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Carla Bruni ‘befriends homeless man’ in Paris

December 22, 2009

Christmas tree ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris

It is a heart-warming tale of rags and riches – or first lady and the tramp.

Carla Bruni has reportedly befriended a homeless man who lives near her home in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, giving him money and talking about music.

The wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy had even offered to put Denis up in a hotel, he told Closer magazine.

He said the two had struck up conversation as the Italian-born model and singer, 41, passed Denis on the daily school run with her son.

“She asks after me, she gives me one or two 50- or 100-euro notes,” Denis, 53, was quoted as saying by the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

He added that the two discussed books or music, and the first lady had even given him a signed copy of her latest album.

But Denis turned down Ms Bruni’s offer to put him up in a hotel room for a month.

“It’s not that I enjoy being in the street but I’ve got my habits,” he was quoted as saying. “People say it’s cold. That’s true but I’m well covered-up.

“What’s more, Carla gave me a military-type duvet, which keeps me warm.”

Denis was interviewed by Closer after Ms Bruni mentioned their conversations in an interview with Macadam, a magazine sold by the homeless.

Ms Bruni married twice-divorced French President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2008 after a whirlwind romance.

source BBC
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Msnbc.com Readies for Facebook

October 23, 2009

The medias business’ catastrophe is alone with nothing left but creative minds figuring out how they can reinvent themselves and dump some juicy news contents wherever, whenever we want and make money by the way.Apparently, Msnbc.com “gets it”, they lauched a new video player for Facebook or any blog- read reaching at least 200 millions users the way traditionnal medias can not- thus introduced a scheme to arrange thumbnail images of in-stream advertisement around the player.

He explains that ads which appear for a short time in the player get moved to a sort of thumbnail gallery around the player, allowing users to conveniently find ads without having to watch the video again.

Charlie, president and publisher of msnbc.com, the online venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal, shared these developments in this interview conducted on Tuesday afternoon in midtown Manhattan.He was the co-host of the Beet.TV Online Video Roundtable this week where he spoke about his company’s use of embeddable video

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