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  • Pavel Durov tosses paper planes made of money from his office (Facebookru.com)Twenty-seven-year-old Russian millionaire Pavel Durov has earned himself plenty of new critics today after it was reported the mogul threw "paper planes" made of money from the windows of his St. Petersburg office into a growing crowd of pedestrians below.

    Durov is the CEO of Vkontakte, or "In Contact," Russia's most popular social networking site and considered that country's equivalent to Facebook.

    RT.com reports that a growing crowd amassed to collect the 5,000-ruble notes, which are worth about $160 each. However, while Durov reportedly appeared amused by the crowd, he stopped throwing the cash planes from his office window after some spectators appeared to turn violent.

    According to RT, Durov took to his Twitter account, writing, "We had to stop soon, though, as people turned into animals."

    Still, Durov apparently neglected to take personal responsibility for the response and even promised that "definitely, more such actions are to follow."

    At the end of the day, Durov, who is worth an estimated $260 million, apparently tossed down only about $2,000 in cash to the crowd.

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  • (Want China Times via the Daily Mail)

    A group of students at China's Dalian University of Technology City College is under fire (pun definitely intended) for posing for graduation photos in their caps and gowns while a factory fire near their dormitory burned in the background.

    In the much-shared photo set, 23 students are seen in their graduation attire in front of the dorm while a large plume of black smoke billows behind.

    The dorms were evacuated due to the fire, and the students wanted to snap one last photo on the Liaoning province campus, but school officials are nonetheless fuming over the impromptu photo shoot.

    "Our students should not be celebrating destruction," one official said, according to this ABC News blog.

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  • A 9-year-old Massachusetts boy who earned an all-expenses-paid Disney World vacation through an innovative Facebook experiment gave the trip away to the family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan.

    Brendan Haas created the "Soldier for a Soldier" Facebook page in February. Inspired by the story of the guy who, through a series of trades, turned a paper clip into a house, Haas started with a toy soldier and eventually traded up to $900 worth of Disney gift certificates, airfare and hotel credits.

    On Memorial Day, Haas gave the trip to the family of U.S. Army Lt. Timothy Steele, a 25-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan last year. According to NBC's WHDH-TV affiliate, Haas pulled the name of Liberty Hope Steele, the fallen soldier's now-2-year-old daughter, out of a hat and surprised the Steele family at their Duxbury, Mass., home.

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    Not surprisingly, Haas' gesture was followed by dozens of Facebook comments thanking him.

    "You're one amazing young man," Ann Marie Smith Braga wrote on the "Soldier for a Soldier" wall. "Our family lives on Hanscom AFB in Bedford, Mass. We are an active duty Army family. I want to thank you from all the Army families here at Hanscom."

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    "What you have done is unheard of in this day and age," April Johnson wrote. "I am so grateful for you and others like you! I am featuring your story in my newsletter. You are a very wonderful boy!"

    "If everyone was like Brendan there would be no wars," Bob Wade wrote. "Brendan, being 9 years old you may not fully realize how incredibly thoughtful your gift is but someday you will. I hope you continue to do great things in your life. The world needs people like you."

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