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Jessica Simpson To Dress Friends In Her Fashion Line | Eric Johnson, Jessica Simpson : Just Jared

A solo Jessica Simpson arrives in New York City on Monday (September 6).
Tomorrow at 5PM, the 30-year-old designer will debut the new Jessica Simpson Collection to help kick off Fashion Week.
Jess will style her closest girlfriends, including younger sister Ashlee and CaCee Cobb. Her brother-in-law Pete Wentz will DJ the party!
“I asked a lot of my best friends to be the models because I think they represent the woman who’s going to the stores,” Jess told USA Today. “Ashlee definitely has her look picked out. She’ll be a rock star.”
Below is the picture that Jess tweeted of her boyfriend, Eric Johnson. “I met a wonderful man,” she wrote. “Damn I’m lucky!”
FYI: Jess has been writing and recording a new Christmas album!

AFP: Koran burning will endanger US lives: Petraeus

KABUL — The US commander of the Afghan war has warned that troops' lives will be endangered if a Florida evangelical church goes ahead with a planned burning of the Koran on Saturday's 9/11 anniversary.
General David Petraeus said the planned torching of Islam's holy book would be a propaganda coup for the Taliban in Afghanistan and stoke anti-US sentiment across the Muslim world.
The Dove World Outreach Center at Gainesville, Florida says it will burn copies of the Koran on this weekend's ninth anniversary of the September 11 airborne attacks in protest at what it calls "the evil of Islam".
In an interview with Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, Petraeus said of the event: "It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort.
"It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community," he said.
The planned protest by the 50-member Florida congregation -- whose Facebook page bears the motto "Islam Is Of The Devil" -- has already triggered outrage in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country.
In late August about 100 Indonesian Islamists demonstrated outside the US embassy in Jakarta and threatened "jihad" or holy war if the US Christian group went through with the event.
Alleged desecration of the Koran by US troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq has been an incendiary issue in the past, including when a US soldier deployed to Iraq riddled a copy of the holy book with bullets in 2008.
A subsequent demonstration by about 2,000 people in central Afghanistan turned violent, with a Lithuanian soldier and two civilians killed in an exchange of gunfire between protestors and police.
The Florida church's pastor, Terry Jones, said Petraeus's concerns were "legitimate".
But in a statement to the Wall Street Journal, he added: "We must send a clear message to the radical element of Islam. We will no longer be controlled and dominated by their fears and threats."
Interviewed by AFP in July, Jones said: "Islam and Sharia law was responsible for 9/11.
"We will burn Korans because we think it's time for Christians, for churches, for politicians to stand up and say no; Islam and Sharia law is not welcome in the US."

No. 3 Boise State defeats No. 10 Va Tech 33-30

LANDOVER, Md. – Kellen Moore and Boise State look as if they are going to be in the national championship chase for a while.

Moore hit Austin Pettis with a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 left and No. 3 Boise State passed what might be its toughest test of the season, beating No. 10 Virginia Tech 33-30 Monday night.
The Broncos (1-0) came to FedEx Field with their best preseason ranking ever and ran out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter, then had to rally themselves to extend their winning streak to 15 games.
Tyrod Taylor passed for 186 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 73 yards for the Hokies (0-1), who for the fourth straight season took a deflating early season loss.
As for the Broncos, even with 11 games left in the season, the debate will start about whether they should become the first team from a conference without an automatic BCS bid to play for a national championship if they go undefeated.

“Game 1, and that’s what it is,” said Chris Petersen, who improved to 50-4 as coach of Boise State. “We’re just pleased to get out of here with a W.’”

Moore, the undersized Heisman Trophy contender, threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns. He led a five-play, 56-yard touchdown drive in the final two minutes – aided by a Virginia Tech personal foul penalty. After hitting Pettis on a quick slant for the winner, Moore sprinted to midfield with his hands raised high, waiting for a teammate to come and celebrate with him.

The winningest team of the past decade in major college football, Boise State yet again was forced to prove it was worthy of all the accolades – this time far from home on a field that was anything but neutral, packed with Hokies fans.

When it was over, they were taking a victory lap, exchanging high-fives with their fans who made the long trip.

Boise State took the 17-0 lead by taking advantage of a handful of critical Virginia Tech mistakes that set up two TD passes by Moore. But by halftime the Hokies had climbed back into it with Ryan Williams scoring twice to cut the halftime lead to 20-14.

On Boise State’s first possession of the second half, Moore fumbled when he cocked to throw and hit his own lineman. Virginia Tech recovered at the Broncos 31 and Williams completed the fifth scoring drive of less than 40 yards in the game with a 1-yard run around the right side.

