Social News Daily Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Confirmed? Google Buying Twitch for $1 Billion Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:00:22 +0000 Since May there have been rumors floating about that Google were gearing up to buy Twitch in a $1 billion dollar deal but no official statement was ever made by either side. It now looks like that deal may have moved ahead according to a story from VentureBeat anyway, although we still seem to be waiting on an official confirmation from Google or Twitch.

YouTube, which was bought by Google in 2006 for just over $1.6 billion is in charge of the acquisition which means we can more than likely expect the two platforms to be integrated in the near future. Does that mean we should expect mandatory sign-in with Google+ account for using Twitch chat? Let’s hope not.

Twitch was probably the only real live-streaming competitor to YouTube out there so if true this means Google have this industry wrapped up tight now.

Twitch was founded in San Fransisco in 2011 by Justin Kan and Emmett Shear the cofounders of It has grown from 3.2 million active monthly users back then to over 50 million today. The platform enables gamers to braodcast live-streams of themselves playing video games for PC,, PS4 and Xbox One.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Posters Revealed Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:01:25 +0000 The eagerly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron hits cinemas May 1st 2015.

With San Diego Comic Con about to kick off Marvel have revealed several new posters for the movie showing Iron Man, Captain America and other members of the team battling the armies of Ultron’s robots.

One of the posters includes the new addition to the team, the mutant with reality and time shifting powers named ‘Scarlet Witch’.











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End of Days – Images of Biblical Mayfly Invasion Go Viral Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:39:36 +0000 A large swarm of  mayflies originating from the Mississippi River invaded  Wisconsin,Iowa and Minnesota  late on Sunday night and the images captured by residents have been going viral across the internet throughout the week.


The National Weather Service released a gif of what most people would assume to be spreading rain clouds or a storm but actually the dense blue areas represented the swarm as it spread from county to county.



How are they picked up on weather radars though? The swarms were apparently so thick that they produced a ‘massive radar echo’ which made them visible to the weather equipment:

“The Mississippi River produced a massive radar echo as mayflies emerged from the water and became airborne. The mayflies were detectable on radar around 8:45 pm…The radar loop below shows the reflected radar energy (reflectivity) from 8:35 pm to just after midnight. The higher the values (greens to yellows) indicate greater concentrations of flies.”


Swarms like this can happen at least once a year and are often seen as a sign of good health for the river. The flies have been gestating under the water throughout the year and only live for 24 hrs, they raise form the water, fly around, mate and then their wings fall off and they die.



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American Horror Story: Freak Show Leaked First Episode Call Sheet Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:34:37 +0000 *heavy breathing*

American Horror Story fans have been waiting anxiously for any and every piece of information for the upcoming fourth season “Freak Show.”

What we know already: it will take place at a sideshow carnival in Jupiter, Florida during the 1950s. Sarah Paulson will be playing a two headed woman, Bette and Dot, which she tweeted a promo photo of in June. Jessica Lange will be playing a German ex-pat who is in charge of one of the last American freak carnivals. But now we know her name, as well as many others, and new characters, and oh my.

According to an Argentinian fan site, an unofficial leaked call sheet for the fourth season’s first episode has hit the internet in a big way.

American Horror Story leaked call sheet

Jessica Lange’s will be “Elsa Mars,” while Kathy Bates (Ethel Darling) and Evan Peters (Jimmy Darling) have some type of family lineage. Mother and son? Naomi Grossman who played Pepper in Asylum is back with the same name, possibly same character?

The other names listed are Ann McKenzie, Erika Ervin, John Carroll Lynch, Mat Fraser, Rose Siggins, Christopher Neima, Ben Woolf, Grace Gummer, and Ramona Tyler.

FX and reps have yet to comment about this unofficial leak. The latest from Ryan Murphy was his announcement of Finn Wittrock joining the cast and this teaser photo of Paulson on set.

Don’t forget about the first promo video called Fallen Angel. Watch here.

HOLY WHAT that was a bunch of new information. Who is pumped for the freaks?

[Photo credit: Facebook]

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Frank Caliendo Reads LeBron James’ Letter In Morgan Freeman’s Voice Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:20:58 +0000 When we read LeBron James’ announcement about his return to Cleveland the first time we thought it was a well-thought out bit of prose. It explained all of the reasons why he left the Cavaliers in the first place and why he had decided to come back home. But then we heard Frank Caliendo read the letter using Morgan Freeman’s voice… Now we’re not sure if all the hype surrounding the Decision 2.0 was worth it.

LeBron James is the best player in the NBA and his decision to play in Cleveland next year shifts the landscape of the league. Still, it’s just basketball. The letter, when Frank Caliendo reads it, makes it sound like LBJ is returning from a war to join a band of misfits at the start of a revolution.

Here’s the “LeBron James Redemption” by Morgan Freeman (Frank Caliendo).

Seriously, it’s just a game. Frank Caliendo basically makes LeBron James’ decision to play in Cleveland sound like LeBron James decided to sacrifice himself in order to save the world.

It’s awesome. It’s over-dramatic. And it’s hilarious. What did you think of “LeBron James Redemption?”

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Taylor Swift Responds To Fan Through Instagram Comment Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:15:55 +0000 When it comes to Taylor Swift, either you’re on board or you’re not. Some anti-Swift people say she doesn’t act her age, especially in her song lyrics but she certainly showed maturity and a sense of depth and compassion through her response to a fan on Instagram.

