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Is Facebook Outing Gay Users To Advertisers? – Facebook allows users to list which gender of partner they’re “interested in.” But now a Microsoft researcher has found a loophole which could secretly reveal a gay user’s sexuality to advertisers.It’s no secret that Facebook targets ads to different groups of users based on demographic data. But using a sensitive category like sexuality to target advertising may well lead to troubling privacy issues. [gawker]
FIFA Suspends Two Officials In Bribery Probe – FIFA provisionally suspended two executive committee members and four lower-ranked officials on Wednesday in a World Cup vote-selling scandal, while an investigation continues. Executive committee members Amos Adamu of Nigeria and Reynald Temarii of Tahiti are barred from all soccer-related duty until the probe ends. I want their heads on a Blatter! (naughty) [cbc]
Andrew Puttick Murdering It Again – Multi-century partnerships were the order of the day when the fourth round of SuperSport Series matches started around the country on Thursday. The biggest was the opening stand of 283 between Andrew Puttick and Alistair Gray for the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras against the Chevrolet Warriors at Buffalo Park, East London. This latest effort included Puttick’s 16th first-class century, his 7 000th first-class run and his 400th run of the current SuperSport Series campaign. Skinny genius! [sport24]
“I Make Love Most Of The Time, Then I Down Bottles Of Alcohol” – If any of you missed yesterday’s interview I did with The Times, I urge you to give it a little read. I did, after all, do it with you in mind. Just a smile on your pretty little face – that’s all I want. Is that too much to ask? Click it and read it and I have a feeling it will make your Friday even better 😉 [timeslive]
Adriana Lima and the $2 Million Bra – Adriana Lima rocks a $2 million bra as she arrives at the Victoria’s Secret store in New York City’s Soho on Wednesday (October 20). The 29-year-old Brazilian model modeled this year’s Bombshell Fantasy bra, which weighs in at 142 carats, including 60 carats of white diamonds as well as topazes and sapphires. You gotta see this.. [justjared]
Total Toyota Recall Passes The 5 Million Mark – Toyota Motor Corp.’s recall of 1.53 million cars and light trucks worldwide for a flaw linked to brake-fluid leaks boosts the company’s tally of U.S. vehicles requiring repairs to more than 5 million this year.Toyota said today it will fix 740,000 vehicles in the U.S. and 599,029 in Japan with rubber seals at risk of allowing leaks. Hmm.. they should have checked those before they left the warehouse. [businessweek]
Bill Clinton Lost The Nuclear Codes – When you’re President of the United States, you can lose a vote, you can lose popular support, and you can lose a round of golf. But you’re never, ever supposed to lose the biscuit. That’s what they call the card the president is meant to keep close at hand, bearing the codes that he has to have in order to launch a nuclear attack. And for several months during the Clinton administration, a former top military officer says they lost the biscuit. Not ideal. [abcnews]
First All-robot Surgery Performed – A team of surgeons at McGill University, including the da Vinci robo-surgeon and a robot anesthesiologist named, of all things, McSleepy, recently removed some dude’s prostate during what is being billed as the world’s first all-robotic surgery. The device transmits hi-def 3D images to a nearby workstation, where it is controlled by surgeons “with a precision that cannot be provided by humans alone.” [engadget]
Completed ‘Mandela Corpse’ Artwork Unveiled, Condemned – Little-known Zimbabwean-born Damaso shot to national prominence when he began creating the oil painting, based on Rembrandt’s The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp, which depicts Nelson Mandela as a corpse being autopsied by late Aids activist Nkosi Johnson. The autopsy is watched by a cast of prominent contemporary South Africans including Desmond Tutu, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, FW de Klerk and Helen Zille. [mail&guardian]
Elton John Reckons Lindsay Lohan Should Ditch Her Family [VIDEO] – While speaking to reporters at an AIDS benefit in Manhattan, Elton John offered some advice to Lindsay Lohan. Namely ditching her family of ‘enablers’ and going to a rehab ‘boot camp’ that doesn’t have ‘televisions and a swimming pool.’ Unfortunately, the only thing Lindsay will hear is: ‘I’m Elton John and I know who Lindsay Lohan is. Everyone needs to stop destroying her. Why do they make strollers invisible? That doesn’t seem fair to people in cars.’ [mashceleb]
Penthouse Founder Dies At 79 – Yesterday’s news but that doesn’t mean we should stop mourning. Bob Guccione had tried the seminary and spent years trying to make it as an artist before he found the niche that Hugh Hefner left for him in the late 1960s. Where Hefner’s Playboy magazine strove to surround its pinups with an upscale image, Guccione aimed for something a little more direct with Penthouse. More explicit nudes. Sensational stories. [associated]
Marijuana Soda Provides A High Without The Smoke – One Colorado soda company has developed a line of sodas that have an unusual ingredient: marijuana. Dixie Elixirs has made their drinks available to anyone with a prescription for medical marijuana.The drinks come in eight different flavors, including pink lemonade, root beer and grape. But if the company really wants to get their drinks into the hands of marijuana lovers, they may want to start working on pizza and nachos flavors. Sick! [discovery]
World’s Rarest Barbie Fetches Record Price – You may remember our listing of the World’s Rarest Barbie by Stefano Canturi, which was up for auction at Christie’s to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Not surprisingly, this auction set a record for Barbie herself, fetching a whopping $302,500.00. And would you believe it, it comes with diamonds! Stunning, doll! [luxist]
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