Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Apr 8, 2014
April 8, 2014
--This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Odor Eater. More than 150 million pairs of the anti-stench shoe pads have been sold since 1974, according to the maker.
--40 years ago, HANK AARON of the Atlanta Braves hit home run number 715, breaking BABE RUTH's record. (1974).
Going Geek-dot-com /Caught in the Web:
Today's the day Microsoft is officially dumping Windows XP.
After today, there will be no new updates by Microsoft for that operating system; no fixes against viruses or other uploads that may be targeting that operating system (and your computer).
Microsoft XP has been around for nearly 13 years, and since it was such a stable operating system, people kept using it. In fact, an estimate by web firm Net Analytics says as recently as February, as many as 30 percent of computers were still using it. In fact, many ATM machines still use the operating system, even though banks were warned to replace the operating system a year ago.
If you have the Windows XP operating system and don't use your computer to connect to the internet, then you're probably OK. But if you use your computer to connect to the internet or do email, online banking or use credit cards to pay for online purchases, then you probably should upgrade immediately.
Idle gossip & unconfirmed rumors:
JUSTIN BIEBER has it all --money, fame, talent and everything his heart desires except a legal way to party. PerezHilton.com reports "The Bieb" had his people call to reserve tables at three different Miami night clubs, but every single one turned down the reservation because he's underage. Word is the local watering holes are nervous about serving him since he racked up a DUI charge last January. (Lee)
Fox has picked up the rights to an Israeli game show called "Boom!"
In the show, a team of four players must defuse eight "bombs" by answering trivia questions correctly as a clock counts down the seconds to the explosion. If the player answers correctly, the prize money builds and he/she moves to the next "bomb." And, in Israel, the show pulls in a 41 share (that's 41 percent of people watching TV!!!).
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN added another cover tune to his repertoire on Sunday. The Boss and the E STREET BAND closed out the NCAA Final Four March Madness music festival in Dallas, TX, by opening their set with VAN HALEN's "Jump." It was an outdoor show at Reunion Park, which is downtown where the old Reunion Arena used to be. It rained for most of Bruce's set, but the crowd didn't seem to care. The concert was the unofficial launch of Springsteen's North American "High Hopes" tour. (Marino)
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