John Colston

John Colston is currently the leader and coordinator of our team of writers. He lives in Colorado and is collaborating with Ironclad Integrity Unlimited Ltd since 2006.John is a passionate independent journalist with a lot of experience in team building and human resources management.If you have any questions, suggestions or editorial complaints about, contact John at

Isaac “Biz” Stone says goodbye to Twitter

Isaac Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter, says he is leaving the social network for pursuing other dreams regarding his career, Associated Press announces.

At 37 years old, and only five years after the founding of Twitter, Stone announced on Tuesday on his blog that he retired from the Twitter crew and leadership. He said he is going to “get out of the way” until he is called to be of help. However, he said that he will work with Twitter “for years to come”.

Taking some time off the micro-blogging company will help Stone focus on other areas he may be of help, as he said it himself. He is planning on helping schools, nonprofit organizations and company advisory boards. He and Evan Williams, who is both his friend and co-founder of Twitter are also planning on relaunching Obvious Corp in order to develop some new projects. Williams left Twitter at the end of last year. In his place came current CEO Dick Costolo “There are other problems/opportunities in the world that need attention, and there are other individuals I’d love to get the opportunity to work with and learn from.” Williams said at the time of his departure.

Obvios Corp. was first launched by Williams in the mid 2000s in the shape of a holding. The efforts of the two Twitter geniuses will be backed-up by Jason Goldman, who was also an executive at Twitter. He stepped down from his post in December 2010.

Stone’s decision comes as Twitter has made efforts to build upon its popularity. Its aim was to sell more ads and, as a result, to make more money. Even though the company never unveiled its finances, the research firm eMarketer Inc. estimates that this year, Twitter will earn from advertising over 150 million dollars.

The departure of Biz Stone is marking one more point in the changing patterns of the company’s structure at the managing level. The migration of the Twitter original owners is at its peak. In the fall of 2010 Evan Williams left the company. In December Goldman Followed. Six months later we see Stone saying goodbye. However, the trend is disrupted by  . This March, another Twitter co-founder changed his mind. This time, original CEO of the company, Jack Dorsey, came back, in order to see how his product has developed. He retuned as executive chairman.

PETA voted Russell Brand and Kristen Wiig the sexiest vegetarians

The 2011 PETA top of the sexiest vegetarians included many vegetarian Hollyood stars. But the top spots were held by comedian Russell Brand and actress Kristen Wiig.

Actor and comedian Russell Brand is the sexy beau of singer Katy Perry, who was also voted one of the most beautiful women in the world. The “Get Him To The Greeks” star is a vegetarian since he was only 14 years old. Now, at 36 years old he told Kelly from Live! With Regis and Kelly that he does not eat fish, nor products that are fish-based. During the show, Kelly Ripa (who is 40 and gorgeous looking) asked Brand is he took fish oil in order to stay sharp. But he made it clear that fish is not and will not be a part of his diet. “I’m vegetarian. I think it’s cruel to squeeze oil out of a fish… Cause they’re lovely little guys, aren’t they?” he said and added afterwards: “You shouldn’t eat animals; it’s mean to them!” So the secret of his good looks does not stand in animal-related diet.

On the other hand, actress Kristen Wiig, whom you can see in the movie “The Bridesmaids” says that she is a vegetarian because it helps her figure as well. In an interview to Women’s Health magazine, the actress, who is 37 years old, explains how she stays fit: she runs, does yoga and eats vegetarian food: “I’m a vegetarian. I eat a lot of tofu and soy.”

The two actors had serious competition in the PETA most sexy vegetarian celebrity contest. Among them, there were mommy Natalie Portman, Joaquin Phoenix, Anne Hathaway and natural beauty Olivia Wilde. Natalie Portman, who says that Jonathan Safran Foer’s eating animals turned her vegetarian, lost some points because she gave up the vegan diet during pregnancy. Joaquin Phoenix was raised vegetarian by his parents. Anne Hathaway went back and forth about her decision to be a vegetarian. Olivia Wilde admits she eats fish once in a while. 

Anna Nicole Smith’s heirs get nothing

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court ruled against Anna Nicole Smith’s claims of her ex husband’s fortune, summing up 1.6 billion dollars. The heirs of the former Playboy Playmate will get nothing, according to the judge’s ruling, AFP reports. Smith’s heirs were aiming for 88 million dollars.

