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No Cellphones Backstage for Accountants After Oscar Flub

PwC issues new protocols to prevent another Oscar disaster

(Newser) - PwC accountants won't be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts, the AP reports. Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the new protocols for announcing Oscar winners developed after the best-picture flub at last month's Academy Awards.... More »

PwC Accountants in Oscars Snafu Had to Be 'Pushed Onstage'

They wouldn't go of their own accord, stage manager says

(Newser) - A "veteran" Oscars stage manager has given his behind-the-scenes perspective on the Best Picture snafu, and he comes off as none-too-impressed with the "frozen" PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants involved. In a lengthy interview with The Wrap , Gary Natoli says Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz were supposed to have memorized the... More »

Here's the Punishment for PwC Oscars Accountants

The 2 accountants in charge of envelopes banned from future Oscars work

(Newser) - The PwC accountant who mixed up two envelopes at the Oscars Sunday, resulting in the wrong film being announced as Best Picture, will not be allowed to work the Academy Awards again, the AP reports. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs says Brian Cullinan's distraction backstage ( he was tweeting... More »

Could a Backstage Tweet Have Led to Massive Oscars Mix-Up?

The 'Wall Street Journal' lays out what appears to have happened

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal may have figured out how exactly the biggest flub in Oscars history happened Sunday night. As the paper explains, Brian Cullinan and Martha Ruiz are the two PwC partners who stand at opposite ends of the Academy Awards stage with the envelopes containing the winners, ready... More »

Guy Sues Comcast for 'Getting Him Fired'

Conal O'Rourke says controller called his employer after complaint

(Newser) - Conal O'Rourke says he lost his job at PriceWaterhouseCoopers because he complained about poor service from Comcast—a PwC client—and now he's suing the cable company. After O'Rourke brought his story to the media, Comcast apologized publicly for the many billing issues and other service problems... More »

Comcast Got Me Fired Over Billing Complaint: Calif. Man

Conal O'Rourke lost his job with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a Comcast client

(Newser) - Even Conal O'Rourke knows his story might sound convoluted. But the California man hopes documentation and an in-person interview provided to Ars Technica will help prove that Comcast had something to do with him losing his job at PriceWaterhouseCoopers after a lengthy battle with the cable company over billing... More »

Hackers Claim to Have Mitt's Tax Returns

They demand $1M ransom

(Newser) - An unidentified team of hackers say they've stolen Mitt Romney's tax returns and will make them public unless his campaign forks out $1 million in "ransom." The hackers say they made off with Romney's pre-2010 returns after gaining access to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers office in Tennessee,... More »

Execs Busted for 'Office Babe' Email

PricewaterhouseCoopers men aimed to rank 'top10'

(Newser) - Accounting behemoth PricewaterhouseCoopers is roiling in controversy after a group of executives distributed a photo-heavy email ranking the top babelicious workers in the Dublin office. "We are taking this matter extremely seriously and are launching a full investigation," said a company spokesman of the email, distributed among 17... More »

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