The Weekly Mashup

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In case you were on a vacation from the Internet this week, we've got you covered.

It's the weekend, baby. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the recap of all the stories that made ripples and waves over the last seven days!

From Oprah's Australian Adventure to a week without Facebook, this is your MashUp for the week ending September 18, 2010

Variance Magazine Announces Goo Goo Dolls as October Cover Story

Eminem, Jay-Z Bring Fans to Tears in Epic Stadium Show

Lady Gaga Sweeps the VMAs, Nabs Top Award

Twitter Gets Major Overhaul, Millions Waiting for New Features to Be Activated

Oprah Kicks Off Final Season with Bang, Taking Audience Members to Australia

Facebook CEO Zuckerburg Confesses to Controversial Instant Messages

Google to Combine Music Store with Online Storage

OnStar to Connect with Text Messages and Facebook Statuses

Music Shake-up at Warner Bros. as Top Exec Leaves

FCC to Pave Way for "Super Wi-Fi"

Starbucks Menu Changes Cause Stir

New in Theaters: The Town, Easy A, Devil, Never Let Me Go

Joaquin Phoenix "Documentary" is Not Real

Wal-Mart Announces Cheap Cell Phone Plans

Google to Make Core Products More Social

T-Mobile Sued for Blocking Pot-Related Text Messages

Barnes & Noble Expects $1 Billion Revenue from eBook Sales by 2013

Wildly Popular Music Service Spotify U.S. Launch May be Delayed Again

Kings of Leon Don't Want to Be "Too Popular"

President Obama Writes a Children's Book

Ellen DeGeneres Signs Second Artist to Her Label

UK Teen Banned from America After E-mailing Obama

Penn. College Tries Week Without Social Media

Android Gains Market Share on Competition

Goo Goo Dolls Talk Big Dreams

Formed during a time when American youth were adamantly rejecting everything about pop culture, the Goo Goo Dolls started with hopes of killing time and perhaps getting a few free beers. Having 13 Top 10 singles—something they later achieved—was nowhere in sight.

For many, this is how they see the Goo Goo Dolls: top ten singles, global tours, 10 million albums sold, and a lengthy career. But as front man Johnny Rzeznik points out, “you have to look at the facts.”

“We had been working for eight years [before ‘Name’ charted],” says Rzeznik in the October issue of Variance Magazine. “We traveled around in a crappy van before we actually hit.”

Nearly 25 years later, the Goo Goo Dolls are still just "regular" people. “We still take the trash out on Wednesday nights. We try to have as normal lives as possible. And I think that’s one of the things that’s held us together."

Perhaps that’s the reason many fans relate to the band. And it’s also one of the elements behind the new album.

“I think the Rest of Us is the most of us,” Rzeznik declares of their latest project,Something for the Rest of Us. “I think a lot of people are left out of the equation today. And we wanted to give them a voice. We're living in a tough time.”

In the latest issue of Variance, Rzeznik shares some heartfelt advice for other musicians who may be following in his footsteps, as well as the "biggest mistake" he ever made and his thoughts on the YouTube generation and changes in the music industry.