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Monday, April 9, 2012

LAMAR ODOM LEAVES THE MAVS



Lamar Odom’s rocky relationship with the Dallas Mavericks has officially come to an end. The NBA star has been has been noticeably off his game since getting traded to the Lone Star State, and now he’s ready to call it quits.

ESPN reported early Monday (April 9) that the 32-year-old was no longer on the team. The Mavericks and Odom hashed everything out over Easter Sunday, coming to a mutual agreement over the terms of his resignation. Odom later released a statement on the split to ESPN.






The Mavericks and I have mutually agreed that it’s in the best interest of both parties for me to step away from the team. I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship.



While Odom’s departure is effective immediately, the team will list him as inactive for the remainder of the season. Rather than completely releasing him, continuing to list the New York native as a Mav, will allow for another potential trade. Whatever team is interested in picking him as of June 29, will have to buy Odom out for $2.4 million or pay the full $8.2 million he was expected to make for a season with the Mavericks.

Both Odom and his wife, Khloe Kardashian, have chronicled the strain that the trade, and move to Dallas, has had on their relationship, via their reality show “Khloe & Lamar.”

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Facebook buys Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock



MENLO PARK, CALIF.—April 9, 2012—Facebook announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Instagram, a fun, popular photo-sharing app for mobile devices.

The total consideration for San Francisco-based Instagram is approximately $1 billion in a combination of cash and shares of Facebook. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close later this quarter.

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, posted about the transaction on his Timeline:



I'm excited to share the news that we've agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook.



For years, we've focused on building the best experience for sharing photos with your friends and family. Now, we'll be able to work even more closely with the Instagram team to also offer the best experiences for sharing beautiful mobile photos with people based on your interests.



We believe these are different experiences that complement each other. But in order to do this well, we need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram's strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook.



That's why we're committed to building and growing Instagram independently. Millions of people around the world love the Instagram app and the brand associated with it, and our goal is to help spread this app and brand to even more people.



We think the fact that Instagram is connected to other services beyond Facebook is an important part of the experience. We plan on keeping features like the ability to post to other social networks, the ability to not share your Instagrams on Facebook if you want, and the ability to have followers and follow people separately from your friends on Facebook.



These and many other features are important parts of the Instagram experience and we understand that. We will try to learn from Instagram's experience to build similar features into our other products. At the same time, we will try to help Instagram continue to grow by using Facebook's strong engineering team and infrastructure.



This is an important milestone for Facebook because it's the first time we've ever acquired a product and company with so many users. We don't plan on doing many more of these, if any at all. But providing the best photo sharing experience is one reason why so many people love Facebook and we knew it would be worth bringing these two companies together.



We're looking forward to working with the Instagram team and to all of the great new experiences we're going to be able to build together.

Jury Selection Starts Monday For G-Dep Murder Trial



Former Hip-Hop star G-Dep is facing 25 years to life in prison, as the initial phase of his murder trial is set to begin, on Monday.

Jury selection will begin tomorrow (April 9) for the rap star, who is accused of killing a man almost 20 years ago, in 1993.

G-Dep, 37, walked into a police station in 2010 and admitted to shooting John Henkel during a botched robbery in 1993.

What G-Dep did not know is that John Henkel had died from his wounds.

Since there is no statute of limitations on murder, G-Dep was charged with first-degree murder.

G-Dep said he made the confession to police as part of a 12-step recovery program, in an attempt to become drug-free, after years of using PCP.

G-Dep, born Trevell Coleman, has pleaded not guilty to the charges despite his confession.

The rap star’s own defense team plans to question his statements about the shooting, due to years of PCP use.

G. Dep, who is married with three children, is best known for his hit 2001 singles “Special Delivery” and the remix to the song, both of which were released on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records’ imprint.

Actor Lacy Diamond Talks With Natasha From First String TV





Natasha From First String TV Caught Up With Model/Actor Lacy Diamond While In Hollywood Recently.Lacy speaks on past projects, future goals, and his transition to hollywood.

Singer Montell Jordan Owes The IRS Nearly $630,000 In Unpaid Taxes



Montell Jordan scored a huge hit with "This Is How We Do It" in 1995, unfortunately he failed to pay Uncle Sam from 1999-2001 leaving him with a huge tax debt.


TMZ is reporting that the singer owes the IRS $627,987.06.


The government filed a tax lien against his property in 2004. Since he didn't pay up the lien against his property was re-filed last month. If he doesn't come up with the money the government can go after his property in court.

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