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Dina Lohan to Michael Lohan — Congratuf***inglations

January 31, 2013 |

Dina Lohan briefly suspended her bitter hatred for her ex-husband Michael Lohan on the day of his new son’s birth — telling him, “Congratulations” … in the most begrudging tone of voice we’ve ever heard.Dina was out in L.A. today following…

TMZ.com

Wyoming House Defeats Domestic Partnership

January 31, 2013 |

The Republican-controlled Wyoming House of Representatives killed legislation Wednesday night that would have allowed domestic partnerships.

In a 25-34 vote, the House rejected the domestic partnership legislation, the first time Wyoming lawmakers formally voted on legislation related to marriage equality. The legislation’s defeat comes after the House Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee passed the domestic partnership bill on Monday, while defeating a measure that would have allowed gay marriage.

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Huffington Post

Avery Dennison to sell business units for $500 million

January 31, 2013 |

The proposed sale to Canadian firm CCL Industries comes three months after 3M abandoned plans to purchase Avery Dennison’s office and consumer products unit.

Avery Dennison Corp. has agreed to sell two of its businesses for $ 500 million in cash to CCL Industries Inc., a Canadian maker of specialty packaging, the Pasadena company said.


L.A. Times – Business

Facebook’s Status: Improving

January 31, 2013 |

Facebook reported a 40% fourth-quarter revenue jump as it ramped up its mobile business and offered new tools to advertisers, but the firm’s shares slipped in after-hours trading.
WSJ.com: US Business

BlackBerry to Launch in U.S. in Mid-March

January 31, 2013 |

RIM unveiled two new BlackBerry phones crucial to the company’s turnaround, but the first of the those devices won’t be available in the crucial U.S. market until mid-March.
WSJ.com: US Business

Facebook Tries A New Way To Share How You’re Feeling And What You’re Reading Or Eating With Emoticons

January 31, 2013 |

composer TC

Facebook is poised to get a lot more expressive. Today it began tests of a new status composer that lets you say “what are you doing?” by selecting from different categories to share activities such as feeling, reading, or eating. You can then choose a specific emotion or piece of media or add a custom text description and post something like “Niners in the Super Bowl – feeling ecstatic “

Facebook is testing this new visual activity sharing status composer with some users on the website and its m.facebook.com mobile site. It could inspire people to share more frequently. Instead of just adding a plain text update, you can select from feeling, watching, reading, listening to, drinking, or eating. Then you can pick from pre-made options such as happy, Game Of Thrones, 50 Shades Of Gray, Radiohead, coffee, or ice cream. Alternatively, you can write in your own emotion, piece of content, or cuisine.

Visual status updates could help Facebook fend off emoji messaging apps like Line, media consumption sharing apps like GetGlue, and the smiley-laden Path. It follows Facebook testing a bunch of new standard status update prompts like “What’s going on, Josh?” and the somewhat creepy “How are you feeling, Josh?”

Along with being fun for users, it could be a big help to advertiser,  though Facebook tells me its not piping this data into its ad engine just yet. By selecting your current activity instead of merely writing it out, you structure data for Facebook. That could eventually help it to connect you with advertisers who want reach people who frequently watch tv and movies, or listen to music, or eat at restaurants.

If you choose a particular pre-formatted emotion, piece of media, or food, Facebook could potentially use that behavior to pinpoint you with ads. If you listen to a Daft Punk song, it could target you with ads for their new album or nearby concert. Coffee shops might be able to pay to reach coffee drinkers, and Netflix would probably love to target sad users who could be primed to stay home and watch some videos.

This all mirrors Facebook’s “action spec ad targeting” which lets advertisers target you based on your activity in Open Graph-connected apps like Spotify or Foodspotting.

Facebook didn’t provide many details but noted:

It’s just a new way for people to visually represent what they’re doing and how they’re feeling through their Facebook posts. It will only be available to small set of people. This isn’t integrated into Graph Search. It’s just a small test to see if people are interested in sharing their actions in a more visual way.

If rolled out, I think the visual status composer could be very popular, as it will make people’s status updates stand out in the crowded feed.  It’s a subtly brilliant move for Facebook the simultaneously lets users express themselves while building it’s knowledge of who they really are.


TechCrunch

A closer look at Super Bowl referee – ESPN (blog)

January 31, 2013 |

CBS News

A closer look at Super Bowl referee
ESPN (blog)
The NFL's handling of the assignment, while already under unprecedented scrutiny, will become a much bigger story if an officiating miscue influences the outcome between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.
NFL faces super existential threat: Our viewUSA TODAY
Cleveland Browns: What should they be willing to trade for San Francisco 49ers Plain Dealer
Alex Smith handles demotion like a Super Bowl championLos Angeles Times
NFL News –MLive.com –FOXSports.com
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Sports – Google News

Facebook Profit Falls 79%, but Ad Sales Strengthen – Wall Street Journal

January 31, 2013 |

Telegraph.co.uk

Facebook Profit Falls 79%, but Ad Sales Strengthen
Wall Street Journal
Facebook Inc.'s fourth-quarter profit shrank 79% as the social network's results were dragged down by higher costs, but its revenue got a boost from stronger ad sales on mobile devices. Facebook reported better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer (Image: Getty Images via Forbes
Facebook mobile ad growth drives salesFinancial Times
Facebook 4Q results surpass expectationsBoston.com
Businessweek –Reuters –MarketWatch
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Business – Google News

Ron Jeremy Has Surgery, Porn Star Resting After Procedure Goes “Smoothly” – E! Online

January 31, 2013 |

E! Online

Ron Jeremy Has Surgery, Porn Star Resting After Procedure Goes "Smoothly"
E! Online
Ron Jeremy is hanging in there. The adult-film icon underwent emergency surgery today after doctors discovered an aneurysm near his heart and, according to his medical team, all went "smoothly." He is "now resting with complete privacy and no visitors," his
Ron Jeremy Hospitalized — In Critical Condition With Heart Aneurysm [Update]TMZ.com
'The Hedgehog' Ron Jeremy in critical condition after heart aneurysm: reportNew York Daily News
Porn star Ron Jeremy undergoing surgery for aneurysm, manager saysLos Angeles Times
Fox News –Vancouver Sun –USA TODAY
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Entertainment – Google News