Facebook turns 6

Facebook Birthday

Personally, I no longer use Facebook because of its move to being the new MySpace but for those that are hardcore Facebook users, wish your beloved site a “Happy 6th Birthday!”

February 4 marks Facebook’s birthday!

Facebook was launched six years ago, on February 4, 2004 by a group of students at Harvard University.

Before Facebook came ‘Facemash,’ a Harvard version of ‘HotOrNot.com’ that Mark Zuckerberg, currently Facebook’s CEO, created while blogging one night. He wrote leading up to the creation of Facemash,

I’m a little intoxicated, not gonna lie. So what if it’s not even 10 p.m. and it’s a Tuesday night? What? The Kirkland [dorm] facebook is open on my desktop and some of these people have pretty horrendous facebook pics. I almost want to put some of these faces next to pictures of farm animals and have people vote on which is more attractive.
–9:48 pm–Yea, it’s on. I’m not exactly sure how the farm animals are going to fit into this whole thing (you can’t really ever be sure with farm animals…), but I like the idea of comparing two people together.
–11:09 pm

Let the hacking begin.
–12:58 am

 ‘TheFacebook.com‘ came next, opening to a limited pool of college students. The site eventually evolved into ‘Facebook.com,’ and was opened up to anyone, anywhere.

Read what Facebook has to say–in its own words–on the official Facebook blog. See more about Facebook, including how it has been used, why it has been in the news, and how it has grown, on our Facebook Big News page.

Tiger Woods LEAVING Rehab?

 

Tiger Woods is leaving sex rehab, according to RadarOnline.com. The golfer allegedly attended a sex addiction clinic in Mississippi, although pictures placing him at the facility appear to have been phony. There has still been no confirmation that Woods ever attended the clinic.

 The RadarOnline article follows an item from an Australian newspaper claiming Woods will make a surprise return to golf in two weeks. While the accuracy of the article is far from established, one London bookmaker recently cut the odds of Tiger returning by the Masters because all of the money was coming in on one side.

 If reports of Woods attending the clinic are true, he will have to tell his wife about all of his affairs, which could include porn stars Holly Sampson and Joslyn James (NSFW). It’s not clear whether he would have to reveal his sex fantasies, which a Playboy model (PHOTOS) says are ‘not normal‘ — and reportedly included a sex romp involving an alleged mistress (PHOTOS), Derek Jeter and Bones star David Boreanaz. And of course, there are many other women.

 Woods’ wife, Elin Nordegren (PHOTOS), allegedly visited Tiger at sex rehab. Another article claimed she stayed with Brett Favre (who is an expert in the art of ass-slapping) while in Mississippi.

 Women linked to Tiger Woods

 Emma Rotherham allegedly had early-morning sex on Woods’ office couch. Tiger reportedly loved to see her in black stockings and suspenders.

 Jaimee Grubbs (PHOTOS) saved a voicemail from her lover, as well as steamy text messages. Jaimee stripped down for two magazines (sexy PHOTOS).

 Jamie Jungers (PHOTOS) says she and Tiger had “wild” and “crazy” sex against a wall. She also claims to have slept with Woods the night his father died. Jungers, who allegedly once worked as a stripper, parlayed her newfound fame into jobs pitching vodka and an auction web site. She also appeared on the Today show and Dateline.

 Julie Postle (PHOTOS) allegedly met Woods when she worked as a cocktail waitress in Orlando. Tiger was reportedly “obsessed” with Postle and “really hunted” her. She was also photographed in a bikini.

 Susie Ogren says she took ecstasy with Tiger and he hoped “to get me into bed.”

 Loredana Jolie, a Playboy model, was allegedly “one of [Tiger’s] favorites.” She is planning a book that will spill the beans on Woods’ alleged sexual encounters with men.

 Theresa Rogers has been described as a “cougar” who allegedly boasted that she taught Tiger “everything he needed to know to be a great lover.” She reportedly conceived a baby while she was seeing Woods, but an article suggests she believes the father is a Serbian basketball player she was also seeing at the time. According to another article, Woods told Rogers that he only married Elin Nordegren to boost his image. The 40-something Rogers may have negotiated a payoff in exchange for her silence.