Anna Nicole Smith, one of the most famous Playmates, was married toTexas oil baron J. Howard Marshall in the early ’90. But in 1995 he died, without having included her into his will. She started the legal procedures for an inheritance 15 years ago.  Since then, she and other original protagonists of the legal actions have died. This made the case even more difficult for the US court. The process began in 1995, a short while after Marshall’s death. Anna Nicole, who was 27 years old at the time, discovered that despite de fact that her late husband had promised her that he would include her in his will, leaving her 300 million dollar from the then estimated entire fortune of 1.6 billion dollars, Marshall left all his earnings and goods to his son, Pierce Marshall.
Since then, the case has been opened in several jurisdictions: Louisiana, Texas, California. In 2006 it finally reached the US Supreme Court, which granted Smith the opportunity to try once again to get a part of the money by sending the case back to the courts. Meanwhile, Pierce Marshall had died and had left his heirs to continue the legal battle.

Anna Nicole Smith died in February 2007 of a drug overdose, in a Florida hotel room. Five months before that, her son, Daniel, who was 20 tears old, died, too. Since that time, the only heir to battle for the fortune was Anna’s daughter, Dannielynn who was only seven months old when her mother was found dead. She was represented by attorney Howard Stern, Smith’s former boyfriend. The little girl is in the custody of her father, photographer Larry Birkhead.

On Thursday, the court ruled in favor of Marshall’s legal heirs, leaving Smith’s descendant with nothing from the southern mogul’s fortune.

Rocker Leslie West’s loses leg over diabetes

Reuters reports that the Rock guitarist Leslie West, has had his lower right leg amputated as an emergency measure to prevent the drastic condition of his diabetes. The life threatening condition and the life-saving operation were announced by his wife on Monday.

Leslie West is now 65 years old. He underwent the amputation intervention at a hospital in Biloxi, Mississippi. The surgery prospect appeared on Saturday, after his leg started to swell and the lower region of the leg became septic. His wife, Jenni West, said in an e-mail that for the following two days the doctors have tried to do anything possible to save the leg. “The decision to amputate was one that was necessary to save his life as the infection was spreading throughout his body”, she added. “The nursing staff and doctors have taken excellent care of him and should be called angels for their efforts and tenderness they showed us in this time of crisis.”

As any amputation, the operation was invasive and it will take the former rock player some time to rehabilitate and get used to his new condition.

Leslie West was most famous in the ‘70s, when he was part of the band called Mountain. The best and most popular single of the Mountain trio was “Mississippi Queen” which was released in 1970. it was a staple of classic rock radio. After the band experience the tried a solo career. One of his solo albums is called “The Great Fatsby”, referring to his weight. West has been struggling with his obesity state – which eventually led to the development of type 2 diabetes – for years.

His next album is called “The Unusual Suspects” and it features guitar players such as Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Joe Bonamassa and Slash of Guns’N’Roses. The album doesn’t have a release date set at the moment.  His colleagues sent their best wishes via e-mail. Gibbons said that “Leslie will, no doubt, bounce back with his unusually bionic blitz of guitarosciousness.”

Oprah’s Dreams For OWN

She has been waiting for this moment for two years: Oprah Winfrey has launched OWN in January this year and is preparing for her own TV show, where she dreams of two of the “most wanted” guests: O.J. Simpson and Susan Smith.

After 25 years of hosting the Oprah Winfrey Show, one of the richest most influential women on earth is heading to a new direction.

In her speech held at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association’s annual Cable Show in Chicago, Oprah admitted that it didn’t all went smooth with the launching of OWN, her joint venture with Discovery Communications. “The truth of the matter is I was all in with one foot out the door while finishing the final season (referring to the Oprah Winfrey Show). But now she is finally where she dreamt she would be. “This is the moment I’ve been waiting for the past two years. I need to be there. I need to be engaged and involved, she said.

In January 2012, Oprah, who is one of the most powerful celebrities of the last decade, will launch her OWN show which will consist in interviews with celebrities and common people, all subjects being on amazing stories. Her show will be called “Oprah’s Next Chapter”. When asked about who she would like most to interview she answered plain and simple: O.J. Simpson and Susan Smith. She said she would like to ask the woman who is serving a life sentence in South Carolina for murdering her sons why she made up the story that a black man had stolen her car with her children inside. And when it came to O.J. Simpson she confessed she had a fantasy about the interview with him: “I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confessing to me. And I am going to make that happen, people”.

Oprah’s fans have been disappointed with the fact that she wasn’t going to be on Tv for such a long time. In fact, most of the criticism brought to the new channel was that there was not enough of Winfrey on it. She is in the process of relocation from Chicago to Los Angeles, to OWN headquarters.