Taylor bounded off the field and leaped into a side bump with a teammate. Virginia Tech, after a nearly burying itself in the first quarter, had its first lead at 21-20.

It lasted about a minute on the clock. D.J. Harper broke a tackle at the line on a third-and-1 and outran the Hokies for a 71-yard touchdown. No questioning Boise State’s speed on that play.

Virginia Tech blocked the extra point attempt and it was 26-21 with 5:38 left in the third.

Back came the Hokies. Virginia Tech’s Chris Hazley was wide right on a 51-yard field, but Boise State was flagged for running into the kicker. Now with a fourth-and-4 from the 29, Tech went for it and Taylor zipped an out to Jarrett Boykin, who slipped a weak arm tackle attempt by Brandyn Thompson and eased into the end zone to put the Hokies up 27-26. They went for two and missed.

Boise State couldn’t answer that score. Kyle Brotzman missed wide left from 30 yards and Hazley answered with a 34-yarder for Virginia Tech to make it 30-26.

Virginia Tech had a chance to run out the clock, but couldn’t do it, Taylor threw an incomplete pass on third down that stopped the clock and gave Boise State extra time.

“When it’s all said and done, we were one first down from winning that football game,” Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said.

With no timeouts left, that incomplete pass helped a lot. Then Mitch Burroughs broke off a 25-yard punt return – a flag for a possible illegal block was picked up by the officials – that set up Moore at the Boise State 44.

He hit three straight passes and on the third, a 14-yarder on the sideline to Pettis, Tech’s Bruce Taylor hit the receiver just a tad late out of bounds to tack on more yards.

After an incomplete throw, Moore and Pettis connected for the fourth lead change of the second half – and there was joy in Boise.

Tyrod Taylor, who carried the Hokies all game, couldn’t come up with one drive. Defending Western Athletic Conference champion Boise State knelt on the ball and now faces a schedule in which it will likely be favored, usually heavily favored, the rest of the season.

John Travolta drops extortion charges - BostonHerald.com

By Herald wire services
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 - 

"John Travolta dropped the charges against accused extortionists Tarino Lightbourne and Pleasant Bridgewater, who were arrested for allegedly attempting to extort $25 million from John and his wife, Kelly Preston, regarding information about the January 2009 death of their son, Jett. The Counsel of the Attorney General announced, “Mr. Travolta is no longer interested in pursuing the matter because it has caused his family great emotional distress.” If he chose to pursue the charges, Travolta would have to testify in court regarding the details of his son’s untimely death from a seizure. His wife is only weeks away from giving birth to a son."

HTC Android GSM, CDMA Slider Info Leaked by eWeek

The FCC leaks photos of HTC's upcoming Google Android-powered smartphone, a slider featuring a QWERTY keyboard, a 4-in. touch screen, and dual 3G modems.

Information and photos concerning mobile handset maker HTC’s latest Google Android powered slider phone, currently designated the HTC PD42100 have leaked from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)Web site. The photos show the Verizon Wireless company logo on the front of the device, all but confirming the smartphone is headed to the largest wireless carrier in the U.S.
The handset is also notable for having dual 3G modems -- a CDMA 2000 connection (which includes EV-DO Rev. A access) and GSM 850 modem. It also features a 4-inch touch screen, a rear-facing camera with single-LED flash, microSD memory expansion, Bluetooth and 802.11b/g/n WiFi connectivity and a slide-out physical QWERTY keyboard.
This is the second leak in as many months for HTC: In August, a British e-retailer reportedly posted, then pulled, details about two soon-to-launch HTC smartphones: the Desire Z, which is code-named Vision, and the Desire HD, code-named Ace. In the United States, Sprint currently offers five HTC handsets, most notably the Evo 4G; AT&T offers the Aria, Pure and Tilt 2; T-Mobile offers seven devices, from the MyTouch 3G to the Touch Pro 2; and on the Verizon network, customers can choose from seven handsets that include the Droid Eris and Droid Incredible.
HTC announced second-quarter net profits of $269 million July 30, following shipments of 5.4 million handsets. The figure represented 33 percent year-over-year growth, largely thanks to the company's alignment with the Android OS. Since equipping its handsets with Android, HTC has quickly established itself as a major smartphone brand in the United States.
When releasing HTC's second-quarter results July 29, company officials said earnings rose 33 percent year over year, and they announced a number of promotions and new positions that have been created within the company to foster future growth. Rival Motorola has also followed an Android-heavy strategy, with a product line that could be easily confused with HTC's—it shipped the Motorola Droid before the HTC Droid Eris and the Motorola Droid X after the HTC Droid Incredible. The same day as HTC's earnings announcement, Motorola reported quarterly shipments of 8.3 million handsets, 2.7 million of which were smartphones.
While Apple's iPhone iOS continues to lead the U.S. smartphone operating system ecosystem at 56 percent market share in August, Google's Android platform is catching, notching a 25 percent plot, according to a report from data firm Quantcast. Quantcast also found that Android began 2010 with 18.6 percent smartphone OS market share and managed to take 11.4 percent share from Apple's iOS, 1.6 percent from RIM's Blackberry and 5.7 percent from all other OS providers, such as Microsoft Windows Mobile and Palm's WebOS.
The growth for Android is set to continue, according to research firm Canalys. Chris Jones, a Canalys principal analyst, said Android is gaining “impressive momentum” around the world. Other important growth areas for Android, reported Canalys, are South Korea and China — which has a smartphone market second only to the United States. During the second quarter, China’s smartphone market saw shipments of 6.9 million units — 11 percent of the worldwide total.

