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    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    Reuter site - Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

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    Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

    Wed, Mar 23 11:46 AM EDT

    By Bob Tourtellotte

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, a two-time Oscar winner and Hollywood beauty whose screen success was sometimes overshadowed by her tumultuous personal life, died on Wednesday at age 79.

    She died after a long battle with congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children after having been hospitalized six weeks ago, her spokeswoman said in a statement.

    In a career spanning seven decades, Taylor first gained major fame in 1944's "National Velvet" at age 12, and was nominated for five Oscars. She won the best actress honor twice, for "BUtterfield 8" (1960) and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966) with actor Richard Burton, whom she would marry twice.

    Taylor lived a glamorous life and was married eight times in all, including to singer Eddie Fisher and movie producer Mike Todd. She was famous for her love of diamonds and furs, and later in life raised large sums for AIDS research.

    "My mother was an extraordinary woman who lived life to the fullest, with great passion, humor, and love. Though her loss is devastating to those of us who held her so close and so dear, we will always be inspired by her enduring contribution to our world," son Michael Wilding said in a statement.

    Taylor was born on February 27, 1932, in London to American parents and said many times she never wanted to be an actress but was pushed into it by her mother, former actress Sara Sothern Taylor.

    She moved to the United States as a child and soon after her 10th birthday landed the lead in 1942 film "Lassie Come Home." That role was followed by her turn as a young girl whose love tames the fury of a wild horse in "National Velvet."

    "Velvet" sparked a string of girl-next-door roles that were eclipsed by her first hint of dramatic promise in "A Place in the Sun" in 1950, playing opposite Montgomery Clift.

    She confirmed her star power in 1958 as Maggie in Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and cemented her reputation as among the greatest actresses of her generation playing a foul-mouthed alcoholic in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

    GLAMOROUS HOLLYWOOD LIFE

    But Taylor's life went far beyond Hollywood fame as she set a the standard for glamour and tumult. After the death of Todd in 1958, she found herself in a well-chronicled love triangle with Fisher and his wife actress Debbie Reynolds, before marrying Fisher.

    While filming the lavishly produced "Cleopatra" in 1961, she started a torrid affair with Burton, who played Mark Antony and was also married at the time.

    The two strong-willed actors wed in 1964 after she divorced Fisher, and Burton lavished her with furs and diamonds, including a $1 million pear-shaped jewel, while publicly praising her "wonderful bosom."

    The pair also were famous for hurling invective at one another. "We enjoy fighting," Taylor once said. "Having an out-and-out, outrageous, ridiculous fight is one of the greatest exercises in marital togetherness."

    As she grew older and movie roles became fewer, the actress once famed for beauty began drinking heavily and grew addicted to prescription drugs. Her weight ballooned and she was lampooned by comedians. In 1983 she entered the Betty Ford Center in California to overcome her addiction.

    But Taylor never forgot others less fortunate than herself, and she became a major fund-raiser for AIDS research.

    "We have just lost a Hollywood giant. More importantly we have lost an incredible human being," singer Elton John said in a statement.

    Among Taylor's close friends was pop star Michael Jackson, whom she befriended while he was growing up in the harsh spotlight of the media and whom she staunchly defended as he was tried and acquitted on child molestation charges.

    In May 2000, Taylor received the title "Dame," the female equivalent of a knighthood, from Queen Elizabeth.

    She died surrounded by her children, Michael Wilding, Christopher Wilding, Liza Todd, and Maria Burton. In addition to her children, she is survived by 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

    (Additional reporting by Daniel Trotta; editing by Phil Barbara and Vicki Allen)

    Monday, March 21, 2011

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    Sunday, March 20, 2011

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    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    Reuter site - RIM to find new marketing chief to revive its brand

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    RIM to find new marketing chief to revive its brand

    Fri, Mar 04 19:16 PM EST

    TORONTO (Reuters) - The head of marketing for Research In Motion will leave the company in six months, raising questions about BlackBerry branding as the smartphone maker gets set to launch its long-awaited PlayBook tablet.

    Keith Pardy, who joined the Canadian technology company in December 2009, decided to leave for personal reasons, RIM said in a statement on Friday. He will stay with the company for the next six months to help with transition.

    His surprise resignation comes weeks before the expected launch of RIM's PlayBook -- almost a year after the introduction of Apple's iPad tablet. The RIM offering will also have to compete against devices powered by Google's Android platform.

    The appeal of the BlackBerry brand - once equal with Apple's -- has withered under Pardy's stewardship, according to a January ranking from Brand Keys consultancy.

    "The brand's been losing resonance over the past few years. It does not have the brand cachet ... to engage consumers the way an iPhone does," Brand Keys president Robert Passikoff said.

    RIM has sought to keep PlayBook in the minds of consumers and business customers with a drip feed of announcements and trade show appearances since first lifting the covers on the tablet in September. The company has yet to announce when it will ship or give details of its pricing.

    In contrast, Apple founder Steve Jobs received a standing ovation when he announced the iPad 2 on Wednesday. The product will ship later this month, possibly ahead of the PlayBook.

    But Pardy's imminent departure may not have much impact on the immediate success of the PlayBook when it finally launches, said Rhoda Alexander, an analyst at market research firm IHS iSuppli.

    "Hopefully, when you're weeks away from product release, you've laid most of the groundwork for the marketing efforts," she said. "Others can execute the groundwork that's been laid out."

    Shares of the Waterloo, Ontario-based company dropped 2 percent to close at $66.47 on Nasdaq and at C$64.53 in Toronto.

    Pardy has long experience in consumer marketing. Prior to joining RIM, he worked for 17 years in marketing at Coca-Cola before joining Nokia in 2004.

    (Reporting by Alastair Sharp and Liana Baker; editing by Frank McGurty)

    Saturday, March 5, 2011

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