Wizards and hobbits and vampires—oh my. Given their blockbuster appeal, it’s no surprise that among the 10 most-read books in the world, “Harry Potter,” “The Twilight Saga,” and “The Lord of the Rings” each made a showing on the list, but the No. 1 book left the other nine in its dust. Find out what it is here
One of the most read comic books flexed some superpower strength at the box office this weekend, as “The Avengers” earned $200.3 million
in ticket sales domestically —a new opening weekend record.
[Read: What ‘The Avengers’ can teach you about writing
As for a film that has yet to be released, 20th Century Fox has retitled its formerly named Ben Stiller comedy “Neighborhood Watch”
to simply “The Watch.” The change comes in the wake of the highly publicized shooting of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman.
There appears to be no changing the name of the game for One Million Moms. The conservative family values group and its members have gone after JC Penney—again
—this time for an image in the retailer’s May catalog depicting a lesbian couple
Meanwhile, Socialist François Hollande defeated incumbent French President Nicolas Sarkozy, a leader who The Guardian
described as the “self-obsessive 'president of the rich' [who] made a series of errors on policy and personal image” that foretold his defeat.
Feeling defeated, too? A little down that it’s only Monday? Maybe you should have enjoyed your weekend, instead of checking email on your phone the entire time. According to a new study
, taking a vacation from your inbox greatly reduces employees stress level—although it was also noted that some people reported feelings of isolation when away from email after too long.
Obviously, if you’re reading this, you have not severed ties with your Internet access. And that’s a good thing. Otherwise, you’d have missed Cee Lo Green and his cat Purrfect’s awesomely bad rendition of the Meox (Re)Mix jingle
. Give it a listen here
Like a cat and its nine lives, the declaration that corporate blogging is dead never seems to die. That’s probably because you no matter how many times people say it, the declaration simply is not true. For example, a recent survey
said that women consider blogs their most trustworthy source of information, beating social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. The lesson: Never underestimate the power of the blog.
Rovio Entertainment certainly isn’t underestimating the power of a few “angry birds” and their ability to slingshot sales. The maker of the smash hit game revealed that its sales soared 10-fold to $100 million
last year, and suggested it might be eyeing an IPO in the foreseeable future.
It seems Facebook has cornered the market on IPO talk at the moment, and it’s taking a different approach to investor relations, reports Mashable
. In this 30-minute vide, for instance, Zuckerberg and co. tug on heartstrings rather than serve up hard-hitting financial figures.