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Islamists Pour Into Syria From Turkey; Interview with Google Executive Eric Schmidt Part Two; Leading Women: Yingluck Shinawatra; Wall Street Gears Up For Twitter IPO; Terrorist Suspect Dons Burka, Disappears; 1,400 Suspected Nazi Stolen Paintings Found In Munich Apartment
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KRISTIE LU STOUT, HOST: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. And welcome to News Stream where news and technology meet.
Now India launches its first mission to Mars, aiming to be the first Asian country to reach the Red Planet.
We get an exclusive look at some of the roots al Qaeda linked militants are taking to get into Syria.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Computers will all self-assemble. You'll walk into your house and your watch will figure out that they're in your house and interesting things will happen.
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LU STOUT: Google's chairman tells me why he thinks smartwatches will become an important part of our lives.
Now India is one step closer to reaching the Red Planet. All eyes were on the launch of its first Mars probe earlier on Tuesday.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Liftoff normal.
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LU STOUT: It is circling the Earth. Its journey to Mars is scheduled to take some 10 months. If it succeeds, India will be the first Asian nation to reach Mars.
Now reaching the Red Planet is notoriously difficult. Japan tried in 1998. Its Nozomi probe was due to arrive five years later. In 2003, it lost communication and the mission was abandoned.
Now China attempted to reach Mars in 2011, but its orbiter hitched a ride on a Russian spacecraft that failed to leave the Earth's orbit. It crashed down in January of 2012.
India announced its mission months later. And so far, only NASA, the European Space Agency and the former Soviet Union have successfully sent probes to Mars.
And they rarely succeed on the first try. Now more than half of all missions since 1960 have failed.
Now Mallika Kapur joins us now live from Mumbai -- Mallika.
MALLIKA KAPUR, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Kristie, it was a day of great, great national pride for India as the country gathered together to watch Mungalian (ph), which is Hindi for Mars craft, takeoff from Earth at exactly 3:28 p.m. local time.
It was a day that many in India had been counting down for and waiting for. And when it happened, you know, there was a round of applause at the space station from where the rocket took off, but I'm pretty sure that that sentiment was echoed throughout the country.
Now it's going to take the orbiter about 10 months to reach Mars. It is a very complicated, complex and daunting journey. But the pricetag is relatively cheap, it's about $73 million. Now for international standards, that's a very, very low cost. Some people would even say it's a bargain.
But there has been some criticism over India's funding on its space programs with many people saying, look, that money could have been better spent here on Earth. Let's use it to -- let's spend it to feed the poor people, let's use it for the people who really need it.
But India's answer to that has been, look, by investing in our space program -- and they do invest about $1 billion annually -- it is helping the poor people, it is helping everyone in India, because by investing in the space program we're able to invest in our satellite technology and that's being used in a variety of sectors across India, whether it's in telemedicine, it's in TV broadcasting, it's used to predict the weather -- you know, weather forecasting.
So, all this is actually helping lift thousands and thousands of people in India out of poverty.
But for today, Kristie, the focus was really not on the controversy over spending, the focus was really just on getting this rocket to liftoff smoothly from Earth without a hitch. And as that happened, everybody in India who was watching said it was a day of great, great pride.
LU STOUT: Yeah, a day of national pride and anticipation there in India. Mallika Kapur reporting for us, thank you.
Now the first mission to ever reach Mars was NASA's Mariner IV. It took the first closeup photos of the planet's surface back in 1965. And then in 1971, the former Soviet Union made the first successful landing on Mars.
Now since then, there have only been seven other landings, all by the United states. And the most recent was just last year. NASA's Curiosity Rover is exploring the Martian surface. And the U.S. space agency is set to launch its next Mars mission on November 18. It's known by the acronym MAVEN. You can learn more about it at CNN.com.
Now, turning now to the civil war in Syria and what's said to be the growing presence of jihadist fighters. Now CNN has learned that hundreds of foreigners are being smuggled onto Syria's battlefields. And they are bolstering the presence of al Qaeda linked groups in Syria. So how are they getting in? Well, through this region in southern Turkey.
Now foreign fighters are using the Hatay Province as a gateway into Syria. And some fighters say that they are willing to die for their cause in a country that is not their own. Now meanwhile, the Turkish government insists it is trying to fight extremism in the region.
Now our senior international correspondent Nick Paton Walsh joins me now live from Gaziantep in Turkey -- Nick.
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, Kristie, for the United States and its European allies, the level of involvement in Syria's civil war is a constant dilemma always complicated by the increasing radicalization of those amongst Syria's rebels. But really now this traffic of international jihadists through southern Turkey into northern Syria where al Qaeda now has a convincing stronghold and it's causing a pressing security dilemma for NATO itself.
NICK PATON WALSH, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORREPSONDENT: Just miles from Syria's savage war is Turkey's Hatay airport, international in all the wrong ways.