 Joslyn James is a porn star (PHOTOS, VIDEO) who has starred in films such as Porn Star Brides and MIA – Milfs In Action. She is also wanted in Washington state.

 Holly Sampson is a porn star (NSFW pictures, video) whose films include Descent Into Bondage and Diary of a Horny Housewife. She may have worked as an escort (NSFW) and appeared in a video in which she describes her “amazing” sex with Tiger Woods. In another article, she spoke about the “sensual, beautiful experience.”

Toyota admitted design problems

Toyota Prius Brakes
Toyota has admitted brake problems on the Prius.

TOKYO (Associated Press) – Toyota admitted design problems with the brakes in its prized Prius, adding to the catalog of woes for the world’s No. 1 automaker still reeling from a massive U.S. recall involving faulty gas pedals.

Toyota Motor Corp. spokeswoman Ririko Takeuchi said Thursday that Toyota discovered there were design problems with the antilock brake system and corrected them for Prius models sold since late January, including those being shipped overseas.

But the company said it was still investigating how to inform people who had bought the gas-electric hybrid cars. Nothing was decided on that front for Prius cars sold overseas, according to Toyota.

Complaints about braking problems in the third-generation Prius have been reported in both the U.S. and Japan, combining to some 180, and come amid a global recall of nearly 4.5 million other top-selling vehicles for faulty gas pedals.

“We are investigating whether there are defects in the Prius,” Toyota executive Hiroyuki Yokoyama told reporters at Toyota’s Tokyo.

The company gave few details of the brake flaw. A major Toyota dealership in Tokyo said the automaker had informed dealers that Prius brakes can sometimes fail to work for less than a second but it had not told owners.

“It is disappointing because the Prius was receiving such rave reviews,” said Hiroyuki Naito, a manager at the dealership. The latest model Prius hit showrooms last May.

The problem with the Prius — the best-selling hybrid in the world and Toyota’s flagship model — is a big embarrassment for the automaker in its home turf Japan and another blow in the U.S., its biggest market.

In recent weeks, the automaker had answered questions about its overseas recalls for gas pedals with assurances that problems didn’t extend to Japanese vehicles, implying that it was doing a better job with quality control in Japan.

The transport minister is ordering an investigation and said a recall for the Prius should be considered. U.S. authorities are also investigating.

Earlier in Washington, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood startled the public with a comment, which he later retracted, that Americans should park their recalled Toyotas unless driving to dealers for accelerator repairs.

The popular gas-electric Prius was not part of the most recent recall over sticking gas pedals in eight top-selling models including the Camry that spanned the U.S., Europe and China.

Toyota senior managing director Takahiro Ijichi defended the automaker’s quality standards.

“We have not sacrificed the quality for the sake of saving costs,” he said. “Quality is our lifeline. We want our customers to feel safe and regain their trust as soon as possible.”

Toyota for the first time gave an estimate of the costs of the U.S. recall at up to $2 billion with $1.1 billion for the costs for the repairs and $770 million to $880 million in lost sales.

The Prius, the world’s best-selling hybrid, has been extremely popular in Japan because of government incentives that made hybrids tax-free. More than 170,000 the new remodeled Prius cars were sold in Japan and about 103,000 have been sold in the U.S. since May.

Despite snowballing problems with quality, Toyota said Thursday it returned to profit in the October-December quarter because of healthy sales of its green models including the Prius, and raised its forecast for the fiscal year through March.

Net profit for October-December was about $1.7 billion. It forecast a $880 million annual profit compared with its previous forecast for a $2.2 billion loss.

Toyota also raised its full year sales outlook to 7.18 million units from 7.03 million. The revised forecast remains lower than the 7.57 million vehicles it sold last fiscal year. And it is unclear how well Toyota sales and profits will hold up in coming months.