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Celebrate 4/20 with these highly recommended streaming picks

Dude. It’s 4:20pm… on 4/20. Are you as hungry as I am?

After getting all your afternoon snacks in order, consider celebrating this auspicious day with one (or more) of these, er, green-friendly streaming picks. Each one can be viewed from the comfort of your own couch — though you might want to pull out a fan before you start watching. Otherwise, certain hazy elements might make it tough to see your computer screen.

Marley

As of today, this 144-minute documentary about the reggae legend is officially available On Demand, on iTunes, and streaming on Facebook. When we asked a rep from Ziggy Marley’s production company why the producers chose this particular release date, she noted that it’s Bob’s son Stephen’s birthday, and that April 20th also “happens to fall on Friday, which is usually when movies come out.” Suuuure, that’s why.

Dazed & Confused

Our #1 favorite stoner movie is available on Netflix for your viewing pleasure. And it’s not alone — half-baked classics like Clerks, Reefer Madness, Super Troopers, and The Big Lebowski can also be placed in your Instant Queue. (Half Baked itself, unfortunately, can’t be.) READ FULL STORY

Behind Facebook's billion-dollar bet: Seven burning questions about Instagram

Something is always buzzing in the social media world, but this week Facebook’s $1 billion purchase of Instagram is the queen bee.

The deal between the social network giant and the quirky photo-sharing app has journalists, bloggers and the general mobile population (including 30 million Instagram users) overflowing with energetic opinions and questions about how Facebook plans to use its latest product, and what it means for the future of the little camera app that could did.

Why did Facebook purchase Instagram?
Any media savant will tell you that one of Facebook’s biggest struggles is with its mobile technology — notably on iOS — due to the massive amount of content offered and the clunky, inconvenient platform currently being employed to display it. “They realized that their mobile experience was just too cluttered,” said Nick Bilton, lead columnist for The New York Timestech blog. “Facebook has so many different services within the company that it takes 11 steps to take a photo and share it. With Instagram, it’s almost an instant process.”

One approach the company has started to take to rectify their mobile woes involves building out smaller apps — like the recently launched Messenger — which offer standalone doses of specific Facebook features. In the case of Instagram, and considering that photo sharing is the start-up bubble du jour — Facebook looks to have finally found a photo-sharing property that, coupled with other acquisitions, may be the missing puzzle piece of their mobile strategy. Tech pundit Om Malik’s opinion suggests far less amiability: “Facebook was scared s–tless… Facebook is essentially about photos, and Instagram had found and attacked Facebook’s Achilles’ heel — mobile photo sharing.”

NEXT: “The number to watch is really going to be Instagram’s audience”

Tyler Perry calls for racial profiling to be prosecuted as hate crime

In a lengthy essay posted yesterday on his official Facebook fan page, filmmaker Tyler Perry recounted a recent confrontation with law enforcement officers after he was allegedly pulled over and interrogated by police in Atlanta.

According to the post, Perry was leaving his studio when he made an illegal turn in order to ensure that he was not being followed. Two police officers pulled Perry over and purportedly pressed him about his actions, calling attention to his tinted windows and expressing their suspicion at why Perry believed he was being followed. A third officer arrived and seemingly explained who Perry was, and the officers apologized.  READ FULL STORY

'The Walking Dead Social Game' will devour Facebook in April

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AMC and RockYou are teaming up for an interactive Facebook game based on the TV series The Walking Dead, according to a joint press release. The story-based game “allows players to have their own, unique adventures with opportunities to encounter show characters at key moments suggested by the show’s rich narrative. The goal of the game is to survive the apocalypse by fighting walkers (zombies) to keep yourself and your fellow survivors alive, while scavenging resources and establishing camps on settings from the show.” READ FULL STORY

Graffiti artist David Choe to earn up to $200 million from Facebook stock

If for some reason AMC ever offers you money or stock options for your Mad Men ad tagging, word to the wise: Take the stock. Yesterday we asked how the staggering $5 billion Facebook IPO could affect you, but there’s no question on how well it will work out for famous muralist and graffiti artist David Choe (pictured.) According to The New York Times, Choe, who was hired back in 2005 by the social networking site to paint murals for the company’s first corporate headquarters, “will reportedly be worth some $200 million when Facebook begins trading publicly later this year.”

