Is Elin Nordegren pregnant with Tiger’s third baby?

Elin was recently spotted showing a distinctly rounded tummy and a maternity-style top and rumors say she’s about four months along.

“Elin’s staying quiet about it, but she’s showing every sign of being pregnant,” a source said.

“Her tummy’s a dead giveaway and so is her behavior. Her moods are all over the place and she’s been eating constantly, which is not like Elin since she’s always so concerned about her figure.

“She’s also dropping other little hints, like rubbing her tummy constantly, and cutting back on her exercise routine.

“Her appetite changes, too. She gets nauseous a lot of the time and sometimes doesn’t eat a thing. If she’s pregnant, this could be the real reason she hasn’t sent Tiger packing for good.

The source declared that Elin isn’t quite decided on the divorce matter.

“Pregnant or not, Elin isn’t ready to officially call of the divorce — especially in light of recent developments,” the insider notes.

“Tiger’s giving her an insane amount of money and saying he’s willing to do anything she asks if she gives him another shot”.

“But Elin wants to see his changed man before she commits to this relationship again. That why she hasn’t been wearing her wedding ring”.

“Elin’s a responsible mother and knows that however awful Tiger may have been as a husband, he’s a good dad to their kids. I think she still loves Tiger but the big question is, can she ever really forgive him, new baby or not?”

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NASA will investigate the Toyota problems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a press announce detailing its plan to use NASA engineers to discover the general problem of the Toyota cars (not just those mentioned by the Japanese manufacturer).

The prestigious institution National Academy of Sciences, an independent organization that uses leading experts will examine the issue of uncontrolled acceleration generated by electronic components throughout the automotive industry.

Separately, NHTSA has brought NASA engineers who bring a unique expertise on electronically controlled systems, electromagnetic interference and integration software to analyze the unintended acceleration problem of Toyota vehicles.

The American Congress has already held four hearings on Toyota cars which ended up in fatal accidents. Experts can not agree whether the problem is the defects of electronic components. Toyota said its engineers haven’t found any problem in terms of electronics, according to discovery.com.

Apple to launch two new phones in 2010

Although Apple launched a new phone each summer since 2007, the new phone with CMDA is never the less notable considering that both Apple and AT&T had a long relationship and because it will be made for Verizon.

Rumors say that the latest iPhones are built by Hon Hai Precision Industry, the same company that built the previous versions. However, the new CMDA phone for Verizon will be built by Pentagon Technology, a subsidiary of ASUSTeK Computer.

The production for the CMDA phone will start in September but according to FoxNews.com the release date is yet to be announced.

The spokesmen for all the companies involved in this affair refused to comment.

Hugo Chavez’s opposition is starting to use Twitter and other social networking sites

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s opponents have jumped on the use of Twitter and other social networking sites, opening up a new flank in a decade-long campaign against the self-proclaimed socialist revolutionary who they accuse of silencing critical media and attacking free speech.

The closing down of a popular private television network triggered street protests rallied by #freevenezuela messages that became the fourth most commented “trending topic” on Twitter worldwide for February.

The microblogging site has seen an explosive rise in usage in Venezuela to more than 200,000 active accounts. With growth of over 1,000 percent in 2009, Venezuela now has one of the highest rates per capita of Twitter users in Latin America.

Twitter’s dizzy expansion has upset Chavez and he is hitting back.

“The Internet is a battle trench because it is bringing a current of conspiracy,” Chavez said earlier this month.

“The Internet cannot be free,” he said, though days later he denied claims that his government planned to censor the Internet, pointing out that Web use by Venezuelans has expanded dramatically during his 11 years in power.

Still, his detractors say a plan to channel all Internet traffic through the state telecom company is a strong signal of Chavez’s intentions to silence online dissent.

Reuters.

Is Sandra Bullock divorcing?

Rumors say that Bullock is decided to divorce James and that she already took steps in order to obtain legal separation.

According to a source close to the Oscar winner, “Sandra is humiliated and feels that her entire marriage was one big lie.”

Further more, she moved out of the home she shares with James and not appeared in public in order to think about what she wants to do with her marriage.

“She’s had enough,” said a source. “She’s ending the marriage.” Sandra has not been seen in public or commented since the “Michelle Bombshell” dropped 13 days ago.

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The Chinese from BYD deny rumors on taking over Maybach

Daimler has denied rumors about a possible takeover of the Maybach. A spokesman of the Germans said “the luxury brand is an important part of Daimler portfolio. There is no such decision”.

On the other hand, the Chinese have reacted quickly and said that they have not contacted Daimler in order to take over Maybach all this being a press speculation.

After Volvo officially came into Chinese hands, another European manufacturer is about to repeat the example. According to a automotive publication in China, the Chinese manufacturer BYD is interested in a possible acquisition of subsidiary Maybach.

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Are Startups just a new way of Scam?

What is a StartUp?

In few words, a startup is new company founded by people who, more likely, had key positions in well known and already big companies and who, most often, have an idea which – they hope – can become a powerful money magnet.

