Monthly Archives: December 2011
Dec 22 2011
Companies/Organizations that support SOPA(Stop Online Piracy Act)

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by
Lamar Smith, released its own list of 142 entities that support SOPA.

also known as H.R. 3261

Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA

GoDaddy was contacted for comment.

A spokesman declined to comment on the boycott specifically, but reiterated the firm’s support for the legislation. She sent us a link to the company’s written testimony<>

to the House Judiciary Committee last month.

It’s a four-page PDF of the companies/organizations that support SOPA-


List of Supporters: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act
60 Plus Association
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies (ASOP)
American Federation of Musicians (AFM)
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA)
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
Americans for Tax Reform
Artists and Allied Crafts of the United States
Association of American Publishers (AAP)
Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies
Association of Talent Agents (ATA)
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Beachbody, LLC
BMG Chrysalis
Building and Construction Trades Department
Capitol Records Nashville
Cengage Learning
Christian Music Trade Association
Church Music Publishers’ Association
Coalition Against Online Video Piracy (CAOVP)
Concerned Women for America (CWA)
Congressional Fire Services Institute
Copyright Alliance
Coty, Inc.
Council of Better Business Bureaus (CBBB)
Council of State Governments
Country Music Association
Country Music Television
Covington & Burling LLP
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP
Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
Creative America
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Directors Guild of America (DGA)
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.
EMI Christian Music Group
EMI Music Publishing
Estée Lauder Companies
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Go Daddy
Gospel Music Association
Graphic Artists Guild
Hachette Book Group
HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, Inc.
Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA)
International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE)
International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
International Trademark Association (INTA)
International Union of Police Associations
Irell & Manella LLP
Jenner & Block LLP
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP
Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
Lathrop & Gage LLP
Loeb & Loeb LLP
Lost Highway Records
Major County Sheriffs
Major League Baseball
Majority City Chiefs
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
MasterCard Worldwide
MCA Records
McGraw-Hill Education
Mercury Nashville
Minor League Baseball (MiLB)
Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC)
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
Moving Picture Technicians

MPA – The Association of Magazine Media
National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators
National Association of State Chief Information Officers
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA)
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Crime Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Domestic Preparedness Coalition
National Football League
National Governors Association, Economic Development and Commerce Committee
National League of Cities
National Narcotics Offers’ Associations’ Coalition
National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
National Songwriters Association
National Troopers Coalition
News Corporation
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP
Pearson Education
Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Phillips Nizer, LLP
Pfizer, Inc.
Proskauer Rose LLP
Provident Music Group
Random House
Raulet Property Partners
Republic Nashville
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Scholastic, Inc.
Screen Actors Guild (SAG)
Shearman & Sterling LLP
Showdog Universal Music
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Music Nashville
State International Development Organization (SIDO)
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO)
The Perseus Books Groups
The United States Conference of Mayors
Tiffany & Co.
Time Warner

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
UMG Publishing Group Nashville
United States Chamber of Commerce
United States Tennis Association
Universal Music
Universal Music Publishing Group
Visa, Inc.
W.W. Norton & Company
Warner Music Group
Warner Music Nashville
White & Case LLP
Wolters Kluewer Health
Word Entertainment

Dec 22 2011
X Factor Winner 2011 Melanie Amaro @TheXFactorUSA

The 2011 Season Results are in and here they are:

1. Melanie Amaro of Sunrise, Fla., the show’s winner.
2. Josh Krajcik of Wooster, Ohio, finished second.
3. Santa Cruz’ Chris Rene comes in third on X Factor

Melanie Amaro, the 19-year-old soul singer from Sunrise, Fla., won the $5 million record deal, Pepsi ad campaign and the first X Factor title on Thursday’s guest-filled finale.



@TheXFactorUSA LIVE! Wed/Thurs at 8/7c on FOX
The Official Twitter for THE X FACTOR on FOX. On Facebook at

Dec 22 2011
New Fitness Craze: Spartan Race


Many people across the nation are looking for ways to get in shape and stay active.  As time goes by, however, the traditional notion of “going to the gym” is getting less and less exciting, and people look for ways to further their physical activity and enjoy it more.  Some people take their fitness obsession to the next level and decide to continually push themselves to the edge of their physical potential.  These are the ones who come away feeling like they have achieved something, that they have proven to themselves what they are capable of.

Meet Spartan Race, the one-of-a-kind mix between triathlon, obstacle course, boot-camp, and mudbath that brings out the wild side of every participant.  The Spartan Race events are not for the faint of heart and are known to leave bruises and sore muscles (as well as the feeling that you are going to die before you ever see the finish line), but for those who have trained and prepared themselves both physically and mentally, Spartan Race provides the ultimate in satisfaction and self-confidence.

The events vary and include Sprint (3-5 miles), Super (8-10 miles), Beast (12-15 miles), and finally the Death Race which is a 48 hour race.  The Spartan Race Website  hosts a current listing of upcoming events, their locations, and information on registration fees and parking availability.  There is even a section where you can coordinate car-pooling.

