Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai (Pashto: ملاله یوسفزۍMalālah Yūsafzay, born 12 July 1997)[2][4] is a school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her education and women's rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school.[4][5] In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Yousafzai wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls.[11] The following summer, a New York Times documentary[4] was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat.[12] Yousafzai began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television[13] and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat.[14] She has since been nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu[15] and has won Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize.[5] A number of prominent individuals, including the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, are supporting a petition to nominate Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize.[16]
On 9 October 2012, Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus.[17] In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition,[18] but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her,[19] but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin.[20]

Dubai Announces ‘Mohammed bin Rashid City’, World’s Largest Mall

Dubai: Famed for its mega-projects before it was hit by the global financial crisis, on Saturday announced a new development to open the world’s biggest mall and a park larger than London’s Hyde Park.
The ruler of the Gulf desert city state, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, announced the plan for a “new city within Dubai,” according to an official statement, naming it after himself.
No cost was stated for “Mohammed bin Rashid City,” to be carried out by his Dubai Holding and the publicly-listed Emaar Properties, which developed many of Dubai’s prestigious projects, including Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower.
The plan also features new residential areas, although the emirate continues to have a surplus of units built during a five-year bubble which burst in 2009.
The “Mall of the World” will have a capacity of 80 million visitors a year to become the “largest in the world,” said the statement, while its park will be “30 percent bigger than Hyde Park of London.” via, thenewstribe

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Bal Thackeray Cremated,Bal Thackeray Dead Body Photos,Bal Thackeray Last Journey,Bal Thackeray Funeral Pics,Bal Thackeray Dead Body Images

Mumbai, Nov 18: A stream of eminent personalities from politics, films and corporate world today reached the historic Shivaji Park ground here to attend the last rites of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray

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Bal Thackeray Death News

Anti Pakistan and Hindu hardliner Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray died in Mumbai Saturday. He was 86.
Thackeray had been unwell since July this year when he was admitted to Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital for breathlessness and constipation. He was released after a week in hospital, and was being nursed at his Bandra residence, Matoshree. The Sena chief was under constant medical supervision, with a team of doctors stationed at his home.
He is survived by his wife Mina and sons Jaidev and Uddhav, who is the executive president of the Shiv Sena, which Mr Thackeray founded in 1966.
Thackeray's health had reportedly deteriorated on Wednesday evening. At 2 am on Thursday, Udhav Thackeray emerged from the family home 'Matoshree' to tell party workers, "Since yesterday (Wednesday), Shiv Sena chief's condition is stable. I had said yesterday and I will say again today (Thursday), I have not given up hope. You too must not give up hope because we all are fighting soldiers of a fighting leader. You all are praying for his recovery and I have full faith in your prayers."
Security was tightened at Matoshree from Wednesday night, with the police putting up barricades to restrict movement around the area. Party workers began gathering at the Thackeray residence as news of the Sena chief spread. But by Thursday morning, Shiv Sena leaders said Bal Thackeray was better and was responding to medication.
Many VIPs visited Mr Thackeray home over the last two days. Actors Amitabh Bachchan, along with son Abhishek, and Sanjay Dutt had paid a visit late to Matoshree on Wednesday night.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, BJP chief Nitin Gadkari and other politicians visited on Thursday. As did actors Salman Khan and Arbaaz Khan.
Born in 1926 to Keshav Thackeray, a social reformer, Bal Thackeray began his career as a cartoonist with the English daily, The Free Press Journal. He worked there for six years before starting his own journal Marmik - which means poignant - in 1960. The journal became a launch pad for his entry into politics in 1966, when on Dussehra, Mr Thackeray announced his party, the Shiv Sena, at a huge rally held at the Shivaji Park in Dadar in central Mumbai.
The primary political agenda of Mr Thackeray's party was to attack what they called "outsiders" - then, Gujaratis and South Indians in Mumbai who Mr Thackeray accused of snatching jobs he claimed were meant for local Marathi-speaking people. The Sena countered widespread condemnation by calling it their fight for the sons-of the-soil or Marathi Manoos. Mr Thackeray would later similarly target north Indians.
Bal Thackeray soon built himself up to cult status. Unlike other khaki-clad leaders, he openly smoked pipes, wore sun-glasses and even drank beer - a sophisticated image that was in stark contrast to the growing hooliganism of his workers. Even his fiercest critics will not deny that Bal Thackeray was perhaps the most charismatic mass leader Maharashtra has ever seen. A master orator, his followers grew in numbers as he made vitriolic speeches pulling no punches when it came to attacking his political rivals. His supporters would wait all year long for the Sena's annual Dussehra rally to hear "Balasaheb" speak. He cultivated a larger-than-life persona without once holding any public office.
In 1984, the Shiv Sena and the BJP joined hands in Mumbai and Maharashtra to ride the Hindutva wave. Mr Thackeray had a sartorial makeover. Dressed in white or saffron robes, with a blazing tika on his forehead, Thackeray would sit on a massive silver throne. Two or three necklaces made of rudraaksh beads would add to the image.
The fallout of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement had caused tension across the country. Mr Thackeray used his party newspaper and mouth piece, Saamna, in which, on the eve of the Babri Masjid demolition on December 6, 1992, he wrote an incendiary editorial, "Towards Ayodhya". He is quoted as saying, "Now, no one can stop the construction of the Ram temple at Ayodhya. An ocean of millions of Ram devotees is surging to Lord Ram's Ayodhya. Our brave Shiv Sainiks are also joining in." It is still contested if Shiv Sainiks actually took part in the demolition. The CBI, however, named Mr Thackeray as one of the accused in the Babri demolition; it accused him of conspiracy.
Only months later, in 1993, communal riots tore Mumbai apart - some say forever. Over 1,000 Muslims were killed and the Sena was accused of playing an active role. Mr Thackeray was tried and acquitted in several cases but only for making hate speeches. His party claimed that had it not been for the Shiv Sena, Mumbai would have burnt even longer.
The Mumbai riots led to a deep polarization and the Sena-BJP alliance swept to power in 1995. Though Maharashtra was officially governed from its Secretariat - Mantralaya - in South Mumbai, Matoshree, the Thackeray residence in Bandra became the new power centre. Politicians, industrialists and actors were seen at the "Tiger's" beck and call; the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had to meet and pose with Mr Thackeray to get clearance for his sole concert in India. It was this dominating influence over the city, without officially holding any position, that earned Mr Thackeray the nickname "remote-control."
Mr Thackeray was quoted around that time by the Asia Week as saying, "I am a great admirer of (Adolf) Hitler, and I am not ashamed to say so! I do not say that I agree with all the methods he employed, but he was a wonderful organizer and orator, and I feel that he and I have several things in common... What India really needs is a dictator who will rule benevolently, but with an iron hand."
But the honeymoon was short-lived. In 1999, the Sena-BJP government was voted out. Thackeray could not even vote - the Election Commission banned him from voting and contesting elections for six years as he had been found guilty of electoral malpractices. More electoral humiliation followed in 2004. The edifice had begun to crack. In 2006, Mr Thackeray's charismatic nephew Raj, broke away from the party over his uncle's succession plans. Son Uddhav was anointed the successor and his grandson too joined the party.
As his party's political fortunes declined - losing even the 2009 state elections - so did Mr Thackeray's health. In his last Dussehra rally speech this year, Mr Thackeray addressed a huge rally at Shivaji Park - from where at a similar rally he had launched his party in 1966 - by a taped video message. A frail Mr Thackeray, with folded hands shaking, asked his followers to support his son, Uddhav.
If there was any solace in his final days, it was the Sena's splendid victory in the 2012 Mumbai civic polls and also in the first signs of a patch-up between his son and estranged nephew.
There were flashes of the "Tiger" of yore till the very end. He warned recently that his Shiv Sena would disrupt the cricket tour that Pakistan will play in India in December this year. From his sickbed he wrote in the Saamna, "Even though I am lying indisposed on my bed, my blood does not allow me to sit silent when it comes to national interest. Hence, I am publishing this statement for my Hindu brothers with such intensity."
His admirers see him as the man who fought for the son of the soil, the Marathi manoos. And his critics, the man who sundered the city of dreams with his acidic politics. Either way, it will be very difficult to ignore the legacy of a man who started off as a cartoonist and was either caricatured by his opponents or revered by his supporters.