Every flight we secretly film land carried men from countries al Qaeda calls home. Why are they here?
Two from Mauritania. These four from Libya with large backpacks.
Hello? How are you doing? Where are you from?
From Benghazi? OK. OK.
Another from Egypt, then Saudi Arabia, even Leicester in the UK. Most must be innocently traveling, but many say little and rush into waiting cars.
It's astonishing to see, such a global crowd so open and close to Syria where al Qaeda is blooming right under the noses of Turkish border control.
Many arrivals are bound for this: the border into Syria.
A smuggler drives us along his route from the airport through safe houses around Hatay towards the fence where he delivers foreign jihadis straight to the al Qaeda linked militants sweeping to power in Syria's anarchic north.
When they get to the fence, he says, they kneel and cry, they weep like they've just met something more precious to them than their own family. They believe this land, Syria, is where God's judgment will come to pass.
What's extraordinary is the sheer pace. What started as a trickle of foreign recruits going to fight the Syrian regime has turned into a flood, we're told, tripling in pace since the chemical attacks around Damascus in August.
This smuggler in the last few months shipping across 400 people.
This Iraqi jihadi was shaking with excitement about his one-way trip the next morning.
"I'm so happy to be going to Syrian," he says. "Hopefully, I will die fighting."
There are as many Europeans coming as Arabs now. We want an Islamic caliphate from Syria to Anbar in Iraq without borders, but with Islamic law. Our fight is with the west now, too, because their silence means they're complicit.
This is so serious for Turkey that you can now see al Qaeda from the Turkish border. The black flag of the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria showing their run the Syrian town of Jerablus (ph). Turkey insists it is fighting extremism, but this frantic traffic of jihadis risks making al Qaeda the new rulers of Syria's north and putting their latest and boldest sanctuary right on NATO's most volatile border.
WALSH: Now the Turkish government, according to one Turkish (inaudible) reiterates they've been a victim of terrorism themselves here, so to suggest they're not doing everything they can to stop extremism in the region is of course in their minds ridiculous.
They also say that the simple reason Islamists, al Qaeda, radicals are able to get a foothold inside Syria amongst rebel-held territory and even in rebel ranks is because the international community has singularly failed again and again to intervene decisively in Syria and end the bloody civil war there, Kristie.
LU STOUT: You know, this is such an incredible and deeply alarming report. And why is it that the rate of jihad recruits crossing to Syria has tripled since those chemical attacks back in August?
WALSH: Well, that's what one smuggler said to us had happened. He's one of many operating on that particular porous border area. There is a substantial traffic. The reason he gave, and the Iraqi jihadi you just heard gave as well is a sense of anger, I think, and abandonment by the international community.
After the attacks around Damascus, chemical attacks of August 21, the U.S. and European allies were so certain that the regime was to blame, threatened military action, but then backed away from it causing, I think, many rebels, many sympathizing with the rebel cause to think there's never going to be an international community intervention of any decisive or effective nature. And some of those have concluded to that that suggest the west is somehow complicit.
This is a region given to conspiracy theories, but now you hear in the list of enemies of this jihadist we spoke to. Iran, back of Syria. Russia, a backer of Syria. And the west who they say haven't done enough and therefore are on the Syrian government's side, Kristie.
LU STOUT: Now, Bashar al-Assad, he has constantly claimed that he is fighting terrorism in his own country. Is there more credence to that claim given this rising tide of jihadist crossing the border into Syria?
WALSH: Well, you know, when he first started saying that it patently wasn't true. He was facing often civilian, secular, moderate revolution, rebellion and shelling civilians who had loyalties to that rebellion. There was no real sign of terrorism there. But as the international community failed to intervene and Islamists became the better military strategists amongst rebel ranks, al Qaeda seeped in, too.
So the United States late last year decided to prescribe one of the leading military groups in Syrian rebel ranks Jabhat al-Nusra, they had links to al Qaeda. But the new group we've been talking about, the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria are even more radical than Jabhat al-Nusra. They're also considered a terrorist organization too.
So, yes, in some ways while Bashar al-Assad was not accurate at all in his early description of rebels as being terrorists, if you look strictly through the prism of U.S. foreign policy, some of the groups now fighting in rebel ranks are in U.S. eyes clearly terrorists and have links to al Qaeda.
A deeply confusion situation for U.S. policymakers, because the need for humanitarian and in many ways military help to help rebels in their fight here hasn't gone away. It's just been exacerbated by this war. But the complications, the presence of al Qaeda there, makes any real effective policy extraordinarily hard to craft, Kristie.
LU STOUT: That's right, you said a deeply confusing situation. Nick Paton Walsh reporting for us. Thank you, Nick.