The purpose of Spartan Race is to get people off of their office chairs and couches and back into the wild for a chance to push themselves to achieve something that many never will.  If you feel like you are up to the challenge, or would just like to be inspired by an amazing video on their home page, head on over to

Dec 22 2011
Fanny Wang Headphones $100 Off

Fanny Wang Headphones is offering over $100 off on select products for the holiday season.
Offers start the 13th of December and continues till the 24th of December.

 Fanny Wang Headphones - Save over $100

Dec 22 2011
Technology tour of the OCSD hydrogen fueling station

Join the California Fuel Cell Partnership, in conjunction with the California Hydrogen Business Council, for a technology tour of the Orange County Sanitation District hydrogen fueling station on January 12th! Hosted by UC Irvine National Fuel Cell Research Center.
January 12, 2012
Orange County Sanitation District
10844 Ellis Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Registration is FREE
1:30pm–2:00pm Overview of fuel cell/refueling station (OCSD Conference Room) 

2:00pm–3:00pm Bus tour to fuel cell/refueling station

In August 2011, the Orange County Sanitation District opened California’s newest hydrogen fueling station—the first in the world to source hydrogen from wastewater. The Fountain Valley wastewater facility uses waste gas (produced during the water treatment process) and fuel cell technology to create electricity, heat, and hydrogen—a tri-generation system. As the stationary fuel cell generates heat and 250kW of power for facility use, it also produces 100kg of hydrogen for the vehicle fueling station operated by Air Products. Drivers are excited about the newest station in Orange County— a much-needed companion to UC Irvine’s station which opened in 2003.

Learn more about the OCSD hydrogen fueling station
3300 Industrial Blvd. Suite 1000 | West Sacramento, CA 95691 | 916.371.2870 |

Dec 21 2011
Textaurant is now TurnStar

Textaurant is Now TurnStar

New name, new look and new features!

We are excited to announce the official transition to our new name: TurnStar. This coincides with the launch of our new product, which is faster, easier to use and ready to change the way you wait everywhere.

In the past 6 months:

  • Businesses using our online wait list have seated over 40,000 parties (135,000 people)
  • Restaurants using TurnStar have seen a 19.5% decrease in no-shows for customers that received mobile notification
  • Customers have saved 15 years by waiting online not in line

Restaurants using TurnStar are seeing great benefits, like:

  • Saving as much as $700 a month by eliminating the use of traditional pagers
  • Retaining up to 20% of otherwise lost business – resulting in “found” revenue upwards of $10,000 per year
  • Boosting survey response rates by as much as 800%
TurnStar can be used on any WiFi-enabled device, but many customers have found that an iPad or other tablet makes allows hosts to serve guests easily by letting them to roam away from the host stand while collecting customer information. The brand-new TurnStar wait list is fully optimized for iPad, making it quicker and easier for hosts to add people to the waitlist and providing one-touch notifications.

Be sure to follow us on the web for the latest in new locations and features:

Dec 21 2011
Find Out About Sex Offenders Living In Your Area @kidslivesafe


Today’s world can be a very scary and dangerous place for our children.  We hear stories almost daily on the news about abductions and sexual assault.  For most of us, we think it will never happen to our family, or “not in our neighborhood”.  Unfortunately, too many people learn the hard way that safety is not found in avoiding the problem, but in being prepared for it.  is a website that gives you full access to records of sex offenders living around you, or in other areas you are interested in.  With this powerful tool at your fingertips, you can search, map and view sex offender profiles, giving you the knowledge you need to protect your children.

In addition, it also gives you access to the NetNanny internet filter that allows you to monitor and protect your children as they use the internet.  Many sexual predators try to gain a child’s trust online and from there try to meet them in person.  With this smart internet filter you can help your children stay safe online and never run into the creeps that are out there.

It is always a good idea to protect your family from any threat, and these days sex offenders are one of those threats that should not be ignored.  If you want to be prepared against this threat, and would like to receive updates about sex offenders living in your area, head on over to  and get signed up for their service to ensure that your kids are safer.

Dec 21 2011
Factory Explosion in China Could Lead to iPad Shortages

Factory Explosion in China Could Lead to iPad Shortages
A factory explosion responsible for many of the components of the iPad where dozens of workers where injured could also lead to a shortage in supply of Apple iPads. It could be a few months or it may never materialize.

Dec 21 2011
Maria Aragon – Born This Way (Cover) VIDEO by Lady Gaga

One of the most popular and favorite videos of 2011.

This is a cover of Lady GaGa’s new song “Born This Way.” I hope you enjoy! Lots of Love, Maria

Dec 21 2011
Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012 Caltech – February 2, 2012 @techzulu

Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012

Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012

Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PT)

Pasadena, CA


Submission and Ticket sales now open. There are a limited amount of TZ Hookup / Choose Your Price tix available to you awesome folks.  What a great idea. Name your price as an early purchase.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PT)

Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012
Baxter Hall
Pasadena, CA 91125


Spotlight: LA Tech Winter 2012 — register here


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