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New Planet Found, Smaller Than Earth, Orbiting Distant Star

Thirty-three light-years away, in the constellation Leo the lion, astronomers say they have found a world considerably smaller than Earth, orbiting a dim red-dwarf star.
That's something to think about. While scientists have confirmed the existence of more than 700 so-called exoplanets since 1995, most of them have been giant -- many considerably larger than Jupiter. This new world, say the researchers who found it, may be only 5,200 miles across, about two thirds as large as Earth.
"People have been picking at the low-hanging fruit, since Jupiter-sized planets are easier to see," said Kevin Stevenson, the young researcher at the University of Central Florida who led the team making the find. "Now we're really pushing the limits of what our telescopes can find."
The newly found world is, for now, called UCF-1.01, and Stevenson and his colleagues found it with NASA's Spitzer space telescope in Earth orbit. It orbits a star called GJ 436. They spent a year watching it to confirm that it was indeed a distant world. They are publishing their find online Thursday in the Astrophysical Journal.
UCF-1.01 is probably not a very nice place. Stevenson and his group calculated that it whips around its host star in only 1.4 Earth-days, at a distance of about 1.6 million miles (we're 93 million miles from our sun). Temperatures on its surface probably exceed 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, raising the possibility that some of it is molten, covered in lava. Any atmosphere would have boiled away long ago, said the researchers.
They could not see it directly -- its sun is nothing but a dot in a telescope -- but they could see a tiny dip in the star's brightness as the disc of UCF-1.01 passed in front of it. For now, they cannot even calculate its mass; current technology is not good enough for a reliable number.
Nobody will be launching a mission to UCF-1.01 anytime soon; there are other worlds, including moons of Jupiter and Saturn, that look much more promising as homes for living things. Still, the find suggests that if this world could be detected, others -- perhaps in the so-called habitable zones around their host stars -- may soon be found as well.
"The discovery was completely by accident," said Stevenson in a telephone interview with ABC News. They were looking at another, much larger planet orbiting the same star, "and there were these spurious signals we could not explain."

Anthony Weiner's Spouse Huma Abedin: Better Kind of 'Good Wife'

He sexted with porn stars and constituents, lost his job and possibly his career, all while his wife was pregnant. So why did Huma Abedin stay with Anthony Weiner? That's the obvious question hurled at every woman who has ever stayed with a scandalized politician.

But does it really matter? Love, loyalty,and a six-month-old son could all be legitimate reasons. More interesting is how Abedin has chosen to move forward in her marriage--by taking charge.

"It took a lot of work to get to where we are today, but I want people to know we're a normal family," Abedin tells People magazine in her first interview since the scandal broke.

When the scandalized politician is dad

The magazine's latest issue, out Friday, is likely to focus more on the couple's restored family life than Weiner's history of unsavory texts and subsequent cover-ups. If it's a strategic attempt to get her husband's career back on track, it's a clever one.

"Anthony has spent every day since trying to be the best dad and husband he can be… I'm proud to be married to him," she says. And yes, he does "all the laundry."

In Abedin comes a new brand of "The Good Wife," an outdated term that's come to imply pet-like obedience for the sake of salvaging a husband's career.

If anything, her political prospects are burning brighter. She's also the family breadwinner, while dad's on diaper duty for their 6-month-old son Jordan. As deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, her role has been under the microscope ever since Weiner's fall from grace.

Can Anthony Weiner's career be saved?
Right now she's the one weathering political criticism, and quite well. After Michele Bachmann accused Abedin of having influential ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, John McCain vehemently came to Abedin's defense, slamming the allegations and calling Weiner's wife an "honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant." Lindsay Graham and Ed Rollins also lent their support, along with a Facebook group called I Stand With Huma.