Hands on with Samsung's Galaxy Tab Tablet - PCWorld

Samsung's Galaxy Tab tablet is an interesting piece of hardware crippled by the fact it mostly runs blown-out smartphone applications.

Harry McCracken, Technologizer
Sep 6, 2010 1:00 am

Thursday morning at the IFA show here in Berlin, I attended a Samsung press conference and watched one of the company's executives brandish its new Galaxy S tablet. It was intriguing. But I had a much better time that evening at the Showstoppers press event, where I was able to spend some time exploring the Tab for myself.
The Galaxy Tab I tried clearly wasn't a done deal: Its touch-screen froze for several minutes then began to work again, and its browser didn't seem to want to load anything except Google. It's too early to come to any firm conclusions, but I did discover aspects I liked (the basic form factor, some of the software) and problem areas (other software).
I didn't really understand how the Galaxy Tab's 7-inch screen really compares to the iPad's 9.7-inch one until I saw them both in one place at one time. The Tab is half the size of the iPad -- more like a mass-market paperback book than a magazine. (It looked a tad chunky to me, but that was an optical illusion -- the thicknesses of the two gadgets are close to identical. Samsung uses the real estate on the edge for two SIM slots and one for MicroSD cards.)

tab ipad

The Tab's compact size and trim weight (13.8 ounces vs. the iPad's pound and a half) make it a device you're much more likely to hold with one hand in Kindle-esque fashion. In theory, at least, it should be easier to use than the iPad when you're on the go. (The promotional video Samsung showed us involved busy young professionals running around town with their Tabs.)
The tablet's screen looked nice: The resolution is lower than that of the iPad (1024-by-600 vs. 1024-by-768) but the dots per inch are higher. Except for the period when the touchscreen didn't work at all, it was quite fluid -- the tablet may not have felt quite as snappy as an iPad, but it was certainly sufficiently zippy.





How's its keyboard? I've learned that it's dangerous to come to any firm conclusions based on a brief test at a trade show, but it seems to be reasonably good. The Tab is too small for the pseudo-touch typing that the iPad permits, but the keyboard layout is similar, and the keys are big enough that you can tap them without having to aim your fingers too precisely. And if you hold the Tab in portrait orientation, you can thumb-type without too much trouble, as if the Tab were a giant BlackBerry.
As seen on the Galaxy Tab, Android 2.2 Froyo looks pretty darn familiar. There's lots that Samsung has either left unchanged or tweaked only slightly, including the desktop, the sliding tray of apps, the widgets, the status bar along the top, and the alerts you can drag down with your finger.

The Android Market app store is onboard the Tab: I downloaded and installed one piece of software (TIME's app). It ran as expected but didn't take advantage of the Tab's large screen-it looked like what it is, which is a stretched-out smartphone app rather than atablet app.
Which brings me back to my biggest concern about the Galaxy Tab: It's an interesting piece of hardware, but it can't live up to its potential if it mostly runs blown-out smartphone applications. It wants programs that make use of its resolution and which incorporate interface elements which wouldn't make sense on a smartphone.

At Apple's Wednesday event, Steve Jobs said that there are now 25,000 iPad apps-ones that are tailored to the tablet. The best of them, such as Flipboard, are some of the most inventive software ever written. Even if the Galaxy Tab is a hit, it seems unlikely that it'll get vast quantities of applications built for it alone. It's going to take multiple popular Android tablets before third-party Android tablet apps have a shot at being even vaguely competitive with the iPad.
I hope that the Tab has lots of company before too long. For now, it looks like a decent first start...

