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Twitter Now Worth $4 Billion

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Twitter’s market value has reached $4 billion just a month after it raised $200 million in funding.

According to SharesPost, a secondary market for buying and selling stock in privately held companies, Twitter’s value has jumped to $4 billion, based on recent transactions. That is a $300 million increase in value in just over a month, based on the $3.7 billion valuation set by its funding round in December. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers led Twitter’s most recent round of funding.

Twitter’s market capitalization will likely continue to rise in the near future. Several recent stock purchases on the private markets imply that Twitter’s value is more than $6 billion. While these smaller transactions aren’t a definitive basis for defining Twitter’s value, they are a benchmark that can help determine whether a private company’s value is trending up or down.

Facebook is still the king of private markets, though. While its most recent funding round valued the company at $50 billion, its value on the secondary markets has skyrocketed to $75 billion.

Secondary markets for privately traded companies are currently the subject of an SEC probe over whether they violate SEC regulations.

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Zuck you’ve been hacked!! – can we still trust on facebook!??

January 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook fan page seems to have been hacked, with the hacker posting a message calling on the company to transform into a “social business.”

The message, seemingly posted on Facebook from Mark Zuckerberg’s account, was quickly removed (together with the fan page), but not quickly enough to go by unnoticed, receiving more than 1,800 “likes” and hundreds of comments in the process.

The message read: “Let the hacking begin: If facebook needs money, instead of going to the banks, why doesn’t Facebook let its users invest in Facebook in a social way? Why not transform Facebook into a ‘social business’ the way Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus described it? What do you think? #hackercup2011″

Facebook made no statement about the incident, but if Zuckerberg’s fan page was indeed hacked, it’s a big deal. If the Facebook CEO (more accurately, the PR team that’s handling the page for him) can’t keep his Facebook account safe from intruders, who can?

What is your point of view?

Highest Paid Actors of hollywood in 2010

January 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Movie stars fall into that category of earners – and the term is used loosely here – that at times makes executive pay seem like a pittance. Whether they are truly worth all that money or not continues to be up for debate, just as sports fans will continually debate the salaries bestowed up professional athletes. What is certain, however, is that as long as people pay to watch movies and rent DVDs, movie stars are going to continue to earn big money. Many have such star power, sometimes even coupled with acting talent, they can single handedly make or break a film’s financial success. Here is a list of the ten highest paid male actors for 2010, how much they earned during the year and some of the movies that have helped to make them unimaginably wealthy. This list is based on earnings from film revenue from June, 2009 through June, 2010.

1) Jhonny Depp ($ 75 Million):

It turns out mixing Depp’s oddball performance tendencies with a big-budget Disney concept is a recipe for success. The first Pirates movie earned $654 million at the global box office. The franchise has gone on to earn a total of $2.7 billion, and a fourth film is slated for 2011 (in 3-D, natch). Depp’s most recent star turn for the studio, a 3-D update of Alice in Wonderland, has brought in $1 billion at the box office.

Mix Depp’s ability to portray just about any character with the clout of Disney, and you’ve got a recipe for earnings. Depp is now considered an automatic earner at the box office, and his roles in Alice in Wonderland and Public Enemies helped those films earn big.

 

 

 

2) Ben Stiller ($53 Million):

Ranking second behind Depp is Ben Stiller with $53 million. The comedian earns big bucks for films like Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and the upcoming third installment in the Meet the Parents franchise because those films pay out at the box office. But Stiller has also started doing smaller, more personal films. This year’s Greenberg, about a lonely man rapidly approaching middle age, earned only $6 million.

Despite that, he is still the second highest earner for 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Tom Hanks ($45 Million):

Tom Hanks. Between June 2009 and June 2010 the actor earned $45 million. Much of that came from movies like Angels & Demons and the upcoming Larry Crowne, which co-stars Julia Roberts. But Hanks also earns from films and TV shows he produces. He was behind HBO’s recent mini-series The Pacific and produced 2009’s Where The Wild Things Are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4) Adam Sandler ($40 Million):

Adam Sandler ranks fourth with $40 million. His most recent film, Grown Ups, started slow but is now Sandler’s third-highest-grossing film of all time at the box office with $230 million in ticket sales worldwide. The fact that his humor can bring in fans over time, in the U.S. and abroad, means studios are willing to pay him a hefty salary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Leonardo DiCaprio ($28 Million):

Leonardo DiCaprio ranks fifth with $28 million. The star went through a period with underperforming films like Body of Lies and Blood Diamond, making it increasingly difficult for DiCaprio to justify his large payday.

But he’s recently turned that around with Shutter Island and Inception. The latter (which hit theaters after our June deadline) is now DiCaprio’s second highest grossing film, behind Titanic, with $700 million so far. DiCaprio will end up making at least $50 million from the film, which should rank him much higher on next year’s list.