The timing of the People article couldn't be better. There's no better way for Weiner to save face than by standing by the woman who stood by him. It's a tactic that worked to restore Bill Clinton's reputation and gain support for Hillary, Abedin's long-time boss.

Like Hillary, she's come too far to be taken down by her husband's mistakes, but that doesn't mean she's prepared to throw her personal life under the bus for public approval.

Even if the People magazine article doesn't re-establish Weiner as a trustworthy candidate, it may foster Abedin's political future. (And when your husband's out of a job, somebody's got to earn the living.)
"That would be a dramatic first step worth celebrating," writes The New York Times' KJ Dell'Antonia,
With Weiner's return to the public eye, it's her career in the spotlight, not his. Meanwhile, the debate over a woman's loyalty to a cheating husband is falling by the wayside. If anything, Abedin's past year captaining her family through murky waters proves it takes just as much strength to stand by a scandalized partner as it does to leave him.

How to browse the web anonymously

Think your online activities are private? Think again.
Not only are your surfing sessions tracked by websites, search engines and social networks, but often your Internet service provider (ISP), web browser, government and potentially hundreds of online tracking companies.
Whether it's to collect valuable (read: sellable) marketing data or prevent terrorist activity, movie piracy or kiddie porn, everything you think you're doing privately in the comfort of your home is anything but private.
But just because you want to spend time online anonymously doesn't mean you're a cybercriminal or have something to hide. Not only do regular folks want privacy, but remaining anonymous can also protect yourself from malicious types out to steal your identity for financial gain — from spammers and scammers alike.
And so there are a few things you can do to reduce the odds every click is tracked, archived and shared. The following are a few suggestions on where to start.
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How does Facebook know to show you ads for your local gym, supermarket or college? This is because your computer's unique Internet Protocol (IP) address, assigned by your ISP, reveals your geographical whereabouts. Even if your computer generates a different IP address every time you boot up or log online, this number (e.g. can still tell of your general location.
And so there are many different solutions that can hide your Internet connection, allowing you to remain anonymous while online.
Some are websites, such as free "online proxy servers" that conceal your identity — simply point the web address (URL) to the proxy server and surf right from their website (check out for a list of great options).

Others prefer Virtual Private Network (VPN) software that encrypts your online sessions. The browser-independent Hotspot Shield from AnchorFree, for example — available for Windows, Macs, iPhone and Android — channels all web activities through a personal VPN and secures all Internet communications by turning all HTTP traffic into the safer HTTPS (which is what your bank uses for a safe connection).
Free to use but with more features packed into the "elite" version ($29.95), Hotspot Shield is ideal for email and instant messaging, too, and reduces the likelihood of identity theft because you're not leaving a digital footprint -- including cyber-snoopers and rogue connections at Wi-Fi hotspots, hotels, airports, and so on.

Samsung Galaxy S III review

Samsung’s Galaxy line of Android phones can arguably be credited for bringing Android to the masses and amongst the many models that Samsung released under the Galaxy brand, the Galaxy S II holds a very special position not just for Samsung but for a lot of it’s users as well. It defined Samsung as the best Android device manufacturer and won countless awards for being the best device of last year. Today we look at the follow up to the Galaxy S II, unsurprisingly titled the Galaxy S III and see if Samsung has managed to create a true successor to it’s phenomenal device.
Our review unit of the Samsung Galaxy S III arrived in a very plain looking blue box with Samsung Galaxy S III etched on top. For someone who doesn’t know much about Samrtphones, they’d think that the Galaxy S III is a most ordinary device based on the packaging. The unit is available in two colors- blue and white and I recieved the former version, I think white looks nicer. Other than the main phone, Samsung bundles the customary headphones and USB cable with charger plug along with a quickstart guide and warranty information.
Build quality amp; design
Thin is certainly in and the Galaxy S III shows us that with it’s incredibly slim porfile. Measuring 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighing just 130g, Samsung maximizes the screen space by equipping the S III with a huge 4.8' screen in a size that is not too much bigger than other devices with smaller screens while at the same time being thinner and lighter. The following picture compares the S III to the Galaxy Nexus, also a device manufactured by Samsung.
Unlike the iPhone 4S or the HTC One X, the Samsung Galaxy S III doesn’t exude that premium fit and finish and instead of glass or carbon-fiber, you end up with a very plastic finish that tries to give off a metallic effect. That’s not to say that the design is bad and honestly, I think you’ll end up with lesser damage and heartache were you to drop the S III instead of the other devices, but nevertheless, when everyone else presenting premium finishes on their devices, the S III stands out like a sore thumb. This is especially felt when you remove the back cover and notice how thin and flimsy it feels.
Around the device, you have volume buttons on the left side and a power/lock button on right. A 3.5mm jack sits on top while the bottom has a micro USB connector. The back cover comes off and reveals spaces for a microSD card as well as a micro SIM card. The back side also houses the speaker phone and the main 8MP camera while the front has an additional camera and a notification LED above the screen and a home button below it along with two touch buttons for back and menu.
The Galaxy Nexus, showed Google’s concept for an ICS device and it’s interesting to see none of the top tier manufacturers following Google’s footsteps in ditching hard buttons with onscreen ones. Samsung has chosen to use the back and menu buttons alongside the home button and honestly, I’m not sure if this is a good idea as it creates inconsistencies and to some extent, fragmentation. To give you an example, the menu button is now onscreen for most ICS based Android devices but you don't see that button on the Samsung Galaxy S III. Also the back button is located to the right of the home button but my personal preference would have been on the left side as that’s where you generally see a back button on your browser or an onscreen button.
Screen, Specs and Benchmarks
The 4.8' screen size of the Samsung Galaxy S III is the second biggest sized screen I’ve seen in a phone (Galaxy Note, also by Samsung, takes that honor.) Sadly it’s a step back in technology and unlike the stunning Super AMOLED Plus screen that we saw on the Galaxy Note, the Galaxy S III uses the pentile based non plus version of the screen that is not as vibrant.
According to Samsung's spokesperson, it's because those blue sub-pixels that are absent on Super AMOLED displays degrade faster than their red and green allies. With the aim of keeping its phones healthily glowing for at least 18 months, it made the decision to go with the Pentile formation. That’s not to say that it’s a bad screen but it’s not one of the key selling points for Samsung as it has traditionally been and displays like the SLCD one found on the HTC One X look as impressive, or possibly even a tad bit better than the S III. I also found the screen very faded when using it outdoors under the UAE sunlight and had to crank the brightness to full be read the screen properly.
If speed is what you’re looking for, you won’t find a faster phone than the Samsung Galaxy S III. Based on the Exynos 4212 chipset with a Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 based CPU and the Mali-400MP GPU, the Galaxy S III smokes the competition when it comes to benchmarks.

