The day has finally arrived. It's Saturday, December 25, 2010. Hopefully you're reading this between family time and feasting.
If you didn't catch the week's headlines for obvious reasons, you need not worry! Just because you were waiting in enormous shopping--or airport security--lines, doesn't mean you have to be out of the loop!
Of course, there was drama. Since last Saturday, news of a shakeup within the band Paramore has remained a constant headline for fans and critics. But the music industry has had plenty else going on this week as well. Sony made a stunning move against Apple's iTunes and Michael Jackson's new album was unable to nab the top spot this week, while the FCC's new rules had industry leaders on edge.
There was, however, plenty of good to go around this week. And that's great, considering the time of year! Twitter trending topics were dominated by talk of lights in the sky as an early morning lunar eclipse grabbed our attention for nearly two hours. News of "secret Santas" spreading holiday cheer with anonymous donations and $20 tips to a UPS delivery man also made the week worth writing home about.
This week Wendell Smith, the founding pastor of City Church in Seattle and a leader among Evangelicals, died after a six-year battle with cancer. His son Judah Smith, who had assumed pastoral duties at City Church, called him "My Hero, My Pastor, My Role Model, My Dad and My Best Friend" in a tweet following his passing.
However you celebrate this holiday season, we wish you all the best. May it be filled with blessings and enjoyable moments with loved ones. Please note that next Thursday, December 30, we will reveal our Yearly MashUp for 2010--featuring a combination of all the year's greatest headlines, stories, videos, along with contributions from YOU and some of our staff. Then on January 1, 2011, start the year off right with the newest issue of Variance Magazine.
Here's the MashUp for the week ending December 25, 2010:
Secret Santa Strikes Salvation Army with $100,000...Again
>>RELATED: Christmas Cheer in $100 Bills
UPS Delivery Man: Thanks to Customer Who Tipped $20 on Rainy Dec. 24
Sony Launches iTunes Competitor in "Music Unlimited"
The Paramore Split: It's Getting Ugly
Steve Jobs Accused of Discriminating Against Christians
FCC Net Neutrality Rules Spark Debate
>>RELATED: FCC Tampering with Comcast-NBC Merger?
Pat Robertson "Pro-Marijuana?" Statement Causes Stir
New Jackson Album Sells 3 Million, First Non-#1 Debut Since 1982
City Church Founding Pastor Wendell Smith, 60, Dies After Cancer Battle
Rare Lunar Eclipse Occurs on Winter Solstice (VIDEO)
Lauryn Hill Returns to Spotlight, Announces New Tour
Twilight's Jackson Rathbone Starting Record Label
Facebook Second-Largest Driver of Video Traffic (Behind Google)
Indie Music Group Supports Seizing Blog Domain Names
Apple Helps Preserve Native American Language
"New" Sufjan Tunes Debut Featuring Members of National/Arcade Fire