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IN THE NEWS: WHAT DID ELLEN TAKE IT WITH AND WHEN DID SHE TAKE IT?
NEW YORK (AP) — Selfie-gate? It isn't getting quite to that point. But some are raising questions about the backstory of Ellen DeGeneres' celebrity filled selfie from the Oscars on Sunday night. One of the biggest questions is her choice of camera — and whether big-stakes product placement had anything to do with the choice. The "shot seen around the world" was fired off with a Samsung camera. And it so happens that Samsung was a major commercial sponsor of the Academy Awards telecast. The company also gave phones to student presenters and encouraged them to tweet and post on Instagram with them. Dozens of Samsung phones, tablets and TVs were used to make a digital photo display in the backstage green room. Meanwhile, when DeGeneres posted her own tweets from backstage, they were taken with an Apple iPhone — which indicates that she uses it personally. ABC says Samsung didn't specifically pay for the use of its camera in the selfie segment — and the product name wasn't used. But Samsung later issued a statement saying it was donating $3 million dollars — $1.5 to two of DeGeneres' favorite charities.
IN THE NEWS: FACEBOOK POSTS COSTS DAD $80,000 LEGAL SETTLEMENT
MIAMI (AP) — You know when you hear about a legal settlement — and the report says that under the agreement the terms are being kept confidential? That confidentiality agreement even applies to Facebook posting. A Florida family is learning that lesson the hard way — after a teen's boasting about a legal settlement with a Miami prep school cost her dad his $80,000 settlement. The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1fZ6gwJ ) reports Patrick Snay had sued Gulliver Preparatory School for age discrimination after he lost his job as headmaster. The school agreed to settle for 80-Gs — but the agreement had a stipulation that Snay and his wife not disclose the details with anyone. The Snays' daughter, a recent graduate of the school, posted to her 1,200 Facebook friends about the settlement — and that the money would pay for a family vacation to Europe. They may have reconsider those travel plans — or foot the bill for that vacation themselves. A judge invalidated the settlement last week — saying the post violated the confidentiality agreement.
ON THE WEB: REPORTER PLOWED OVER BY SNOW DURING A REPORT
CYBERSPACE (AP) — It may not make you feel better about the snow many people have been getting this winter — but a clip from a Philadelphia TV station is at least making some snowbound viewers chuckle. The TV reporter is shown being blasted with a wall of snow twice by plows clearing a rode in Woodstown, New Jersey. WTXF's Steve Keeley wasn't knocked off his feet by the snow — which was thrown 20 feet from where he was standing. Keeley jokes that a reporter from a rival TV must have been behind the wheel of the plow.
WTXF-TV site: http://www.foxphiladelphia.com
Video post of snow plow scene: http://bit.ly/1krv3ki
IN STORES: DISH, DISNEY STRIKE DEAL
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It could be just another feature for Netflix — or the beginning of a new way for people to check out video offerings. Dish Network and Disney have deal for those who use the streaming channel to receive live broadcasts from ABC TV stations — as well as programming from other outlets in the Disney family of channels. Those include ABC Family, Disney Channel, ESPN and ESPN 2. That means those who have Netflix can receive the programming over mobile devices, set-top boxes and other ways similar to how they can get Netflix offerings today. There's no start date announced for the service. And it's likely Dish will have to cut similar deals with other programmers to make such a service attractive to subscribers. It's worth noting that as part of the new rights deal, Dish has agreed to disable a function on its Hopper DVRs that lets people strip out commercials from prime-time weeknight shows on ABC. The ban on stripping out ads will last for three days after the original broadcast.
Dish Network site: http://www.dish.com
Disney site: http://www.disney.com
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