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Superstar comedienne Phyllis Diller died today in Los Angeles, California. She was 95. Diller was not the first female stand-up comic ( ‘Moms’ Mabely had been performing since the 40′s ), but her outrageous fashions and irreverent sense of humor established her as a media comedy sensation in the 1960′s. Before Rosanne Barr, Diller joked about the drudgery of housework ( and a clueless husband named ” Fang ” ) and her self-depreciating gags no doubt inspired Totie Fields and Joan Rivers. Ms. Diller ( born Phyllis Ada Driver ) was writing radio copy in the San Francisco area in the 50′s when she decided to enter the world of stand-up comedy. After success at clubs, she soon branched into television with an appearance on Groucho Marx’s quiz show ” You Bet Your Life “. After nightclubs she perhaps had her biggest successes in TV as a fixture of talk shows, variety shows and game shows, although she had little
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Ticketmaster Goes To Walmart, Twitter's $800M Cash Injection, Skype's iPad App, Facebook's Ad Moves, LivingSocial Aims East

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Drums Of Pretzels, And Now Concert Tix, At Walmart. Ticketmaster just did a deal to sell concert tickets via video displays at Walmarts in 13 states. It gives fans a "way to learn about upcoming events, purchase and take home tickets without leaving their neighborhood," Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard said in a statement. A typical deal: N.C. Walmart shoppers save an undisclosed sum on a four-pack of tix to Journey, Jason Aldean, Incubus, and Toby Keith shows in Raleigh and Charlotte. --Tg

--Updated 4:20 p.m. Est

Twitter Is $800 Million Richer. Twitter's just landed an $800 million venture funding deal, led by Russian Vc firm Dst Global. So say the rumors anyway, but if it's true it could be the largest such deal in history, and it would push Twitter's value up to $8 billion--more than double its
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