Most Asian Stocks Fall, led by Japanese Automakers; Steel Producers Climb - Bloomberg

By Shani Raja - Sep 7, 2010 12:49 PM GMT+0800
Most Asian stocks fell, led by Japanese automakers, on concern a stronger yen will hurt the value of overseas sales. Steel producers rose after U.S. President Barack Obama proposed a $50 billion spending plan and Chinese steel prices jumped.
Nissan Motor Co., which gets 15 percent of its sales in Europe, lost 1.9 percent in Tokyo while Nintendo Co., the world’s largest maker of video-game consoles, dropped 1.2 percent in Osaka as the yen advanced against the euro. Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. sank 1.6 percent on speculation competition will intensify. Posco, the world’s No. 3 steelmaker, climbed 5.1 percent in Seoul as Obama called for a program to fix roads, railways and runways.
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index lost 0.3 percent to 121.48 as of 1:48 p.m. in Tokyo, with two stocks dropping for each one that rose. The gauge rallied 4.6 percent in the past four days amid optimism the U.S. economy will avoid falling back into a recession. Companies in the index are valued at an average 13.9 times estimated profit, the highest level since Aug. 20.
“Markets may be taking a breather after four straight days of gains,” said Nader Naeimi, a Sydney-based strategist at AMP Capital Investors Ltd., which manages $85 billion. “We haven’t seen convincing signs that the yen will substantially weaken, and that’s bad news for the Japanese economy and share market.”
Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average declined 0.9 percent, while China’s Shanghai Composite Index sank 0.4 percent. South Korea’s Kospi Index dropped 0.2 percent. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 Index was little changed after the central bank kept interest rates steady, as anticipated by economists in a Bloomberg survey.
Yen Strength
Futures on the U.S. Standard & Poor’s 500 Index were little changed. U.S. markets are due to resume trading later today after a holiday yesterday.
Nissan lost 1.9 percent to 668 yen in Tokyo, while Honda Motor Co., which makes 84 percent of its revenue abroad, slipped 1.4 percent to 2,814 yen after the yen appreciated to 107.70 per euro from 108.42. Nintendo declined 1.2 percent to 23,340 yen.
“As the yen is an important element that moves the market, its gain may weigh on Japanese stocks,” said Fumiyuki Nakanishi, a strategist at Tokyo-based SMBC Friend Securities Co.
Singapore Telecommunications, Southeast Asia’s biggest phone company, dropped 1.6 percent to S$3.06 and Starhub Ltd., Singapore’s second-biggest phone operator, declined 2.8 percent to S$2.42 on competition concerns.
The InfoComm Development Authority of Singapore is seeking bids for three lots of radio frequencies allocated for 3G mobile services, according to a copy of auction rules published by the regulator on its website.
Infrastructure Bank
The MSCI Asia Pacific Index slumped as much as 5.3 percent from a three-month high on Aug. 6 amid concerns over global growth. The yen’s advance to a 15-year high against the U.S. dollar threatened to reduce the value of Japanese export earnings, while U.S. reports showed slower-than-estimated growth in incomes and a record plunge in home sales.
At a rally for Labor Day yesterday, President Obama called for an “infrastructure bank” and requested money to rebuild 150,000 miles (241,400 kilometers) of roads, construct and maintain 4,000 miles of rail, and overhaul 150 miles of runways to help spur an economy that’s lost jobs for three straight months.
Posco climbed 5.1 percent to 507,000 won in Seoul today. JFE Holdings Inc., Japan’s second-largest steelmaker, surged 2.9 percent to 2,708 yen in Tokyo. BlueScope Steel Ltd., Australia’s largest steelmaker, advanced 1.7 percent to A$2.37 in Sydney.
“Obama’s plan is helping steelmakers,” said AMP Capital’s Naeimi. “The recovery from the 2008 recession was always going be on the back of physical infrastructure spending.”
Maanshan Iron & Steel Co., China’s second-biggest Hong Kong-traded steelmaker, climbed 5.3 percent to HK$4.81. Angang Steel Co. rose 4.2 percent to HK$13.06. Benchmark hot-rolled coil prices in China rose 3.5 percent yesterday as producers in Hebei province shut mills.
The rally for China’s steelmakers and metal prices has “further upside” as the government introduces stricter prices to reduce energy consumption by the end of the year, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co.

UPDATE 3-Oracle hires former HP's Hurd, Phillips leaves | Reuters

* Hurd becomes Oracle president and named to board

* Charles Phillips resigns as president of Oracle

* Hurd will report to Oracle CEO Larry Ellison (Adds analyst quote, bylines)

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Silicon Valley technology giant Oracle Corp (ORCL.O) has hired Mark Hurd, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) who resigned amid a scandal, as president.