Now you're watching News Stream. And still to come, another shooting in the U.S. sparks mass chaos this time at a shopping mall in New Jersey. The suspected gunman is dead. We'll give you the details.
Also ahead, a terror suspect in the UK slips into a burka and out of sight, leaving police to answer a lot of questions.
Plus, this woman is accused of selling her daughter's virginity. And now one of them is speaking out. She says her mother is innocent.
LU STOUT: Welcome back. You're watching News Stream. And you're looking at a visual version of all the stories we've got in the show today.
Now a little bit later, we'll bring you the second part to our interview with Google's chairman. We'll talk about smartwatches and why Google is investing in immortality projects.
But now to the United States and the sad aftermath of yet another shooting. Now a gunman unleashed fear and panic at a New Jersey shopping center on Monday night dressed all in black. Officials say that the shooter walked through the mall firing his rifle as terrified shoppers ran for cover.
Now fortunately no one was hit. And hours later after a massive police search authorities say the gunman was found dead inside this center with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Now Poppy Harlow joins me now from New Jersey with more on the shooting and what we know about the gunman -- Poppy.
POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, Kristie. Well, we have been up here all night covering this because this broke out just after 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. I hear at this massive, massive mall and it led to really a massive manhunt for this gunman. His name is Richard Shoop. He is 20 years old. He is from just around this area. And he burst into this mall behind me with a rifle that police say he made or someone made to look like an AK-47. They say that the gun was stolen from his brother.
Ultimately, he only ended up shooting himself. He did not kill or even wound any other.
HARLOW: Chaos at a shopping center in New Jersey overnight.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We heard four gunshots. And everybody was scared, everybody was panicked. So we took everybody, we went in the back of the store, we locked ourselves in with 13 people in total, including me.
HARLOW: Hundreds of police, SWAT and emergency teams swarmed the Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in search of a gunman who authorities believe fired six rounds just before closing time. The gunman, 20-year-old Richard Shoop, was discovered dead just after 3:00 a.m., his body found lying in a remote area of the mall. Authorities say he had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Originally from Washington township, New Jersey, now living in Teaneck, New Jersey. He's 20 years old, and his body was discovered just about an hour ago with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head area. He himself went to the area where he did this. It was a very difficult area of the mall, behind some construction.
HARLOW: No one else was injured in the shooting. State police say the gunman fired shots at security cameras.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He was actually wearing a red and black motorcycle helmet. The visor was lifted up so I was able to see his face. He was a white male. He wasn't really aiming at anything. He was walking a little bit past the Apple store. He wasn't yelling. He didn't seem angered. He was kind of just walking.
HARLOW: Police say Shoop was carrying a rifle modified to look like an AK-47 stolen from his brother.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It looked like an AK-47 but it is not an AK-47. It's where you take the handgun and modify it to make it look like something it is not. But it is a lawful gun owned by the brother.
HARLOW: And police say Shoop has no history of mental illness but say he abused drugs.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We do believe that the main motive for what he did tonight was suicide, whether self-inflicted or, god forbid, suicide by cop which no one ever wants to see. It looked like that was his motive.
HARLOW: Now, I can tell you a few important points also to add here, Kristie. It doesn't appear, authorities say, that he went into this mall with the intention of shooting anyone else, because they were told by witnesses who were very close to the gunman, that he did not attempt to shoot them or kill them, which he could have done, they say.
Also important to note, authorities say it was actually a family member, a relative of the suspected shooter that called authorities just after 10:00 p.m. Eastern here last night, about an hour after this all broke out, because they heard about it on the radio, on the news, and suspected that it may be their relative.
So there are a lot of questions. What could have led this 20 year old to this? A lot of questions still at this hour. But tragic and thank goodness, at least, that more people did not die.
LU STOUT: That's right, thank goodness for that.
And all this took place in the massive, sprawling shopping center behind you. So what did it take to eventually find the shooter?
HARLOW: Well, if you -- this doesn't even give you enough perspective about how big this is. This is the biggest mall in the state of New Jersey, we're told. It's 2.2 million square feet. So, first, they had to cordon everyone off into the stores that they were in, basically keep them on lockdown. And then we're told they took about 500 law enforcement officers. So we know that local police were here. We also know that the FBI was here, also FBI SWAT team to really canvas this entire area. And it was at 3:20 a.m. this morning that they found -- they found the shooter dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a very remote area of the mall. They said sort of behind some construction, someplace that would not be easy to find, not be easy to get to, all the more complex and leading to more questions about why he came here to do this and how he ended up in that part of the mall. A lot of questions still at this hour.
LU STOUT: Indeed. Poppy Harlow reporting live for us live from New Jersey. Thank you.
Now in the United Kingdom, a terror suspect with reported links to al Qaeda was supposed to be on close watch by authorities, but he managed to escape surveillance by dressing as a woman in a burka.
