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Matt LeBlanc's New Gig Is Kinda Historic

He'll be the first non-Brit to host 'Top Gear'

(Newser) - Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc will be joining the BBC's popular Top Gear program, presenting the revamped car show with Chris Evans, the British broadcaster said Thursday. LeBlanc, who starred as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom Friends, is the first non-British actor to host the BBC show in... More »

BBC Apologizes for Mexican Slurs

Mexican cars 'lazy, feckless,' Top Gear presenters say

(Newser) - The BBC has apologized for remarks made by the hosts of a car show following a deluge of complaints from outraged Mexicans. When reviewing the Mexican-made Mastretta sports car, Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond said that cars reflect national characteristics, so "Mexican cars are just going to be lazy,... More »

Flash! Here's What's New in Photo Gear

Spy pens, 3-D cameras and new lens technologies on display

(Newser) - The biggest photography-gear expo on the globe, Photokina, got under way this week in Germany as manufacturers rolled out everything from state-of-the-art lenses to geotagging devices. Wired takes a look:
  1. Fuji’s FinePix Real 3D System incorporates dual lenses that capture separate images, then meshes them into a single 3-D
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$4B Crunch Threatens BBC Jobs

(Newser) - A massive funding shortfall at the British Broadcasting Corporation could trigger unprecedented job cuts, reports the Independent. As many as 2,800 people—about 12% of the BBC's labor force—could lose their jobs. Officials at the BBC, which is financed by a $270 license fee paid by viewers, project... More »

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