The vast majority of startups are based on the Internet technology. In other words, they create a website, mostly based on an poor / less original idea and much less attractive. After that the founders gather the investors and wait in a cozy corner counting the endless millions of dollars so easily given.

How much is invested in a startup?

You heard it folks. We’re talking about millions of dollars. In many cases we’re talking about tens of millions of dollars. Gathered as if they’re made of thin air, receiving in exchange a fair share of the newly founded company.

Practically

One of the biggest startups & investments database is CrunchBase. There, you can find out, on a daily basis, Who starts What and Who invests Where. Lets take a random example, shall we?

Quora

And I quote from TechCrunch’s article:

Quora, a new startup founded by ex-Facebook employees, has closed a first round of funding, and it’s a big one. Benchmark Capital has led the round and general partner Matt Cohler has taken a board seat at the company (Cohler is a former Facebook exec).

Both Quora and Benchmark have confirmed the funding, but they won’t comment on the size of the round or the valuation. Our source for the story says it was an $11 million round that valued the company at $86 million. Additional investors may join the round as well.

Elevation Partners was also rumored to have bid aggressively on the deal.

Quora first launched in private beta on January 4, 2010, just a few months ago. To get in you have to convince a current user to use one of their ten invitations on you. It’s one of the hottest private beta tickets in town. And for a question and answer site that’s saying something.

But there’s a magic to Quora that has captured Silicon Valley’s imagination. Something about the quality of the people and the content. Real discussions break out on Quora all the time. The signal to noise ratio is extremely high.

Read the rest of this article on TechCrunch

I really don’t want to diminish the importance of the Quora’s founders work nor their idea. But is it so revolutionary that it deserves $86 millions???

$86 millions?? Really?

It became more and more a reality the situations in which a well founded startup (which raised up to $50 millions) went bankrupt after a year or so …

My question is: what were they thinking? Do you have an answer?

Kylie Minogue, Claudia Schiffer and Sienna Miller posed nude to promote breast cancer

Singer Kylie Minogue, model Claudia Schiffer and actress Sienna Miller agreed to strip for the campaign called Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2010.

Kylie Minogue beat after five years, breast cancer. She agreed to pose nude because she is a fighter and she supports women who have this disease.

Until now, the “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer” managed to raise the sum of 20 million dollars, money that will go to specialists seeking a cure for cancer.

New photos with Hennessey Venom GT and Ferrari 599 GTO

The French auto enthusiast site Caradisiac published a few pictures of the all-new and as-of-yet unannounced Ferrari 599 GTO.

The GTO is believed to offer over 700 horsepower and hit 60 mph in just over 3 seconds on its way to a top speed well over 200 mph and it is expected to cost more than $425,000.

The Hennessey Venom GT, will cost $600,000, 1000-plus horsepower, Lotus-based super car has been caught by a sharp-eyed English chap just ahead of its unveiling.

The Hennessey is expected to debut on March 30.

The Ferrari is rumored to be debuting a week later on April 7.

Image source: automobilemag

Billionaires Steve Jobs and Eric Schmidt are good friends at a coffee

Apparently they were having a nice cup of coffee along with a – most likely – interesting conversation.

Steve Jobs on the left and Eric Schmidt on the right

After all, Schmidt used to be on Apple’s board. But ever since he stepped down (and actually before he did), the growing animosity between the two formerly close companies has been apparent.

Gizmodo’s tipster saw them and snapped these shots, and noted that the cafe is owned and operated by former Google chef Charlie Ayers. Overheard from the conversation were two lines by Jobs. Enthusiastically, “They’re going to see it all eventually so who cares how they get it.” Which seemed to be about web content, said the tipster. And, “Let’s go discuss this somewhere more private,” after they noticed the crowd gathering around. Brian Lam from Gizmodo thinks that was probably a wise move. Schmidt was very quiet, listening, and Jobs was doing a lot of the talking. What do you make of the body language? And what’s that black thing on the table? No, it’s not an iPad. It’s a menu. Tipster says the first thing he looked for was an iPad, and that isn’t it.

Steve Jobs on the left and Eric Schmidt on the right

On August 3rd, 2009 Apple released this announcement:

Apple today announced that Dr. Eric Schmidt, chief executive officer of Google, is resigning from Apple’s Board of Directors, a position he has held since August 2006.

“Eric has been an excellent Board member for Apple, investing his valuable time, talent, passion and wisdom to help make Apple successful,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Unfortunately, as Google enters more of Apple’s core businesses, with Android and now Chrome OS, Eric’s effectiveness as an Apple Board member will be significantly diminished, since he will have to recuse himself from even larger portions of our meetings due to potential conflicts of interest. Therefore, we have mutually decided that now is the right time for Eric to resign his position on Apple’s Board.”

Shortly afterward Google provided with the following statement from Schmidt:

I have very much enjoyed my time on the Apple Board. It’s a fantastic company. But as Apple explained today we’ve agreed it makes sense for me to step down now.

Steve Jobs car

Images: Gizmodo