Spelling sells 150 million dollars mansion to Ecclestone

Candy Spelling has put on sale her home since 1991. According to the Wall Street Journal the property’s original price was 150 million dollars, but it is not known whether the final sale price was kept the same. The buyer is Petra Ecclestone, the daughter of famous Formula One racing boss, Bernard Ecclestone.

Candy Spelling, 65, bought the property together with her late husband, famous TV produce Aaron Spelling, in the early ‘80s. The property had 57,000 square foot and a house where actor/singer Bing Cosby lived in. The original house was torn down. They started building a home in the French Castle style in 1991. The house has a splendid double staircase which was inspired by the residence in the movie “Gone with the Wind”. The house also has a flower cutting room, a screening room, a gym, bowling alley, three rooms for wrapping presents, a china room and a Prince Charles room (which received the name after Prince Charles once spent a night there as a guest.

The Spelling mansion is also known as The Manor. It is situated in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles and was designed by the firm of James Lagenheim & Associates. The 2 story building has 123 rooms. It has a basement, an intermediate level, a second story and an attic. It also comes with four two-car garages, a tennis court and a pool. The house has been for sale since 2009, almost three years after Aaron Spelling’s death.

The house was bought by the daughter of Formula One celebrity Bernard Ecclestone, Petra. The blonde beauty is half Croatian and half English and, at only 22 years old, she already has two princess residences: the latest one is the Spelling mansion. But she already has a house in Chelsea neighborhood. It is a six-story and was purchased with over 90 million dollars. Petra is about to get married with entrepreneur James Stunt and will spend a lot of time traveling between London and Los Angeles. It seems like a good deal to have a castle waiting for you in the USA.

Chelsea Handler Thinks the Kardashians are idiots

Keeping up with the Kardashians is not one of Chelsea handler’s favorite shows.  She explains to The Hollywood Reporter that not all her E! fellows are on her A-list and some of them are “idiots”.

Chelsea Handler is best known to us for her E! Entertainment show, Chelsea Lately, which entertains us with jokes and not news about celebrities. Now, being around a great number of Hollywood stars doesn’t mean that you have to like them all, and especially not if they are not even considered stars. For example, Chelsea told one of her best friends, Jen Aniston not to be caught around the Kardashians by the paparazzi, as her public image will suffer “Jennifer said she saw the Kardashians at dinner last night” Chelsea said and continued :“She was like, ‘They’re nice.’ And I said: ‘Don’t get photographed with the Kardashians!’ People will blame me for it!”

Handler explained that even though she makes jokes about many famous people, she never makes fun of people that she became friends with. There’s no reason to talk about Reese Witherspoon” she says, “ I’ve never talked about those people and anyone I’ve become friends with”. So Jen Aniston and Reese Witherspoon must have done something right. What is the recipe to get Chelsea to like you and with this, to be spared by her jokes? Handler explains that “I’m not going to be friends with them if they’re idiots in the first place”. Ouch! So she kind of makes up her mind very quickly.

Well, for all the celebrities that are targeted by the Chelsea Lately show, there is good news, too. Apparently Chelsea thinks she should do something else than a comedy TV show, that she should step to the next level. “I want to do something that’s going to utilize my brain a little more than this show” she explains. Her plan is to start something new, that isn’t centered on celebrities anymore. But she hasn’t decided yet if she really wants to quit her show. However, if she is going to continue hosting Chelsea lately she said it will be a lot different than what we got used to. “I can’t keep doing the same thing; my brain is bleeding”.

She will have several months to think about it, as the Lately contract expires in 2012.


Sony’s Welcome Back Program

Sony’s Playstation network started working since 2 days ago in limited manner, in the United States and Europe. Now, it’s almost done and all the fans in different corners of the world can access it. They will all benefit from the Welcome Back program, which is the company’s way to apologize for the damage suffered by its clients. The program includes a selection of games and movies, all free!

After a very tense time, during which it has to struggle with recovering the data and minimizing the effects of the breach in its system (on the one hand) and with the accusations from officials and customers (on the other hand) Sony put the PlayStation Network back in its feet. The clients that had previous accounts have to change their password. Their games are saved, they will just resume it.

Every customer that has been affected by the downtime will be able to choose 2 free games from five. The selection includes Dead Nation, Infamous, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD and Wipeout HD. This is the offer for the ones that own a PlayStation. PSP owners have other options. They can choose 2 free games from a selection of 4: LittleBigPlanet PSP, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force and Killzone Liberation.