 

 

 

 

 

6) Daniel Radcliffe ($25 Million):

Daniel Radcliffe will forever be known as Harry Potter, even decades after that film franchise has drawn to a close. It may make it difficult for him to ever get the roles he desires in the future, but it has also made him a multi-millionaire even before he became an adult.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7) Robert Downey Jr. ($22 million):

Iron Man has been Downey’s biggest film of late, but the actor, who has long had battles with alcohol and substance abuse, is a big draw and continues to make successful movies that show off his range. Due Date did average in Box Office

His “Untitled Sherlock Holmes” Sequel in 2011 and The Avengers in 2012 should definatly bring in huge returs to the actor

 

 

 

 

 

 

8) Tom Cruise ($22 Million):

It seems like Tom Cruise has been a top earner for decades now, and the list of successful movies he’s been in is quite long.

His Knight and Day did average at the Box-Office in 2010

 

 

 

 

 

9) Brad Pitt ($20 Million):

Like Cruise, Pitt is an aging actor who relies primarily on his looks to land his roles. Despite that, he has begun taking to some offbeat and smaller roles here and there that more firmly cement him among legitimate actors, and he continues to be a big draw at the box office as well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10) George Clooney ($19 Million):

Clooney’s films seem to do well regardless of quality, not that many of his films have actually been duds. He brings a certainty gravity to all of his roles, even those that are more comedic, that simply forces audiences to take the film seriously. It also leads to big money at the box office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE: (Forbes “Highest Paid Actors Of 2010” )

Custom Car Drives on Water

October 14, 2009 Leave a comment

WaterCar Inc develops high-performance amphibious cars that can reach freeway speeds [0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds] in the water.

Custom designed doors are built to keep water out and allow easy access from the water. The interior is based on a boat design with captain chairs in the front and wrapping bench in the back.

Starting at $200,000, WaterCar Python is definitely not for everyone. For more information about this amphibious vehicle


17 Creative Anti-Smoking Ads

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

Smoking Is Poison

12 meter long chemical tanker that looks like a cigarette was created by Cancer Research UK to highlight the toxic smoke in cigarettes

Passive Smoking Kills

Every year nearly 3,400 people die in UK from lung cancer caused by passive smoking(AND ABOUT 1 MILLION ON A WORLD SCALE)

The Smoker’s Lung

The smoker’s glass lung was installed in front of public buildings in Germany to encourage people to quit smoking.

Tobacco Related Deaths

Terrorism-related deaths since 2001: 11,377. Tobacco-related deaths since 2001: 30,000,000

World No Tobacco Day

No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year on May 31

Smoking Crime Scene

Second Hand Smoke

Roy Castle lung cancer foundation reminds us that second hand smoke hospitalises 17,000 UK children a year

Anti-Smoking Stickers

Stickers for quitsmoke.us were places on cars and around smoking areas.

Smoking Causes Premature Aging

Smoker’s Morning

Toothbrush made from cigarettes and toothpaste make from ash

Slow Death

Smoking causes slow and painful death. Quit now!

Effect of Smoking on Lungs.

Not an ad, but still a thought provoking image.

Cigarette Lipstick

Think it makes you pretty?

Anti-Smoking Billboard

Using 15,000 cigarettes butts, glued together one by one in an outdoor panel, the Peruvian League of fight against cancer demonstrated the damage that a person who smokes causes to his family

Marlboro .44 Magnum

Fight Smoking Punching Bag

Exercise is a great way to control the urge to smoke. Go on knock that cigarette out.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

The text is written with systematic arrangement of cigarettes

THE MOST INNOVATIVE AND TECHNOLOGICALLY APPROVED BALCONY IN THE WORLD

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment

The balcony came to be known as “The bloodframe balcony

Engineered by Hurks. this modern balcony consist of tough all weather materials and controlled by a smoth electronic system

Highest paid actors of 2009

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

It was a good year for the top-earning men in Hollywood. Seven of our top 20 raked in more than $30 million. To figure out earnings we spoke to agents, managers, producers and lawyers to come up with estimated earnings between June 2008 and June 2009.

Harrison Ford

$65 million

After years of staying on the down low, Ford reemerged this year for Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones series that started in 1981. Ford’s earnings on the movie come exclusively from his share of the profits of the film, which earned $786 million at the worldwide box office.

Adam Sandler

$55 million

The former Saturday Night Live star has proved himself to be a solid hit maker with movies like this year’s Bedtime Stories and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, which earned a combined $413 million at the box office. Up next: Funny People, directed by his former roommate Judd Apatow.

Will Smith

$45 million

Smith proved once again that he owns July 4 with last summer’s Hancock. Despite middling reviews, the film grossed $624 million at the worldwide box office. Smith’s status as a global superstar helped keep his downer film Seven Pounds from being a total disaster. The movie earned almost $100 million overseas.