Samsung Galaxy S III
Samsung Galaxy Nexus


136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm
134.4 x 69.9 x 8.9 mm
135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm


Screen Size

720 x 1280 (306 ppi)
720 x 1280 (312 ppi)
720 x 1280 (216 ppi)

Exynos 4212 Quad Core 1.4Ghz
Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core 1.5GHz
TI OMAP 4460 Dual Core 1.2GHz



HSDPA, 21 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
HSDPA, 21 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
HSDPA, 21 Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0

Android 4.0
Android 4.0
Android 4.1 (4.1 soon)

Added UI
TouchWiz 4.0
Sense UI 4.0
Stock Android

Front Camera
1.9MP / 720p
1.3 MP / 720p
1.3 MP / 720p

Back Camera
8MP / 1080p
8MP / 1080p @ 24fps
5MP / 1080p

Lithium Ion 2100 mAh
Lithium Pro 1800mAh
Lithium Ion 1750mAh
The Samsung Galaxy S III completed the SunSpider benchmark in 1505ms which is the fastest we've seen on any phone and by a large margin. The One X completed that test in 2004ms. Even in other benchmarks such as GLBenchmark and Quadrant, the Galaxy S III
UI and Apps
Like most of the other top-tier phone manufacturers, Samsung adds their own UI on top of Android’s stock UI and I can see how this is has become more of a necessity for a manufacturer to differentiate their Android based phone from other competitors. Samsung calls their UI TouchWiz and on it’s 4th iteration, it is a lot less obtrusive than some of the previous versions which is a good thing as I wasn’t the biggest fan of TouchWiz.
Samsung brings quite a set of features with the Galaxy S III, some which are interesting while others will probably not be used much. The one I liked most is Smart Stay which, using the front camera on the device, tracks to see if you are looking at the screen or not and if you are, it prevents the screen from shutting off- a complain that I have with almost every other Smartphone.
Another new feature and this is purely aimed at Siri is S-Voice that tries to make your phone more usable using your voice. With my tests, it worked well at times but failed miserably quite a few times as well. Also borrowed from iPhone is double-tap to top which takes you to the top of a list. One more semi-useful feature is Social Tagging where the camera tried to recognize faces from a picture you take from the camera. I say semi-useful because it wouldn’t always recognize faces in a picture.
Other less-usable features on the Galaxy S III include Direct Call which calls the person you are texting when you raise the phone to your ear, Smart Alert that vibrates the phone after you have picked it from not using it for a while to let you know if there are any pending notifications and Touch Beam which shares media with another Galaxy Phone using NFC.
The Camera on the Galaxy S III takes decent pictures but nothing outstanding in my tests. If the subject is still and there is plenty of light, you will get some really good pictures however, picturing my daughter in a play area always resulted in a blurry shot.Also low-light and night time pictures appear a bit grainy. I’m not sure if I’ve been spoiled by the Nokia 808 PureView or not but I feel that the camera on the Galaxy S III is not as good as the iPhone 4S or the HTC One X.
Wrapping things off, Samsung has done good by providing a pretty high capacity battery with the Galaxy S III. The 2100 mAh battery certainly has more capacity than the 1800mAh one found in HTC’s One X or even Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus that comes equipped with 1750mAh. This definitely makes the Galaxy S III last longer than the two devices I mentioned and I was frequently getting almost two days worth of usage. The only other Android based phone that has managed to do so is the Motorola RAZR Max with it’s massive 3300mAh battery that comes at the expense of making that phone a bit heavy at 145g.
So is the Samsung Galaxy S III the best Android handset currently available? The answer to that depends of your preferences. If you want something that is super fast then there is no denying that the S III smokes everything else. There are also many little features like Smart Stay that you will not find on other devices and TouchWiz as a UI has certainly come a long way.
However, there are three areas where the Galaxy S III loses out to the HTC One X- the screen, the camera and the construction quality. So, again, it really really depends on what you're looking for when choosing an Android phone. Also keep in mind that Google has announced Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) which will be available on the Galaxy Nexus this month- probably much before any other device gets it and the Galaxy Nexus can be picked for almost a thousand Dirhams less than the Galaxy S III at the moment.
In short, while the Galaxy S III is an excellent phone and better than all other Android phones at certain levels, it is not the definite Android device to get that the Galaxy S II proved to be a year back.

Ted takes the weekend box office

Ted took the number one spot in this weekend’s U.S. box office battle.
The R-rated movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis brought in an impressive $54.1 million over the three-day weekend.
It exceeded predictions and is now the highest domestic opening for an original R-rated comedy – a title which was previously held by The Hangover’s 2009 debut with $45 million.
Raunchy stripper movie Magic Mike didn’t disappoint in its second place offering as it brought in a respectable $39 million.
Disney Pixar’s Brave came in third but grossed over $34 million its second week in theatres.
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection also over-performed with $26.3 million landing in fourth place despite only being in 2,161 screens.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted came in fifth with $11.8 million in its fourth week out.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter fell down to the sixth spot with $6 million. Prometheus dropped to seventh with $4.9 million.
Meanwhile Moonrise Kingdom went back up to number eight with $4.8 million and Snow White and the Huntsman was ninth with $4.4 million in takings.
However, family comedy People Like Us starring Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer failed to find an audience and only scraped in $4.3 million in its opening weekend landing in tenth place.