Welcome Back Program also includes:
• Access to a wide selection of PlayStation Network movies for the PSN users. The titles of the movies have not been yet revealed, but they will be available over the weekend.
• Free access to PlayStation Plus for a month for the customers that haven’t yet subscribed to the premium PSN service. This service grants inclue a series of discounts and special offers.
• 60 days of free PlayStation Plus service for the customers who already subscribed.
• 100 free items in Sony’s PlayStation Home virtual world

In addition to the free of charge services included in Sony’s Welcome Back program, the streaming service Hulu offers customers that have the Hulu Plus premium accounts synchronized with PlayStation 3 a credit of 25 days. The users will receive an email from Hulu with the instructions.
Sony hopes to regain all the customers it has had back and now promises reinforced data protection.


Chocolate and Red Wine Make You Smarter

Scientists have come to the conclusion the a limited amount of dark chocolate and red wine consumed together may actually be good for the brain, enhancing its capacities of resolving complex matters.

Recent studies led by a research team of experts at Northumbria University Medical School in North East of England. The starting theory was that polyphenols affect the brain’s capacity to function. And they wanted to check if it was true and how it happens. So they gathered a group of volunteers of different ages and intelligence state. They asked every participant to take a supplement of polyphenols found in wine and then they gave them a series of tests. In addition they did brain scans to all volunteers in order to see if there was any change at a neural level.

What they found out confirmed their suspicion: there is a connection between the level of polyphenols in the brain and the brain’s activity. Polyphenols increased the brain activity, pomping more blood into the vessels. This is how they work actually. They relax the blood vessels, making them wider and thus increasing their capacity. This way, blood runs faster through the veins and gets faster to the brain, as well. The relaxing of the vessels inside the brain not only increases the amount of blood in the head, by also the amount of oxygen and other nutrients, which are highly important to the brain.

Polyphenols can be taken as supplements, but they can also be found in some foods, among which there are the dark chocolate and the red wine. They work well separatey, but work even better when tasted together. Scientists warn,however, that a small quantity was all it took and that this shouldn’t be used as an excuse to overdrink or overeat.

The studies have shown that polyphenol consumption does not increase intelligence in young people as they seem to have the brain already working at full capacity. However, polyphenols helped widening their blood vessels in the brain, too. Instead, there have been differences registered in older people who seem to benefit more from eating chocolate and drinking wine.

In order to benefit from the health qualities of chocolare, choose ony the dark chocolate. Other typer do more damage to the body than good.And when it comes to wine, we know it’s fancy, we know it tastes good, but drink moderately and not every day.

Rick Springfield in Jail for DUI

Famous ‘80s rocker Rick Springfield was arrested on Sunday night for driving under the influence, according to Hollywood Access.  The artist known best for his hit single “Jessie’s Girl” was pulled over around 8 PM by a police officer, while in Malibu, California.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department told Hollywood Access that Springfield “accelerated rapidly” in his car, a 1963 Corvette, while driving on the Pacific Coast Highway.
After he was pulled over, the officer could observe that he was under the influence of alcohol. “He exhibited signs of alcoholic beverage intoxication” the LASD spokesman said.

When a field sobriety test was administered, as required in these situations, it “indicated his driving was impaired”.
He was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held into police custody over night. While in custody the level of alcohol in his blood was measured and the results intensely confirmed the DUI suspicion. According to the LASD office, his blood alcohol level was 10.

The Grammy Award-winning pop icon spent almost 6 hours in jail. On Monday, around 2 AM, he was released, with the promise given that he will appear in court on July 5th.
Springfield, 61, was always an eccentric. In 1974, at the age of 15, he started a relationship with then 15-year-old Linda Blair. Trying to cope with a depression present from his years of adolescence, he lost the battle in 1981, when his father died and he seriously thought about suicide.

This extremely sad event, plus the trouble in his career caused him to “hit the wall.” We could say that he dealt with it in a healthy positive way after all, dedicating two songs to his father: “April 24, 1981” and “My Father’s Chair”. Just 3 years later, in 1984, he got married and has two children. But despite the quiet calm settled family life, he still couldn’t find his peace.

You can read more about his rough life fighting with depression and sex addiction in his biography entitled “Late, Late at Night” which was released in 2010. There, you will get to see a sensitive, vulnerable Rick Springfield, who is in constant search of the right track.

The book was voted a bestseller by the New York Times and the new version now available contains new personal photos and a new chapter written by the artist. “My publisher made me put in that last part about being a New York Times bestseller. . . I didn’t really want to. . . I thought it was too gauche, but she insisted” said a shy Springfield on his official Facebook page.

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