Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 30, 2013
April 30, 2013
Planning on committing a crime in the near future? You might want to check Yelp first and make sure you do so you're in a county that has a nice jail.
Prison reviews are increasingly popular on Yelp, with reviewers commenting on everything from cleanliness and food quality to security issues and whether staff members violated any of their "constitutional privileges."
Some of the reviews are questionable (one reviewer praised a prison for handing out juice boxes, when it does not actually do so), but many are legit.
Editor's note: "I requested a kosher meal and for life plus 99 years, I got the regular meal. One Star. Would not commit mass murder again." (Maiman)
Warning: note sexual content.
MTV darling FARRAH ABRAHAM is almost a millionaire. The temperamental reality "star" told Dr. PHIL just last week that she made a sex tape for personal use, but had a change of heart. Sources tell TMZ.com that Vivid Entertainment ponied up a sum in the high six figures for the footage and even figured out a very classy name for the film. Rumor has it the bratty 21-year-old's first production will be called "Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom." (Lee)
On, off and way-off Broadway:
The nominations for the 2013 Tony Awards will be announced at 8:30am (Eastern) this morning. SUTTON FOSTER and "Modern Family" star JESSE TYLER FERGUSON are set to do the honors from The New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. There are 26 categories all together. "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda" are sure best for Best Musical nods, with "Pippin" sure to get noticed for Best Revival of a Musical. The Tonys will be haded out on June 9th at Radio City Music Hall. CBS will carry Broadway's biggest night, live. (Marino)
A family in India is being investigated for child endangerment after letting their nine-year-old son drive a Ferrari.
The boy's mother, AMAL NISHAM, caught the stunt on video as the boy takes another kid for a spin in the red F430 sports car. The clip has reportedly sparked outrage. Amal defends the family's actions saying, "It was his ninth birthday, and since he was insisting for months, we allowed him to drive the Ferrari. He is a cautious and confident driver. I am proud of him." (Still)
Wanna lose some weight? "The Biggest Loser" is looking for its next round of contestants in 11 cities with open casting calls.
You'll have to be 18 or older, and have at least 80 pounds to lose. At stake: the grand prize of a quarter-million bucks. The 11-city open casting call schedule is HERE.
Computers, and other techno-geek-a-zoid crap:
For the first time ever, more people are using instant messaging chat apps like WhatsApp than traditional SMS messaging.
According to research firm Informa, almost 19-billion messages were sent per a day on chat apps last year, compared to 17.6-billion SMS texts. BBC News says the shift will likely have a big impact on mobile phone operators who have relied on texts as a key revenue source.
Researchers project that by 2014 nearly 50-billion messages will be sent per day using apps, compared with just over 21-billion traditional texts. (Page)
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