Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will be shut down in March of 2012. Managing the site has become too stressful.
“Facebook has gotten out of control,” said Zuckerberg in a press conference outside his Palo Alto office, “and the stress of managing this company has ruined my life. I need to put an end to all the madness.”
Zuckerberg went on to explain that starting March 15th of next year, users will no longer be able to access their Facebook accounts. That gives users (and Facebook addicts) a year to adjust to life without Facebook.
“After March 15th, 2012 the whole website shuts down,” said Avrat Humarthi, Vice President of Technical Affairs at Facebook. “So if you ever want to see your pictures again, I recommend you take them off the internet. You won’t be able to get them back after Facebook goes out of business.”
Zuckerberg said the decision to shut down Facebook was difficult, but that he does not think people will be upset.
“I personally don’t think it’s a big deal,” he said in a private phone interview. “And to be honest, I think it’s for the better. Without Facebook, people will have to go outside and make real friends. That’s always a good thing.”
Some Facebook users were furious upon hearing the shocking news.
“What am I going to do without Facebook?” said Denise Bradshaw, a high school student from Indiana. “My life revolves around it. I’m on Facebook at least 10 hours a day. Now what am I going to do with all that free time?”
However, parents across the country have been experiencing a long anticipated sense of relief.
“I’m glad the Facebook nightmare is over,” said Jon Guttari, a single parent from Detroit. “Now my teenager’s face won’t be glued to a computer screen all day. Maybe I can even have a conversation with her.”
A woman is suing a Detroit financial services company for more than $5 million for keeping a half tank of gas from her car when it was repossessed.
2008 Pontiac G6
Victoria Jean Church-Dellinger filed a $5 million class-action suit in federal court against Ally Financial Inc. for keeping the half a tank's worth of gas in her 2008 Pontiac G6 when it was repossessed.
"It's the same as if you left your jacket in there and they didn't return it to you," Brian Parker, her Bingham Farms attorney, said in an interview. "You can't take someone's coat or fuzzy dice, and you have to return the gas."
Church-Dellinger, 43, wants more than $5 million, which represents three times the fair market value of all gasoline taken from Michigan residents by the Detroit-based automotive financial services company over the last six years, according to the suit. She also wants the Detroit-based auto lender, which is majority-owned by the U.S. government, to return all gasoline seized during that time or pay fair market value.
And she wants Ally in the future to give owners whose vehicles are repossessed credit for gasoline left in the tank.
There was no comment from an Ally spokeswoman.
The lawsuit comes amid concerns gasoline could soon top $4 a gallon. Gas prices are averaging $3.65 a gallon in the state, up 34 cents from a year earlier, according to AAA Michigan.
Parker said he believes this is the first such lawsuit to be filed. He insists he is serious, though he acknowledges people may snicker at the legal attempt.
"Everybody I've told this to says: 'That's stup … wait a minute, that's genius,'" Parker said.
A Chinese student is hoping to become a heroine for women around the world by launching an occupy movement of her own -- in the men's toilets.
Fed up with long queues for ladies', Li Tingting made headlines when she and 20 women marched into a men's public toilet in the southern city of Guangzhou carrying colourful placards calling for equal waiting times for both sexes.
Now, she plans to take her protest to the capital Beijing, where China's leaders will gather next month for the annual meeting of the country's rubber-stamp parliament.
"We want senior officials to pay attention to this issue," she told AFP. "It is a big issue for many women. During the protest in Guangzhou, we conducted random surveys and found that the majority of people supported us."
Local media reported after the protest that provincial officials in Guangzhou had responded by agreeing to increase the number of women's toilets by 50 percent -- a pledge Li says should be taken nationwide.
The issue has sparked a debate on the Internet, although not everyone is impressed by the protest.
"The Americans occupy Wall Street, the Chinese occupy toilets. This is very different," posted one blogger under the name huashuo xian.
Hollywood superstar Will Smith has proved yet again that he is a dangerous tweeter. He does not shy away from writing controversial content on social networking site Twitter. In his latest tweet, he has made fun of Madonna in a crude manner.
Smith tweeted, "RIP Madonna. You aren't dead, but you're career is (in this picture). (sic)". And, provided a hyperlink along, which shows Madonna sitting on the shoulders of one of the guys of the band LMAO with a bold message written at the bottom of the picture saying "I'M SIXTY AND I KNOW IT (sic)"!
