards season that ended with the Oscars on March 7, where Bullock was named best actress.
The People magazine spread marked the first time Bullock commented publicly on numerous reports that James had cheated on her during their marriage.
The reports surfaced just ten days after Bullock won the Oscar. She left the southern California home she shared with James and went into seclusion, taking Louis with her.
James has been publicly linked with at least four women, including a California tattoo model, and he has admitted to causing Bullock “pain and devastation.” Photos of him also surfaced in the media wearing the cap of a Nazi officer.
Bullock told People she had no idea of his infidelities until she learned that another magazine was printing a story about James and the tattoo model.
“Never in a million years did I foresee something like this happening. I wish I hadn’t, and it still doesn’t seem real,” she said.
“I did the only thing I could do, and that was pack enough clothes to live on, get all of Louis’ things and get out of town.”
James, 41, recently spent 30 days in a rehab facility for an undisclosed addiction. He told People that “the decision to let my wife end our marriage, and continue the adoption of Louis on her own, has been the hardest.
“Sandy is the love of my life, but considering the pain and devastation I have caused her, it would be selfish to not let her go.”
Bullock filed for divorce in Austin, Texas on April 23 citing irreconcilable differences. They were married in 2005 and James had three children from previous relationships.
The actress described Louis — who she said was named after musician Louis Armstrong — as “the most beautiful man I know” and said she wanted to enjoy being a mother for a while.
But she showed little anger toward James, describing their current relationship as “a different one. A bittersweet one. One of new understanding. One of forgiveness. One of support for his recovery.”
PASADENA, USA: “Avatar” director James Cameron is helping to build a high-resolution 3-D camera on the next-generation Mars rover.
The camera will be mounted atop Curiosity, the next rover mission to Mars set for launch next year, the Pasadena Star-News reported.
Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory scaled back its plans in 2007 to mount a 3-D camera atop Curiosity because the upcoming flagship mission to Mars was consistently over budget and behind schedule.
But Cameron lobbied NASA administrator Charles Bolden for inclusion of the 3-D camera during a January meeting, saying a rover with a better set of eyes will help the public connect with the mission.
Bolden was convinced.
San Diego-based Malin Space Science Systems is now building the 3-D mast camera with Cameron listed as co-investigator.
US software giant Microsoft has said that revenues surged to a record high in the recent quarter as Windows 7 operating system succeeded where its predecessor failed.
Microsoft reported that its net profit in the quarter ending March 31 climbed 35 percent to 4.01 billion dollars.
The firm’s revenue hit a record 14.50 billion dollars in the quarter, up six percent over the same period a year ago.
“Windows 7 continues to be a growth engine, but we also saw strong growth in other areas like Bing search, Xbox Live and our emerging cloud services,” said Microsoft chief financial officer Peter Klein on Thursday.
Microsoft said revenue from its Windows computer operating system was up 28 percent over a year ago, driven by strong demand for the latest version, Windows 7.
“Business customers are beginning to refresh their desktops and the momentum of Windows 7 continues to be strong,” chief operating officer Kevin Turner said.
Strong profit due to droves flocking to Microsoft’s new operating system is a strong sign of the pent-up demand created when people shunned its predecessor Vista.
Microsoft released Windows 7 to the world in October as it tried to regain its stride after an embarrassing stumble with Vista.
While computer users may not give much thought to operating systems that serve as the brains of their machines, the programs are at the heart of Microsoft’s global software empire.
Microsoft operating systems run more than 90 percent of the world’s computers.
The failure of Vista to catch on hurt Microsoft competitively, giving Apple the opportunity to woo PC users to Mac.
Apple reported stellar quarterly earnings this week, citing factors that included lots of people buying Macintosh machines for the first time.
Microsoft apparently learned a lesson from Vista and worked closely with computer makers, users and software developers while crafting Windows 7.
Some say consumers snatching up Windows 7 or machines pre-loaded with the software is a sign that the economy is on the mend.
“Microsoft is a phenomenal bellwether for technology spending,” analyst Rob Enderle said. “If they go up, it is one of the strongest indications that the tech market is improving.”
Windows 7 is installed on more than 10 percent of computers worldwide, making it the fastest selling operating system in Microsoft’s history, according to Klein.