Now Lucy Manning reports the vanishing act has put police procedures in the firing line.
LUCY MANNING, ITV NEWS: Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed walks into a mosque. It's 10:00 a.m. on Friday. He's a suspected terrorist who is tagged and monitored, but this doesn't stop his escape as he walks out at 3:15 he's now hidden beneath a burka. The 27-year-old leaves undetected and is now, despite a massive police hunt, on the run.
The police are now at the West London Mosque. Mr. Mohamed was on a TPM, a terrorism prevention measure, but it didn't prevent his escape.
Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed is understood to have links to al Qaeda. The security service believe he had terrorist training in Somalia in 2008 fighting on the front lines supporting al Shabaab. It also claimed he helped individual travel from the UK to Somalia for terror related activity and played a role in planning attacks in Somalia and overseas.
In the last few weeks he'd been buying up a number of mobile phone SIM cards.
SUNNY KAPOOR, SHOPKEEPER: ...buy it from me (inaudible) SIM cards, yeah. Two of them out of order, it's not working. And he changed with another company's.
MANNING: And this was recently?
KAPOOR: Recently, yeah, last couple of weeks.
MANNING: He also has links to Ibrahim Agag (ph), a terror suspect who got into a taxi last year and disappeared and still hasn't been found.
Two lost terror suspects difficult for the home secretary.
THERESA MAY, BRITISH HOME SECRETARY: The police and security service have confirmed that they do not believe that this man poses a direct threat to the public in the UK. The reason -- the reason he was put on a TPM in the first place was to prevent his travel to support terrorism overseas.
YVETTE COOPER, BRIITSH SHADOW FOREIGN SECRETARY: This home secretary has made it easier for serious terror suspects to disappear and that is irresponsible.
MANNING: TPM's replace control orders last year. They have shorter curfews, allowing suspects to be away from home more. Suspects can now use mobile phones and the Internet. They can't now be forced to relocate. And while control orders could be renewed annually, TPM's expire after two years.
ALEX CARLILE, FRM. INDEPENDNET REVIEWER OF TERRORISM LAWS: We were told that there would be increased surveillance under the new TPM system, but plainly it's failed on this occasion in what I would suggest are entirely predictable circumstances.
MANNING: The Mosque distanced itself from the simple yet audacious burka escape.
JUMA BIHARI, AN-NOOR MAAJID AND COMMUNITY CENTRE: Given our open door policy and our preparedness to work with every sector of the society, at times such events are an unintended consequence of the task we've set ourselves.
MANNING: Three days on and the police are still searching.
LU STOUT: You're watching News Stream. And coming up next, police in Colombia say that this mother made money by forcing her children into prostitution. Now one of her daughters says her mother is innocent.
LU STOUT: Coming to you live from Hong Kong. You're back watching News Stream.
Now, we want to update you on a story we first brought to you last week. A woman in Colombia is accused of forcing her 12 daughters into prostitution. And police accuse her of selling their virginity.
Now one of her daughters has come forward and she says he mother is innocent.
Rafael Romo reports.
RAFAEL ROMO, CNN CORRESPONDENT: My mother is innocent, completely innocent Maryuri Zapata says She describes her mother as a humble restaurant worker who has made countless sacrifices to raise 12 children.
MARYURI ZAPATA, DAUGHTER (through translator): I don't understand why they're accusing my mother without proof, without getting everybody's testimony.
ROMO: But police says 45-year-old Margherita Zapata (ph) is an abusive woman who forced 12 daughters into prostitution, even selling their virginity for about $200 as soon as they each reached the age of 12
The woman denied the accusations when asked by a reporter. She hasn't been formally charged. And the public defender's office has year to assign a defense attorney.
Police say they launched an investigation when one of the sisters contacted officers seeking help.
GEN. EDGAR SANCHEZ, COLOMBIAN NATIONAL POLICE (through translator): It all started when a victim, a 14-year-old minor, reported the case after being raped in a, let's say, violent way. She got pregnant after this happened several times.
ROMO: One family, two very different descriptions of the same mother: the sister who reported her mother to the police is now 16-years-old. Colombian police are not disclosing her identity because she's a minor.
But Maryuri Zapata and two other sisters who are speaking publicly say her younger sister is lying because the minor wasn't even raised by their mother.
ZAPATA (through translator): I don't know why she's doing that. What's more, my mother didn't raise her. Why are they saying my mother sold her knowing that she gave her to another lady when she was little.
ROMO: She gave her away, Maryuri Zapata says, to give her a better chance in life. More than anything, Zapata says, she wants to make clear her mother didn't sell any of the daughters, nor did she force them into prostitution.
ZAPATA (through translator): It's not fair. It's not fair that they're accusing a person without gathering proof, without being sure that what they're saying is true.
