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Will Blackberry Z10 give neck to neck competition to iPhone 5?

Though, Research In Motion (RIM) has yet to officially launch the BlackBerry 10 operating system or the devices running it, plenty of images and rumors have leaked over the internet about it.

'Teen Mom' Amber out of jail, barred from seeing ex-fiance and daughter

Amber Portwood of the hit MTV reality show ‘Teen Mom’ walked free from an Indiana jail Tuesday after posting $5,000 bail, according to multiple tabloid reports. The reality star was booked and jailed for 24 hours, and was released on Tuesday afternoon, the reports say.

Fastest-rising Google search: Chatroulette

Menlo Park, Calif. -- California-based search engine giant Google said the fastest-rising search term for 2010 was "Chatroulette," a webcam site famous for exposed private parts.

Google's "Zeitgeist 2010: How the World Searched" report, released Thursday, said other rapidly rising search terms this year included Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, iPad, Twitter and Facebook.

Rounding out the Top 10 were cellphone ringtone site Myxer and gaming sites Gamester and Friv.

Meanwhile, the report said search terms falling in prominence from last year include swine flu, "Twilight" series book and film title "New Moon" and singer Susan Boyle.

Google said the list-topper for its "strangest searches" of the year was the question: "Can a horse have OCD?"

Last Nielsen picture to get DVD release

New York -- Screen Media Films says it has acquired "Stonerville," the final movie of late Canadian actor Leslie Nielsen.

Co-starring Pauly Shore, Patrick Cavanaugh and Phil Morrishe, the film is to be released Jan. 11 on DVD, the company announced Thursday.

It tells the story of comedian and self-proclaimed "King of YouTube" Slam Slamsky, who wants to make it big in mainstream advertising, even though his sense of humor and frequent pot use are not exactly in sync with the stuffy suits he meets, Screen Media said in a synopsis.

iPads for Bankers

 We recently learned from two of the biggest distributors of technology devices that tablets are among the fastest-growing product lines both domestically and in Europe. Tech Data (Nasdaq: TECD) and Ingram-Micro(NYSE: IM) both pointed to strong demand throughout the entire technology space and the surprising strength of tablet sales, especially to corporations. Although Ingram-Micro CEO Greg Spierkel reported that much of the sales were to corporations with a large base of outside traveling salespeople, it looks as if the financial industry will also soon be a large source of customers.


Auburn, Oregon end 1-2 in final BCS poll

Irving, Texas -- An Oregon-Auburn match-up for the college football national title became official Sunday when the final Bowl Championship Series rankings were released.

Auburn (13-0) and Oregon (12-0) finished 1-2 as expected in the rankings, finalizing their meeting in the Jan. 10 BCS title game in Glendale, Ariz.

Auburn (.9866) got the top spot thanks to its 56-17 pounding of South Carolina in the SEC championship game Saturday, giving the Tigers a BCS rating of .9866.

Oregon (.9720) ended with the second spot after finishing undefeated and gaining the outright Pac-10 championship with 37-20 victory over Oregon State.

Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight arrested on outstanding warrant, released

Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is in legal trouble again! This time he was arrested by the L.A. County Sheriff's Department on an outstanding traffic warrant. He was released after about an hour.

Move for Heritage highlights 2011 schedule

Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. -- A move for The Heritage and an alteration in the format at the World Match Play Championship highlighted the 2011 PGA Tour schedule released Thursday.

The Heritage, held on Hilton Head Island, S.C., has traditionally been played the week after the Masters but will be pushed back one week on next year's schedule.

Instead, the first tournament played after the Masters in 2011 will be the Texas Open in San Antonio.

Tour officials also announced the title match at the first World Golf Championship event to be played over 18 holes instead of 36.
The season will begin as usual in Hawaii with the playing of an event open only to those who won on the tour in 2010.

Husband charged with assault on boxer

Orlando -- Her husband's alleged assault on boxer Christy Martin may have been motivated by her affair with a woman, Florida police records released Wednesday said.

James Martin was arrested Tuesday after a week as a fugitive and hospitalized in Orlando after stabbing himself, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Officials say he will be arraigned after his release from the hospital.

Martin allegedly shot and stabbed his wife at their home in Apopka on Nov. 23.

Records released by the Orange County Sheriff's Department said the attack occurred shortly after Christy Martin spent two days at a motel with a longtime friend. She and the woman reportedly had recently begun a romantic relationship.

Man bit on nose during slot machine fight

Mashantucket, Conn. -- Police in Connecticut said two men were arrested following a casino fight involving a head butt and a bite on the nose.

The Connecticut State Police Casino Unit said John Whittaker, 50, of Manchester, Conn., allegedly head-butted Thomas McDonald, 51, of Hanover, Mass., during an argument about a slot machine at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, The Boston Herald reported Wednesday.

Investigators said McDonald retaliated by biting Whittaker on the nose.

Police arrested McDonald and Whittaker and they were both charged with second-degree breach of the peace. McDonald was also charged with second-degree assault. Whittaker was released after posting $250 bond and McDonald was released on $500 bond.