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Jan. 27, 2011 at 6:30 AM
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Zuckerberg's Facebook fan page hacked

BURLINGTON, Mass., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts technology consultant said the hacking of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's fan page calls the site's security into question.

InformationWeek reported a hoax message posted Tuesday on Zuckerberg's fan page 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?"

The message was revealed as a hoax and Facebook removed the fan page Wednesday without comment.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at computer security company Sophos, said there are a number of ways a hacker could have gained access to Zuckerberg's page.

"It's not clear if he was careless with his password, was phished, or sat down in a Starbucks and got sidejacked while using an unencrypted wireless network, but however it happened, it's left egg on his face just when Facebook wants to reassure users that it takes security and privacy seriously," Cluley said.

Steelers fan fires backyard cannon

LINCOLNTON, N.C., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Police in North Carolina said they cited a man accused of firing off a homemade cannon in his back yard to celebrate the Pittsburgh Steelers' playoff victory.

Investigators said Bobby Wayne Blanton, 45, of Lincolnton, fired the homemade stainless steel cannon in his backyard to celebrate the Pittsburgh Steelers' AFC championship win over the New York Jets Sunday, the Gastonia (N.C.) Gazette reported Wednesday.

Police, who were called to Blanton's home by neighbors, said the man was also in possession of a second homemade cannon, two containers of black powder, muzzle-loading propellant pellets and a fuse.

Blanton was cited for discharging a firearm inside the city limits.

Filmmakers towed piano to Miami sandbar

MIAMI, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Indie filmmakers Billy and Anais Yeager say they put the grand piano that appeared this week on a sandbar in Miami's Biscayne Bay to protest the city's vanity.

"I wasn't going to say anything, but rather (than) someone say it was just a silly piano from a music video, I said I'm not going to let that slide. This is highly symbolic and profound," Billy Yeager, who said he and his wife have left pianos in Malibu, Death Valley, Costa Rica and Guatemala, told the Miami New Times.

The Yeagers are working on the third film of a trilogy called "Jesus of Malibu."

The couple said they towed the derelict piano from a friend's estate on a homemade barge, a journey that took 6 hours.

"We did it at 2 a.m. … to get the sun-up shot, but we just missed it," Yeager said, adding that depending on the piano's placement, the message can be positive or negative.

Evidently, the Guatemala stunt was a positive statement, but the Miami message is a negative one.

"I was raised in Miami and know about the vanity there. There's nothing enlightening. There's nothing about truth. It's all about vanity. So it's not a happy story. It's a protest," Yeager said.

Wet Seal: Bad-grammar shirt intentional

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- California women's clothing brand Wet Seal said a grammatically incorrect T-shirt slogan was an intentional error.

The T-shirts, bearing the slogan "If your single, so am I," using "your" in the place of the grammatically correct "you're," set off a number of posts to the company's Twitter account from spelling-minded consumers, the New York Daily News reported Wednesday.

But the company's Twitter writer responded to the criticisms with a tongue-in-cheek message substituting "you're" for "your."

"It's a fashion statement. ... I am jealous for you're keen eye for grammatical errors though," the Twitter message said.

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