ROMO: Colombian police say they're standing by the younger daughter who reported her mother to them. Investigators say they have proof, including interviews with all 12 children. They also say the older daughters changed the story after realizing their mother was being sent to jail. Maryuri Zapata says they're indeed deeply concerned about their mother's safety at the women's prison where she's being held.
Rafael Romo, CNN, Atlanta.
LU SOTUT: You're watching News Stream. And coming up, Twitter has long been known for its 140 character limit, but now it is eying some much bigger numbers ahead of its stock market deput.
And taking a closer look at Google, more of my conversation with chairman Eric Schmidt.
LU STOUT: I'm Kristie Lu Stout in Hong Kong. You're watching News Stream and these are your world headlines.
Now India has launched a mission to Mars. This rocket blasted off from India earlier today and has now achieved orbit around the Earth. Now if all goes to plan, the Mars orbiter will reach the Red Planet in about 10 months.
Now police say a gunman who opened fire at a shopping mall in New Jersey Monday night has been found dead. He apparently killed himself in a back area of the mall. And the suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Robert Shoop. The separate gunshots rang out on Monday night, causing panic at the mall and a frantic hunt for the shooter.
Now UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is trying to salvage proposed Geneva peace conference on Syria. Now Syria's information minister says reportedly says the regime will not participate if the goal in negotiations is to get Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign. Now the Syrian opposition meantime says it won't attend unless there is a clear time frame for al-Assad to step down.
Now in Germany, a treasure trove of art believed to have been stolen by the Nazis over 70 years ago has been uncovered in a Munish apartment. And more than 1,400 paintings were found during a 2011 tax raid, but their existence has only now come to light.
Now for more, senior international correspondent Jim Bittermann joins me now live from Munich. And Jim, you are right outside that apartment. Could you walk us through what was found there?
JIM BITTERMANN, CNN INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: Well, we don't actually know, Kristie, all of what was found here. They haven't released a complete list yet of all the works of art. More than 1,400 works of art, as you mentioned, were found in this apartment building behind me in the home of Cornelius Gurlitt, an 80-year-old sort of reclusive type who was the son of Hildabrand Gurlitt who worked for the Nazis in World War II. He had of course not been on the outs with the Nazis because he had a Jewish grandmother. He was fired from his post for the state museum under the Nazis and then later on as the Nazis needed money he was brought back into play trying to sell some of these works of arts overseas.
How these works of art then evolved and came down to his son is not entirely clear. There are hundreds, 1,400 hundred, very well known masters -- among them Pablo Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Matisse, Albrecht Durer from the 16th Century.
Some of these may have been seized by the Nazis as degenerate art, some of them may have been in the possession of Mr. Gurlitt legitimately, as it were. Certainly if (inaudible) can be found, the Germans will return the paintings to them.
But at the moment, they're still trying to track down exactly who these do belong to -- Kristie.
LU STOUT: You know, and this case it was discovered in that apartment there in Munich behind you in 2011, but it was only made public this month. So why did it take so long to be made public?
BITTERMANN: Well, the prosecutor corrected that this morning and said it was 2012, in fact, when they raided the apartment, February of 2012 when they raided the apartment. So that part of the story changed slightly. But still, a year-and-a-half in fact (inaudible) then only has come to light because the investigative reporting done by (inaudible) government.
The prosecutor has not explained that delay. He's also not explained exactly where, in fact, Mr. Gurlitt is. He's 80-years-old. And also what he might be charged with, because in fact there may not have been anything much illegal here. He basically could be charged with tax evasion, because he hasn't paid any taxes on any of the sales of the art. Some of these works were sold over the years.
But, in fact, in terms of what the kind of other illegal activity, they're not real sure. So, in fact, we'll see what happens when the prosecutor has to make...
LU STOUT: Yeah, a lot of questions about what legal action could be taken there.
And Jim Bittermann, joining us live from Munich, thank you very much indeed for that.
Now, by the end of this week, Twitter could be valued at nearly $14 billion. The company, you've heard, it's going public more than seven-and- a-half years after co-founder Jack Dorsey posted the very first tweet. Now the site, it counts more than 230 million active users.
And Laurie Segall shows us how we got here.
LAURIE SEGALL, CNN CORRESPONDENT: It began like any tech startup: a couple of engineers in a small room surrounded by computers. And now Twitter, valued at nearly $14 billion, will hit the public market this week.
It started in 2006 as a service borne from the simple concept of the text message. A tweet and a 140 characters could be broadcast to anyone. It was mocked at first.
DAVID LETTERMAN, HOST, LATE NIGHT WITH DAVID LETTERMAN: Have you hooked up to the Twitter thing?
SEGALL: But the world paid attention when they saw a revolution tweeted.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: To think that demonstrations that began through the Internet, through Facebook and Twitter, have now resulted in one of the Middle East's longest standing dictators stepping aside is something that no one, not just in Egypt, in the entire region ever imagined could be possible.