Ted took the number one spot in this weekend’s U.S. box office battle.
The R-rated movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis brought in an impressive $54.1 million over the three-day weekend.
It exceeded predictions and is now the highest domestic opening for an original R-rated comedy – a title which was previously held by The Hangover’s 2009 debut with $45 million.
Raunchy stripper movie Magic Mike didn’t disappoint in its second place offering as it brought in a respectable $39 million.
Disney Pixar’s Brave came in third but grossed over $34 million its second week in theatres.
Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection also over-performed with $26.3 million landing in fourth place despite only being in 2,161 screens.
Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted came in fifth with $11.8 million in its fourth week out.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter fell down to the sixth spot with $6 million. Prometheus dropped to seventh with $4.9 million.
Meanwhile Moonrise Kingdom went back up to number eight with $4.8 million and Snow White and the Huntsman was ninth with $4.4 million in takings.
However, family comedy People Like Us starring Elizabeth Banks and Michelle Pfeiffer failed to find an audience and only scraped in $4.3 million in its opening weekend landing in tenth place.

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10 surprisingly cheap European cities

Europe is the world's most expensive continent for U.S. travelers to visit; this probably doesn't shock anyone who's ventured across the Pond.

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You might be surprised, though, to discover which cities in Europe are remarkably affordable places to vacation. We analyzed the costs of hotel stays, meals, airfares, and activities in popular European destinations to find out which spots offer the best value for the euros and pounds.

Here are 10 cities in Europe where budget-minded travelers can find low-cost hotel rooms, free activities, and travel bargains galore.


Despite its popularity, this thousand-year-old city is one of Europe's more economical destinations. According to our sister site TripAdvisor's TripIndex, Prague is the 20th-most affordable world destination—that's not bad, considering that Prague is the fifth-most visited European city. Average prices for one night's stay and activities, says TripAdvisor, come to about $248 for two people.

Plus, the city has enough free sites to keep a traveler busy for quite the stretch: No-cost attractions include the Havelska flower market, the picture-perfect Charles Bridge, and the 10th-century castle that towers over the city, Vysehrad. Gather amidst the crowd in the Old Town square to hear the striking of the famous clock during daylight hours—it's free.

It's as easy to find an affordable hotel in Dublin as it is to come across a good foamy pint. Failte Ireland features a collection of two-night minibreaks, which include accommodations and breakfast for two people, starting at €75 per person (about $94 USD) at various local hotels and B&Bs. And you can find a helpful roundup of hotels for less than $150 per night on The New York Times' website. Moreover, Dublin is brimming with free, worthy attractions, including the National Museum of Ireland, the National Botanic Gardens, and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Getting to Dublin from the U.S. is quite affordable, too. International budget carrier Aer Lingus makes Dublin, its main gateway, a very inexpensive European hub to fly into. The carrier often features very competitive fare sales, especially during colder months. We've seen round-trip fares from the U.S. to Dublin drop below $500 in the low season and under $1,000 during the high season in summer.


Predictably, your dollars will generally go further in Eastern European cities than they would on the western side of the continent. But out of all the urban centers in Eastern Europe, one city stands out as a haven for travelers seeking luxurious accommodations at bargain-basement prices. According to the Hotel Price Index from, Poland's capital offers the most luxurious hotels for the lowest prices in the world. A five-star property in Warsaw cost, on average, $130 per night in 2011.

In addition, Warsaw ranks as one of the top world cities offering the best overall value for hotels costing an average of $100 per night. For example, weekend stays cost as little as €65 per night at Polonia Palace Hotel, an opulent early 20th-century property that was the only hotel in Warsaw to survive World War II completely undamaged.


Rome is one of the most visited places in Europe, yet—unlike Paris or London—the city is an astonishingly budget-friendly vacation spot. At $190, average nightly hotel rates in Rome are cheaper than most other major tourist destinations in Italy, and they fall well below those in the aforementioned European hot spots.

Additionally, since Rome is the biggest international hub in The Boot, airfares to the city are often much cheaper than fares to other Italian destinations. Flights from New York to Rome in October start at $688 round trip, according to Kayak. Compare this to Venice ($740 round trip), Florence ($934 round trip), or Naples ($753 round trip).

Portugal is, overall, a less expensive place to visit than neighboring Spain. The country's capital city, Lisbon, is no exception, yet it offers ample attractions on par with top European spots: sweeping sea views, cosmopolitan beaches, ancient cobblestoned streets, Gothic cathedrals. The cost of a night's stay in a four-star hotel averages $130, according to TripAdvisor. In addition, The New York Times reports that many Lisbon cultural attractions offer free admission on Sundays, including the Museu Nacional de Arqueologia and the Torre de Belem, a historical fortress.


According to TripAdvisor's annual TripIndex survey, a comparison of prices for accommodations and activities in cities, Budapest is the most affordable city for U.S. travelers in all of Europe. Reports TripAdvisor, the cost for "a one-night stay in a four-star hotel, one cocktail per person, a two-course dinner with a bottle of wine, and round-trip taxi transportation" is $194 in Budapest.

We found nightly rates at Hotel Palazzo Zichy, a popular property that's ranked number two of 333 Budapest hotels on TripAdvisor, as low as €59 per night. That's for a stay during the summer high season, no less.
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Rodney King found dead in swimming pool

Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police in 1991 sparked the L.A. riots, was found dead at his California home on Sunday. He was 47.
Police said King's fiancée discovered him at the bottom of the swimming pool at their Rialto, Calif., home, about 55 miles east of Los Angeles.
Police responded to a call at 5:25 a.m., pulled King out of the pool and attempted CPR, but could not revive him.
King's representative Suzanne Wickman confirmed to his death to KABC-TV. According to TMZ, King's fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, told friends King spent the bulk of Saturday drinking and "smoked marijuana at some point," before she went to went to bed at 2:00 a.m.
The cause of death is unknown, but police are investigating it as a drowning. Rialto Police Capt. Randy DeAnda told CNN there were no preliminary signs of foul play.
King was beaten by four white LAPD officers following a DUI stop on March 3, 1991. Footage captured by an amateur videographer showed the officers hitting King 56 times with wooden batons.
"I just got lucky that night to have the cameras on me," King said in April, marking the 20th anniversary of the L.A. riots. "When I saw the tape, I was so happy that it was on tape and then looking at it, it was like I was in another body. I felt like I had died in that one, and was just watching it."