Hannah, or @sherbetswift on Instagram, posted a message asking for the country singer’s help and love advice. Hannah’s message reads:

There’s a guy Taylor, a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh. A guy who said sorry for eating in front of me after finding out I had to skip breakfast. A guy who grew up across the street from me. A guy who plays guitar like me. A guy who was my first best friend. A guy who I met when I was seven and he was nine. A guy who this one time, when we were younger, said that I was ‘like’ his girlfriend because I was a girl and his friend. I wish. A guy who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he’ll never like me back. (And he has a girlfriend who he adores and she’s pretty and has an amazing figure and is actually nice to me). A guy who will never like me back. @taylorswift can you give me some advice maybe. I love you. Hannah.

To Hannah’s surprise, Taylor responded and it is heartfelt and amazing.

Hannah. Eyes, eyes, eyes. Woah. You have the prettiest, widest, most child like eyes. (Composes herself) Okay. About this guy. I think we grow up thinking the only love that counts as true love is the kind that lasts forever or is fully realized. When you have a broken heart, the first thing a stranger will ask is ‘how long were you two together?’ As if your pain can be determined by how long you were with someone. Or if you were with them at all. I don’t think that’s how it works. I think unrequited love is just as valid as any other kind. It’s just as crushing and just as thrilling. No matter what happens in this situation, I want you to remember that what you are doing is selfless and beautiful and kind. You are loving someone purely because you love them, not because you think you’ll ever have your affections reciprocated. You are admiring something for its beauty, without needing to own it. Feel good about being the kind of person who loves selflessly. I think someday you’ll find someone who loves you in that exact same way.

Possibly a song in the works? Who needs an autograph when you get a notification saying “Taylor Swift commented on your Instagram photo.”

[Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi]

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Dwayne Johnson Explains Horrid 90s Instagram Photo [Video] Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:55:40 +0000 A few days ago, Dwayne  Johnson voluntarily posted a rather embarrassing throwback thursday photo to Instagram and almost broke the internet. If you haven’t seen it, do you even internet? Either way, here it is again:

Even “The Rock” knows the horror. The caption so eloquently states “Fanny pack and lean take it to a whole other level… #90sRock #WTF #BuffLesbian”

That fanny pack. That gold chain. That everything. On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Johnson was being interviewed to promote his new film Hercules. But there was no way he was leaving that interview with Fallon not bringing up the photo that hit everyone’s computer screens. Watch the hilarity ensue below.

Fallon took it one step further making it into a “Hercules action figure doll.”

Hercules Action Figure on Fallon

[Photo credit: YouTube]

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NBA Teams Join #NBASitcoms Trend On Twitter Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:53:58 +0000 Hashtag games pop on Twitter all the time but it isn’t every day that you get to play side by side with official NBA accounts. Teams like the Phoenix Suns, the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs have been having some fun with the #NBASitcoms trend on Twitter.

The Phoenix Suns got the ball rolling by challenging a few of their competitors to a joke off.

Soon, the 76ers, the Mavericks, the Spurs and several other teams joined in.

Sure, LeBron James and Derrick Rose aren’t sitting behind these keyboards but it’s still fun to interact with your favorite team.

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Justin Bieber Hints At New Album On Instagram Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:14 +0000 Justin Bieber had a pretty productive night in the studio last night. The singer posted 15-second clips of 11 new songs to his Instagram account.

The singer didn’t give a lot of information about the new songs. He hasn’t said when the album would be released and he hasn’t given fans a tracklist. All we have right now is 11 15-second clips from his new album.

Are you excited for Justin Bieber’s new album? You can listen to the teasers below.

You can listen to the other teasers on Justin Bieber’s Instagram account.

The new album isn’t the only reason that Justin Bieber is in the news today. There’s currently a rumor going around that Bieber is going to be an underwear model for Calvin Klein. If you ask me, it’s a pretty stupid move by CK because they already get plenty of free advertising from Bieber’s Instagram.

The singer is also at the center of another mundane controversy. Apparently Bieber decided to use a wheelchair at Disneyland this week so that he could skip the lines. Gasp! The truth of the matter is that Justin skips lines anyways because he’s a celebrity and gets swarmed by people wherever he goes. As for the wheelchair, apparently he sprained his knee playing basketball.

photo credit: jaredpolin via photopin cc

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Justin Blackmon Arrested For Marijuana Possession Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:49:21 +0000 Justin Blackmon was arrested on Wednesday night for marijuana possession.

The Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver, who was already on suspension from the NFL, was pulled over in Edmond, Oklahoma for a traffic violation. That’s when officers smelled marijuana inside the car.

Police did not say how much marijuana they found but according to Fansided, Blackmon was taken into custody for possession.

It’s unclear how Blackmon’s current arrest will effect his NFL career but the Jaguars are probably getting a little fed up with his antics. The WR has been arrested at least three times since 2010, twice for DUI, and has violated the NFL’s substance abuse policy twice.

Back in May, Jaguars owner Shad Khan said: “I think it’s an absolute tragedy. I think he’s such a talented guy … The best years [are] ahead of him but after a while it’s out of your control.”

["Justin Blackmon intense look" by KT King - Flickr: Justin Blackmon. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.]

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