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Joaquin Phoenix Harnesses the Media Hog

During an appearance last night on the Late Show, actor Joaquin Phoenix told David Letterman that he was having troubling mastering a yoga position known as “Harnessing of the Hog.” No such problems, though, with harnessing the media hog.

Here’s how a publicist for the actor framed, to The Independent, Phoenix’s straight-up lie to Dave about getting engaged to his yoga instructor:

“It was a joke. Joaquin has an extraordinary and spontaneous sense of humor but it is not true.”

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Dozens of Homeless People Hired to Stand in Line at Apple Store

On the heels of all sorts of Tuesday craziness at retail locations stocking Grand Theft Auto V, there has been more mayhem yesterday and today at Apple stores delivering the new iPhone. One of the strangest scenes unfolded on the west coast in Old Town Pasadena.

KTLA tech reporter Rich DeMuro revealed that dozens of homeless people were hired by a local businessman to stand in line overnight. Each enlisted person was told they would receive $20-times-two for their pair of iPhone purchase placeholders. They were also given pizza, soda and cigarettes.

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Not So Fast: Yahoo May NOT Have Surpassed Google in July

Ad Age‘s Tim Peterson dug a little deeper in the wake of all that yodeling about Yahoo having surpassed Google for the first time in two years in monthly U.S. unique visitor traffic.

The reporter explains that only Yahoo has comScore “census tags” affixed to its sites. What this means is that for July, the immediate Yahoo numbers came from a much more extensive and specific pathway than those of Google, which were calculated using the more traditional method of a comScore “panel” that was then extrapolated. From Peterson’s piece:

comScore’s methodology likely explains why Nielsen, which relies only on panels for its traffic measures, sees a greater gap between Google and Yahoo and not in Yahoo’s favor. “During July 2013 we measured Google as the top parent company for web activity (170M unique US visitors) and Yahoo as the ranked fourth (126M unique US visitors) in the U.S.,” emailed a Nielsen spokesperson.

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Daily Caller Celebrates ‘Hottest Blacks’

Remember that great line Seth Meyers dropped a few years ago about Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner? You know, the one about “unless the Blacks are a family of white people…”?

Well, this week’s Daily Caller slide show is the Web equivalent of that joke. Behind the cheeky headline “Top 10: Hottest Blacks” and even cheekier intro, there is a gallery… of white people.

Australian actress Pippe Black, Canadian-born media mogul Conrad Black (pictured)… Well, you get get the idea.

The Daily Caller offering is, perhaps less intentionally, a welcome send-up of the inanity of most Web slide shows. And just in case these ten color-blind pics are not enough to satiate, they’ve also got a “Top 10: Hottest Whites” companion slide show. Beginning, of course, with Barry.