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Amazon takes a plunge

Amazon.com (AMZN), the internets retail giant didn’t pan out as analyst had expected it to in the NASDAQ. Amazon made $117 million (38 cents per share) in the fourth quarter, only a shadow of its $416 million (91 cents per share) earnings during the same time last year, according to Forbes.

Barclays Capital decreased Amazon’s share from $225.00 to $190.00. However, RBC Capital cut the Amazon shares down to only $205.00.

All of this comes after the release of its much-hyped new table, the Kindle Fire. Before releasing the tablet late last year, the company predicted that it would lose $50 for each one sold. They had hoped to make up profits through their online store.

Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood are no more

The Susan G. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood’s longtime partnership is no more. The leading breast cancer charity announced Tuesday that it will no longer take part in Planned Parenthood’s educational health centers or prevention screenings, reports Fox News.

The decision for the Susan G. Komen Foundation comes on the coattails of the cancer charity’s new stipulations against gifting grants to organizations that are under either local or federal investigation. Recently, Planned Parenthood has come under investigation, attempting to determine if public money was improperly spent on abortions. Republican Representative Cliff Stearns initially raised scrutiny against the organization, claiming that they have violated the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits doctors from using federal funds to carry out abortions.

President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Reichards fired back politically in a press release stating, “We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count.”

Support for a reconciliation between the two organizations is strong with names like “Daily Show” co-creator, Lizz Winstead tweeting, “I am crying in a cab at this Komen decision. Tomorrow we will rally. Who is in this fight with me! You can no longer sit idly by.”

The Susan G. Komen foundation, according to Planned Parenthood, has helped provide funding for over 170,000 breast screenings in the last five years throughout their numerous health centers.

Don Cornelius died of self-inflicted wound

Don Cornelius was found dead this morning around 4 a.m. in his Sherman Oaks, CA home. The television icon was found with a single gunshot wound to his head.

According to TMZ, law enforcements are indicating that Cornelius’ death appears to be a suicide and was announced dead at 4:56 a.m.. at Cedars-Sinai Medica. However, he had been suffering from a number of health issues in the past years, including a stoke and a circumstance that called for brain surgery. 

Don Cornelius was most famously noted for his creation of “Soul Train,” which ran for 35 years, starting in October 1971. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the show, it was a syndicated, variety show that featured some of the largest names during its run, ending in March of 2006.

Celebrities ranging from Cheech and Chong and James Brown to Destiny’s Child and James Brown all graced the “Soul Train” stage.

“I am shocked and deeply saddened at the sudden death of my friend, colleague and business partner,” said Grammy-winning artist Quincy Jones of Don Cornelius’ passing.

Florida primary results: Romney clear victor

Tuesday night’s exit polls showed Mitt Romney could be a true competitor in the upcoming presidential election, given that Romney received 46.4 percent of the Republican votes when the Florida primary results finally rolled in. Mitt Romney won by an astounding 14-point margin, as reported by The Christian Science Monitor.

Voters weighed in noting that to beat President Obama on the national level, his opponent must have a strong moral fiber, experience and be an ardent conservative- all qualities that Mitt Romney seems to posses tenfold.

The Florida primary results showed Newt Gingrich receiving only 31.9 percent, Rick Santorum falling much lower with 13.4 percent, Ron Paul with a depressing 7 percent, and Gary Johnson bringing up the rear with .07 percent.

Romney also won among Hispanic voters (54 percent), women voters (41 percent), white voters (45 percent) and amongst all age groups and income levels.

Conversely, the Florida primary results showed Mitt Romney losing to Gingrich amongst the state’s Republicans that consider themselves “very conservative,” especially those who have a strong allegiance toward the tea party movement.

However, Romney took his win in the Florida primary results with confidence, seeming as if he were already running against the commander-in-chief and not other hopeful Republican nominees.

“Leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses. Mr. President, you were elected to lead. You chose to follow. And now it’s time for you to get out of the way,” Romney stated, making it clear who he feels his true competitor is.

Though, after the Florida primary results were out Gingrich kept his spirits high elaborating on the lengthy campaign he plans on running, given that there are still 46 states left to go.

Nevada is the next stop on the debate road for the Republicans.

Burmese pythons constricting the Everglades

President Obama’s administration puts a ban on snakes

Burmese pythons are slowly overrunning the Everglades, dinning on everything from birds and raccoons to full-grown deer, reports the Chicago Tribune.

The Burmese pythons are becoming such an epidemic in South Florida that President Obama’s administration stepped in and put an import ban on Burmese pythons this January, along with impeding importation and interstate commerce of yellow anacondas and northern and southern pythons.

“While we are pleased that four extremely harmful constrictor species will no longer be allowed into this country, stated spokesman for the National Environmental Coalition on Invasive Species, Peter Jenkins, “we are disappointed that five of the proposed snakes were not included in the rule.”

The snakes in references that will still be allowed are boa constrictors, reticulated pythons, DeSchauensee’s anacondas, green anacondas and Beni anacondas.

A majority of the banned snakes were once pets and have either escaped or have been released into the wild.

Reba McEntire lives

Rumors of singer’s death false

Country star Reba McEntire has fallen victim to an online hoax, claiming that the 56-year-old singer and actress died while on set of a movie shoot in Kitzbühel, Austria, reports the New York Daily News.

