By Zachary Swickey
Filthy rich celebs and wealthy oil tycoons are known to hire famous musicians to serenade them at their weddings and birthday parties, whether it’s Jennifer Lopez, Sting or even George Michael. So who does one of the richest men in the world, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, book for his wedding? Why Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong of course!
Zuckerberg and his girlfriend of nine years, Priscilla Chan, tied the knot over the weekend at their home in Palo Alto, Calif., during what was an already monumental time for the couple, with Zuckerberg taking Facebook public on Friday and Chan recently graduating from medical school.
While there’s no way to be sure it’s Armstrong since the TMZ footage provides no visual other than the barricading bushes – just audio of the incident – his voice has become rather unmistakable at the point in his career.
“Mark wanted me to play this song,” states a voice that sounds an awful lot like Armstrong’s. Street traffic blocks some of the conversation before he can be heard continuing, “They are gonna dance, they’re gonna dance. This song is one that I wrote for my wife of 18 years — it better be for her, or I’d be in deep trouble. This song is called ‘Last Night on Earth.’” (The song is track number seven off Green Day's ’09 release 21st Century Breakdown).
The crowd then erupted into cheers before (presumably) Armstrong can be heard crooning, “Sending all my love to you / You are the light of my life every night / Giving all my love to you, all of you / If I lose in a fire, sending all my love to you.”
If you could hire any star on earth to play your wedding, who would it be? Let us know in the comments below!
By Shakira Atitebi
Regardless of the growing international popularity of Facebook, which has over 800 million users, the social networking is not allowed in the White House.
In their only exclusive print interview of the holiday season, President Obama and First Lady Michelle tell PEOPLE Magazine they do not permit daughters Sasha and Malia on Facebook. "It's not been a hard decision," the President said.
Although the First Family is always under the watchful eye of the public, the Commander in Chief prefers his privacy, saying, "Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don't know knowing our business? That doesn't make much sense."
But when Michelle explained that Malia is only 13 and Sasha is 10, the President giggled and added, "We'll see how they feel in four years."
While the President and his lovely wife might have a change of heart in the future about whether Malia and Sasha can be on Facebook, at least they can agree on their favorite TV show as a family. Read on to see what it is! Read More...
By Dionne Buxton
The saying goes, “Curiosity killed the cat.” Well, in this case, it just killed your reputation.
If you’ve logged onto Facebook in the past week, chances are you’ve seen horrid images posted by your “friends” clogging up your Newsfeed.
Although no animals have been harmed in this action it has changed the dynamic of the social media website that some see as a safe haven to communicate with family, friends and co-workers.
"We experienced a coordinated spam attack that exploited a browser vulnerability," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told USA Today. "Our efforts have drastically limited the damage caused by this attack, and we are now in the process of investigating to identify those responsible."
But don’t fret! It’s not too late to turn your social media rep back to positive. Follow these tips to avoid being hacked! Read More...
By Dionne Buxton
Change is never easy, especially when you have to appeal to more that 750 million people. As we're sure you've noticed, Facebook has revamped … AGAIN.
Last night brought some drastic changes to your Facebook homepage. The most significant change is in the redesign of the News Feed, which now determines what it thinks is interesting to you. A little thing we like to call “algorithm hell.”
“You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top,” developer Mark Tonkelowitz wrote on the Facebook blog.
They’ve also installed a Twitter-like “ticker” that gives users real-time updates. “Now when a friend comments, asks a question or shares something like a check in you’ll be able to join the conversation right away,” explained Tonkelowitz.
Here at MTV News, we know how important Facebook is to your lives (almost as important as MTV, right?). We have come up with your change survival guide! Read More...
By Zachary Swickey
Rumors have been swirling for years that Facebook would create a new online music service, which if any company could give Apple a run for its money, it’s Mark Zuckerberg’s web-baby. The LA Times is suggesting that the new service could be launching at FB’s own F8 developer conference being held on September 22 in San Francisco.
On the show “Fast Money Halftime Report,” John Forter, a technology reporter for CNBC, gave his thoughts on Facebook entering a market that is becoming increasingly competitive with new services like Spotify, Google’s Music Beta, and Apple’s “cloud” storage.
“Next month is going to be a big one for music. I’m hearing from someone familiar with the plans that Facebook plans to launch its long-rumored music service at the F8 conference on September 22," he said. "Now, it seems likely that Facebook won’t actually host the music, but will partner with others to do that."
Corralling all major music labels into any new agreement is a daunting task that even Steve Jobs himself labored over when originally launching Apple’s iTunes service. But once again, few have a stranglehold on Silicon Valley like Zuckerberg. Even Fort isn’t 100 percent certain what the new service will entail. Read More...
By Rachel Josue
This "25 Things" Facebook chain letter has jumped the shark, now that the mainstream media has started writing about it (Thanks, USA Today!). Sure, I posted mine in my abundant free time, but do you really care that I like fish, both sushi and goldfish crackers? No. However, we thought maybe you'd like to know 25 things about our daily life here at MTV News. Then, maybe this whole trend will go away by next week.
1. The MTV newsroom overlooks Times Square.
2. Current and former MTV News correspondents number 17 in all. How many can you name?
3. Tim Kash used to be the MTV UK correspondent.
4. Kim Stolz was a contestant on "America's Next Top Model."
5. Kurt Loder will celebrate his 21st MTVersary on February 19.
6. Do you love "Detox"? Guess what, it shoots in our newsroom! (And it's really, really loud.)
7. Speaking of "Detox," host Jim Cantiello originally worked in MTV's tape-dubbing facility until he was discovered by an MTV News executive producer who read Jim's brilliant and elaborate entry in a company-wide year-end top 10 albums list. The rest is history. Read More...
By Andrew Ross Rowe
Ever wonder what the heck an artist was thinking with their album-cover art? Well now, thanks to AlbumtArt.com, you can show how much better your artwork is than theirs — and have your version rated against the original.
Co-founder Steven Baughman said Radiohead's In Rainbows acted as his inspiration.