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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Six degrees: Susan Boyle to Charles Darwin

November 25th, 2009
02:05 PM ET

Time to get your thinking caps on: it's time for the Connect The World Six Degrees game. [cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/25/sixdegrees2.jpg caption="What links Susan Boyle to Charles Darwin?"]Here’s how to play: We choose two people in the news this week and ask you to connect them through the six short steps.

This week we're asking you to take a giant leap because our newsmakers come from very different fields. We want you to link reality TV singing star Susan Boyle to evolutionary theorist Charles Darwin.

Up for the challenge?

Leave your submissions for this week's challenge in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and we'll announce the winner on Friday's show.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the “share post” button below. To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

Google apologizes for its search engine

November 25th, 2009
01:00 PM ET

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/25/google.art.jpg caption="Google has apologised for an offensive image of Michelle Obama."]If you have typed “Michelle Obama” into Google image search recently you will have been presented with a racially offensive image of the U.S. first lady as your number one image. Sad but true.

Google happily concede that “search engines are a reflection of the content and information that is available on the Internet.”

So the news that they have been issuing apologies for the image and other photos relating to anti-Semitic material has caused something of a stir in cyberspace.

Missives on the subject from Google HQ have come thick and fast in recent days. “We apologize if you've had an upsetting experience using Google," one statement said.

Another sought to reassure users that “the views expressed by such sites are not in any way endorsed by Google."

Further explanations followed on “computer algorithms” and “subtleties of language” causing “anomalies” which Google cannot predict.

One might conclude that Google were keen to distance themselves from the offensive material. But did they need really need to issue such detailed explanations and apologies?

Aren’t the vast majority of people using the Internet aware of its capriciousness and are prepared to accept that sometimes, unfortunately, strange things result from a few harmless keystrokes? Indeed, the Internet’s scope and randomness is often part of its appeal.   

There are plenty of offensive websites and images on the Internet, but did we need Google to explain that to us?  Was Google right in the way they behaved? Or do you think they should remove the offending image? We want to hear what you think. Post your comments below.


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Wigan's footballers to compensate fans

November 24th, 2009
11:41 AM ET

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/24/wigan.art.jpg caption="Chaos in the Wigan defence as they went down 9-1 to Tottenham Hotspur."]Wigan Athletic’s humiliating defeat at the hands of a rampant Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s Premier League tie was the worst in the club’s history. They lost 9-1, leaking a staggering eight goals in the second half.

It is not a defeat that fans will have taken lightly and seemingly, the same goes for the players who are now offering the supporters compensation for the agony they were forced to endure.

In a statement released by the club, captain Mario Melchiot has apologized for the team’s woeful display and promised that the players will refund the ticket price to supporters who attended the game.

So will this placate the poor fans who traveled 200 miles to watch their team? It seems unlikely. But what do you think? Is this an appropriate gesture from apologetic players or should they be doing something else? After all, the price of a match day ticket is a drop in the ocean to Premiership players who earn more in a week than most of their supporters earn in a year. Send us your comments.


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Tripping the Twilight fantastic

November 23rd, 2009
06:28 PM ET

A couple of years ago a friend of mine, who worked in publishing, emailed me suggesting a guest for CNN. 
The guest was an author doing well in America and was about to start selling her books in Europe. My friend was a big fan of the books but also the author who apparently had amazing story to tell.[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/23/meyer.art.jpg caption="Author Stephanie Meyer attending the Los Angeles premiere of The Twilight Saga: New Moon."]

I agreed to have the author on the show and I'm glad I did because it became one of my most memorable interviews. I heard how a deeply religious housewife had a dream that she turned into a book. She was caught out by her success but was riding the wave.

Her name was Stephanie Meyer, and her success was nothing compared to what it is now. Its one of those interviews that gets better with age because you know it was the beginning of something huge. See it here and get a sense of just how big the author of Twilight has become on tonight's show.

Also give us your thoughts here on the housewife, writer and, now, Hollywood big-hitter that is Stephanie Meyer.

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Wednesday's Connector of the Day – Steve Forbes

November 23rd, 2009
04:37 PM ET

What’s it like being the man who decides who makes the rich list? Steve Forbes, and his business magazine empire, reports on who's the biggest billionaire, and who's made the biggest losses.

The media mogul is CEO and editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, America's leading voice on the world’s economy, finance, and corporate leadership, with a current circulation of more than 900,000.

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/23/art.forbes.jpg caption="Steve Forbes – business media mogul and famous list-maker."]

The Forbes "rich lists" garner much worldwide attention for the magazine. When Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera was listed in Forbes “self-made” billionaires report this month, as well as “World’s Most Powerful People” list, many readers recoiled in horror.

Similar shockwaves rumbled when underworld don and India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim was listed as 50th most powerful person in the world, in Forbes’ first-ever such list.

His influence stretches beyond business journalism. In 1996 and 2000, Forbes campaigned to become the Republican nominee for president of the United States. From 1999 – 2006, Forbes was the tenth most important contributor of political funds in America, with 15 donations totaling over $7 million.

Comment on Steve Forbes, his lists, his magazines, and his new book 'Power Ambition Glory' below.

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