The four officers--Theodore Briseno, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind and Sgt. Stacey Koon--were acquitted of criminal charges, sparking the riots that left 55 people dead. (Koon and Powell were later found guilty of federal civil rights charges and sentenced to 30 months in prison.) "It felt like Armageddon," King said of the acquittal. "It felt like the end of the world. I was hurt. I was past upset.

"I was raised not to be violent, and not to be rioting and carrying on like a wild man," he added, "but at the same time, there was a side of me saying, 'What else can you do?' I didn't agree with it, but I understood."
During the five-day riots--marked by widespread looting, arson and racially-charged beatings throughout South Central L.A.--King made his famous public plea for peace: "People, I just want to say, can we all get along? Can we get along?"
"Through all that he had gone through with his beating and personal demons, he was never one to not call for reconciliation and for his people to overcome and forgive," the Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement on Sunday.
King had long struggled with alcohol abuse, much of it detailed in his 2012 memoir, "The Riot Within." According to KABC, he was arrested or detained by police at least a dozen times on charges ranging from DUI to domestic violence.
In 2011--the 20th anniversary of his beating--King was arrested in California on suspicion of DUI.
According to TMZ, King was scheduled to compete in a celebrity boxing match against Jose Canseco in August.

Charlize Theron has been keeping her head under wraps since stepping out of a hair salon last Wednesday, and now we know why! Turns out the actress has shaved off her blond locks for a movie role. Check out some other women in Hollywood who have shaved their heads for a part. Plus, David Arquette has a Bar Mitzvah while in Israel taping his new show, "Mile High," for the Travel Channel, and Stacy Keibler and George Clooney enjoy a romantic Italian getaway.

Apple’s WWDC 2012 keynote reveals iOS 6, all-new MacBook, and Siri for iPad

At Apple's annual WorldWide Developers Conference keynote today, CEO Tim Cook took the stage to detail the company's plans for its upcoming hardware and software releases. He opened the show by telling everyone that the company had some "really cool stuff" to show off, and he certainly kept his word. Unfortunately, that cool stuff had nothing to do with the long-rumored iPhone 5.
New MacBooks launching immediately
First on the docket news on a revamped notebook lineup, including an all-new revamp of the MacBook Air, updated with new 3rd generation Intel "Ivy Bridge" processors that are considerably faster than the previous version. The new Air will also offer up to 512GB of flash storage via a solid state hard drive, which means lightning-quick access to programs and other features. All-in-all, the new Air is twice as fast as the previous model.

Apple's line of premium MacBook Pro notebook is also getting a refresh with the new Intel chips and Nvidia graphics technology, offering a 60% speed boost in graphics processing. Prices of the MacBook Pro line will remain the same, while the MacBook Air series will see a $100 price drop across all models.
Then, just as we thought the news on the MacBook line was winding down, Apple revealed an all-new MacBook Pro model, calling it simply the "next generation" MacBook Pro. The new notebook is nearly as thin as a MacBook Air, but includes features not available on other models including Retina display technology. The screen is a ridiculous 2880 pixels by 1800 pixels in resolution on a 15" screen, making it the highest-resolution notebook display ever.
The new MacBook features a solid state drive up to 768GB in size, along with a battery capable of powering the computer for 7 hours on a single charge, or up to 30 days of standby time. There's also the usual MacBook Pro bells and whistles including two Thunderbolt high-speed ports, an SD card slot, and a backlit keyboard. The new Pro starts shipping today with prices starting at $2199.
Mountain Lion creeps closer
Next, the company revealed its new version of Mac OS X called Mountain Lion. The new operating system features some incremental tweaks, but also some pretty cool new features that make connecting with other Apple users a breeze.
If you own an iOS 5 device, you're already probably pretty familiar with the drop-down notification center feature that gathers all your social networking updates, weather info, and other important details into one, easy-to-browse section. Mountain Lion offers that same functionality, and will automatically sync with your iPad or iPhone to add updates or remove ones you've already checked.
Apple's iCloud storage and syncing service will also be a big part of Mountain Lion, making it easy to toss notes from your iPad or iPhone straight to your Mac, and back again. And to make the process of creating documents faster, the new OS includes the same voice dictation technology already proven in the new iPad
On the gaming front, Mountain Lion finally brings Game Center to OS X, allowing you to keep track of scores and achievements of games. You'll be able to use the same Game Center ID that you use on your iOS devices, and also invite friends to play against you using the built-in matchup feature. Mountain Lion will launch in July for $19.99 via the Mac App Store.
iOS 6 brings new features, Siri to iPad
But it wasn't just about the desktop software at WWDC, Apple's iOS is also getting a makeover in iOS 6. The first thing Apple showed regarding the new mobile operating system was more advanced Siri virtual assistant features, including the snarky A.I.'s new ability to find sports scores online. You can simply ask "Siri, what was the score of the Brewers game?" and she'll find it for you.
Siri can also launch apps for you, assuming your library of games is too large to manual browse. Saying the name of a game or app will launch it, making the process perhaps slightly faster than clicking it yourself, though you'd have to be a real productivity nut to find this particular feature useful.
Believe it or not, iOS 6 includes a few new features for — gasp! — the phone application on the iPhone as well. Now, when you receive a call and cannot take it you'll be given the option to reply to the number that called you via text message, or even have your phone remind you later that you missed the call. And for when the sun sets and you're not longer on the clock, a new "Do not disturb" option lets you effectively silence any incoming messages or calls, but will still remind you of them when you awaken.
But despite all the new features, perhaps the biggest news from iOS 6 is that it will finally bring the virtual voice assistant Siri to Apple's new tablet. The newest version of the iPad (3rd generation) will have access to Siri voice commands when updated with iOS 6. Prior to this, the new iPad had voice dictation software, but no actual Siri functionality.
iOS 6 is being made available to developers right away, but won't actually launch on consumer devices until later this year.
iPhone 5 remains elusive
So that's what Apple had to show off today, but what didn't we see? Well, we saw no new hardware changes to any of Apple's mobile devices, meaning no news on the iPhone, iPad, or iPod fronts. There had been rumors that a slightly revamped iPhone 4S might make an appearance, featuring a different back section, or perhaps even the full reveal of the iPhone 5, but alas it was not to be. We still expect to see a proper iPhone 5 sometime this year, but it looks like we'll just have to wait.
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Newsweek cover: Obama ‘first gay president’

