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Scarlett Johansson, Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Lady Gaga and Alec Baldwin all make tech news, voluntarily or not
Jennifer Aniston forces video to go viral
Jennifer Aniston pokes fun at Internet memes and the need for ads to go viral in a video ad for Smart Water, that did in fact go pretty darn viral. She employs “lovely Internet boys,” animals, dirty dancing toddlers and a double rainbow guy all in the name of trying to convince us that some water tastes better than other water.
Alec Baldwin gets booted for playing iPhone game
30 Rock star Alec Baldwin got the boot in December from American Airlines for refusing to comply with a flight attendant’s request that he turn off his iPhone, on which he was playing a game called Words with Friends. The plane was headed from Los Angeles to New York, and was still at the LAX gate when the incident took place. Baldwin went on to tweet about the event, swearing off American and giving a shout out to United.
You might think Charlie Sheen is the most dangerous celebrity around, but no, McAfee says it’s actually a supermodel turned TV show star (based on the amount of malware that pops up when you search her name). But plenty of other celebrities also proved to be dangerous when technology was put at their disposal. Others, meanwhile, integrated technology with their creative sides to deliver new products and funny bits. Here’s a look back at the Best & Worst from 2011 (look even further back at 2010’s slideshow.)
Going Gaga at CES
Lady Gaga glitzed up the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas in January by showing up to introduce some of her imaging creations on behalf of Polaroid. They included sunglasses with an embedded camera and a mobile photo printer. Gaga was named Polaroid’s creative director about a year before.
Zuckerberg meets Zuckerberg meets Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg, the ubiquitous CEO of Facebook, made a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live in January alongside two actors who portray him. Jessie Eisenberg, the actor who plays Zuckerberg in "The Social Network" and was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actor, hosted the show and was joined onstage during his monologue by SNL regular Andy Samberg, who was playing Zuckerberg and uttered "All hail the Zuck!"", and then by Zuckerberg himself. Supposedly, Eisenberg and Zuckerberg had never met until then. Samberg yucked it up again with Zuckerberg in September, impersonating the social network leader at the company’s F8 conference.
No, I wanna be Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs had barely passed in October when UK publications Now and The Sun heated up the rumor mill over who will play the late Apple co-founder in a Hollywood biopic on which filming is expected to start next year. At the top of the list? Heart throb George Clooney and fellow "ER" TV doctor Noah Wyle. Depending on how you look at it, both actors have things for and against them. Clooney is a proven leading man material, though is recovering from an injury sustained in filming another movie and looks less like Jobs than does Wylie. At age 50, Clooney would be a stretch to play Jobs in his 20s, when Apple started up. Wylie, 40, played Jobs once before, in the 1999 TV movie about Jobs and Bill Gates called "Pirates of Silicon Valley," and even made a cameo during a MacWorld conference. But will producers really want to go to that well again?
Justin Timberlake: MySpace’s last hope?
Pop star Justin Timberlake, who played Facebook backer Sean Parker in the movie The Social Network, took an ownership stake in beleaguered MySpace in real life. Timberlake is part of a group looking to save MySpace in a $35 million deal by adding cool to the one-time social network market leader. "There's a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect. MySpace has the potential to be that place," Timberlake said in a statement.
Beware Heidi Klum
Fabulous model and Project Runway star Heidi Klum topped McAfee’s list of Most Dangerous Celebrities in Cyberspace. McAfee research found that searching for the latest Heidi Klum pictures and downloads yields more than a 9% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats, such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses and other malware. Klum knocked off Cameron Diaz from the top of the list, as Diaz slipped to #2, followed by Piers Morgan at #3 (really???).
Calling Justin Bieber
A Syracuse, N.Y., family went through hell for about five days after a website posted their phone number as being heartthrob singer Justin Bieber’s. The McGriff family reported getting hundreds and hundreds of calls, many from young females who simply shrieked into the phone. Eventually, the family talked Time Warner Cable into switching their phone number. (Said one of the teen boys living in the house: “My mom called [Time Warner] and said, ‘Look, we need to change our number, we can’t get anything done.’”
A 35-year-old man was arrested in October in connection with allegedly hacking the email accounts of actress Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and others, according to the FBI. The accused allegedly dug up personal information about the celebrities on the Internet and used it to break into their Yahoo, Apple and Google email accounts, snagging compromising photos of some of the celebs that quickly went viral on the Internet.
Charlie Sheen wins, at Twitter
Actor-turned-trainwreck Charlie Sheen talked nearly non-stop about “winning” during 2011, and in fact he did win at least one thing: the Guinness World Record for being fastest to hit 1 million Twitter followers. He did it on March 1-2 with @CharlieSheen in 25 hours and 17 minutes, and as of early December, had about 5.5 million followers. And why not, with tweets like: “Fight Night..! Pajama party at my house... Caterers just arrived... Ready... Set... Go..!! Stay tuned... Pics later...”
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