Eddie Murphy

$40 million
Despite the failure of Meet Dave (the film made only $50 million at the worldwide box office), Murphy continues to earn big paychecks for his work in family comedies. That could change if his two upcoming movies, Imagine That and A Thousand Words, don’t perform.

Nicolas Cage

$40 million

The actor doesn’t earn the same size paychecks as some of the other men topping our list, but he works twice as hard. Cage currently has six films scheduled for release over the next two years. Part of the reason for his work ethic could be the fact that he owes millions to the IRS.

Tom Hanks

$35 million

Hanks is one of the few stars who still earns $20 million upfront paychecks for his work in movies like Angels & Demons, which has grossed $407 million for Sony at the worldwide box office. Hanks also makes a nice living producing hits like last year’s Mamma Mia.

Tom Cruise

$30 million

Cruise managed to avoid any embarrassing tabloid moments over the last 12 months, and his movie Valkyrie did better than expected, earning $200 million at the worldwide box office. But the thing that most helped Cruise rehab his image this year was his cameo as an obnoxious Hollywood executive in Tropic Thunder.

Jim Carrey

$28 million

The funny man took a big risk this year on his film Yes Man. In lieu of his $20 million upfront pay, Carrey became an investor in the movie taking one-third of the film’s profits. The unusual deal turned out to be a good one for Carrey. By the time the movie has earned all its money he’ll pocket $35 million.

Brad Pitt

$28 million

Pitt was nominated for an Oscar this year for his work in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and also earned some cold cash from the film, which brought in $333 million at the worldwide box office. Up next: hunting for Nazi scalps in Inglourious Basterds.

Johnny Depp

$27 million

Depp falls to 10th place on our list after earning $72 million last year. The reason: no new Pirates Of The Caribbean movie. The fourth installment is scheduled for 2012. In the meantime, he’ll play John Dillinger in Public Enemies and the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland.

George Clooney

$25 million

The star hasn’t appeared in a blockbuster hit outside of the Ocean’s series since 2000’s The Perfect Storm. Instead, Clooney has opted for smaller films like last year’s ensemble movie Burn After Reading. Up next: Men Who Stare At Goats, which was one of the few films to find a buyer at the recent Cannes Film Festival.

Russell Crowe

$20 million
The volatile actor stumbled with last year’s Body Of Lies that costarred Leonardo DiCaprio. The film grossed $115 million. But Crowe can still earn big paychecks on movies like the upcoming Robin Hood, which will hit theaters next summer.

Robert Downey Jr.

$20 million

Iron Man grossed $580 million at the worldwide box office, proving that despite his checkered history, Downey is still a draw in the right part. The film’s success allowed him to boost his asking price on Iron Man 2, helping the actor earn $20 million over the last 12 months.

Denzel Washington

$20 million

While starring in blockbusters like American Gangster and Inside Man, Washington has also been honing his skills behind the camera, directing 2007’s The Great Debaters. Coming up next: a remake of The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 and The Book Of Eli about a post-apocalyptic America.

Vince Vaughn

$14 million

The comedian continues to be a solid draw in movies like Four Christmases and Fred Clause, even if his films don’t set the box office on fire. He’s a producer on this fall’s Couple’s Retreat, a comedy that costars Jon Favreau and Jason Bateman.

Ben Stiller

$14 million

The actor had a hit with last summer’s Tropic Thunder, which grossed $188 million at the worldwide box office. Stiller was the star of the film and also the writer, director and producer. He also makes big bucks starring in comedies like Night At The Museum 2, which has so far earned $280 million at the worldwide box office.

Seth Rogen

$12 million

Rogen appeared in four movies over the last 12 months, including Pineapple Express and Monsters Vs. Aliens, in which he was the voice of B.O.B., a blob-like monster. Up next: Funny People, directed by his mentor Judd Apatow and starring Adam Sandler.

Matt Damon

$11 million

Damon makes the big bucks when he plays Jason Bourne in the action series, but brings in less for more serious movies. This year there was no Bourne, so his earnings are coming mostly from his work in the upcoming Nelson Mandela biopic starring Morgan Freeman and directed by Clint Eastwood.

Christian Bale

$10 million

Bale got more ink for his abusive rant on the set of Terminator Salvation than for his acting this year, but he still managed to appear in several blockbusters, including The Dark Knight, which is the second highest-grossing film of all time behind Titanic. Up next: He plays federal agent Melvin Purvis hot on the trail of John Dillinger in Public Enemies.

Will Ferrell

10 million
The funnyman had a rough year. His movies Step Brothers and Semi-Pro under-performed his earlier hits like Blades Of Glory and Talladega Nights. Things got even worse last weekend when his big-budget remake of Land Of The Lost opened to only $18 million, putting it in third place behind The Hangover and Up.

SOURCE : FORBES