[ubuntu] Unity Pulldown Corrupted by News Applet

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Anybody know why it seems some type of news plugin has invaded my Unity pulldown menus rendering them and whatever application they overlay virtually useless? Accessing any of the pulldown menus regardless of what application is focused, displays a horribly rendered background containing a stupid, scrolling video news feed that makes the menu become barely readable and basically useless as well any portion of the display it overlays. I did not recently install anything except regularly offered updates or make any configuration changes in the system, display manager or any other applicati (Hardware)