SEGALL: And a miracle on the Hudson documented.
The first picture came from Twitter.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I saw that there were survivors on there, so I just took a picture. And I just happened to be on Twitter, so I just did a quick twit pic and posted it.
SEGALL: And here at CNN, a race for followers.
ASHTON KUTCHER, ACTOR: If I beat CNN to a million followers, I will literally go in ding dong ditch Ted Turner's house.
LARRY KING, HOST, LARRY KING LIVE: You think you can take on an entire network? Do you know how big you are? Do you know CNN is? CNN will bury you.
SEGALL: Let's just say he hashtag #won.
And now the startup has spread its wings. Shares will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker TWTR.
JOHN MALLOY, BLUERUN VENTURES: I think a lot of people are watching this IPO because of the expectations of what happened with Facebook. Why everybody is so a twitter? Is that really what's going to happen now, because this is the next -- you know, this is the next big public facing technology company to go public.
SEGALL: So what's next for the company?
MALLOY: There's always a lot of challenges: relevancy, continuing to stay relevant, continuing to show that you're growing users, continuing that you're -- and improving on the value proposition that you sell to advertisers.
SEGALL: Those micromessages will translate to millions, if not billions, for investors and founders.
Co-founder Evan Williams could now be worth between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion. CEO Dick Costolo's stake, $191.9 million and board member Peter Fenton, his stake could be as much as $789 million.
LETTERMAN: It's just stupid. It's just crap. I'll tell you..
SEGALL: No longer the butt of the joke, investors will now see if shares of Twitter will soar. Laurie Segall, CNN Money, New York.
LU STOUT: And we are learning more about the man tapped as BlackBerry's new boss. Now John Chen has a reputation for fixing companies. He comes from Sybase, an enterprise services company. And Chen successfully turned once struggling Sybase around before selling it to SAP in 2010.
Now he spoke to Reuters about his new job as interim CEO at BlackBerry. And he said this, quote, "I know we have enough ingredients to build a long-term sustainable business. I've done this before and seen the same movie before."
Well, at least he sounds confident. Investors still need some convincing.
Now speculation is mounting that Google could soon unveil its own smartwatch. Now many see watches as the next focus for tech companies after smartphones and tablets. And I spoke to Google's chairman on Sunday about a variety of topics, including whether Google will make its own smartwatch.
ERIC SCHMIDT, GOOGLE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN: Well, the good news about Android, which is the operating system that is used on more than a billion devices, is there are a number of manufacturers that are either building or have announced Android smartwatches. Samsung, for example, has already been shipping one. And there are others coming. So again, you'll have an IP address on your hand, you'll have a mobile phone, maybe you'll have something on your glasses.
LU STOUT: It's very exciting, Google just bought one of these Android smartwatch makers, WIMM. So are we -- is something in the works here?
SCHMIDT: Well, let's not talk about Google's future products. I will tell you that the Android ecosystem there's a lot of devices like that coming.
We anticipate a sort of Internet of everything model, which has been discussed pretty broadly. What will happen is, you'll -- your computers will all self assemble. You'll walk into your house and your watch will figure out that you're in your house and interesting things will happen that make your life more productive and fun.
LU STOUT: Let's talk about Google Android, OK, and in particular Samsung's dominance in Google Android. I mean, is that a good thing or a bad thing, because Google Android has enabled the success of Samsung. Your thoughts on that?
SCHMIDT: Well, Samsung -- and I met with them when I was in Korea, very, very committed to Android. And indeed they're bringing out a large number of other sort of Android related products. So for Samsung, makes more than just phones and tablets. They make refrigerators and many, many other kinds of devices. So they're part of our partnership to make Android and the Internet of everything really happen.
So that partnership is very good for us.
Samsung has really redefined the smartphone space. Today, they are the number one mobile phone manufacturer in the world and they're number one, ahead of Apple's iPhone.
LU STOUT: So you're bullish about Samsung's continued success?
SCHMIDT: Not only am I bullish, Samsung itself is riding high on the success of their decision to standardize on Android and to use their technology -- and they're really an innovator in terms of integrated hardware. They do a fantastic job.
LU STOUT: Let's talk about Moonshop projects. So much discussion about the driverless cars at Google, immortality project. Why does Google do this?
SCHMIDT: Because we can. Because we have the economic resources and the leadership that we can take bets that other companies can't. We fundamentally believe that technology can be a force for good, that investment with very, very sophisticated scientists can invent new products. And we're willing to fail. We're willing to build products that might not work, or might not work in version one. But we know if we keep trying and eventually something really interesting is going to come out. And who doesn't want to be immortal?
LU STOUT: There are prices to that, right? There's going to be -- it's going to be taxing on society for a number of reasons, but that's for another conversation.
