Good Monday morning, NewsFeeders, and welcome back to the office. Give yourself a good stretch, grab another cup of coffee, and shake off the weekend haze. Here’s what you missed.
We’re sure you’re trying to avoid starting work, and you’ve come to the right place. So buckle up – NewsFeed is about to catch you up on what you missed this weekend, and what you’ll need to know for this coming week.
Keith Olbermann Unexpectedly Ends His MSNBC Show: Without warning Friday night, Olbermann signed off his highly rated “Countdown” show for the last time. While both MSNBC management and Olbermann have been mum about the departure, Olbermann hinted that he “was told” it would be his final show. But an NBC exec said Sunday that the relationship has been “failing for a long time.” (The Daily Beast)
Obama Charges Up as the State of the Union Address Looms: The President is at the midpoint of his term in office, and it’s crucial that he starts looking toward the 2012 re-election campaign. Tuesday night’s State of the Union will be Obama’s shot to shake off November’s “shellacking” and promote progress with an enthusiastic speech to Americans. His focus will be on bi-partisan cooperation (as Democrats and Republicans will be intermingled during the address) and of course: jobs, jobs, jobs. But will his message be heard, or dismissed as just more rhetoric? (ABC News)
Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads: “Paper Glider” soared above the rest of Apple’s offerings Saturday to become the 10 billionth download since the store opened on July 10, 2008. To mark the occasion, the UK woman that downloaded the app won a $10,000 iTunes gift card – that will surely take a lifetime to spend. (Fortune)
Packers and Steelers To Face Off in Super Bowl: The Chicago Bears showed no drive until both starting QB Jay Cutler and second-stringer Todd Collins had been pulled. Caleb Hanie, #3 in the rotation, went 13-for-20 but couldn’t bring the Bears back against a good enough Aaron Rodgers and the Packers team, who won 21-14. (ESPN)
Despite a rallying second half, the Jets couldn’t cap off the comeback with a win. Pittsburgh came out swinging, racking up a 24-0 lead at the half. Roethlisberger and crew were able to hold off the Jets, 24-19, to bring the Steelers to their eighth Super Bowl. (MSNBC)
Arizona Restaurant Puts Lion Tacos on Menu: As part of their weekly Exotic Wednesday taco series, one Tucson restaurant has already maxed out the slightly offbeat offerings, like rattlesnake and bison. So, for one night in February, Boca Tacos will put lion meat in their tortilla shells. The owners say it’s entirely legal, but the promotion is being met with disgust from animal lovers. (NewsFeed)
Viral Video: A bowler hits a straight gutter ball, only for it to bounce out for a strike…in the adjacent lane. But does it still count?