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With the iPhone 5's release captivating the tech-crazed world, a guy decided to glue one to the sidewalk on the device's release date and see if anyone would attempt to take it.

Spoiler alert: People did. Hard.

The collective obsession with the world's hottest phone made for one of the hottest viral videos of the week, as people in Amsterdam's Leidseplein Square tried to snag that piece.

This could also be a great ad for Super Glue. Strong stuff! That thing was not going anywhere. A few people even attempted to kick the iPhone 5 loose, to no avail.

Surprisingly, Kris Jenner was not one of them.

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South Korean sensation PSY and his viral smash hit “Gangnam Style” have danced, rapped and ridden straight into the Guinness Book of World Records.

PSY’s video has been liked 2,234,641 times on YouTube, an all-time high, annihilating the prior record of 1,575,979, set by LMFAO’S “Party Rock Anthem.”

All in a mere three months after “Gangnam Style” was released.

Heeeeeey sexy laaaaaady! Bow down to PSY and his fake horse.

As for the all-time most watched YouTube video, PSY's got a ways to go before he catches Justin Bieber and his 780,683,863 views. "Baby," that's a lot.

“Gangnam Style” has a modest 230,549,340. So far.

Whether he breaks that mark or not, PSY already left his mark on pop culture, thanks to the Britney Spears Gangnam Style dance on Ellen. Enough said.

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Big Apple Pizza owner Scott Van Nuzer received a visit from President Barack Obama Sunday in Fort Pierce, Fla., and reacted with a giant bear hug for the POTUS.

Yelp trolls responded a little less positively.

Irate, presumably conservative users flooded the rate and review website shortly afterward, sending Big Apple Pizza’s overall rating into a tailspin.

“Talk about committing business suicide. After picking up Obama, your books are gonna be in the red pretty soon. Not too smart,” one "reviewer" posted.

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The commenter from Cottonwood, Ariz., 2,200 miles away, gave him 1/5 stars. Harsh. Hours later, though, Van Nuzer's establishment had staged a comeback.

Another Yelp commenter retaliated, “Really, conservatards? You try to trash a man’s business because he likes a different political candidate than you?"

"What scum you all are. SCOTT VAN DUZER IS MY HERO!”

Of the 229 comments listed on the page (30 “filtered,” one axed for violating terms of service), only two are pre-Obama bear hug. His overall rating is currently 5/5.

The oldest review, posted in 2010, offers this assessment:

“Nice variety of food for lunch or dinner. Love the Pizza, wings, subs, best stromboli in town. Great atmosphere in newly renovated dinning area, and flat screen TV’s ... staff make you feel right at home. Special people and good food make for a local favorite.”

Must have been what Obama read before deciding on Big Apple.

Decision 2012:

 

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Start scraping together your $200, because Apple just announced - without overtly saying as much - that it's totally releasing the iPhone 5 next week!

The tech giant sent out invitations to various media outlets, beckoning them to an event at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on September 12.

The implication of what's being unveiled then is clear:

iPhone 5

Of course, the invite doesn't officially say the iPhone 5 is being released then, but the shadow "5" and the tagline "it's almost here" kinda give it away.

Might as well go stand in line now so you can get yours ... could be cutting it close. According to uncorroborated iPhone 5 rumors, it will feature:

  • Brighter, newer colors for the body and screen
  • Greater durability
  • Slightly bigger screens
  • A thinner frame
  • An even faster A6 processor
  • Better battery life
  • Intermittently racist Siri (kidding)

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Will.i.am has made music history in the most unusual of ways.

One of his songs - appropriately called "Reach For the Stars" - was played back by NASA's Mars Curiosity rover as part of a collaboration between the national space agency and the Black Eyed Peas rapper's educational i.am.angel Foundation.

As such, it became the first song ever played from Mars!

With no speakers on the rover, however, the track was sadly not played on the red planet itself ... all the UFOs on Mars really missed out.

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Move over, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.

"The Rich Kids of Instagram," a Tumblr blog featuring photos of, well, rich kids in various states of excess, is taking silver-spoon voyeurism to a new, online level.

Ever since its launch last month, "The Rich Kids of Instagram" has prompted a firestorm of debate over rich kids and how much sharing is too much on social media.

A look at the type of material on there:

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The captions and images would be the stuff memes are made of - if the whole site were not so proudly, ridiculously superficial. They're in on the joke.

From pouring Dom Perignon on each other, to sticking foam fingers out of Ferraris and showing off five- and six-figure receipts, these kids are loving life.