The Global Associated News reported, “Preliminary reports from Austrian Police officials indicate that the actress fell more than 100 feet to her death in a remote area of the Hahnenkamm Mountains.”

The fodder was further fanned by the fact that McEntire hasn’t updated any of her social networking pages since Monday afternoon. But, the rumors are completely false, and the McEntire is very much alive.

A disclaimer at the bottom of the Global Associated News’ web site reads “FAKE… THIS STORY IS 100% FAKE! this is an entertainment website, and this is a totally fake article based on zero truth and is a complete work of fiction for entertainment purposes! this story was dynamically generated using a generic ‘template’ and is not factual. Any reference to specific individuals has been 100% fabricated by web site visitors who have created fake stories by entering a name into a blank ‘non-specific’ template for the purpose of entertainment.”

Good friend and jewelry desinger, Loree Rodkin tweeted, “It’s a hoax. She’s fine.”

 

Blake Griffin slams the Thunder

Griffin plows over DeAndre Jordan

Last Night, Blake Griffin proved his worth to the Los Angeles Clippers with a massive slam dunk over Oklahoma City’s center Kendrick Perkins.

Griffin, late in the third quarter, barreled through the open lane and made a play that drove the crowd at the Staples Center and the rest of his teammates into an uproar. Griffin drove to the net with such ferocity that Thunder’s 6’ 10” center looked as if he had just plowed head first into a brick wall.

Immediately following Griffins monstrous play, fellow teammate and Clipper center DeAndre Jordan hugged Griffin in speechless awe. “I was shocked. I didn’t know what to do, so I just grabbed him. … I feel like I dunked it,” Jordan said as reported by the LA Times.

“That’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen,” Clippers guard Chris Paul boasted.

The only player who wasn’t too impressed by Griffin’s performance was Perkins, saying, “At the end of the day, if you’re a shot-blocker you’re going to get dunked on. It was a great play he made. Obviously, I wish I wasn’t in it.”

The Clippers defeated the Thunder 112-100.

Stephen Colbert raises $1.02 Million

Colbert’s super PAC mocks Republican Party

Comedy Central talk show host Stephen Colbert has raised an astounding $1.02 million through his Super PAC, Americans for a Better Tomorrow, according to the funds latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.

Colbert’s Super PAC was instituted by the comedian as a spoof of campaign finance laws last year, according to New York Daily News.

During his show on Comedy Central, Colbert announced, “an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork” for his “possible candidacy for president of the United States of South Carolina.”  He then handed the topic over to John Steward, of “The Daily Show.” Steward has been running along side Colbert, furthering the complete mockery of the South Carolina Republican Party.

It’s been reported by the Palmetto Public Record, that Colbert has been purchasing television air-time, continuously making a joke out of South Carolina Republicans. But, since it is too late for funny-man Stephen Colbert to officially be on the ballet, Colbert during a rally in South Carolina threw his support behind presidental hopeful Herman Cain.

“Stephen Colbert, President of ABTT, has asked that I quote him as saying, ‘Yeah! How you like me now, F.E.C? I’m rolling seven digits deep! I got 99 problems but a non-connected independent-expenditure only committee ain’t one!’” the Super PAC’s treasurer, Shauna Polk, wrote in the filing.

The Comedy Central host has also purchased air-time in Iowa and New Hampshire.

The read more about Stephen Colbert click here.

Facebook preps for IPO

CEO Mark Zuckerberg may soon take on new challenges as Facebook readies to file IPO paperwork

From the company that revolutionized the way we keep tabs on friends and co-workers, Facebook may impress everyone once again this week as rumors circulate about the social media giant preparing to file for its initial public offering in the next few days. Facebook’s IPO, which is assumed to roll out in the second quarter of 2012, is speculated to raise as much as $10 billion, valuing the company between $75 billion to $100 billion, according to the Washington Post, an impressive feat for a company that started out in a dorm room at Harvard.

The website, which launched in February of 2004 and has overtaken all other social media websites, now has more than 800 million active users and is continuously growing. The release of its IPO though may present new challenges for CEO and founder Mark Zuberberg. With any company that evolves from a lowly startup and goes public, concerns of keeping incentives and rewards for employees who will become overnight millionaires due to their past contributions to the company’s current success and the enormous value of the stocks they currently hold arise.

Though, Zuckerberg has taken an active defense, bringing in executives like Sheryl Sandberg from Google and Ted Ulloyt from AOL Time Warner to oversee the companies current growth without losing Facebook’s startup vibe.

However, Zuckerberg, in an interview recently, spoke of concerns of keeping the company in Silicon Valley, noting that if need be he would restart the company in Boston.

To read more about Facebook’s pending IPO click here.

Carolina Panthers logo gets a facelift

Panthers update image for ever-evolving, tech-savvy world

The cat is out of the bag for the Carolina Panthers. The team has unveiled its updated logo that will be integrated into all areas of the team’s branding and gear from here on out, according to the Huffington Post.

“We have one of the finest and most recognizable logos in the NFL and wanted to make it as modern as possible without losing the dramatic essence of the mark,” said Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison.

The Panthers logo redesign overlaps with Nike replacing Reebok as the official apparel provider, starting with the 2012 season. The main adjustments to the logo have to do with the panther’s eyes and mouth, making the cat appear more aggressive. Also, the new design makes the image more three-dimensional for better digital use.

The team has not given a facelift to their logo since its entrance in 1995 to the NFL as an expansion team.