Social media juggernaut and baby-picture delivery system Facebook officially launched a war against the last remnants of concrete reality on Tuesday, purchasing Oculus VR for $2 billion, or roughly $1,985,000 less than the United States paid France for the Louisiana Territory. “Oculus VR” might sound like the name of the evil cyborg crime lord from the fifth-worst science-fiction film of 1991, but it’s actually the virtual-reality technology company behind the Oculus Rift — and “Oculus Rift” might sound like something near which Roy Batty saw C-Beams glitter in the dark, but it’s actually a virtual-reality headset which hopes to change how people interact with the Internet while also making everyone look like guests at the world’s laziest Geordi La Forge cosplay party.
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Earlier this week, media circles were buzzing when Anne Sweeney announced she was leaving her position as co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. After 18 years at the company, Sweeney is now going to pursue her dream of becoming a director.
Dubbed “Hollywood’s most powerful woman” by The Hollywood Reporter, Sweeney’s exit nearly immediately incited speculation regarding her successor. Whomever Disney CEO Robert Iger taps next will be handed an immense task: overseeing ABC’s broadcast programming and Disney’s cable slate, and matching — or topping — the impressive $2.6 billion in profits Sweeney helped generate for the company last year alone. Among the names reportedly in the mix for a race that’s being compared to a political election are Disney CFO James Rasulo, Disney parks chief Thomas Staggs, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.
Mark Zuckerberg got everyone the same present for Facebook’s 10th anniversary: Personalized, cornball retrospective slideshows, which automatically pull photos and status messages from every user’s timeline (slash “wall,” if you really want to get Facebook retro) and set their progression to a Google-ad-esque orchestral tune. The whole thing, in fact, seems pretty clearly inspired by Google’s emotionally manipulative (but extremely well-made) commercials, right down to the way the slideshow swipes from one image to the next.
But that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is that enterprising South African comedy duo Derick Watts & The Sunday Blues decided to spoof the slideshows by creating one for Walter White’s theoretical Facebook profile. The result is a video that tracks Walt’s journey from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to meth kingpin to broken, sickly dead man walking — all in a single minute. And yes, the pizza on the roof does make an appearance.
McKellen updated his Facebook page with a post remembering Hoffman’s work as Konstantin in The Seagull, a production McKellen attended at New York’s Central Park in 2001. “He was without doubt one of the most accomplished screen actors of our time,” he writes.
More recently, Hoffman saw McKellen perform at the Cort Theatre. Sadly, however, the pair never met. Read McKellen’s tribute below:
Long, long ago, in a faraway, pre-social-media universe, the public would let their voices be heard using such unusual methods as storming capitals, setting things on fire, writing passive-aggressive letters, and, well, actually speaking. Nowadays, we have Facebook as our virtual voice box.
Which is convenient when talking (or, rather, typing) about awards-show odds. The Primetime Emmy Awards air this Sunday (Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. ET on CBS), and unless you’re a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, your vote as a mere fan doesn’t much matter.
But Facebook, numbers-savvy voice box it is, has been tracking all U.S. mentions of Emmy nominees since Sept. 1, and from your chatter, Facebook has determined the buzziest nominees so far.
Some results of their analysis are not at all surprising. Most mentioned for Best Comedy Series? The Big Bang Theory. (Girls is second; Veep is sixth and last). Most mentioned for Best Drama Series? Breaking Bad, followed by Homeland.
If Breaking Bad fans had it their way, the 2013 Emmys would be a Bad sweep, with Facebook users mentioning Aaron Paul the most for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (he won in 2012) and Bryan Cranston for Actor in a Drama Series.
According to Facebook’s stats, you are also a benevolent bunch, chattering the most about Sofia Vergara for Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series; it’s her fourth nomination in the category for playing Modern Family‘s Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, and she has yet to win.
And you also seem fatigued of The Daily Show‘s decade-long winning streak for Variety Series. Most Mentions? Saturday Night Live, followed by the Colbert Report.
Check out the entire list of your top Emmy mentions here:
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Scrolling through our News Feeds, stopping to admire photos of our newly engaged friends’ left hands, wishing with all our hearts there were some way to easily access even more shots of diamonds, or wedding dresses, or babies, or whatever, especially those belonging to people we don’t actually know in real life — we’ve all been there.
And Facebook has finally come up with a way to solve this pressing problem. Starting Wednesday, the world’s biggest social-networking site has officially integrated hashtags into its interface. Not sure what a hashtag is? It’s cool, Gramps — let the nice Facebook people explain: “Similar to other services like Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, or Pinterest, hashtags on Facebook allow you to add context to a post or indicate that it is part of a larger discussion. When you click on a hashtag in Facebook, you’ll see a feed of what other people and Pages are saying about that event or topic.”
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The nuanced plots and subtle themes of Mad Men just wouldn’t be the same if the men and women of Mad Men had the same social-media habits that its viewers are privy to.
With a hilarious use of status updates, shared photos and “likes,” these HappyPlace.com recaps take the quiet momentum of the latest episodes of Mad Men and slap them down in a painfully obvious newsfeed.
Pete Campbell I can’t believe recklessly having sex with my neighbor is backfiring on me!
Megan Draper So then I married my boss, performed a sexy song in French, and finally, a few days ago, I had a miscarriage. READ FULL STORY
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