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European Court Lets Users Erase Records on Web (NYT)
Europe’s highest court said on Tuesday that people had the right to influence what the world could learn about them through online searches, a ruling that rejected long-established notions about the free flow of information on the Internet. Poynter / MediaWire If results display pages that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed,” the search engine operator must remove them, the court ruled, even if the “publication in itself on those pages is lawful.” BBC News The case was brought by a Spanish man who complained that an auction notice of his repossessed home on Google’s search results infringed his privacy. Google says it does not control data, it only offers links to information freely available on the Internet. It has previously said forcing it to remove data amounts to censorship. WSJ Some lawyers argue that the ruling will probably only be applied for searches done and displayed in Europe, and only for European data subjects, for instance, EU citizens or European residents. The court specifically said, however, that companies can’t get out of compliance simply by saying their servers are outside of Europe. The technology industry has rallied around freedom of speech, long a tenet of Western democracy but enshrined specifically in the U.S. Constitution as its First Amendment. Privacy-rights activists and many European officials have supported a competing notion: the “right to be forgotten.” Reuters The ruling creates technical challenges as well as potential extra costs for companies like Google, the world’s No. 1 search engine, and Facebook. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the rights of people whose privacy has been infringed outweighed the general public interest. Google said it was disappointed with the ruling, which contradicted a non-binding opinion from the ECJ’s court adviser last year that said deleting sensitive information from search results would interfere with freedom of expression.

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The Gossip Table Returns with Some Simon Cowell News

On this morning’s season debut of VH1′s live daily gossip program, New York Daily News reporter Marianne Garvey proudly noted that her paper has broken most of the news about Simon Cowell‘s love child. She went on to discuss the fact that Cowell is set to soon meet the other son of mother Lauren Silverman, seven-year-old Adam.

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Mum’s the Word in Latest Simon Cowell Headlines

Thanks to Simon Cowell exiting the LA studios of The X Factor last night and refusing to comment on allegations that he has fathered a child with NYC socialite Lauren Silverman, a rash of “Mum” headlines are crossing the wire. Half are from his actual mom, saying he’ll make a great dad; the other pertain to his not-yet-commenting.

At WENN, contactmusic.com and elsewhere, the news is being passed on that Cowell “Keeps Mum.” However, on the same day of Ariel Castro‘s sentencing hearing (!), a TV station website in Cleveland (ABC 5) has stamped this rather unfortunate typo:

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US Weekly Uncorks Saucy Simon Cowell Exclusive

On the heels of that recent Liam Gallagher love child scandal comes the hint of another, involving an even bigger Brit. According to a story in this week’s issue of US Weekly tipped by staff editor Allison Takeda, Simon Cowell has been having an affair with “technically married” New York socialite Lauren Silverman and she is now expecting their child.

The online teaser item is up and while Cowell’s reps have yet to respond to the allegations, readers are quickly chiming in at the usmagazine.com end:

Peblican: Wow, cheating with your close friend’s wife and to add insult having a baby with her, wonder how he treats his enemies.

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Dancing Edges Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting as Most Watched Prime Time Show

Holiday regalia is full steam ahead! Office parties are the norm. And another seasonal mainstay is NBC’s tradition of the Christmas tree lightning at home base–Rockefeller Plaza.

The holiday favorite brought throngs in the Christmas spirit to Midtown, and millions to their seats. The show tied for second, according to Nielsen, with an estimated 1.4 million viewers tuned in to WNBC, and a 7.2 rating.

The final 15 minutes of CBS’ NFL coverage also nailed down number two for the week.

But standing atop all others was ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. The celebrity competition had the top spot with last week’s result show (1.4 million/7.4).  Performance night “settled” for fifth place (1.2 million/6.2).

CBS’ 60 Minutes found a home at number four (1.2 million/6.3).

There’s more from the Top 10 after the jump.

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Emmys Win the Week; X Factor Edges The Voice

Television’s biggest night was a ratings winner! The Emmy Awards, broadcast on ABC, was the number one prime time show in New York for the week ending September 23. The event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, had an estimated 1.3 million WABC viewers with a 6.9 rating, according to Nielsen.

ABC’s Emmy Red Carpet show failed to draw as much attention, settling for a 17th-place tie (540,000/2.8).

Back to the top of the survey, where despite scab refs, the NFL shines. As direct competition to the Emmys, NBC’s Sunday Night Football had a strong week. The Patriots/Ravens tilt was second-best with 1.1 million viewers and a 5.7 rating.  The last half-hour of NBC’s kickoff program Football Night in America landed in a tie for 17th (544,000/2.8).