By Dylan Stableford | The Ticket
It won't be nearly as controversial as Time magazine's breastfeeding cover, but Newsweek's May 21 issue declares Barack Obama the country's "first gay president."
The accompanying cover story was written by Andrew Sullivan, the popular--and openly gay--political blogger. The magazine even gives the commander-in-chief a rainbow halo.
Obama, Sullivan writes, "had to discover his black identity and then reconcile it with his white family, just as gays discover their homosexual identity and then have to reconcile it with their heterosexual family."
The full cover story is not yet online, but in a blog post published earlier this week, Sullivan wrote that Obama's support of gay marriage brought him to tears:
I do not know how orchestrated this was; and I do not know how calculated it is. What I know is that, absorbing the news, I was uncharacteristically at a loss for words for a while, didn't know what to write, and, like many Dish readers, there are tears in my eyes.
So let me simply say: I think of all the gay kids out there who now know they have their president on their side. I think of Maurice Sendak, who just died, whose decades-long relationship was never given the respect it deserved. I think of the centuries and decades in which gay people found it impossible to believe that marriage and inclusion in their own families was possible for them, so crushed were they by the weight of social and religious pressure. I think of all those in the plague years shut out of hospital rooms, thrown out of apartments, written out of wills, treated like human garbage because they loved another human being. I think of Frank Kameny. I think of the gay parents who now feel their president is behind their sacrifices and their love for their children.
The interview changes no laws; it has no tangible effect. But it reaffirms for me the integrity of this man we are immensely lucky to have in the White House. Obama's journey on this has been like that of many other Americans, when faced with the actual reality of gay lives and gay relationships. Yes, there was politics in a lot of it. But not all of it. I was in the room long before the 2008 primaries when Obama spoke to the mother of a gay son about marriage equality. He said he was for equality, but not marriage. Five years later, he sees--as we all see--that you cannot have one without the other. But even then, you knew he saw that woman's son as his equal as a citizen. It was a moment--way off the record at the time--that clinched my support for him.
Today Obama did more than make a logical step. He let go of fear. He is clearly prepared to let the political chips fall as they may. That's why we elected him.
The New Yorker, which is also out with a cover story on gay marriage, took a bit more subtle approach with its May 21 issue.
"It's a celebratory moment for our country, and that's what I tried to capture," Bob Staake, the artist behind the New Yorker cover, said. "I don't especially like those rainbow colors, but they are what they are—I had to use them."
He added: "I wanted to celebrate the bravery of the President's statement—a statement long overdue—but all the more appreciated in this political year. We are on the right side of history."
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Facebook CEO turns 28, IPO could be $100B gift

