The film director Roman Polanski was last night in custody in Switzerland and facing extradition to the United States in connection with a 32-year-old case in which he admitted sexual intercourse with an under-age girl.

Polanski, 76, whose films have included Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown, was being held at a police station in Zurich under a 1978 arrest warrant issued in Los Angeles.

He fled the US on the eve of being sentenced after admitting unlawful sexual intercourse with 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in 1977, plying the aspiring model with sedative drugs and champagne during a hot tub photoshoot at the Hollywood home of Jack Nicholson.


Felicia Lee, who also performed under the name Felicia Tang, was a stunner. And now she’s gone.

Felicia Tang Lee

Her boyfriend, Brian Lee Randone, a self styled preacher and reality TV contestant, tortured and murdered her, say police, extinguishing that flame forever.

But Lee will be remembered both by her body of work, some of it controversial, and by friends and family who knew her best.

East-Cleveland Mayor Eric Brewer is in the midst of a reelection campaign where it will be decided next Tuesday whether or not he stays in office. That’s why the pictures posted below are so damaging, and that’s also why Mayor Eric Brewer thinks something foul is afoot.

Mayor Eric Brewer

The pictures, when compared side-by-side with other pictures of Mayor Eric Brewer, appear to show Brewer wearing high-heels, lingerie and a wig in overtly sexual poses. It’s not illegal, but it’s definitely not the kind of thing you want coming out right before an election. That’s why Brewer thinks the photos were leaked by a political enemy who wants to see him lose the upcoming election.

Brewer issued a statement and spoke to local NBC affiliate WKYC. “While I am not and will not authenticate any of the pictures, since it appears as if they and the e-mails my opponent has caused to distributed are personal in nature, the fact is they are embarrassing to our city,” Brewer said.

IPhone MMS Update

Friday launch of MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service) on AT&T iPhones may be misplaced for a service that hasn’t been a huge success on most other phones.

Apple let down iPhone watchers and owners when it announced in June that iPhone 3.0 software would support MMS but implied that AT&T would not yet allow it. The service launch was delayed several times, with exclusive carrier AT&T citing the need to make sure its network was ready. The feature will finally become generally available on AT&T iPhones on Friday when iTunes delivers a carrier settings update for the wildly popular phone. The carrier has said it expects “record volumes” of MMS traffic after the launch. MMS lets people send pictures, audio recordings, video clips or contact information along with an SMS (Short Message Service) message.

However, the service in question has been out for years on other handsets and hasn’t exactly taken the mobile world by storm. In 2008, MMS made up just 2.5 percent of all messages sent from phones worldwide, meaning about 97.5 percent were SMS text messages, according to ABI Research. ABI expects the MMS share to grow to just 4.5 percent by 2014.

Given the amount of data that iPhone fans are already using on AT&T’s network, for Web browsing, video, e-mail and social networking, it would take quite a popularity breakthrough for MMS to drag down the infrastructure through sheer traffic, analysts said. However, the carrier’s fears in one respect may have been justified, said ABI analyst Dan Shey.

Several factors have dampened the popularity of MMS, according to analysts and industry observers. A big one is that the messages still don’t always get through.

“Interoperability between carriers has always been an issue, and that’s why MMS usage hasn’t really taken off,” Shey said. Delivering multimedia content from one phone and one network to another can be complicated with photos and gets even more involved when it comes to video, with large file sizes and multiple available formats, he said. What’s attached in an MMS, 98 percent of the time, is just a picture, he said.

Another problem has been the complicated user interfaces on some phones and networks, which at times have forced senders to go through several steps to attach their content and recipients to go to a link within an SMS and provide a password along the way. The iPhone streamlines this process for iPhone users but not necessarily for the recipients of their messages.

The economics of MMS may not be attractive for either users or service providers. Even though each message uses a lot more network capacity than an SMS, which is limited to 160 characters of text, they typically count the same as an SMS against a bundled plan, Shey said. As a result, carriers haven’t had an incentive to market the capability, he said.

And users of advanced phones now have alternatives to being charged for sharing content with their friends. For example, it’s possible to post a photo to a Facebook page directly through Facebook’s iPhone application.

Carriers will eventually figure out a way to monetize user sharing of content, but it probably won’t be through MMS, said Mark Jacobstein, CEO of iSkoot, at the Mobilize conference earlier this month in San Francisco. Jacobstein is a serial entrepreneur in the mobile data world whose current company develops a variety of phone software. “The problem is not demand but implementation,” he said.

The increase in MMS traffic from iPhone users isn’t likely to put a much greater strain on AT&T’s network, said In-Stat infrastructure analyst Allen Nogee. The carrier’s current woes stem from having to deploy new base stations for 3G while selling a hugely popular handset that subscribers love to use for data, he said. Most customers won’t just send one big MMS after another and overload the network, Nogee said.

However, AT&T may have had good reason to make sure its infrastructure was ready for MMS, ABI’s Shey said. Even if the new feature doesn’t swallow huge amounts of overall capacity, all those messages eventually need to be separated out and sent through an exchange point called an MMSC (MMS service center). AT&T’s engineers may have set up that infrastructure for a smaller number of messages and then faced the prospect of MMS becoming possible on all iPhones.

If they learned anything from the experience of watching data traffic grow exponentially after the iPhone itself hit the market, they may have wanted to beef up the MMS portion of their system before the new feature hit all those phones, Shey said.

“All operators are just fanatic about ensuring that their network is not overutilized,” Shey said. “I’m sure the network folks got involved and said, ‘We’d better test this.'”

Samsung’s new i7500 Galaxy makes it the first manufacturer after HTC to enter the Android game, and it does so with a fairly feature-rich phone.

Samsung Android i7500

Exclusive to O2 in the UK, the Galaxy is a sleek proposition, but is it enough to consider the Koreans firmly in the Android game?

The i7500 Galaxy has three obvious features when you pick it up: it’s very slim at 11.9mm thick, it feels very light at 116g and the 3.2-inch screen might not seem very large, but it dominates the chassis. The screen also packs Samsung’s latest OLED technology, which makes the display bright and vivid.

The overall feel of the phone mirrors that of the Samsung Jet – it has a similar (if larger) layout on the back of the phone, and has a weird spring-like response when you tap it as the haptic feedback device inside is clearly finely balanced.

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West indies vs Pakistan

Pakistan hold nerve in low-scoring brawl

Pakistan 134 for 5 (Umar Akmal 41*, Tonge 4-25) beat West Indies 133 (Miller 51, Aamer 3-24, Gul 3-28) by five wickets

Mohammad Aamer set a fine example with his spell of 3 for 24 which rocked the top order

Water on Moon

The moon isn’t the dry dull place it seems. Traces of water lurk in the dirt unseen.

Three different space probes found the chemical signature of water all over the moon‘s surface, surprising the scientists who at first doubted the unexpected measurement until it was confirmed independently and repeatedly.

It’s not enough moisture to foster homegrown life on the moon. But if processed in mass quantities, it might provide resources — drinking water and rocket fuel — for future moon-dwellers, scientists say. The water comes and goes during the lunar day.

It’s not a lot of water. If you took a two-liter soda bottle of lunar dirt, there would probably be a medicine dropperful of water in it, said University of Maryland astronomer Jessica Sunshine, one of the scientists who discovered the water. Another way to think of it is if you want a drink of water, it would take a baseball diamond’s worth of dirt, said team leader Carle Pieters of Brown University.

“It’s sort of just sticking on the surface,” Sunshine said. “We always think of the moon as dead and this is sort of a dynamic process that’s going on.”