The Weekly Mashup

It's the weekend before Christmas.

Amid the hustle and bustle, life goes on. And in case you've been too distracted this week to check the latest headlines, we've taken care of that for you.

From Pepto Bismol to Pink Floyd, this week's MashUp is full of more "signs of the times" as digital media and social networking continue to influence the way society functions outside of breathing.

Editor's Note: There will be a MashUp next week (Christmas weekend) followed by the final MashUp for 2010 on Thursday, December 30, which will be our Year in Review. The new issue of Variance Magazine goes LIVE on January 1, 2011.

Here's your MashUp for the week ending December 19, 2010:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is TIME's Person of the Year

RELATED: "Social Network Christmas" Video Spreads Across Web

Billboard London Closing Its Doors

Facebook Enters E-mail Game (VIDEO)

Yahoo! Cuts 600 Jobs

Larry King Concludes 25 Years of Television

Barnes & Noble and Borders Go Head-to-Head This Christmas

Ciara: Touring More Important Than Record Sales

George W. Bush: Religion is Not Course in Self-Improvement

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Military Law Repealed

Pepto Follows Old Spice, Cuts Traditional Ads in Favor of Digital Media

Dr. Dre Teams With Social Gaming Developing to Promote Album

Pink Floyd Wins Case: Albums Only, No Individual Tracks

YouTubes Seeks to Buy Next New Networks, Become Production Co.
RELATED: YouTube Allows Users to Flag Terrorism Videos

168 Hours to Create Film Masterpiece

Myspace Debuts New Tools for Bands

Oops! Facebook Taken Down After Upcoming Features Leak

Hotmail Unveils New Interactive E-mail

Bible Translators Aim to Close Language Gap

Apple Pushes Color E-Books

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The Grammy nominations are in, and with that comes a big week of music news!

Eminem, Bruno Mars, and Lady Antebellum snagged some of the biggest nominations at this week's primetime Grammy announcement. Billboard revealed another sign of the times with its new "Social 50" chart, which rates artists based on social media rankings. The queen of pop Britney Spears announced an upcoming album and Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift made a surprise announcement regarding her next tour opener.

It was also announced that file sharing giant LimeWire will shut down at the end of the year, marking the close of a very bitter fight over copyright laws and the open web. Keep in mind, it's the end of a battle but the war wages on.

For everything you missed, scroll down and check out the week's headlines.

This is your MashUp for the week ending December 4, 2010:

Eminem Nabs 10 Grammy Nominations
RELATED: Indie Music = Half of Grammy Nods Grammy Nominees for Gospel

LimeWire to Shut Down Dec. 31

Google Can't Get Groupon, What It Means
RELATED: Google's New Social Project "+1"

Billboard Launches "Social 50" Chart

Celebs Remain Digitally "Dead" as Charity Stunt Flops
RELATED: Seacrest Inks 60 Million Dollar Deal

PayPal Shuts Out WikiLeaks

Britney Spears Tweets of New Album on Her Birthday

Taylor Swift Taps Christian Pop-Rock Band Needtobreathe for Tour

Convicted Killer Posts Facebook Pics in Okla. Prison
RELATED: Seattle Police Using Twitter to Curb Auto Theft

Microsoft Looks to Replace Cable Boxes
RELATED: Angry Birds Coming to Wii, PS3, XBox

YouTube Picks Top Videos of 2010 YouTube's New Skippable Ads

You Never Know Who's on Twitter This Week's Top Twitter Trends

Jewish Band Turns Pop Hot Into Web Smash (VIDEO)

One Click File Sharing Goes Live

Homeland Security Shuts Down Popular Rap Sites

The Band Chicago Back in Studio

Montell Jordan Quits Music to Become Pastor

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In this final week before the 2010 "holiday season" officially begins, there was plenty going on! But if you happen to have missed some of the top stories, don't worry because we've got you covered!

The media couldn't stop talking about the TSA's changes in airport security checks. Blake Griffin shocked fans, commentators, colleagues, and the blogosphere with some crazy moves on the court. And Steve Jobs checked another item off his bucket list this week as the Beatles' entire catalog became available on iTunes.

Meanwhile, the tech world dominated headlines--as usual--with announcements of new features (Amazon's MP3 gifting), new partnerships (Myspace + Facebook), new battles (Facebook v. Google), and new services (Apple + News Corp = iPad Newspaper).

This coming week is a short one. We hope you'll be spending time with loved ones and enjoying some great food. Happy [early] Thanksgiving!

This is your MashUp of all the news you may have missed for the week ending November 21, 2010:

RIAA Continues Crackdown on LimeWire

Blake Griffin Stuns NBA World with Dunkfest

New Harry Potter Film Tops Box Office, Outperforms Previous Sequels

Touched by TSA? Win an iPod

Windows Celebrates 25 Years

Facebook Wants to Be Your Homepage

Boy Publicly Strip Searched by TSA

The Beatles Available on iTunes; Web is Apathetic

TSA Search Leaves Traveler Covered in Urine

Myspace Mashup "Connects" with Facebook

Amazon Introduces MP3 Gifting Feature

Christian Commentator Blasts Medal of Honor as "Feminized"

Apple to Offer Free MobileMe?

