Microsoft said to be weighing bid for Salesforce

As speculation mounts that software maker might be the object of an acquisition, the name Microsoft pops up. Bloomberg news, citing sources familiar with the situation, reported last week that Salesforce had hired bankers to help field offers. On Tuesday, Bloomberg said Microsoft was discussing internally its own bid for the San Francisco company. […]

‘Misery Loves Comedy’: a laughless documentary about comedy

So, what happens when you round up a herd of comedians to talk about what they do? Not many jokes, that’s for sure. For the documentary “Misery Loves Comedy,” filmmaker/comedian Kevin Pollak filmed dozens of funny people examining the old question: Do you have to be miserable to be funny? It’s an impressive and wide-ranging […]

Curren$y energetic and nostalgic at smoky Neptune | Concert review

Concert review The sweaty haze of weed hanging over concertgoers at the Neptune Theatre Thursday (April 30) was reminiscent of the humid New Orleans home of rapper Curren$y, who implored the audience to keep smoke billowing to the rafters. Energetic and confident, Curren$y hit the stage at 11:30 p.m., entering to “Drug Prescription,” off his […]

Scientific study: Beatles, Stones eclipsed by hip-hop impact

LONDON (AP) — The impact of hip-hop’s arrival on the pop music scene eclipsed that of the Beatles-led British invasion of 1964, a computer analysis of 17,000 songs has found. The unusual study found three revolutions on the charts: the 1991 emergence of rap and hip-hop on mainstream charts; the synth-led new wave movement of […]

Miranda Lambert becomes Country Living’s first cover girl

NEW YORK (AP) — Country Living’s choice for the first person ever to be on the cover of the magazine is apropos: Miranda Lambert. The country superstar is featured on the cover of the June issue and also is the guest editor for the publication. The home and lifestyle magazine says it has never featured […]

A look at leading figures in the tight British election

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s general election is on Thursday, and polls suggest the race between Labour and the Conservatives is too close to call. Here’s a look at the leading figures in the campaign: DAVID CAMERON: Prime Minister David Cameron of the Conservative Party is trying to preserve his place at the storied 10 Downing […]

2nd Uber office in China under investigation

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have visited Uber offices in a second city in a widening investigation into the company’s operations in China. An official at Chengdu’s city transportation commission said the visit Wednesday was part of an investigation into Uber allowing private drivers to offer their services via the taxi-hailing app, which has established […]

Police study threat against activist behind cartoon contest

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Police Department says it’s assessing a threat posted on a website related to the Islamic State group against the organizer of a cartoon contest about the Prophet Muhammad. Blogger Pamela Geller organized the contest over the weekend in Texas, where two men started shooting before they were killed […]

Ginny Gilder’s lifelong race for equality: ‘If I can row this boat forward …’

Ginny Gilder calls her new book a memoir, but it’s more of a training manual for becoming an Olympic-caliber rower. Or for breaking long-standing gender barriers at an Ivy League university. Or for growing up with family dysfunction, and thriving just the same. Author Appearances Ginny Gilder with Marcie Sillman: ‘Title IX’s Personal Impacts, Lasting […]

Kathleen Hanna: ‘It doesn’t mean you’re not a feminist because you expose your legs’

None of the NYU students sitting before Kathleen Hanna last spring were even born in the early ’90s, when she was screaming “Suck my left one!” from stages around the country. And yet, 25 years after Hanna co-founded the Riot Grrrl movement and fronted the seminal band Bikini Kill, she is an elder stateswoman. A […]