The Giants’ Thursday nighter also did well. The NFL Network telecast had a ninth-place finish (832,000/4.3). A simulcast version on WPIX/Channel 11 tied for 17th (544,000/2.8). We’re not certain if those numbers include the Cablevision audience, blocked from the WPIX programming since mid-August. Cablevision, though, offered a free preview of the NFL Network to all subscribers on PIX.

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Steven Tyler Quits American Idol

You just got played, American Idol.

After a two-year stint in order to become relevant again, Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is quitting the Fox singing competition show:

“After some long … hard … thoughts … I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit. I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass – the ultimate in auditory takeover. On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars. IDOL was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it … Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD.”

Of course Tyler is leaving the show just months before Aerosmith drops an album.

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Former X Factor Host Headed to Entertainment Tonight

Former The X Factor host Steve Jones is reportedly replacing Mark Steines as the new co-host of Entertainment Tonight, according to the New York Post.

The 35-year-old has been filling in since March and Steines is leaving the nightly syndicated entertainment show after 17 years.

Simon Cowell gave Jones the boot from the music competition show in January along with judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger.

$15 Million Marks the Spot for Britney Spears

Desperate for higher ratings after a disappointing first season, The X Factor has reportedly landed pop star Britney Spears as a judge for a whopping $15 million, according to TheWrap.

Spears previously turned down a $10 million offer from Simon Cowell‘s music competition show but it appears $13 million to judge and an additional $2 million to perform was enough to change her mind. The deal hasn’t been officially signed yet as Spears is under a conservatorship with her father, Jamie.

To put this proposed deal in perspective, Paula Abdul received only $2.5 million during her one season as judge on the show.

I think folks will tune in to the first couple of episodes but is Spears relevant enough in 2012 to create a huge increase in ratings? Only time will tell.

A Party For Kate White and A Madoff Sighting

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It’s the rare Wednesday when I don’t leave Michael’s with a fistful of business cards from some striver or media maven intent on making an impression. That’s why it’s so newsworthy when the exact opposite occurs. Today was the rare occasion when a famous — make that infamous — name did everything he could not to be noticed. Andrew Madoff arrived with a woman named Catherine Hooper (Andrew’s fiancee) and a little girl in tow, having made their reservation online under Catherine’s name just minutes before. The threesome took a seat in the lounge to wait for their table a few minutes before noon with a handful of people who were oblivious to his presence. Andrew did his best to avoid eye contact with the people around him and said nothing while waiting for his table.

I spotted him through the window when I got to the front door and decided I would ask him what he thought of Stephanie Madoff Mack‘s media tour for her book, which happened to coincide with the publication of the book Laurie Sandell wrote with his cooperation and the participation of his mother, Ruth Madoff. Unfortunately, as soon as he realized I knew who he was, he was off like a shot and I’d missed my moment. If you don’t want to be noticed, why come to the media mecca on a Wednesday? Just asking.

Table 1 was the center of the action today where Linda Fairstein was hosting a lunch for good pal Kate White to celebrate the publication of Kate’s latest novel, So Pretty It Hurts, a Bailey Weggins mystery. I was thrilled to be among the table of fun, fearless power gals. The lively group, which included actress Stephanie March, Dr. Holly Phillips, Women’s Health editor Michele Promaulayko,  photographer Peggy Vance (Mrs. Cyrus Vance to you), Hilary Gumbel (wife of Bryant Gumbel) and Giorgio Armani Beauty’s Kelly Thompson, had plenty to talk about.

Before everyone arrived, I caught up with Kate to ask her about her latest Bailey book (it’s her sixth in the series and eighth novel in all in addition to several business books she’s written). So Pretty It Hurts finds crime writer Bailey at the center of the mystery surrounding the death of supermodel Devon Barr. The story kicks off when the beauty is killed during a weekend in the country at a music mogul’s mansion and the house guests become the suspects. The whodunnit  is in the style of those Agatha Christie page turners where everyone is stuck in the house (this time because of a snowstorm) and left to ponder if there is a killer among them. We’re starting it tonight.

Kate White, Linda Fairstein, Stephanie March. Hilary Gumbel, Dr. Holly Phillips. Michele Promaulayko, Kelly Thompson, Peggy Vance, Diane Clehane
Front row (L-R): Kate White, Linda Fairstein, Stephanie March. Hilary Gumbel. Back row (L-R): Dr. Holly Phillips. Michele Promaulayko, Kelly Thompson, Peggy Vance, Diane Clehane

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