Debt Collectors Stop Calling, Start Facebook-Stalking

Hulu Officially Launches Paid Service

Sufjan Stevens Changes Mind, Performs Jimmy Fallon

Groupon Could Be Most Expensive Purchase for Google

EMusic Adds Major Labels, Higher Price Tiers

Start-up Introduces Technology to "Create Studio-Quality Music"

Google Publishes Its Own eBook

Murdoch Plans iPad "Newspaper" in 2011

Facebook v. Google Heats Up: Facebook Removes Gmail Import

Fox Moves American Idol to Wednesdays & Thursdays

Sarah Palin's Made-Up Word Added to Dictionary

Prince William is Engaged

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It has been a whirlwind of a week in news.

Conan O'Brien and George W. Bush both made a massive resurgence this week on television. Music greats of the past (Michael Jackson, Amy Grant) were back in the news. 4,500 people landed safely in San Diego after being stranded for days on a cruise ship without power. And Facebook dominated the blogosphere conversation this week.

Speaking of social media, the power of Web 2.0 was once again in full operation as word spread of Christian missionary Asia Bibi's recent sentence to death (for "blasphemy") in Pakistan. From John Bevere to the Huffington Post and CNN, many are rallying to save this woman's life.

Here's the MashUp for the week ending November 12, 2010:

Conan Returns to TV

Amazon Pulls Pedophile's Book After Uproar

Paisley Finally Wins CMA's Entertainer, Paltrow Goes Country

1 Billion Music Downloads Forecast by 2014

Toys R Us Opening at 10pm Thanksgiving Night

Christian Woman Sentenced to Death in Pakistan for Blasphemy

Windows Phone 7 Devices Make Debut

No More Drunk Posts on Facebook

George W. Bush Back in Spotlight with New Memoir

Yahoo! Pushes Back Against Layoff Rumors, Doesn't Deny Them

Kanye Cancels Performance Because of Feud with Matt Lauer

Amazon Tries to Make Good with Newspapers, Magazines

Ping Connects with Twitter

Focus on the Family to Sponsor Discussion Over Homosexuality

E-book Readers: Better, Cheaper

Facebook Won't Share with Google

Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith Launching 2011 Tour Together

Facebook Post Leads to Firing, Stirs Debate, Prompts Labor Board to Respond

Americans Now Stream as Much as They Download

Google Gives Millions in Raises to Keep Staff From Leaving for Competitors

Michael Jackson Releases New Single with Akon

Stranded Cruise Ship Arrives in San Diego

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As if you needed reminding, your city's major intersections are a lot cleaner and you're probably seeing more Old Spice and eTrade baby commercials--because the 2010 elections have come and gone.

This week was also great for the music industry. Lil Wayne was released from jail. But more importantly, Taylor Swift surpassed 1 million copies of her new album sold in one week. (It's been five years since an artist reached such a benchmark.) By comparison, this year's hit-makers Katy Perry and Eminem sold 192,000 and 741,000 copies, respectively, in their first week this year. Swift sold 1,047,000 last week.

Also in the news this week, Reverend Billy Graham has turned 92. One of most respected and well-known evangelists of the 20th century, Graham says he still has a sermon in his heart.

Here's what you missed for the week ending November 7, 2010:


Weezy is Out of Jail

Billy Graham is 92, Still Has Sermon in His Heart

Microsoft Kinect Goes Live

Justin Bieber the Author?

Kids' Book Prizes to Include Gay, Lesbian Awards

Did Democrats Fail to Reach Religious Voters?

Twitter Ads Becoming More Prominent

Hello, 3D Phones

Michael Jackson Releasing New Album Next Month

T-Mobile Blames Poor Performance on iPhone

Good Charlotte Releases New Album

Idol's Jason Castro Releases New Album to Christian Market

Google Instant Now on iPhone, Droid

Borders Teams Up with Build-a-Bear for Holiday Charity Drive

MGM Files for Bankruptcy

Rolling Stone: 127 Hours A Must-See

Live Nation 2010 Summer Concert Sales Down

Free MP3 Download from Cahn & Yang

Singer Lily Allen in Hospital for Blood-Poisoning

Twitter Following Predicts 2010 Governor Wins

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After a week of dirty politics, costume hunting, and attempted terror plots, hopefully your weekend plans consist of nothing more than relaxing and having fun.

If you're like the rest of America, Tuesday cannot come any faster. Thank God for DVR; otherwise, watching Modern Family with 50 political ads might be somewhat painful. Thankfully, Halloween is Sunday and hopefully you've got your Snooki hair pouf or your Lady Gaga meat dress in tact.

In case you missed the week's news, we've got you covered. You may have heard already, but Celine Dion gave birth to twins, Scott Tissue debuted its new TUBELESS TOILET PAPER, and there's now 3G service atop Mount Everest (because the first thing you want to do when you reach the top of Mount Everest is get on Twitter).