The site has not surprisingly generated more than its share of scolding and class warfare on the web. Rebecca Greenfield writes in The Atlantic:

"Teens posing with helicopters they did not earn and posting photos online for others to ogle provides an easy in for commentary on the state of the American dream. (Dead.)"

On the flip side, many of the "Rich Kids of Instagram" are not really rich, and most pics are tamer than an episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County.

Frivolously annoying to some, sure, but should it be looked at as anything more than an entertainment form for a niche audience? You be the judge.

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Google has agreed to a record $22.5 million fine for invasion of privacy after being accused of deliberately circumventing the privacy of Safari browsers.

The Federal Trade Commission alleged that the search engine giant it violated a pledge to protect the privacy of its users who use Apple's browser.

The FTC is ramping up its efforts to protect the online privacy of consumers and said it levied the largest fine in its history to send a clear message.

Google Cookies

The FTC said the behavior violated terms of a settlement Google reached with the agency last year over its now-defunct Buzz social networking service.

In the settlement, the FTC ordered Google to disable all the tracking cookies, used to monitor user activity across the Internet, by next year.

Tracking cookies are snippets of computer code that collect data about how users browse and thus show them ads based on browsing history.

The FTC said that Google told Safari users that because the browser blocks third-party cookies, they did not need to opt out of online tracking.

Yet Google in fact placed a temporary cookie on computers, tablets, and mobile devices, as first reported by Stanford researcher Jonathan Mayer.

In reaching the settlement, Google did not admit liability, claiming that it had "collected no personal information from Apple's browsers."

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Joel Bush proposed to girlfriend Jennifer Orr the other night on the state capital grounds in Austin, Texas, with no one around but the two of them.

So he thought.

Photographer Patrick Lu happened upon the couple, took some amazing candid shots of the moment and them posted them on Austin's Reddit.

Hoping to share them with the newly-engaged couple (Jen said yes, thank god), he wrote, “Did any of you propose at the capital last night?”

Marriage Proposal Reddit

Lu received 1,400 "up" votes (the most ever in that sub-reddit), but didn't even need to track down his mystery man: Bush himself found the post.

“The thread found me through friends,” Bush said, adding that he's active in the Austin tech meetup scene, so “I’m not surprised it found me.”

Bush says he unwittingly got the best of both worlds, with a private moment shared by just the two of them, yet fantastic photos to cherish forever.

Lu said Reddit was a logical spot to look for the soon-to-be-newlyweds.

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Eminem, Facebook King. The rapper has that title all to himself after surpassing 60 million "Likes" Wednesday, more than any other living person.

Rihanna and Lady Gaga, who each have huge social media followings of their own, are Liked by about 59.4 million and 53.5 million, respectively.

Despite the fact that fan interaction and writing in first person on Facebook is the #1 way to get shares and Likes, being famous trumps all.

On Eminem's Facebook page, the 39-year-old generally posts links to YouTube videos of his music and interviews, with little or no comment.

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According to AppData, Eminem is close to nabbing more than 26,000 "Likes" each day, with Rihanna not far behind with 22,000 "Likes" per day.

Rihanna and Gaga's more engaged approach top Eminem in the "talking about this" metric, however, which measures overall activity on a page.

Eminem has 290,896 people talking about him, while Rihanna has 1,016,304 and Lady Gaga has 1,209,588 ... that's a lot of Little Monsters.

When it comes to Twitter, however, Lady Gaga is the undisputed queen with more than 27 million followers. Justin Bieber has nearly 26 million.

P.S. Please Like THG on Facebook and help us catch Eminem! We're only like 59 million behind! Hey, 872,000 isn't too shabby people.

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This could make family dinners a tad awkward.

Mark Zuckerberg's sister, Arielle, is now a Google employee, following the search engine giant's acquisition of Wildfire Interactive this week.

Arielle's blog lists her occupation as the junior product manager for the social media marketing firm. Here's a photo of Zuckerberg's sister:

Arielle Zuckerberg Photo

Arielle previously offered constructive criticism of her brother's company's site, which just went public this summer, and its overhaul last fall.

Arielle's not the only Zuckerberg sibling in the business, either. Randi Zuckerberg, the former director of marketing for Facebook, left last August.

Randi Zuckerberg is now an executive producer for Silicon Valley, a Bravo show that is controversially bringing Hollywood voyeurism to tech.

Randi tweeted about Arielle's move on Tuesday, teasing Mark a bit in the process. The Zuckerberg siblings also have another sister, Donna.

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