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Muslims Torch Buddhist Temples in Bangladesh (The Wall Street Journal)
Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said Sunday. The violence began late Saturday and continued until early Sunday, said Nojibul Islam, a police chief in the coastal district of Cox’s Bazar. Reuters Many people in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh have been angered in recent days by a film made in California that mocks the Prophet Mohammad. Muslims in Bangladesh and beyond have also been outraged by violence over the border in Myanmar where members of the majority Buddhist community clashed with minority Muslims this year. Los Angeles Times Bangladesh’s English-language Daily Star newspaper reported that the Buddhist who allegedly posted the offensive image on Facebook mistakenly tagged it on his Facebook profile and that his account was closed soon after violence erupted even as police escorted him and his mother to safety. VentureBeat In product news, Facebook Friday updated its standalone Messenger app on iOS to fully support the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, while also adding some useful features for chat addicts. In addition to general speed improvements, the Messenger app now lets you swipe left to instantly get access to your favorite Facebook chat buddies, as well as to see who’s online. The Verge The conversation view has been given a fresh makeover with chat bubbles, and you’re now able to pin those you chat with most often to a Favorites section. Unfortunately there’s one area where Messenger for iOS hasn’t reached parity with its Android counterpart: there’s no way of integrating your SMS messages within the app. Read more

Will.i.am Can’t Help But Blame AT&T For the Epic Twitter #Fail

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Perhaps the Dallas Cowboys crushed every AT&T tower on their way to building the cavernous Cowboys Stadium? Or AT&T hated this Super Bowl’s halftime show as much as everyone else on Twitter? Either way, the effect was felt on will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas who failed to revolutionize Super Bowl XLV on Twitter during the group’s halftime act because, well, AT&T “couldn’t hear him now.”

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Myspace Hijacked by The Black Eyed Peas, Jack Black

The Black Eyed Peas hijacked Myspace as part of the News Corp.-owned social-media site’s new Hijacks initiative, which will surrender control of the site to celebrities for three days, allowing them to curate entertainment areas, topic pages, and profiles. Comedian and actor Jack Black is up next.

Thursday-Saturday, The Black Eyed Peas Hijack will offer features including: a contest that will place the winning fan in one of the band’s videos; an augmented reality app with 8-bit images and photos that can be captured; customized 8-bit profile themes; a limited-edition badge; play lists of songs and videos; Fergie‘s fashion picks; Apl.de.ap‘s movie picks; The Black Eyed Peas becoming the first friend for all users who sign up during their Hijack; and a customized Myspace logo.

Black will take over Dec. 15, and his Hijack will feature: exclusive videos of Black guiding fans through Myspace; Black and Gulliver’s Travels co-star Jason Segel offering their take of “Little Drummer Boy”; a campaign to have fans make their profile photos giant versions of themselves; a customized profile theme; limited-edition badges; song and video play lists; Black becoming the first friend for all users who sign up during their Hijack; and a customized Myspace logo.

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Oprah.com Opens Online Auditions for OWN Show

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OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network has opened up online auditions for its awkwardly named series “Your Own Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.”

Anyone interested with getting their own talk show on OWN (and I think there may be a lot of you) can prepare a three minute audition tape and upload it to Oprah.com through June 26.

The site is including a browser based video editing kit as well as tips om making a compelling video from Oprah’s celeb friends, including Will.i.am, Lisa Ling and Peter Walsh.

Visitors to Oprah.com will be voting on the online submissions, with the top five getting flown out to Los Angeles for an in-person audition with Mark Burnett Productions, which will be producing the series for OWN.

There are five categories wannabe TV stars can make audition tapes for: traditional talk show, cooking show, interior design or fashion, health and well being and “wildcard,” which sounds like it will be the most interesting to watch.

So what are you waiting for? Get filming and submit those auditions. Do it for Oprah.