SCHMIDT: Let's get the products built first.
LU STOUT: That's right and then deal with the social impact...
SCHMIDT: That's right, let's build the products before we regulate them.
LU STOUT: Interesting philosophy there.
Now tomorrow we'll bring you the final part of our interview with Google's chairman. Eric Schmidt tells us why he thinks the smartphone is enabling a shift in power from governments back to the people. You can watch that right here on News Stream tomorrow.
Now one of the year's biggest games has just gone on sale: Call of Duty: Ghosts is the latest entry in what is arguably gaming's biggest franchise. Now last year's entry made $500 million in just one day.
Now this year is also a special one for the Call of Duty series, because it marks a decade since the first game came out.
Now the original Call of Duty was a shooter too. And that's where the similarities end. Now it featured real battles from World War II, allowing players to take part in the invasion of Normandy and the Battle of Stalingrad. And while it looked good for its time, the original Call of Duty it just pales in comparison to today's game.
Now Ghosts is set in the future. And it features an original plot written by the Oscar winner screenwriter Stephen Gaghan.
Now, but is it any good? Well, reviews so far they've been mixed. Kotaku says it has an overwhelming feeling of "been there, done that." That's echoed by Polygon who said that the game is "mired in a distinct lack of ambition."
But Euro Gamer said that fans of Call of Duty will be more than happy with Ghosts calling it a, quote, "fine game.'
Now that is News Stream. And two years after her debut on the political stage, up next Thailand's first female prime minister answers her critics. I have a revealing profile of Yingluck Shinawatra straight ahead.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now this week on Leading Women, a politician under constant scrutiny. Now Yingluck Shinawatra is Thailand's first female prime minister. She decided to enter politics in 2011 following in the footsteps of her father and her older brother Thaksin Shinawatra, the country's former leader who was removed from power in 2006. And even though Thaksin remains in exile, critics have said that he is the one calling the shots.
So after two years in office, has Yingluck Shinawatra left the shadow of her older brother? Is she a leading woman in her own right? Here's my profile of the Thai prime minister.
LU STOUT: Yingluck Shinawatra stepped on to the political stage in 2011, winning a landslide victory in elections to become Thailand's first female prime minister.
New to politics, she was criticized for her handling for the floods that devastated the country just weeks after she took office.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Welcome. Our excellency Yingluck Shinawatra, prime minister of Thailand, are invited to address the assembly.
LU STOUT: Now, more than two years after she stepped onto the global stage, Yingluck Shinawatra says she wants to be judged by her achievements.
YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA, PRIME MINISTER OF THAILAND: We have a lot of key stakeholders, so you may have to make sure that you keep all the stakeholders happy.
LU STOUT: Her government raised the country's minimum wage. She's even taken on the job of defense minister, just one of the challenges she says she is uniquely qualified to handle because she's a woman.
SHINAWATRA: Female will be more concerned on the morale and the supporting and also the building the team work.
LU STOUT: But Yingluck Shinawatra has been unable to bridge the deep political divide in her country. She is the youngest sister of the former prime minister who is now living in exile, though her critics claim he is still calling the shots.
How do you respond to that?
SHINAWATRA: Just think that, OK, we have to work harder to show and to prove, but now two years. I think less criticize about this, because if I rely on him, I don't think I can be the (inaudible) especially doing the (inaudible) or doing the (inaudible).
LU STOUT: You're saying you've proven yourself.
SHINAWATRA: I think I've proved myself. But people will trust me or not.
LU STOUT: Under scrutiny, not only because of her family history, but for everything from her trips abroad to her fashion choices. One of Yingluck Shinawatra's priorities: improving opportunities for women and children and recognizing their accomplishments while weathering a tough political environment.
As she launched Smart Lady Thailand, a reality TV show that her government says is meant to empower young women, there was a jab from the opposition leader about a stupid lady.
While Abhisit Vejjajiva later said the remark was not directed at the prime minister and not intended as an insult to women, her supporters called it sexist.
SHINAWATRA: I don't want to interpret what he means, but only thing that I would like to tell that please give chance for all ladies, all Thai people, whoever (inaudible). We think that this is an opportunity for us to talk positively.
LU STOUT: That approach, perhaps a political strategy, but also what she sees as her signature style.
SHINAWATRA: People don't expect you to play the politics, people expect you to run the country (inaudible) and also doing hard effort and as much as we can to deliver what we promised to the Thai people.
LU STOUT: All right. Log on to CNN.com/leadingwomen. You can read more about my encounter with Yingluck Shinawatra. There's also a piece about why the Academy Award winner Natalie Portman wants more young women to study science.
Now next week here on the program, a closer look at Yingluck Shinawatra's family dynasty and her controversial mentor.
