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  • With the special-effects blockbuster "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" hitting theaters, now's a good time to remind budding auteurs that one doesn't need a hundred million dollar budget to make a good movie. In fact, with some creativity, you can make an award-winning flick for next to nothing.

    Tech company Nokia recently held a competition to see who could make the best short film using only a cell phone camera. The two-minute film "Splitscreen: a Love Story" was declared the winner. It's easy to see why. The flick's use of innovative cinematography, combined with a charming story about two travelers who find each other halfway around the world can put a smile on most anybody's face.

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  • The swastika, unmistakable symbol of Nazi power, has been banned in Germany for some time. However, neo-Nazis are finding ways around that law, initiating alternate graphics and codes to promote their Hitler-inspired beliefs.

    A new brochure titled "Hide and Seek," featured in German news magazine Der Spiegel, explains the troubling trend. Of course, the symbols appear innocuous so most people don't recognize them as anything hate-driven. The neo-Nazi signs can be seen on banners at sporting events, as tattoos, etc. Michael Weiss, author of the brochure, told Der Spiegel that its purpose is to raise public awareness of the current generation of neo-Nazi codes, especially among teachers and social workers and others with access to German youths.

    Consider, for example, a symbol as seemingly far from the swastika as the number 14. This is code for "14 words," a phrase first coined by American white separatist David Lane. His 14-word statement, "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children" is a mantra for many neo-Nazis.

    "BH" is another secret hate code. This stands for Blood and Honour, an extreme right-wing group banned in Germany more than a decade ago. The number 88 is gaining popularity, too, a reference to the outlawed phrase "Heil Hitler." With "H" being the eighth letter of the alphabet, to Nazis, "88" means "Heil Hitler."

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  • Business as usual on Yahoo! will come to a stop during a "Digital Moment of Silence" to be observed this coming September 11, the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the United States.

    Service on our site will be interrupted for one minute. Users will be invited to reflect on the victims of the attack and invited to publish their own 9/11 stories on Yahoo! for others to see.

    The Digital Moment of Silence is part of an overall 10-year anniversary event co-produced by the National September 11 Memorial & Museum (9/11 Memorial) and Yahoo! News. It will include a co-branded 9/11 memorial microsite, profiles of Americans whose lives were transformed by the event, and tools for users to tell their own stories. These will be published on Yahoo! for posterity.

    [How did 9/11 change you? Share your story with Yahoo! readers.]

    The 9/11 Memorial organization's mission is to honor the victims and heroes of 9/11. A physical memorial located at the site of the former World Trade Center

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  • Accolades pour in for Lakers' Bryant

    By Mark Lamport-Stokes LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant has often been a polarizing figure during his illustrious NBA career, criticized by some for being too selfish and not doing enough as a facilitator for his team mates. For his peers, however, Bryant is simply a winner and will do whatever it takes to instill a winning mindset, even though this season has been especially challenging for an injury-hit team decidedly low in overall quality. ...

  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
    Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

  • Messi double, Suarez hits first La Liga goal in Barca rout

    By Tim Hanlon BARCELONA, Reuters - Lionel Messi scored twice and Luis Suarez struck his first La Liga goal as Barcelona crushed struggling Cordoba 5-0 on Saturday to finish the year a point behind Real Madrid at the top of the table. In form Pedro put Barca ahead after just 71 seconds, the second quickest in La Liga this season, with a clinical finish from a ball over the top of the defence by Ivan Rakitic. The signs were ominous for Cordoba as they found themselves encamped in their own half, although Barca did not add to their lead until the start of the second half through Suarez. ...

  • Villarreal climb after seventh straight win
    Villarreal climb after seventh straight win

    Villarreal registered their seventh consecutive win in all competitions to move above Sevilla on goal difference into fifth in La Liga thanks to a 3-0 victory over Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday. Jonathan dos Santos got the hosts off to the perfect start when the on-loan Barcelona midfielder slammed home his first goal for the club. Argentine striker Luciano Vietto then added to his fine debut season in Spain with two simple finishes five minutes apart midway through the second-half to make the game safe before the hosts ended with 10 men when substitute Tomas Pina was sent-off.

  • Rondo makes successful debut with Mavericks

    Dallas (AFP) - Rajon Rondo tallied six points and nine assists in his Dallas debut as he helped lead the Mavericks to a 99-93 win over the short-handed San Antonio Spurs.

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