Here is the MashUp for the week ending October 30, 2010:

Sony Music Cuts Staff

Russell Brand Gives Katy Perry Tiger for Wedding

Barnes & Noble Nook E-Reader in Color

Chris Hughes: In 5 Years It Will All Be "Social"

Myspace Unveils New Look & Logo

Tubeless Toilet Paper Makes Debut

Buy Candy with PayPal, Phone, & Twitter

LCD vs. E-Ink: Eye-Strain Debate

Celine Dion Gives Birth to Twins

Facebook, PayPal Join Forces

Facebook Introduces Friendship Pages

Mount Everest [Finally!] Gets 3G

PETA Offers to Foot Lohan's Rehab Bill

Bullock, Winfrey, & Streep to Star in New Film

TJ Lavin Out of Coma

Snooki, Lady Gaga Top 2010 Costumes

Apolo Ohno Tells His Story

Court Orders LimeWire to "Disable Software"

Tell Variance: What are Your 2011 Goals?

Let's face it. The "holiday season" unofficially begins this week. In just a few short weeks, we'll welcome a new year. Have you thought about your 2011 new year's resolutions? What are they? What do you think your chances are of sticking to your goals? Feel free to share. Your thoughts might be featured in the upcoming issue of Variance. :)

Hello, Halloween

It's that time of year again! Yes, the World Series. And Halloween. What are you dressing up as this year? Do you have any favorite traditions? What are you looking forward to about October 31st? You have three days left to plan that awesome costume...Good luck!

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Interesting week, this one. From baby news to scandalous photo shoots, the entertainment sector has been busy. And a cholera outbreak in Haiti has authorities and humanitarians concerned. But the week wouldn’t be complete without news from Apple, Starbucks, and Toyota. In case you didn’t have time to keep up, we’ve done the work for you. Here’s the weekly MashUp.

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Across the globe, one story dominated headlines this week. After two long months trapped underground, the Chilean miners were finally rescued as millions watched live.

In the midst of a nasty U.S. election season, celebrity drama, and over-hyped tech battles, few people were complaining about the coverage for a historical rescue from 2,000 feet below.

In case you missed the happenings of the last seven days, here's your MashUp for the week ending October 16, 2010:

World Cheers as All 33 Chilean Miners Rescued

Steve Jobs Hosts Zuckerberg for Ping Pong

T.I. Saves Life Before Sentenced Back to Prison

TJ Lavin in Critical Condition, Coma

'The Hobbit' [Finally] Gets Green Light

Borders to Offer eBook Self-Publishing

Shyne Criticizes Def Jam Records (His Label)

Google Shares Hit $600

Skype, Facebook Join Forces

Twitter "Events" Feature on Horizon

Kutcher Sells Tweet-Based Show to CBS

Book Thrown at Obama, Streaker Arrested

In Theaters: Jackass 3D, Red

Live Nation Chairman Steps Down

Ting Tings Going Back to "DIY"

'The View' Co-Hosts Walk Off Set Live

Beastie Boys Working on New Album

Bing Unveils New Katy Perry Game

Pixies Dedicate 33 Songs to 33 Miners

XM Sirius on Upswing in Third Quarter

October Issue Goes Live

The October issue of Variance Magazine is now live!

The latest edition includes the Goo Goo Dolls, Spill Canvas, Matthew Mayfield, Memphis May Fire, Underoath, and so much more!

Due to the release of Variance today, there will be no MashUp for the week ending October 1, 2010.

Check out Variance now!

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It's 10.10.10; do you know what happened this week?

As you've probably noticed, it's been a busy time! We released the second issue of Variance Magazine online and the response has been enormous! We've had over 100,000 hits just in the last week alone.

Because of the newly-unleashed Issue #2, there was no MashUp last week. However, if you've been out of the loop the past seven days or simply don't have time to keep up, you're in luck.

It was a very interesting week, with some staggering headlines. Here's the MashUp:

Google Tests Cars That Literally Drive >>

Kanye West Makes SNL History, Names New Album >>

Voice of Dora the Explorer Sues Nickelodeon >>

Glee Tops Beatles Record for Most Hit Singles >>

Parent Organizations Blast New Miley Cyrus Video >>

Facebook Announced New "Groups" Feature >>

Ryan Seacrest to Start Television Network >>

Apple Working on Subscription-Based Music >>

Google TV Announces Programming Partners >>

Motorola Sues Apple, Seeks to Block iPhone Sales >>

Gene Simmons: Music Industry Didn't Have B***s >>

Facebook Founders Give $170k to Legalize Pot >>

Barnes & Noble eBook Platform "PubIt!" Arrives >>

Ticketmaster Will No Longer Pay Affiliates $$$ >>

Ohio State Takes No. 1, Alabama Falls >>

The Social Network Tops Box Office Again >>

In Theaters: Life as We Know It, Secretariat, More >>

Borders Makes Changes, Amps Up Merchandising >>

Worries Over Illegal eBook Downloads Grow >>

Verizon iPhone Rumors Gain Credibility >>