November 16th, 2010
08:57 PM ET

Statement from Warner Bros. on 'Harry Potter' leak

"Last night a portion of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 1' was stolen and illegally posted on the internet.  This constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros. property.  We are working actively to restrict and/or remove copies that may be available.  Also, we are vigorously investigating this matter and will prosecute those involved to the full extent of the law."    - Warner Bros. Entertainment

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October 2nd, 2010
09:59 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

Sanchez out after controversial comments: CNN anchor Rick Sanchez abruptly left the network Friday afternoon, just one day after making controversial comments on a satellite radio program.

J.K. Rowling hints about more Harry Potter: Fans, rejoice - J.K. Rowling offered a bit of hope on Friday that, perhaps, the final Harry Potter story has yet to be told.


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September 28th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

In tradition of Twain, authors lash out at censors this week

John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men" was one of the most commonly banned books between 1990-2009.

Happy Banned Book Week, This Just In readers!

Librarians, wordsmiths and discerning readers the nation over are beating their bound volumes this week in protest of those who seek to censor literary works.

The commemorations range from banned book displays to wrapping books in caution tape to having people read outlawed books from a makeshift jail cell.

It should be no surprise devotees to the written word are incensed by efforts to ban books. History shows their longstanding commitment to keeping literature untrammeled.

Mark Twain is oft-credited with saying, "Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it." German poet Heinrich Heine more seriously addressed the matter in an 1821 play, warning, "Where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people."

The prediction came 112 years before Nazis burned thousands of books in a public square. The quote from Heine, whose books were among those burned in 1933, is engraved in the ground at the Bebelplatz to remind people of the tragic day.

Across the United States this week, several groups are making similar - though less prodigious - statements about attempts to ban or censor books.


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September 23rd, 2010
05:20 PM ET

WebPulse: Harry Potter, Facebook outage, Eddie Long

Fans are pumped over the upcoming release of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows."

Here's a look at some of the stories that are trending and popular on Twitter, Google and other news and social media sites.

With 57 days left until the premiere of the latest installment in the Harry Potter movie franchise, fans have much to "squee" over. Since yesterday's release of the official trailer of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," fans have been furiously uploading reaction videos on YouTube and Tweeting over every twist and turn in the 2:25 spot. And then there's the buzz on the message boards... While the general tone of the reaction ranges from intense reverence to gleeful delirium, for some, it's never too early to start bemoaning the end of the epic franchise.

In fact, the folks at Hogwarts Radio would have you believe that the trailer's "awesomeness" is to blame for Facebook's mid-afternoon crash on Thursday, the second the social networking site has experienced in the past 48 hours. Facebook attributes the outage to "latency issues with the API" and says it is working on a solution, but that hasn't stopped the peanut gallery from Tweeting about it. Will this overshadow news that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg plans to give $100 million to schools in Newark, New Jersey, some ask, an act viewed as an effort to neutralize buzz over the upcoming film, "The Social Network," a brutal (and, admittedly, fictionalized) biopic chronicling the early days of Facebook.

Even these intermittent blips have not been able to push off the radar all the buzz surrounding sexual abuse allegations against Atlanta megachurch pastor Eddie Long. The beleaguered pastor has said he will respond to the allegations on Sunday, but meanwhile, pictures of his bodybuilder's physique, released by lawyers for his accusers, are flying around the internet, while pundits muse over how the scandal will affect the culture of the African-American evangelical church.

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