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Obama Skipping Nancy Reagan's Funeral for SXSW

Michele Bachmann says it's a 'classless' move

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann is blasting President Obama as "self-centered" and "classless" after the White House announced he would not attend Nancy Reagan's funeral on Friday. Instead, he'll attend the technology and music festival South by Southwest as a headliner and discuss civic engagement with The Texas Tribune'... More »

Top Texas Lawman: Snoop a 'Dope Smoking Cop Hater'

He wasn't happy about trooper's photo with rapper

(Newser) - Texas' chief law enforcement official called Snoop Dogg a "dope smoking cop hater" before reprimanding a state trooper who posed for a picture with the rapper, according to emails made public yesterday. Snoop Dogg posted a photo to Instagram with Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears in March... More »

Texas Trooper to Get Counseling After Snoop Dogg Pic

Not because Billy Spears is traumatized—because his bosses are making him

(Newser) - A photo op at a Texas music festival has landed a state Department of Public Safety trooper in counseling. DPS officer Billy Spears was moonlighting at the SXSW event in Austin two weeks ago, in uniform, when the keynote speaker asked for a picture with him, the Dallas Morning News ... More »

Google Exec Interrupts Woman During Gender Panel

Eric Schmidt's behavior questioned by fellow Google employee

(Newser) - The kind of headline you probably don't want written about you after participating in a panel where the topic was often gender diversity: "Google chairman gets called out for cutting off a woman while talking about diversity." And that, from Mashable, was kind. The Verge was a... More »

Woman Once Called 'World's Ugliest' Shows True Beauty

'A Brave Heart' tells Lizzie Velasquez's story—and how she's fighting bullying

(Newser) - "I thought everyone looked like me." That's how Lizzie Velasquez viewed herself growing up—until she was 17 and accidentally found a terrible video on YouTube. It was an eight-second clip of her entitled "The World's Ugliest Woman," and to her horror it had... More »

4th Person Dead in SXSW Crash

Teen DeAndre Tatum succumbs to injuries

(Newser) - The March 13 crash at Austin's South by Southwest festival has claimed a fourth life: Fort Worth native DeAndre Tatum, the last of the crash victims in critical condition, succumbed to his injuries yesterday, USA Today reports. He had been in a medically induced coma since the crash. That... More »

3rd Person Dies in SXSW Crash

Sandy Le succumbs to injuries

(Newser) - A third person is now dead following the horrific SXSW crash last week in which Rashad Owens allegedly drove into a crowd of festivalgoers in Austin. Local resident Sandy Le succumbed to her head injuries today, the Houston Chronicle reports. A grand jury will decide whether Owens should face any... More »

SXSW Crash Suspect Was About to Perform at Festival

Rashad Owens is aspiring rapper

(Newser) - At 12:30am Thursday, Rashad Owens was an aspiring rapper heading to perform at an Austin club during the South by Southwest festival. By 1am, he was in custody on charges that could bring the death penalty. The 21-year-old accused of driving his car into a crowd of people while... More »

21-Year-Old Driver ID'd in SXSW Car Fatalities

Rashad Owens faces death penalty

(Newser) - The driver accused of plowing into a crowd at the South by Southwest Festival, killing two and injuring 23 others, has been identified as 21-year-old Rashad Owens of Killeen, Texas, reports the Austin American-Statesman . Police say the tragedy began about 12:30am when an officer tried to pull over Owens... More »

Car Plows Into SXSW Crowd, Killing 2

23 injured; driver to be charged with capital murder

(Newser) - At least two people were killed and 23 injured—five of them critically—when a car sped into a crowd in downtown Austin just after midnight, plowing through barricades set up for the South by Southwest music festival. The incident left victims scattered along a city block where several clubs... More »

Edward Snowden to SXSW: I'd Do It All Over Again

He addresses conference from Russia

(Newser) - By leaking NSA data, Edward Snowden forced himself into exile—but he'd "absolutely" do it again, he said today during a video talk broadcast at SXSW. He spoke from Russia, saying that he "took an oath to support and defend the Constitution," NPR reports. "I... More »

Pizza Hut Holding 140-Second Job Interviews

Would-be social media managers can apply at SXSW

(Newser) - Want to be Pizza Hut's social media manager? Then you better be able to market yourself well—in 140 seconds. That's precisely how long interviews for the position will last during SXSW in Austin this week, Mashable reports. The way the pizza chain figures it, anyone who can... More »

Doom for LiLo's Film Career?

Film festivals rejecting 'The Canyons' right and left

(Newser) - And the bad news for Lindsay Lohan just keeps on a-comin': Now, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that at least two film festivals have declined to show her latest film, The Canyons. Sundance was first to reject the erotic thriller, and now SXSW has followed suit. "It’s got... More »

Awful SXSW Idea: Turning Homeless Into 4G Hotspots

Bloggers cringe at marketing company plan

(Newser) - A plan to turn homeless people into 4G hotspots has digitalphiles at the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin crying "exploitive" and "dystopian." In a nutshell, a marketing company wants homeless people to carry MiFi devices that would enable passersby to get online when their carrier service won'... More »

4Chan's Moot: We're Not All 'Young Rambunctious Males'

'Moot' also says Zuckerberg 'totally wrong' about anonymity

(Newser) - 4Chan founder Christopher Poole says his creation isn't just "the dark heart of the internet," but a place that fosters creativity. "4Chan is misunderstood," Poole, aka "Moot," said in a speech at SXSW, according to the Guardian . "People want to think everyone on... More »

Gyllenhaal in Urinal Brawl at SXSW

Jake doesn't want his picture taken in the bathroom, OK?

(Newser) - Apparently the best story coming out of the SXSW Film Festival involves Jake Gyllenhaal, a somewhat too obsessed fan, and a urinal. Journalist Erik Davis was one of many who first tweeted the rumor about Gyllenhaal going “all badass” on the fan who tried to take a picture of... More »

Twitter Boss Bombs SXSW Keynote

Williams unveils @Anywhere, but bored audience mutinies

(Newser) - Twitter CEO Evan Williams didn’t unveil some revolutionary new plan to actually monetize all those tweets in his keynote at SXSW yesterday, as many expected he would. Instead, he delivered “what was likely the most horrifically devastating keynote presentation in SXSW history,” Alissa Walker writes at Fast... More »

SXSW's Top New Sites

Interactive fest finds more fodder for your surfing pleasure

(Newser) - If updates from the South by Southwest music/film/Internet/etc. extravaganza aren’t your thing, perhaps you’ll find some amusement among its top-Web-site honorees. A sampling:
  • Waterlife : Activism winner keeps tabs on pollution in the Great Lakes.
  • odosketch : Create animated sketches with drawing app.
  • The Vile Plutocrat : “Keep track of
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SXSW's Best New Bands

Expect to see these acts on the mainstream after this year

(Newser) - Austin's SXSW music festival is known for producing hot new hit bands, and with Esquire's pick of the 10 best up-and-comers, you can skip the plane ride to Texas and start the iTunes downloading instead:
  • White Lies: Reminiscent of the Killers, they already have a Letterman gig.
  • Janele Monae: She's
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Hip-Hop Finds New Direction in SXSW

(Newser) - Move over indie-rock—Hip-hop got a big bump at South by Southwest this year. Houston's emerging hip-hop scene helped spread word within the rap community, the AP reports, and some 150 acts took the stage this year. "Honestly I didn't know too much about this," says Del the... More »

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