March 4, 2012 |
Congrats to Apple, which has reached the 25-billion-apps-downloaded mark. And an even bigger congrats to the yet-to-be-named individual who won the $10,000 App Store gift card for being the one to download that coveted milestone. The tech company made the announcement via a colorful banner on its website this weekend, telling customers: “A billion thanks. 25 times over. The App Store has reached 25 billion downloads. Thanks for getting us there.” Apple had been holding a 25 Billion Apps Countdown Promotion since Feb. 13 and said the winner of the contest would be listed online within about 10 days following the end of the promotion period.
March 3, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung Electronics Co. struck social media gold when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres used one of its smartphones to take what has now become the world's most famous selfie. DeGeneres never mentioned Samsung, a major Academy Awards sponsor, but handed actor Bradley Cooper the company's Galaxy Note 3 for the celebrity-filled shot that included Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o. The Oscars selfie was such a viral hit that it crushed the previous record set by President Obama after his reelection in 2012 and temporarily knocked Twitter's service offline as fans retweeted it more than 700,000 times in the first half hour alone.
April 30, 2013 |
Within minutes after they were nominated for Tony awards Tuesday morning, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein and Lin-Manuel Miranda were among the nominees tweeting their reactions. Lauper, the '80s pop goddess, received her first Tony nomination for writing the words and music for "Kinky Boots," which received the most nods overall with 13. She quickly sent out two tweets. "OmG! OMG!! wow we got nominated!! @KinkyBootsBway !!! OMG!!!" FULL COVERAGE: Tonys 2013 "I'm crying and jumping up and down!
August 10, 2012 |
LONDON -- The U.S. women's soccer team made no secret of the fact that Thursday's gold-medal showdown with Japan was a grudge match since Japan beat the Americans in penalty kicks in last summer's World Cup final. And, after their 2-1 win before a crowd of more than 80,000 at Wembley Stadium, the women learned that payback can make you rich. That's because each U.S. athlete who wins a gold medal in the London Games gets a cash reward of $25,000 from the United States Olympic Committee.
June 11, 2005 |
Trainer Neil Drysdale, who spent part of his Hall of Fame career working as an assistant to the late Charlie Whittingham, has won the $350,000 Charlie Whittingham Memorial Handicap twice in the last five years. Drysdale won with White Heart five years ago, then scored with Storming Home in 2003. And he is poised to win the Grade I again today at Hollywood Park with Red Fort. Drysdale will also send out Sarafan, a classy 8-year-old gelding who has earned more than $2.
December 6, 2012 |
Justin Bieber was not nominated for a Grammy Award on Wednesday night, and manager Scooter Braun was not happy, sharing his thoughts in a series of blunt, critical tweets after the nods were announced. In short, he said, the Grammys folks blew it. Only he took a lot longer to say that. Braun launched into it with some props to Bieber and Grammy nominee Carly Rae Jepson, whose "Call Me Maybe" blanketed the airwaves over the summer. "first...congrats to @carlyraejepsen.
August 1, 2012 |
LONDON -- The congratulatory telegram is so last century, the congratulatory phone call so last decade. When Michael Phelps awoke on Wednesday, he scrolled through his Twitter feed and discovered a congratulatory tweet from President Obama. "Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record," Obama tweeted. "You've made your country proud. -bo" Phelps tweeted back: "Thank you Mr. President!! It's an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!
July 24, 2012 |
LONDON - Members of the U.S. track team placed a premium on experience when they chose a pair of four-time Olympians as captains of the men's and women's delegations for the London Games. Angelo Taylor, who has won two gold medals in the 400-meter hurdles and a third gold in the 4x400 relay, and 35-year-old discus thrower Aretha Thurmond were honored by their teammates in voting made public via Twitter on Tuesday. A USA Track and Field spokeswoman confirmed the selections late Tuesday.
September 13, 2012 |
Let's face it: George Clooney is a pro at accepting awards. While he didn't take home the lead actor Oscar this year for his turn in "The Descendants," there's plenty of charitable things that keep the actor busy when he's not at work, and the Carousel of Hope gala is taking note. By giving him an award. Clooney will receive the Brass Ring honor at the 26th Carousel of Hope charity gala, presented by philanthropist Barbara Davis and Mercedes-Benz, on Oct. 20. Celebrating Clooney for "outstanding artistic achievements and unprecedented humanitarian undertakings," most notably his advocacy for a resolution in Darfur, the affair will take place at the Beverly Hilton hotel.
May 18, 2012 |
Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin congratulated his fellow co-founder and company CEO Mark Zuckerberg for a job well done, crafting a dorm room start-up into the largest tech company IPO in history in just eight years. Saverin posted kudos to his former Harvard schoolmate on, you guessed it, Facebook along with a screenshot of the social network from its early years. "Congrats to everyone involved in the project from day one till today, and I especially wanted to congratulate Mark Zukerberg on keeping tremendous stead-fast focus, however hard that was, on making the world a more open and connected place.