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News of the week


Here are the top news stories from the past week:


- "We wanted to design a place that feels like your home. Where you tell your story online is really personal. You invest a lot of time in it and you curate it. You link to it and you tell all your friends to find you there. So we wanted to make Timeline a place you're proud to call your home. So Timeline is a completely new aesthetic from Facebook ... so you can express who you really are." – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talking Thursday about Facebook’s new Timeline feature, which allows users to document their entire lives.


- "The EU opposes the use of capital punishment in all circumstances and calls for a universal moratorium.” - EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, talking about the execution Wednesday night of Troy Davis. Groups and people around the world – including Pope Benedict XVI and former President Jimmy Carter – condemned the execution because of questions surrounding Davis’ guilt, and called for an end to capital punishment.


- “Today can only be described as the best day of our lives. We have waited for nearly 26 months for this moment and the joy and relief we feel at Shane and Josh's long-awaited freedom knows no bounds.” – A statement from the families of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, who were freed from prison in Iran on Wednesday. The men – who were arrested after they hiked across the Iran border – were imprisoned for two years on charges of being spies.


- Netflix announced late Sunday night it was spinning off its DVD rental operation to focus on its Internet streaming operations. Many customers were not happy with the announcement, or the name of the new rental company, Qwikster, deriding it in tweets.


Video of the week


Is Nicholas Cage a vampire? Because a photo from 1870 looks exactly like the actor. See for yourself:



 


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