You're watching News Stream. And still to come, for more marathoners, the race is about completing all 42 kilometers, but that did not seem to be the case for one man in New York this weekend. He had a much higher calling. We'll explain.
LU STOUT: Welcome back.
Now as one storm moves away from the Philippines, another larger, more dangerous one approaches. Let's go straight to our Mari Ramos. She joins us from the world weather center -- Mari.
MARI RAMOS, CNN WEATHER CORRESPONDENT: Hey, Kristie, I'd like to think that we got lucky with this last storm that moved across the Philippines, because it never really materialized into a much larger storm. I'm talking about tropical depression 30. I moved across this area and did bring some heavy rain at times. Now it's moved out into the South China Sea. We'll talk about that in just a moment.
But check this out, we have a powerful typhoon -- well, right now it's, you know, 120 kilometer per hour storm. But it is moving into an area that really could have quite an impact here across this area. And it is following, generally, the same track that we had with tropical depression 30. Big area of high pressure stays in place and just pushes the storm in that general direction.
So, what can we expect? What's going to happen? First of all, we really think that Typhoon Hainan will get larger, larger in area. So it's going to be a very large weather system that will be moving across this region.
As it gets closer, the storm -- the waves will be a huge factor along this eastern side of the Philippines, a large storm surge, of course, once the storm makes landfall, very heavy rain in excess of 250 millimeters in some of these areas. And of course the severe winds that we'll come across with this weather system.
What time frame are we talking about? Probably in the next two to three days.
The storm is still very far away, as you can see from this image right over here. It's just approaching Palau and (inaudible). But it will be moving closer to the Philippines, we think, in that west-northwest track with little change, like I was saying. So this is going to be a very important storm to follow over the next few days.
Three days from now, 36, 72 hours from now, we could be looking at a storm that has winds in excess of 230 kilometers per hour right over the central densely populated area of the Philippines. So this is definitely one to keep an eye on. Let's hope that it doesn't get as intense as what the forecast is right now. But I really think that that track will not see too much of a change.
Tropical Depression 30 is now moved away from the Philippines. It's the South China Sea. And it's your turn now in Vietnam and Cambodia and maybe even into Laos to get some rain associated with this weather system.
As the storm continues to track right along, I think it's going to bring some heavy rain across these areas. And now that we're kind of transitioning in seasons here toward the end of the dry -- of the wet season, I think any amount of rain that falls you could really cause some problems for this region. So that's going to be something to monitor.
As far as the heaviest rain, I think it's going to be just in this area of Southern Vietnam. In some cases over 25 centimeters of rain known as the blues, that's 8 centimeters of additional precipitation on top of what you already have right now.
So this -- another storm we'll keep monitoring, but I think a really dangerous one could be toward the end of the week in the Philippines.
Back to you.
LU STOUT: Wow, heavy rain across many parts of Asia. Mari Ramos there, thank you.
Now most marathoners only worry about what sneakers to wear for the big race. And that was the case for many of the runners in this weekend's New York City marathon. But Jeanne Moos spotted one man who ran barefoot and seemed to carry a message.
JEANNE MOOS, CNN SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Somewhere in that mass of humanity, a single runner stood out. Soon the news started to spread via Twitter. "I found Jesus, New York City marathon."
In no time he had a nickname. "Marathon Jesus had me tighten his cross straps," as he ran barefoot in a loincloth, he lugged a foam or cardboard cross.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Look at this.
MOOS: Now the marathon often attracts runners in costume from Elmo to Oscar the Grouch, and even a juggler, but juggling a cross is new for New York. For someone who sure looks like the same guy was spotted at the Tokyo marathon last year.
While some call this the craziest costume, it seemed more religious message than masquerade. On the back of the cross were the words, "Pray for Boston," referring to the bombing.
As he approached the 10-mile mark, marathon Jesus ran into police asked by race organizers to enforce the no props rule.
(On camera): The officers confiscated his cross, told him they'd hold on to it for him, and a short while later he showed up at the precinct to retrieve it.
(Voice-over): Apparently no cross meant no point in crossing the finish line. The tracker embedded in the bib each runner wears, in this case attached to the cross, shows Marathon Jesus ending his run at the 10- mile, ma after an hour and 49 minutes.
The bib was registered to Makoto Takeuchi from Japan.
(On camera): Unlike the real one, Marathon Jesus doesn't seem to want to spread the word. (Voice-over): The only Makoto Takeuchi, to return our query, told us, "I am not the Jesus guy." Even former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson, no, not Matt Lauer dressed like her, the real Pamela Anderson, beat out Marathon Jesus. Pamela at least managed to finish the 26.2 mile marathon in five hours and 41 minutes, then tweeted out this photo captioned, "Ouch."
You want ouch? Try walking 10 miles on New York concrete in bare feet.
Jeanne Moos, CNN, New York.
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