This tweet was retweeted immediately by thousands of Twitter followers of Smith's, and soon the picture was all across the web.
Now, Madonna is not on Twitter, but one can be pretty sure that somebody would have made her aware of Smith's antic eventually. Wonder what Madonna would have to say about that.
The tweet seems to be directed towards Madonna's deteriorating looks by the day. Or has the tweet got something more to it than that? Is there some friction between the two Hollywood heavyweights? Only time will tell, but as of now only Will Smith seems to be laughing!
Kelly Sloan’s dog Spark could be eligible for up to $30,000 in credit, even though the sheltie-spaniel mix died 10 years ago. The Sarnia, Ontario, man was leafing through his mail last week when he found a letter from Capital One, urging its addressee to apply for a special credit card offer. “We’re not offering our low long-term rate to just anyone,” said the letter, addressed to Spark Sloan, who died nearly at age 13.
“They’ve got the right name, the right address, and it’s a heck of a deal. She can apply online today, and I guess, get her card,” Kelly said. “With the economy the way it is, I can understand they’re becoming a little more lenient than they were as far as passing out credit cards.” The Sloan family saga with Capital One began more than a decade ago.
Sloan’s father had a Capital One credit card. When he died in 1999, Kelly contacted the company to cancel the card. But the notices, updates and requests for information kept coming, addressed to his deceased father. “I was contacting them saying, ‘The man’s dead, please stop,’” Sloan said. The pile continued to grow.
Frustrated, Sloan filled out a form creatively. Years later, Spark is getting posthumous offers in the mail. If Spark had got her paws on some plastic while alive, she might have bought herself a hula hoop, Sloan said. When contacted, Capital One apologized for their mistake. “We do comb through to make sure we’re sending them to the appropriate people, but obviously there’s an error here and we apologize,” said Capital One representative Laurel Ostfield.
A client whose face is covered with gold leaves is seen at the Viet My beauty salon in Hanoi Feb 13, 2012. Despite tough economic conditions, including soaring inflation, people in Vietnam seem to be spending heavily as usual on special occasions like Valentine's Day. Viet My is one of a small number of salons in Vietnam that provides 24k gold leaf face mask therapy, said to help make skin whiter. A single facial costs 1.8 million Vietnam dong ($86.41).
“Worshiping Cats” Hidden in Design of Chinese 100 RMB Bill
“Netizens’ intelligence is limitless. Recently, a netizen suggested that a design on the 100 yuan RMB cash note looked like “worshiping cats” and attached an image to demonstrate it, immediately attracting the internet’s attention. With regards to this “prostrating cats” design, experts say the hundred yuan RMB note design is a very serious/solemn matter, that the designs are related to anti-counterfeiting measures, and that the appearance of certain images may be a result of overimaginative netizens.
The alleged hidden image looks like 3 cats, with 2 cats worshiping, prostrating, or kneeling before a third cat in the middle with its arms raised.”
(The word for “cat” in Mandarin is mao, incidentally)
A Sabah-made Chinese New Year video greeting in Hakka is the latest clip to have gone viral with close to 300,000 views within 10 days.
Photographer-cum-artistic dance assistant Skyler Liew, 30, who directed the music video, posted the 3.35-minute clip on YouTube on Chinese New Year midnight, without any expectation.
“I was surprised it became so popular. The music video was nothing serious as we did it for fun and for the sake of making people (Malaysians overseas) feel at home,” he said.
Using dancers from the Synergy Dance Studio here, owned by his brother Christopher, and shot using a Pentax DSLR camera, the video was filmed at various locations around the city a day before Chinese New Year.
The music video featured nine people including a 13-year-old boy, donning white singlets, blue jeans, black boots and sunglasses, dancing to a parody of the American electro pop duo LMFAOs song and video, Sexy and I Know It.
The tune was sung in Hakka by the main singer in the clip Helmsly Chong Jin Fu, 21.
Skyler got the idea for the clip after hearing Chong singing the song in Hakka in his car.
Christopher, 30, who choreographed the dance with Skyler, believes the video was a hit because it connected with Malaysians, especially those who spoke Hakka.
Skyler said he received calls from Malaysians living in the United States and Britain, congratulating and thanking him for the short video.