Hurd, a close friend of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison will replace Charles Phillips, who has resigned, Oracle said in a statement on Monday. Phillips was co-president alongside Safra Catz, who remains in her role.

Ellison had slammed HP's decision to oust Hurd, calling the actions of HP's board "cowardly." [ID:nLDE67901P]

Hurd resigned from HP on Aug. 6, after a probe into sexual harassment allegations. HP said at the time that he filed inaccurate expense reports related to Jodie Fisher, a marketing contractor who worked for Hurd's office from 2007 through 2009.

"Mark did a brilliant job at HP and I expect he'll do even better at Oracle," said Ellison in a statement on Monday.

Shares of HP are down 13 percent since Hurd's resignation. Plucked from relative obscurity to head HP, Hurd is credited with resuscitating the technology giant by cutting costs and pursuing ambitious acquisitions.

HP said the expense reports were meant to hide a "close personal relationship" with Fisher, a sometime actress who has appeared in television shows and movies.

Oracle, the world's third largest software maker, competes with HP as well as with International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) and SAP (SAPG.DE).

"I believe Oracle's strategy of combining software with hardware will enable Oracle to beat IBM in both enterprise servers and storage," Hurd said in Monday's statement.

In June, Oracle reported a quarterly profit that exceeded Street projections and a 14 percent climb in sales of new software, signaling the tech spending recovery is on track as businesses shell out on big-ticket items again.

"Oracle is clearly capitalizing on this opportunity to get someone strong from a top hardware company," said Forrester analyst James Staten. "In terms of how this helps Oracle against IBM, there is reason to be optimistic."

Still, Staten noted there will now be two strong personalities at the top.

"So Mark Hurd will have someone who's very hands-on sitting above him," Staten said. "But we have to assume they'll get along."


Phillips, along with Oracle's other president Catz, had at one time been seen as a possible successor to Ellison.

A former star software analyst at Morgan Stanley, Phillips was put on the spot earlier this year when huge billboards depicting the married software executive with YaVaughnie Wilkins, his former mistress, appeared in New York, Atlanta and San Francisco.

The billboards with the words "You are my soulmate forever!" appeared to be an attempt by Wilkins to embarrass Phillips after their relationship ended and he returned to his wife.

He was also publicly corrected by his company after he said Oracle could "easily" spend about double the $35 billion it had spent over the past five years. That prompted a company spokeswoman to issue a statement saying the company did not have a five-year M&A budget.

Ellison said in Monday's statement that Phillips had approached him last December "and expressed his desire to transition out of the company". Ellison said in the statement he asked him to stay on through the integration of Sun Microsystems. Oracle bought computer maker Sun in 2009 in a deal worth more than $7 billion.

Tropical Storm Hermine Makes Landfall on East Coast of Mexico, Center Says - Bloomberg

By Stuart Biggs - Sep 7, 2010 11:41 AM GMT+0800

Tropical Storm Hermine made landfall in northeastern Mexico close to the border with Texas, bringing strong winds and heavy rain, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a websiteadvisory.
The storm came ashore around 8:30 p.m. Mexico City time and was about 190 kilometers (120 miles) north of La Pesca, Mexico and about 45 kilometers south of Brownsville, Texas, at 10 p.m. the center said.
Hermine’s sustained winds dropped to 95 kilometers (60 miles) per hour from 105 kph when it crossed the coast, the center said in an advisory at 10 p.m. Mexico City time. The storm was moving north-northwest at 22 kph and is expected to move into southern Texas tomorrow, the center said.
The storm caused landslides that destroyed 20 houses and left 120 people homeless in Mexico’s Hidalgo state, the Associated Press reported, citing local authorities. Authorities in Tamaulipas state began evacuating 3,500 people, the news agency reported.
A tropical storm warning extends from Bahia Algodones, Mexico northward to Port O’Connor, Texas, the center said. Hurricane watches for the coastal areas of Texas and Mexico were dropped.
Hermine, the eighth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, may bring as much as 20 centimeters (8 inches) of rain to northeastern Mexico and southern Texas, with isolated areas getting as much as 30 centimeters, the center said.
“These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods,” the center said. “Isolated tornadoes are possible along the lower and middle Texas coast.”
The hurricane center is also monitoring the remnants of Tropical Storm Gaston in the Atlantic, which the agency says has a 50 percent chance of re-forming into a tropical cyclone over the next two days.
That system was east of the northernmost Leeward islands at 8 p.m. Miami time, the center said.