NEW YORK (AP) — He famously wears a hoodie, jeans and sneakers, and he was born the year Apple introduced the Macintosh. But Mark Zuckerberg is no boy-CEO.
Facebook's chief executive turned 28 on Monday, setting in motion the social network's biggest week ever. The company is expected to start selling stock to the public for the first time and begin trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market on Friday. The IPO could value Facebook at nearly $100 billion, making it worth more than such iconic companies as Disney, Ford and Kraft Foods.
At 28, Zuckerberg is exactly half the age of the average S&P 500 CEO, according to executive search firm Spencer Stuart. With eight years on the job, he's logged more time as leader than the average CEO, whose tenure is a little more than seven years, according to Spencer Stuart.
Even so, the pressures of running a public company will undoubtedly take some getting used to. Once Facebook begins selling stock, Zuckerberg will be expected to please a host of new stakeholders, including Wall Street investment firms, hedge funds and pension funds who will pressure him to keep the company growing.
Young as he may seem — especially in that hooded sweatshirt — Zuckerberg will be about the same age as Michael Dell and older than Steve Jobs when those two took their companies, Dell Inc. and Apple Inc., public. In his years as Facebook's CEO he's met world leaders, rode a bull in Vietnam while on vacation, started learning Mandarin Chinese and as a personal challenge, wore a tie for the better part of a year.
Facebook, of course, got its start in Zuckerberg's messy Harvard dorm room in early 2004. Known as in those days, the site was created to help Harvard students — and later other college students — connect with one another online. The scrappy website later grew to include high-schoolers, then anyone else with an Internet connection. Today more than 900 million people log in at least once a month, making Facebook the world's definitive social network.
All along, Zuckerberg has shown a maturity beyond his years. As the site grew rapidly and caught the eye of big media and rival Internet companies, Zuckerberg consistently rebuffed mouth-watering buyout offers, including those from Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc.
"Simply put: we don't build services to make money; we make money to build better services," Zuckerberg wrote in his letter to prospective shareholders. "And we think this is a good way to build something. These days I think more and more people want to use services from companies that believe in something beyond simply maximizing profits."
People who've observed Zuckerberg closely say his age is an asset. His is the generation that grew up with social networking, with computers all around them and the Internet as something that's always existed. Many of his employees are younger than him, as are a lot of the up-and-coming technology entrepreneurs with whom he competes.
"I don't think you could build a company like this if you were an old guy like me," says David Kirkpatrick, a 59-year-old author who chronicled the company's early history in "The Facebook Effect."
Kirkpatrick, who is also founder of Techonomy, a media company that hosts conferences on the relationship between technology and economy and social progress, first met Zuckerberg six years ago. He says he was impressed with his vision, even then.
"It's the willingness to take risks, the willingness to abide by a very contemporary vision ... I don't think that he's too young. I think most CEOs are too old."
Zuckerberg, who lives in Palo Alto, Calif. with his girlfriend and a white Hungarian Puli dog named Beast, has matured as a leader with the help of experienced mentors.
One of his closest advisers is Sheryl Sandberg, whom he hired away from Google in 2008. Zuckerberg, known for sometimes-awkward public appearances, realized that the razor-sharp, people-savvy advertising executive complements his own shortcomings. Sandberg is Zuckerberg's No. 2, the chief operating officer who oversees advertising and often serves as Facebook's smiling, public face.
Then there's Donald Graham, the 66-year-old CEO and chairman of The Washington Post Co., who serves as a mentor to Zuckerberg and holds a seat on Facebook's board of directors.
Rebecca Lieb, analyst at the Altimeter Group, says Zuckerberg has assembled a team of "truly exceptional lieutenants." David Ebersman, Facebook's chief financial officer, who hails from biotech firm Genentech, is another example. Zuckerberg hired him in 2009, saying that Ebersman's previous job, helping to scale the finance organization of the fast-growing biotech company "will be important to Facebook."
He was right. Facebook's revenue grew from $777 million in 2009 to $3.7 billion last year. In the first quarter of 2012 it was more than $1 billion.
Even so, Zuckerberg still has a lot to learn. As part of Facebook's pre-IPO "road show" last week, Zuckerberg visited several venerable East Coast financial institutions wearing his signature hoodie. While Silicon Valley insiders defended his fashion choice, others saw it as a sign of immaturity. Was it, as some speculated, a sign of a rebellious 20-something acting out?
For Michael Pachter, analyst at Wedbush Securities, Zuckerberg's attitude and attire symbolizes "a level of aloofness to stakeholders."
"He seems very customer focused and very employee focused. I am not sure he cares about anyone else. ... If he's going to go public, he has to answer to shareholders," Pachter says. "That's why Google hired Eric Schmidt. That's why Steve Jobs was ultimately forced out of Apple."
Jobs, in fact, was another Silicon Valley luminary who had Zuckerberg's ear. He was 25 in 1980 when Apple went public. He was ousted five years later after clashing with John Sculley, the former Pepsico executive Apple hired as chief executive. Jobs famously returned to lead Apple in 1997 and the company has thrived since.
Not much is known about the relationship Jobs and Zuckerberg shared, but Jobs reportedly told his biographer Walter Isaacson: "We talk about social networks in the plural, but I don't see anybody other than Facebook out there. Just Facebook, They are dominating this. I admire Mark Zuckerberg ... for not selling out, for wanting to make a company. I admire that a lot."
When Jobs died last October, Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page, "Steve, thank you for being a mentor and a friend. Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world. I will miss you."
Jon Burgstone, professor at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, believes that Zuckerberg will need to keep his perspective and continue developing.
"He has already become one of the world's most famous people, and also the richest," he says. "He walks into a room and you can feel people's excitement and the rush to be near him. He's already had time to learn how to deal with such fame and fortune, but now it's advancing to an entirely new level. How will he handle it, emotionally and professionally?"
Lieb marvels at the life Zuckerberg has led so far. Imagine being in your 20s, a self-made billionaire, your life the subject of a Hollywood movie, 2010's "The Social Network."
"It's a lifetime and the guy isn't 30 yet," Lieb says.
He's made big mistakes, especially with regard to users' privacy. One example is Beacon, Facebook's misguided advertising product that broadcast user's activities on outside websites without their explicit consent. Still, he took steps to correct them. On blog posts about Facebook's privacy blunders, he's admitted the company has made mistakes. His 2007 post about Beacon showed his straightforward, methodical thinking:
"We've made a lot of mistakes building this feature, but we've made even more with how we've handled them. We simply did a bad job with this release, and I apologize for it. While I am disappointed with our mistakes, we appreciate all the feedback we have received from our users. I'd like to discuss what we have learned and how we have improved Beacon," he wrote five years ago. Facebook shut down Beacon two years later.
Zuckerberg has done well for himself so far, but he'll be pulled in many directions once Facebook is public.
"There is going to be a tremendous amount of scrutiny on this company," Lieb says. "Who really is qualified" to carry such a weight?
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Facebook Co-Founder: America is OK. It’s the Rules That Are a Pain

Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who gave up his U.S. citizenship, has nothing against the U.S., just its complicated rules on U.S. citizens holding money overseas, a spokesman said.

Mr. Saverin, who now lives in Singapore, decided last year to renounce his U.S. citizenship, a decision that was made public a few days ago. The move sparked an outcry among some tax experts who suspect he’s aiming to save on taxes. Although Mr. Saverin will have to pay a hefty exit tax for renouncing his citizenship, based on some calculation of his assets, Singapore is a relatively low-tax jurisdiction, particularly for foreign investors, and does not levy capital gains tax. Thus he could save in the longer term.

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In a political environment that’s rife with talk of raising taxes on the wealthy, Mr. Saverin’s case could become another flash point.

Saverin spokesman Tom Goodman said Sunday his renunciation was prompted not by tax considerations but by U.S. rules that make it more difficult for U.S. citizens to live and invest overseas.

“U.S. citizens are severely restricted as to what they can invest in and where they can maintain accounts,” said spokesman Tom Goodman. “Many foreign funds and banks won’t accept Americans. This was a financial rather than a tax motive.”

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It’s true many U.S. expats complain that American rules are making life more difficult for them. Those include the U.S. tax system’s global reach (many countries tax based on residency); foreign bank account reporting rules; and the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which requires foreign financial institutions to start reporting to the IRS on U.S. citizens’ accounts.

Expats say as a result of all the regulations, some foreign banks are dumping more U.S. customers. Mr. Goodman also cited FATCA, among other rules, as a problem for Mr. Saverin.

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Treasury Department officials say they don’t see evidence of a systemic problem for Americans living abroad arising from FATCA. People as wealthy as Mr. Saverin tend to have an easier time untangling red tape than the average U.S. retiree living abroad.

The spokesman said Mr. Saverin plans to continue to invest in tech companies around the world, including the U.S.

“His decision had nothing to do with dissatisfaction here, but with his strong desire to do business there,” Mr. Goodman said. He also plans a charitable foundation.

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