In 2005 Choe was offered the choice between cash and shares of Facebook stock as payment for his services. Choe ultimately chose stock options, which he recalled thinking was “ridiculous and pointless” at the time. That choice will certainly pay off handsomely for the artist, though will any and all street cred be lost now that the defiant 35-year-old creative anarchist will soon become a multimillionaire?
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Facebook files for $5 billion IPO

That Facebook is some kind of something. Boy, this Facebook is all anybody’s ever talking about. Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing about how brilliant that Facebook is? Then now’s a good time to become a hermit — according to ABC News, the epoch-defining social networking site has officially filed papers to begin selling stock in May. Facebook’s offering will be five multiplujillion, nine impossibidillion, seven fantasticatrillion dollars, or roughly $5 billion in non-cartoon money. Financial analysts are already predicting that this will be the IPO of the year/decade/millennium, and also that it will be vastly overrated. (Presumably, somewhere the Winklevoss twins are angrily shaking a cocktail shaker.)

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Wikipedia to go dark on Wednesday for web blackout in response to SOPA, PIPA

If you need to find something on Wikipedia, you’d better do it today. Beginning Wednesday, the free online encyclopedia behemoth, along with websites such as Reddit and Boing Boing will go dark to protest two Congressional bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA.)

According to The New York Times, the controversial bills “have attracted fierce opposition from many corners of the technology industry. Opponents say several of the provisions in the legislation, including those that may force search engines and Internet service providers to block access to Web sites that offer or link to copyrighted material, would stifle innovation, enable censorship, and tamper with the livelihood of businesses on the Internet.”
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Obama girls not allowed on Facebook, don't get it anyway

In the latest issue of People magazine, the President and First Lady sit down to take a serious look back at 2011 and lightheartedly remind us that they’re just like us. The big news (for pop culture fans): President Obama watches Boardwalk Empire and Homeland, while wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, prefer Modern Family. There, now you know what to talk to them about should you ever meet them. According to People.com, the Obamas only recently got a DVR installed in their second-floor family quarters in the White House. Reason I will never be asked to interview the Obamas: I would have wasted valuable time having them go through all their season passes.

Also of note: The girls aren’t allowed on Facebook, but they don’t want to be on it anyway: “Their theory is, ‘Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don’t know knowing our business?'” the president says. “We’ll see how they feel in four years.” (Somehow, it hits home when children say it, right?)

P.S. My favorite line of the People White House interview is, “He kissed his wife, Michelle, and rolled his eyes at the jingle-bell collar she’d put on their dog Bo.”

Facebook Timeline: Like or Dislike?

Though Facebook Timeline has been furtively collecting your data since July, the new profile look — which accounts for your whole life (or at least the events you care to share) in reverse chronology — has only been accessed by somewhere in the ballpark of a million enthusiastic users up to this point. Since Facebook will be rolling it out progressively throughout the next week, I took Timeline for a spin today. A few thoughts… READ FULL STORY

Like: The most-shared articles on Facebook in 2011

For as much information as we share about ourselves, or our friends share (or, if we’re being honest here, often times overshare) about themselves on Facebook, users also use the site as a forum to share information about the world around them.

So which stories were most likely to appear on your News Feed over the past year? Facebook has just released its list of the Most Shared Articles in 2011, compiling the 40 articles that range from tragic news (including the most-shared of the year, the stunning before and after satellite photos of Japan from the New York Times) to the amusing. (Remember when everybody freaked out about the “new” Zodiac signs? Three of the top-40 shared stories were astrology related, including the reassuring CNN.com article “No, your Zodiac sign hasn’t changed” which took the No. 3 spot.)

Some of the other big stories to get passed around on Facebook included the death of Steve Jobs, parental advice (namely, “Parents, don’t dress your girls like tramps”) and Facebook itself. Here’s the complete list: READ FULL STORY

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